The OP asks about dried meals. I'm assuming this is equivalent to lightweight as far as possible.
Slowroad, I like your couscous...
Here is my version (a bit less snazzy than yours)...
Plain couscous, some veg of some description, stock cube or packet soup (the long cook version is nicer than instant but either will do)
Couscous can be substituted with quick cook pasta, noodles or rice (use the energy saving method, add to cold water, bring to boil and then turn off heat. Wrap the pot in a fleece or put in a snug cosy - I'm about to make one out of some neoprene - and leave for 10min before eating)
Veg can be dried (superlight), or try dry seaweed! Weird tasting but apparently quite good for you, or tinned or best of all fresh. Also tinned fish is an option.
Stock cubes, packet soup - whatever - It took me a while to realise that less soup mix was better and made the result look and feel less like cement mix. I'm experimenting with miso and umani and I have also found some fermented black beans that are interesting! I quite like a very liquid sort of meal.
Small bits of sauscison or chorizo for meat eaters add more texture and taste
Here is the standard Mountain marathon evening meal I've relied on for years...
1. Pot noodle (or posh noodle) - save the noodle pot for the next course... carry on boiling water
2. Two cup a soups in the empty pot - keep boiling more water
3. instant flavoured couscous - keep on boiling water
4. optional if it was very cold and we were hungry - onion (s)mash with some grated parmesan - more boiling water
5. instant custard in its own sachet (hold it with a glove or in the noodle pot) and crumble in some rich fruit cake or chocolate brownie
6. lie down, cradle a taut, round belly and groan whilst sipping an aeroplane plastic miniature bottle of malt - but maybe not finish with a wafer thin chocolate mint.