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Clean and quick meals can come from the "just add hot water" meals, by repackaging them in freezer ziplock bags. Their heavy duty construction allows them to hold quite hot water. Just pour the contents into a quart freezer bag, label with a permanant marker, roll from the bottom to remove air, and it is compact, identifiable and self contained.
Once you are on the trail, pick a meal add very warm, maybe not quite boiling water (most require about one cup), and zip the bag shut. Knead the bag from the bottom to ensure that the water mixes with the contents fully, open and eat right out of the bag.
No dishes to clean, except your utensils, and less garbage to pack out.