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Friday, February 27, 2015

Homemade Snacks Put You in Control

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Bird watching season has already begun. Have plenty of healthful, homemade gorp in your pocket or backpack before you hit the trail.

Butterscotch Caramel Gorp
    Take individual packages of this delicious desert trail mix on after-dinner strolls.

8 cups miniature rice cakes, caramel flavor
4 cups plain, bite-size shredded wheat cereal
1 packet dry instant butterscotch pudding mix (regular or sugarfree)
2 cups butterscotch-flavor chips
1 cup miniature chocolate chips
2 cups whole, roasted walnuts, pecans or almonds

    Put everything in a large, clean bag and shake gently to mix well. Package by the half cup or cup for your pocket, or put it in a big bowl for a party dessert around the campfire. Makes about 17 cups.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Make Your Own Trail Mix for Better Health

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On foot, on horseback, on a bicyle, at the wheel or in an airline seat it's a lifesaver to have a healthful pocket snack available.

Fiberlicious Java Gorp
Sweet enough to make a satisfying dessert, this gorp is also substantial enough for breakfast on the run.
4 cups sweetened wheat squares
4 cups fruit-filled wheat squares
2 cups bite size shredded wheat
1/4 cup coarse sugar
1 cup each dark organic chocolate chips, dried pineapple tidbits
2 cups whole cashews
1 cup whole roasted almonds
1 cup chocolate covered coffee beans (regular or decaf)

    Dump everything in a large, clean bag or bowl and mix gently.  Package by the cupful for the pocket or trail, or serve it in bowls for a party. Makes 15 to 16 cups.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Snacks for the Pocket, Snacks for the Bowl

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Product of the Week
Keep pocket snacks clean, dry, fresh and handy with attractive snack bags you can use over and over.

Shoe Leather Gorp

     Do your teeth cry out for a chewy workout? Here is a gorp for you It’s a great hunger buster for snacking in the car, on the trail or at your desk.

2 cups bite-size shredded wheat, sweetened or unsweetened
2 tablespoons maca powder*
1 packet cocoa drink mix **
2 cups dried apple slices, cut in quarters
1 cup dried apricots, cut up
½ cup each dried cherries and golden raisins
1 cup Gummi Bears or gum drops
2 cups unsalted jumbo peanuts   

    Put shredded wheat, maca powder and dry cocoa drink mix in a large plastic bag and shake to mix well. Add remaining ingredients and shake to mix. Package by the half cup and keep cool and dry. Makes 18 half-cup servings.

*This root vegetable grows in the Andes and is prized for its plant sterols, amino acids and other benefits.
** Hot cocoa mixes are available in many brands and types including sugar-free or with miniature marshmallows. Each packet makes one cup cocoa but here we are using it dry.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Trail Mix Can Be Both Gluten Free and Good

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Spring is almost here. Take time, take a great trail mix and get out and smell the tulips

Spicy Gluten-Free Gorp
     Everyone can enjoy this snack, even those who are on a celiac diet. Just read labels to make sure everything including spices and the nuts is gluten free.  

3 cups gluten-free bite-size crackers (or break up larger crackers)
6 cups plain or “lite”  popcorn, unpopped kernels discarded
3 cups gluten-free cereal squares
2 cups roasted, salted
2 cups gluten-free jumbo peanuts
1 tablespoon gluten-free spice mix (hot, medium or mild)

    Put everything in a large, clean bag and shake gently to distribute flavors. Add more seasonings to taste. Package in snack bags by the cup or serve in a big bowl. Makes 16 one-cup portions. 

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See Janet Groene’s camp and RV recipes at CampAndRV Cook and her galley recipes for boaters and sailors at BoatCook.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Superbowl Snacks for Healthier Life Hacks

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By adding healthful, homemade popcorn to small amounts of commercial products you save money, save time and reduce per-portion content of chemicals, salt and sugar.

    Start with tubs and tubs of popcorn, then use your imagination to turn them into healthful gourmet snacks. Here’s how:
8 cups popped corn (“lite” or air-popped with no salt or oil)
Spray lightly with butter flavor spray. This is important to make dry ingredients stick to the popcorn.

Shake 8 cups popcorn (except where indicated) with other ingredients in a clean bag and pour into a bowl.

Apple Pie Gorp, add 1/4 cup brown sugar, pinch of salt and 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
Asian Persuasian Gorp:  to each 8 cups popcorn add one cup sesame snack and one cup crisp Chinese noodles
Butterscotch Gorp: toss 16 cups popcorn with 1 packet dry butterscotch pudding mix, 1 cup butterscotch chips and 1 cup pecan halves
Cheesy Corn Gorp: mix popcorn half and half with corn curls to get all the taste with half the salt and chemicals
Chocolate Lover’s Gorp: add 1/4 cup dry chocolate fudge pudding mix and ½ cup large chocolate chips. Toss and serve.
Coco Loco Gorp: add ½ cup sweetened shredded coconut and 1 cup dried pineapple bits   
Hot ‘n Spicy Gorp: 1 cup wasabi peas, 1 teaspoon each ground ginger, garlic salt, onion salt
Mexipalooza Gorp: 1 tablespoon salt, 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, 1 teaspoon each dried cilantro and cumin
Peanuttiest Gorp: add 2 cups dry-toasted peanuts and 1 cup cut-up Reese’s peanut butter cups
Range Rider Ranch Gorp: toss with 3 tablespoons dry ranch dressing mix
Sweet Lemon Gorp: toss 12 cups popcorn with 1 package dry lemon gelatin dessert mix and ½ cup sifted powdered sugar
Vanilla Vampire Gorp: Toss popcorn with 1/4 cup dry instant French vanilla pudding mix,  1 cup white chocolate chips and ½ cup cinnamon redhots candies

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Homemade Snacks for the Trail or Tailgate

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No matter where your travels take you there is always room in a pocket or backpack for a healthy snack like this one.

Parmesan Pecan Gorp
    Pecan meal is very finely ground pecans. It’s easy to add to any trail mix and it also goes great in pancake batter, muffins or quick breads. Don’t be tempted to use more than 2 drops of liquid smoke. It's potent.

2 cups pecan halves
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 drops liquid smoke
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
6 cups unsweetened round oat cereal
½ cup pecan meal
    Heat the oven or toaster oven to 150 degrees. Put pecan halves in a plastic bag. Mix oil
and smoke. Add to the bag, with salt. Close and gently shake bag to coat pecans. Spread pecans in a pan lined with nonstick aluminum foil. Bake 10 minutes, stir and sprinkle with Parmesan.Return to the oven for another 4 or 5 minutes. Cool completely and put in a bag with the cereal and pecan meal. Shake gently to mix well. Pack by the cup or half cup. Makes 16 half cup servings.

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Friday, December 26, 2014

Snack Recipes for People with Pockets and Packs

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 Your family will eat healthier at the beach, in the woods, on a plane or anywhere when you make a healthful gorp at home and package it for portion control.

 Dessert Gorp
    Here is one for your sweet tooth. It’s a perfect “talking and walking” dessert to take along on a fitness walk after a big meal.

9 cups mixed square cereals, regular or gluten-free
1 cup brown sugar
1 stick butter
Pinch salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup light corn syrup
2 cups honey-roasted whole almonds
     Put cereal and nuts in a large, buttered or sprayed, microwave-safe dish. Bring sugar, butter and salt to a boil in a saucepan. Boil 3 minutes. Stir in baking soda and corn syrup. Drizzle over cereal and microwave a total of 3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds. Stir occasionally as it cools. When it’s completely cool package by the cupful. Makes 11 cups.

For ten years, Janet Groene had no kitchen and she was also off grid for months at a time. She developed her recipes while living on a boat with no oven nor refrigeration and on board a camper with miniature galley and limited water.  See her shortcut recipes for camping here and boating here.