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Friday, March 16, 2018

Homemade, Healthier Snack Recipes to Eat Anywhere

Eating lunch al desko? Make it a balanced meal that eats easy, tastes great. 

Slow Cooker Gorp
 Use all the same nuts or a mix of pecans, walnuts, almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, jumbo peanuts, etc.

1 stick butter
½ cup sugar
1 tablespoon apple pie spice or pumpkin pie spice
4 cups nuts
12 cups unsweetened square cereals, preferably a mixture of corn, wheat and rice. 

Put butter in the slow cooker and turn it on High. As butter melts, stir in sugar and spices. When they are well combined, carefully fold in nuts and cereal. Turn cooker to Low. Cook one hour, stir gently and cook one hour more. Uncover and cool completely.  Package by the cupful and keep cool and dry for up to one week. Makes 16 cups. Add a crisp apple and a bottle of spring water and it's a meal. 

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Pleasing Trail Mix is Homemade for Better Health

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Cheesy Pleasy Gorp
Eat anywhere, any time. This nutty, cheesy, not-too-sweet gorp is a trail blazer and a satisfying snack when you’re fishing or on night watch. It also  makes a complete lunch at your desk. Just add a drink and a crisp apple. 

4 cups white cheese popcorn
8 cups unsweetened  square corn cereal 
4 cups cheese curls
2 cups string cheese, snipped in bite size
2 cups b roken walnuts
2 cups broken cashews

Put popcorn, cereal and cheese curls in a large bag and jostle gently to mix. Add string cheese pieces and jostle again. Add nuts, mix and package by the cupful. Makes 22 one-cup portions. 

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Party Rye Sweet Treats for Camping, Hiking

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Mini Sandwich
Dessert Gorp
Easy to make, these  little sandwiches are practical to carry in a pocket, pleasing enough to serve at a party around the beach bonfire. 

1 loaf party rye bread
8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup pineapple jam
1/3 cup chopped, drained maraschino cherries

Mix cream cheese, jam and cherries and make sandwiches with the bread. Makes about 15 mini sandwiches for the lunchbox or day pack. These carry well for up to one day. 

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Healthier Pocket Snacks for Hiking, Fishing, Treats for Kids

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Nutella Gorp

5 cups any flavor round oat cereal such as Honey Nut Cheerios

1 cup coarsely chopped hazelnuts
3 cups miniature marshmallows
1 tablespoon butter
3 tablespoons Nutella

Put cereal and nuts in a large bowl. In a microware container or double boiler, heat marshmallows with butter and Nutella. Mix with cereal and press into a buttered 9 X 13-inch dish or baking pan. Cool completely, cut in squares and wrap individually for travel, the lunchbox or the trail. 

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Easy Snack Recipe for Superbowl or Trail Mix

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 Make your own snacks, gorp and trail mix to suit your own diet. Basic guidelines are given here but it’s OK to substitute if you can’t eat gluten, nuts, etc.



The kick-off in this addictive snack is the jalapeno chips.

6 cups corn chips (e.g. Fritos)

8 cups plain popcorn
4 cups jalapeno potato chips
4 cups roasted, unsalted pecan halves

Olive oil in pump spray

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese from a jar
1 envelope taco seasoning

    Preheat the oven to 225 degrees. Put first four ingredients in a large bag and shake gently to mix. Spread in two large pans. Spray lightly with olive oil. Mix Parmesan and taco seasoning and sprinkle over chips mixture. Bake until toasted to taste,  stirring every 10 minutes. Serve in a big bowl on game day or package by the cupful for the trail. Makes 22 cups.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Yes! Vegetarians Can Eat Jerky

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    Order vegetarian jerky online. This is a stick-to-the-ribs vegan jerky for high-energy outdoor sports.

6 ounces teriyaki flavor vegetarian/vegan  jerky
4 cups bite-size shredded wheat
1 teaspoon powdered vegetable bouillon
4 cups square corn cereal 
2 cups broken cashews, unsalted
2 cups dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, pineapple bits, etc.) 

    Snip jerky into small bites and combine in a big bag with remaining ingredients. Close bag and shake gently to mix thoroughly. Package by the cupful in individual snack bags. Makes 12 to 14 one-cup servings.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Have Hot 'n Bracing Russian Tea with That Snack

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Russian Tea 
To Go With Your Gorp
    Anywhere you can get hot water–-airlines, the office, the campfire-- you can have a bracing cup of Russian Tea to complete your gorp meal. A small plastic snack bag will hold about ½ cup  of mix (enough to make six or more cups of tea) and a plastic spoon. Keep it cool and dry for up to a month.

1 cup powdered orange drink such as Tang
2 cups instant sweet tea mix with lemon
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

    Mix well and divide into small packages with a plastic spoon.  Put a teaspoon of this mix in a cup, add very hot water, stir and serve.


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