FOOD FOR THE HILLS.
We love the mountains. We love good food. And we are vegetarian. With limited options for a lightweight, hearty vegetarian meal we decided to make our own to take with us to the hills. And they were bloody good! We started experimenting with making meals we loved to eat, full of flavour, and dehydrating them.
On our missions in the hills we found ourselves hungry for a well proportioned and nutritionally balanced dinner, knowing we would need the right amount of protein for recovery and carbohydrates for tomorrow’s energy. We found that a single serve of meals on the market was not enough to satisfy our hunger after a day of adventuring, but a double serve was too much. That’s why our meals are packaged in a hearty 1.5 single serve.
By the middle of each day of walking we’d be dreaming about which meal we were going to have for dinner, and looking forward to the deliciousness that awaited us. The idea of sharing these meals with others was one that we’ve been thinking about for the last 4 years, in the end we decided they were too good not to share! After illness and injury, Frankie found herself with too much time on her hands and unable to venture in the hills. Never one to give up, she found the silver lining to her injury and fuelled that frustration and spare time into the beginnings of Local Dehy.
We live in a wee house in Lake Hawea, just outside of Wanaka, with our ginger cat Kehu, and mountains all around us. We make small batches of dehy in our custom built food trailer that sits in our driveway. We add lots of fresh veggies, toast and grind whole spices, and cook each batch with care. It’s then dehydrated and packaged by hand, ready for you to take on your next adventure!
A vegan twist on a Southern American classic! Punchy and peppery this unique dish is made with black rice and tomatoes and is striking and appetising the moment you look in the bag. It’s high in protein from tempeh and black beans, and flavoured with paprika, black peppercorns and our own blend of cajun herbs and spices. No Local Dehy meal would be complete unless it was bursting with veggies–corn, peas, green beans and capsicum. Our Jambalaya is a must try for dehy lovers!
Ingredients: Organic black rice, tomatoes, black beans, corn, onion, green beans, capsicum, peas, tempeh, garlic, cajun herbs and spices.
Mexican Chilli Beans
This Mexican inspired meal tickles the taste buds by combining a trio of black beans, kidney beans and black eyed beans with a smokey tomato sauce flavoured with freshly ground spices. The addition of brown rice and the vibrant green and orange from spinach and carrot make this complete meal perfect for your next adventure.
Our wee tip: If you like it as hot as we do add a bit more chilli, or throw in some tortillas for a mountain burrito!
Ingredients: Black beans, kidney beans, black eyed beans, tomatoes, brown rice, onion, spinach, carrot, spices, garlic, salt, cocoa, hint of chilli.
Kumara chickpea curry
The crowd favourite, this midly spiced Indian curry contains a range of freshly toasted and ground spices to create an aromatic flavoursome meal. With bucket loads of spinach and the ever kiwi kūmara, this meal is complete with brown rice to make Local Dehy deliciousness.
Ingredients: Kūmara, chickpeas, brown rice, spinach, tomatoes, onion, coconut cream, spices, garlic, ginger, salt, mustard seeds, curry leaves.
Our vegan take on this obvious classic contains TVP (textured vegetable protein) as our “mince”, high in protein and satisfies the biggest of hungers. Combined with a rich tomato sauce and packed with broccoli, carrot and shiitake mushrooms, make this our personal favourite.
Our wee tip: For a true Italian meal bring along some vegan parmesan cheese to sprinkle on top!
Ingredients: Bolognese sauce: TVP, tomatoes, shiitake mushrooms, broccoli, onion, carrot, herbs, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, garlic. Vegan wheat pasta.
Contains: Gluten, soy.
Thai Green Curry
Classic Thai flavours of lemongrass, Thai lime leaves and galangal are blended with shallots, garlic, coriander and coconut cream to make the base of our fragrant and zesty Thai Green Curry. Young green jackfruit is shredded to add protein and texture and is combined with water chestnuts for a fresh crunch. It’s packed full with veggies too and completed with rice noodles to create a hearty bowl of goodness and one
Ingredients: Vermicelli rice noodles, potato, cauliflower, young green jackfruit, green beans, capsicum, coconut cream, shallots, water chestnut, lemongrass, galangal, coriander, salt, garlic, chilli, lime leaves, spices.
Banana, Coconut & Lime Porridge
Our Vegan porridge features a taste of the tropical! Banana’s, coconut and a twist of lime to start your day.
Ingredients: Organic rolled oats, freeze-dried banana, coconut powder, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, brown sugar, freeze-dried coconut crumbs, salt, makrut lime leaf.
Feijoa, Apple & Ginger Porridge
Our Vegan porridge features the classic Kiwi favourite Feijoa, paired with chunks of apples, and ginger spices and using organic rolled oats, this is a crowd favourite.
Ingredients: Organic rolled oats, soy milk powder (non- GMO), freeze-dried feijoa, freeze-dried apple, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, crystallised ginger, brown sugar, salt, ginger powder.
Contains: Soy, gluten
Fig, Cranberry & Almond Porridge
Our Vegan porridge has all the warming tastes of autumn, figs and cranberries combine into a hearty wake up meal.
Ingredients: Organic rolled oats, dried figs, cranberries, almonds, soy milk powder (non-GMO), pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, cardamom.
Contains: soy, gluten, tree nuts.