MRE's are rations and pouches of food that keep active military personnel full and energized for the day ahead. This acronym also spells out "Meal, Ready to Eat" because they don't need to be cooked. For most MRE's, all you need to do is add water and mix it for a proper meal.
Aside from MRE's, there are also FSR's, MCI's and RCW's. RCW's stand for "Ration, Cold Weather" and are used during freezing and harsh climates. MCI's stand for "Meal, Combat, Individual" and comes in C-2, C-3 and C-4 rations. "First Strike Rations," or FSR's are used during combat to provide soldiers with a quick burst of energy.
Let's take a look at one of these MRE's. Turkey nuggets are kind of like chicken nuggets, except they are made with turkey. These small and bite-sized foods also have a lot of protein in them and are low in calories.
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Chili with beans contains beef crumbles, kidney beans, peppers and a variety of spices for a rich and hearty lunch or dinner entree. Soldiers would also pair these MRE entrees with a side of corn bread and cheddar cheese spread.
Cheddar cheese spread does not have trans fat it in, unlike its MRE counterparts in this list. Other MRE's that don't have trans fat includes the First Strike bar and a multigrain snack bread. Cheddar cheese spread was also used to spread over snack breads and crackers for a quick meal.
The fortified cocoa beverage powder could be mixed with water to replicate a hot chocolate taste. This was commonly consumed as an after-drink, or for breakfast (alongside MRE scrambled eggs and bread).
When soldiers wanted to replicate beef tacos for lunch or dinner, he or she would often fill tortillas with MRE beef taco filling. This pouch contains seasoned beef crumbles, spices and sugar. Soldiers would also consume these tacos alongside First Strike bars and Ranger bars as well.
MRE beef ravioli is commonly consumed as a rich dinner entree that pairs well with a fortified beverage drink and a multigrain snack bread. Beef and cheese are also inside every piece of ravioli.
The MRE maple pork sausage patty was often consumed as a breakfast entree, while the other options were consumed as lunch or dinner entrees. Soldiers would also pair this sweet MRE entree with a bread roll, a coffee beverage mix or dried fruits.
"Strawberry" is not a flavor of First Strike energy bars. Other flavors include chocolate and cran-raspberry. Soldiers would often consume these energy bars as a midday snack, or as a light breakfast entree (alongside a fruit-flavored beverage powder as well).
Jalapeno cashews have a spicy kick and a crunchy texture, and are perfect as a midday snack for soldiers. Other types of "quick snacks" include cookies, Ranger bars and First Strike bars.
MRE pudding powder comes in chocolate and vanilla flavors and was often mixed with water to replicate that creamy and smooth texture. This was also consumed as a dessert and was made with some vitamins like calcium and vitamin D.
MRE cookies come in a wide variety of flavors, including oatmeal chocolate chunk and chocolate chip, but raspberry is not one of them. There are also sugar cookies as well, which pairs well with a French vanilla cappuccino drink mix.
Chicken pesto pasta was a hearty MRE entree that soldiers enjoyed with a side of crackers, corn bread or a Ranger Bar. This MRE entree also contains a beef base and tomato paste.
Military personnel are able to enjoy bacon for breakfast, which is salty and crispy in nature. Bacon was also best paired with a scrambled egg LRP or a snack bread with fruit-flavored jam.
Beef stew was a hearty MRE entree that was consumed by many soldiers for a filling meal. It also pairs well with a white or wheat snack bread, as well as mashed potatoes. In addition to diced beef, modified corn starch and water, MRE beef stew also contains soybean oil, garlic powder and soy milk.
Green pepper, Buffalo and chili lime are all examples of MRE hot sauce flavors. These particular hot sauces were commonly added to MRE tuna, beef brisket and beef chili entrees.
Asian-style beef strips pack lot of flavor from the bamboo shoots, green peppers, oyster sauce and water chestnuts. This type of MRE entree was also commonly consumed with fried rice and a fortified beverage drink for a hearty meal.
The Mexican rice and chicken LRP could not be consumed by vegetarians because it has chicken in it. "LRP" stands for "Long Range Patrol Rations" and were great for cold-weather climates. These are also known as "Military Overrun Pouches."
To enjoy an LRP, all you have to do is mix it with water and let it rest for a few minutes so it becomes an edible meal. Examples of LRP's includes Mexican-style rice and chicken, Oriental spicy chicken with veggies and scrambled eggs with bacon.
Cherry, blueberry and apples turnovers are common in the MRE dessert menu, but not pear. These also look similar to Pop Tarts. Soldiers would often consume fruit-flavored turnovers after their lunch or dinner entrees as a sweet snack.
A wide variety of "pizza toppings" were used to flavor many types of MRE dishes, including mashed potatoes, chili and beef brisket. There are also parmesan and crushed red pepper flavors as well for a spicy kick.
You won't find any cherry-flavored MRE beverage powders. Other flavors include grape and tropical punch, which are best served as a drink mix for lunch and dinner MRE entrees (like southwest beef or lemon pepper tuna).
Potatoes au gratin was commonly consumed as an MRE side dish, alongside hearty entrees like chili and shredded beef. This MRE also includes cheddar cheese sauce and slices of potatoes.
As the name implies, a mocha cappuccino drink mix contains flavors of both mocha and cappuccino, which are types of coffee. The rest of the answers in the list have no coffee flavors to them. The mocha cappuccino drink mix was also used to give soldiers a quick burst of energy for a long training day or for a day in the field.
Hash brown potatoes are flavored with onions, peppers and bacon, and are typically crispy on the outside. This type of MRE side dish was commonly consumed as a breakfast item alongside a piece of MRE snack bread with flavored jam.
Tuna is a common type of fish that is served in MRE rations, because it already comes cooked. Some tuna rations are also already seasoned with lemon pepper. This was eaten as a hearty entree for soldiers, which pairs well with MRE crackers and hot sauce.
Sour fruit disks are a type of MRE candy that is both sweet and sour in nature. Other MRE candies include berry candies and chocolate disks. These were often eaten as desserts for soldiers, sometimes along with dried fruits as well.
MRE granolas typically come with milk and blueberries for a creamy texture and fruit flavor. These are also typically eaten for breakfast with a carbohydrate beverage for a quick burst of energy.
Spinach fettuccine is a popular MRE food because of its rich and creamy texture. This MRE is also made with egg noodles, mushrooms and spinach.
The taco-style sauce is a rich and flavorful sauce that is served over pasta with vegetable crumbles. Soldiers also consume this meal with a side of corn bread or a hearty wheat snack bread.
There are many types of pound cake flavors, but cinnamon is not one of them. Other pound cake flavors include vanilla and applesauce, which is commonly consumed with MRE vanilla pudding.
MRE "rice and beans" are typically served Santa Fe-style, which includes many types of savory seasonings. Some of these includes garlic powder, chili powder and chiles. Santa-Fe style rice and beans are also commonly consumed with a carbohydrate fortified beverage.
BBQ shredded beef is not only popular in the South, but in MRE rations as well. This type of MRE also pairs well with mashed potatoes, snack breads and crackers.
The correct answer is apple. MRE jams are used to spread on top of wheat or white snack breads, and includes apple, blackberry, strawberry and grape flavors.
Spiced apples are named for the filling of an apple pie, which is served in an MRE ration pouch. These MRE desserts may also be consumed with flavored pound cakes and cookies.
MRE mashed potatoes typically comes in a rich garlic flavor, which pairs well with meaty main courses. Many soldiers eat these mashed potatoes with entrees like beef chili and shredded BBQ beef.
Known for its savory flavors, the southwest style beef entree comes with black beans in a rich sauce. There are also bits of corn and red peppers in every pouch. This type of entree also pairs well with other MRE side dishes like corn bread and mashed potatoes.