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Friday, October 31, 2014

Harvest Time is Healthier Snack Time

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Whether you ride the subway, bus, airlines or a camel, it's always healthier to bring your own snacks

 Serve this gorp by the bowlful for autumn parties or pack it individually for treats, hiking, commuting, party favors. 
Autumn Corn Maze  Gorp

 Rich in healthful carbs and nut protein, this gorp and a bottle of water make a substantial lunch on the trail or at the wheel. Add a crisp apple and it's a complete meal.
4 cups round apple flavor cereal
8 cups plain or “lite” popcorn
1 packet orange gelatin dessert mix (regular or sugar free)
2 cups whole walnuts
2 cups whole pecans
2 cups whole almonds
2 cups miniature peanut butter cups
2 cups peanut butter filled pretzels

    Put cereal, popcorn, dry gelatin mix and nuts in a large bag and shake to coat everything with the dessert mix. Add candy and pretzels. Shake gently to mix.. To package for the trail, measure by the cupful into snack bags. Makes 22 cups. 

For ten years, Janet Groene lived fulltime on the go, sailing the tropics in winter and camping the U.S. in summer. See her recipes for camping at Camp and RV Cook and her boat galley recipes at Boat Cook.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Homemade Snacks for Camping, Boating, Biking, Hiking

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Healthy snacks make for better beach combing.

 Maple Macadamia Gorp
    If you love old-time candies, the Maple Nut Goodies in this gorp will make your day. This is a low-fat, high fiber dessert gorp to take on a twilight walk after dinner.

12  cups plain round oat cereal OR
12 cups bite-size unfrosted shredded wheat
1 cup macadamia nuts
1 cup lightly salted dry roasted peanuts
1 stick butter
1/2 cup each maple syrup and brown sugar
2 cups Brach’s Maple Nut Goodies candy

    Set the oven to 325 degrees. Put cereal, macadamias and peanuts in  large baking pans.
Melt butter with maple syrup and brown sugar and drizzle over cereal mixture. Bake 10 minutes,stir and bake 5-10 minutes more. Cool completely and add maple nut candies. Package by the cupful for a dessert gorp. Makes 16 portions of one cupful each.
    Variation: omit candy and substitute maple bacon jerky. Serve as a trail lunch or breakfast. Don’t forget to bring plenty of water.

See more of Janet Groene's recipes for camping and boating at Camp and RV Cook and Boat Cook

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Homemade Snacks for Hiking, Camping, Lunchbox, Backpack or Pocket

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Overnight Gorp

Wait until this gorp is completely cool before packaging.  Eat it in one-cup portions for travel, biking, hikes, snacking at your desk or eating on the go.  The more different kinds of cereals you
use, the more interesting the mix.

1/2 cup canola oil
1/3 cup your favorite herb blend mix (e.g. Cajun, lemon pepper, Mrs. Dash,  seasoned salt, etc.)
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
4 cups raw almonds

2 cups whole cashews
12 cups various square cereal, preferably unsweetened (can be gluten free)
2 cups bite-size shredded wheat (not frosted) OR
2 additional cups gluten-free square cereal

    Set the oven to 275 degrees. Combine oil, herbs and soy sauce in a measuring cup or
small pitcher. Lightly spray two large baking pans. Combine cereal and nuts in a large bag to mix, then  spread in the pans. Bake,  stirring every 15 minutes. After 50 minutes, turn off the oven and don’t open the door again until morning. Package cooled
gorp by the cupful in zip-top snack bags. Makes 10  meal-size portions of two cups each.
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Friday, October 3, 2014

Trail Mix is a Healthful Treat

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 Take plenty of homemade gorp when you go to the beach, and don't forget to bring lots of cold water.

 Cheese Corn Gorp

    Unlike commercial “cheese” corn this whole-meal gorp contains healthy, grated real cheese and no artificial colors or flavors. And it won’t stain your fingers orange.

12 cups plain or lite popcorn (3 quarts)
4-ounce wedge of Parmesan cheese, grated
2 cups sliced almonds
2 cups dry-roasted peanuts, salted or unsalted
2 cups dried apple rings, snipped to bite size

As each batch of popcorn comes out of the popper, put it in a large bag or container and sprinkle with some of the cheese while it’s hot. Let the cheese nestle into the hot popcorn.  Do not disturb. Let cool. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.  Measure out two cups for each trail meal or one cup for a snack. Makes 9 portions of 2 cups each.

Trail Mix Rule One: by nature, the most healthful trail mixes are bone dry for light weight. It’s essential to accompany the meal with lots of drinking water.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Snack Recipes Can Make an Entire Meal

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 From surf fishing at sea level to lofty mountain hikes, homemade trail mix saves the day. Make your own to save money, avoid excess salt and trans-fats, cut down on sugar, eliminate allergens.

Turkey Dinner Gorp
    This mix makes a substantial meal when you’re backpacking, power-fishing or on a demanding hike. Just bring plenty of drinking water and a crisp apple for dessert.

2 cups high quality turkey jerky, snipped to bite size
4 cups diced bread-style stuffing mix such as Pepperidge Farm
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup dried, diced pineapple
1 cup toasted pecans
    Toss everything together lightly and seal in individual bags. Serving sizes are 1 cup to 1
½ cups. Makes 9 cups. Keep in a cool, dry place.

I like these sturdy,  re-usable, washable, dishwasher-safe snack bags to carry gorp in a backpack or day pack and these washable,  re-fillable tubes for bringing nut butter and cheese spreads on a picnic or hike.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Snack Recipes for Hiking, Camping, Boating

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  No more junk food! Make your own snacks at home for healthier snacking on the road, on the trail, in the tent. 

 Jolly Green Gorp
    Start with two tablespoons of wheat grass powder, then increase the amount to taste. This gorp is SO loaded with good nutrients. Make it for a special dessert treat while you take a brisk, after-dinner walk in the twilight.

1 packet dry lime gelatin dessert mix (regular or sugar free)
2 tablespoons organic wheat grass powder
2 cups shelled, unsalted pistachio nuts
6 cups square cereal
2 cups Lucky Charms cereal
1 cup candy such as Gummi Frogs or green gum drops

    Combine lime gelatin powder and powdered wheat grass, then shake with other
ingredients in a large bag. Measure by the cup  or half cup into snack bags or containers and keep cool and dry. Package in snack bags by the cup or half cup.  Makes about 11 cups.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Homemade and Healthful, Vegan Snacks Everyone Loves

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Vegan Jerky Gorp
    If your local markets don’t carry vegetarian jerky or vegan jerky, order it online.This is a stick-to-the-ribs jerky for high-energy outdoor sports.

6 ounces teriyaki flavor vegetarian jerky
4 cups bite-size shredded wheat
1 teaspoon powdered vegetable bouillon
4 cups square corn cereal (read labels if you’re vegan)
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, sealed bags. Makes 12 one-cup servings. 

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