Hey Marbles, i know you dont need a simpler version of anything, but here are a couple ways I've used Minimus to reduce food kit weight:Does it actually save weight though? Now, not all freeze dried meals are equal on this (and the Peak Chili Mac is one of the more calorie dense). But, based on your numbers above:
Peak Chili Mac is 135.1 Kacl/oz
Tater dust +1/2 chili mac is 124.2 Kcal/oz
Now, the Tater Dust has a density of 115 Kcal/oz, and from memory many freeze-dried meals are under that. It also probably saves on bulk.
The Cocoa Dust is the only hot cocoa powder that I'm aware of that has free flowing essential amino acids, Omega-3s and MCTs. Start or end the day with one packet of Cocoa Dust and remove 1/4-cup of peanut butter or nuts from each day's menu. If a 2nd packet of Tater or Mater per day is added this allows us to split our meal portion (like Peak Fuel or Mountain House) by 50% each day, so 5 meals supply 10 dinners and sheds 1.5lbs of food weight just in dinner meals. This also reduces whey protein intake by 50% and for this your gut will thank you. Ramen noodle packets are now nutrient dense with Mater Dust, so forget the meat and cheese sticks weight. These ounces per day add up even when you factor in the trade in weight of Minimus.
Hunt AK Magazine has an article out in July that offers a 5-day field menu plan using a strategy I've adopted based off our published hunt studies. In that article I suggest hunters target a field menu that provides 2,000-2,300 calories per day with minimum daily protein provision of 0.8gm/kg (2.2lbs) of body weight by targeting food choices with 140-150 calories per ounce. I gave examples of a 16-ounce per day field menu without using Minimus, which provides 70-100gm intact protein each day and averages 2,100 cals/day. If you were to take that menu or one like it and then substitute your heaviest and longest to digest food choices with 2-3 ounces of Minimus per day, you'll shed pounds off last year's food kit and add nutrient security unmatched by any intact protein we gather, catch or kill. Recall not all calories are equal. If we target that 140-150 cals/ounce it forces us to select foods with high fat content, which helps satiate our energy and cravings as well as stabilize blood glucose levels. We need sugar calories right before bursts of field energy, but then we need fat and protein (in its lightest and quickest digestible form) to sustain our muscles and metabolism with chronic continuous activities like hunting.