Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Once You Pop You Can't Stop!

I've been wanting a snack lately. A snack that isn't too sweet, but not too salty, and a little spicy. It also couldn't be incredibly unhealthy because I'm trying to count calories. It sounds like I am picky about my snacks, but remember I have a refined pallet.
I searched my pantry and fridge for awhile and decided I didn't have anything that was going to satisfy. There were crackers, chips, cookies, but nothing that was going to fill that craving.
So after searching for several more minutes I decided I really wanted Party Mix; you know the kind with Chex Mix cereal. Well, of course, I didn't have Chex Mix, it couldn't be THAT easy (nothing seems to be lately), so I made up my own, maybe healthier version (you decide) of Party Mix. It's so good; fairly addicting, ok it's actually kind of like Pringles....."once you pop you can't stop"! I seriously couldn't stop. See if you can.

Once You Pop You Can't Stop Party Mix
(kind of obnoxiously long title, but it's mine and it works.)

1 box Kashi Heart to Heart whole grain crackers
1 lb pecans
1 lb almonds
1-2 bags dried cranberries
1 stick butter/margarine, melted
1 tbsp Worcestershire or Liquid Aminos (that's what I had in my pantry)
1-2 tbsp Tony's Original Creole Seasoning

This is super easy. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Add Worcestershire to butter and mix well. Combine all ingredients, EXCEPT cranberries, in a large bowl. Mix well. Pour on a baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes. Directly add cranberries. Combine and serve.

The chorus line.

Everyone is here and accounted for!

Pour pecans in a large bowl and begin to break up the crackers.

Pour in all broken crackers.

Add the almonds.

Melt the butter.

Mix in the Worcestershire.

Add melted butter mixture.

I'm no doctor, but this will not clog your arteries.

Don't be scared!

Add the seasoning! This will give it a nice kick.

If you can handle it, add the entire 2 tablespoons.

Mix real good. Get your hands dirty!

Or you can use a spoon if you must!

Pour on a baking sheet.

Spread out the mixture evenly.

Bake for 25 minutes. Your house will thank you for the smell.

When the timer beeps, add your dried cranberries.

They add the perfect amount of sweetness.

Then dig in! No need to wait!

Bet you won't be able to stop. Come on, bet me!


Mark Zellner said...

Hey, this is cool! I haven't come across a cooking blog before. This is just the sort of thing a recent college graduate needs - a pennyless cookbook! Thanks for sharing. Blessings, Mark

Megan.... said...

Thanks Mark! I really appreciate it!