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Thursday, May 25, 2017

This Snack Makes a Whole Meal

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Many commercial trail mixes are too,sweet, too salty and have too much fat. If you live on gorp when you’re camping or traveling, or always grab a trail mix when you eat at your desk, it’s important to eat right. Here’s a savory, “main dish” gorp. Make a sweet gorp for dessert if you like, or just have a handful of chewy, dried apricots. 

String Cheese Snack Gorp

3 cups string cheese pieces, cut in bite size
1 tablespoon Mrs. Dash seasoning (any flavor) 
3 cups Crispix cereal
3 cups brown rice crisps (e.g. RiceWorks gourmet brown rice crisps)
1 tablespoon Mrs. Dash seasoning
1 cup unsalted walnut halves
1 cup unsalted pecan halves
Put cheese pieces in a big bag with 1 tablespoon seasoning and shake gently to coat.  Add cereal, crisps, nuts and the other tablespoon of seasoning. Shake gently and package by the cupful to make a meal or pack by the half cup for snacking. Complete the menu with spring water or a carton of milk. 

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Bonus Recipe
Wakame Gorp
The salty sea taste of wakame seaweed flakes compliments the tuna jerky while crackers and no-salt puffed rice add carbs. A burst of sweetness from the pineapple adds a tangy contrast. 

9-ounce package of Hawaiian style ahi tuna jerky 
2-ounce package wakame flakes 
2 packages, 3 ounces each, Tokyo style rice crackers 
8 cups puffed rice
3 cups diced dried pineapple

Cut jerky into bite size and combine everything in a big bag or bowl. Mix well. Seal in snack bags and keep in a cool, dry place. Complete the meal with spring water or Japanese beer. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Homemade Snack With A Touch of Thai

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Thai Peanut Gorp
    These nutrition-packed bars have a sweet, spicy Thai tang like no other. Wash them down with a hot or cold beverage to make a meal on the trail or a midnight snack around the campfire. They also make a nice addition to a bento box lunch.
3/4 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup chopped,  roasted peanuts
1 2/3 cup whole wheat flour
2 eggs
2 tablespoons each molasses and water
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup thai peanut sauce
1/3 cup smooth peanut butter 

1. Set the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a baking pan or sheet. Combine sugar, peanuts and flour in a plastic bag to mix well. 

2. Separate one egg, saving the white.  In a bowl whisk the whole egg, one egg yolk, molasses and water with baking soda and peanut sauce. Stir in peanut butter, then dump in dry ingredients. Mix well.

3. Shape dough into a log and flatten it. Place on lightly greased baking pan. Whisk egg white and 1 teaspoon water until frothy and brush on top of the roll. Bake at 350° until toasty brown and firm to the touch. While the log is still warm, slice it. When slices are completely cool wrap them  for the trail. Makes four trail meals when served with a beverage, or cut in smaller pieces to carry as a snack.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Homemade Snacks to Eat Anywhere

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Jolly Green Giant Gorp

If you're new to wheat grass, start with small amounts and then increase it to taste. It’s said to be loaded with good nutrients.
       This gorp is high in energy but also high in gluten. If it's more sugar than you want, substitute no- or low-sugar cereal and go easy on the candies. 

1 packet dry lime gelatin dessert mix (regular or sugar free)
2 tablespoons organic wheat grass powder
2 cups shelled pistachio nuts
Olive oil spray
6 cups square  cereal
2 cups Lucky Charms cereal 
1 cup Gummi Frogs

Combine lime gelatin powder and powdered wheat grass. Spread out pistachios and  spray very lightly with olive oil.  Put in a clean bag with the gelatin mixture and shake to coat. Add remaining ingredients and shake to combine. Measure by the cup  or half cup into snack bags and keep cool and dry. Makes about 11 cups. 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Homemade for Health, Snack Recipes for the Pocket

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Eat on the trail, at your desk, at your palette, on night watch. Homemade and portable, gorp is good food

Goldfinger Gorp
    Think of it as a no-cook dessert you can eat while taking a brisk, fresh-air walk after dinner.  It’s also perfect for lunch boxes, after-school snacks for the kids, a pick-me-up at the beach or desk. This makes 26 portions, enough to last all week. 

4 cups caramel flavor miniature rice cakes
16 cups popcorn (no oil, no salt, or the “lightest” available)
1 package dry butterscotch pudding mix
2 cups butterscotch-flavor chips
2 cups chopped Butterfinger bars
2 cups chopped Nutter Butter cookies
    Put everything in a large, clean bag and shake gently to mix well. Package by the cupful in snack bags. Makes 26 cups.

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A tip for gorp lovers: measure and package gorp in snack bags and add a wrapped hand wipe.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Get Out of the Office, Have Lunch in Your Pocket

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Benchwarmer Gorp
    Have lunch on a park bench in the spring sunshine. Save money, eat better, recharge by getting out of the office. Throw this full-meal gorp together at home and package it by the cupful in snack bags. Complete the menu with a juicy peach and a sparkling water. 

4 cups small rice crackers
2 cups oatmeal squares cereal
2 cups square rice cereal
2 cups cheese-filled pretzel bits
2 cups whole, roasted, unsalted cashews
2 cups shelled pistachios, unsalted
2 cups turkey jerky cut into small bite size

    Package by the full cupful for meals, by the half cup for snacks. Makes 16 cups. 

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Why make your own gorp? You control ingredients and portions. The above recipe for example, can be made gluten free by choosing gluten-free cereals and substituting snipped string cheese for the cheese pretzels. Can't have tree nuts? Use sunflower or soy "nuts" . Go with less sugar, no salt, vegan, non GMO because YOU choose the ingredients while the recipe provides the proportions to make a balanced meal.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Walk, Talk, Eat Travel Snack Recipes

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Package gorp for your pocket, backpack, lunchbox or portion control and you'll never be without a wholesome snack even in that middle seat. 

Caramel Nut Dessert Gorp
Make it with any bite-size cereal (no gluten, low sugar, high fiber). Take a brisk walk after supper at home or in the campground, enjoying this dessert while you pace off the calories. 
     When you divide it into 32 servings of ½ cup each you’re getting maxi taste and crunch for mini carbs.

12 cups square crisp cereals
4 cups whole pecans
1 stick butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup light corn syrup
½ teaspoon each salt and baking soda

       Line two jelly roll pans with nonstick foil. Set the oven to 300 degrees. Spread cereal and nuts on pans.  In a saucepan melt butter and stir in sugar, corn syrup and salt. Cook until it comes to a full boil.  Remove from heat. Carefully drizzle over the cereal.  Bake without stirring 30 minutes at 300 degrees. Cool.  Makes 16 cups. 
When it’s completely cool, turn over lightly with a pancake turner to break up and mix.   Package by the cup or  half-cupful in snack bags. Take a brisk walk while enjoying this satisfying dessert and stroll away the calories.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Make a Date with this Sweet Trail Mix Recipes

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Make a Date Gorp
    This is a sweet dessert gorp easily packaged in snack bags for the trail or lunchbox. Mixing is messy but it’s easier if you use a spatula sprayed with nonstick coating.

1 stick butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
16-ounce package chopped dates
1/4 cup water
3 cups crisp rice cereal
Optional: 1 cup chopped nuts
    Bring butter, sugar, dates and water to a boil for 2 minutes. Fold in rice cereal and nuts until no dry spots remain. Pack in a buttered  9 X 13-inch pan. Cool, cut in squares. 

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