Use canned meats: Since they are already cooked, meals made from canned meats cook much faster—the meat just has to be heated through. While many people equate canned meat with "yucky mush," it doesn't have to be bad. My husband, Dave, and I have lived on canned meat for months at a time, and never felt deprived.
Have starch smarts:** If you're looking for a starch to serve something else over and are trying to conserve propane, be aware of the relative cooking times of rice, pasta, and couscous. The length of time needed to cook traditional brown rice is about 45 minutes, traditional white rice is about 15 minutes, pasta usually cooks in 8 to 10 minutes, and couscous just has to be brought to a boil, then covered and removed from the heat.