Because Life Can’t be all Baby Carrots and Tofu

8 Mar

A Sweet Addiction

One of the great secrets I have learned over the years is that to enjoy your kids while dashing from one place to the next (in our oh so scheduled lives)  you must make sure that you pay attention to keeping their blood sugar levels on an even keel.  How do you know you are accomplishing this without a blood test you ask? When no whining and no contact sports are heard from the back seat.  There is peace and all is well.

And how do you execute this magical feat you ask?  The best way I know is to have healthy, (or at least mostly healthy), snacks ready and with you at all times. A less perfect plan might find you pulling into the drive-thru once again, (putting a hole in your budget and who knows what into your kids).  Of course plan A only works if the snacks are eaten so on occasion rather than fixing baby carrots, graham crackers, or sliced apples, I prepare a special “treat”.  Here is one of my favorites, (found on a cereal box), because while it is sweet , but not too sweet, it offers fiber, grains and protein.  Who says brown food can’t be fun?  Oh, and did I mention that it only takes 6 minutes cooking time?

For those of you who don’t have kids you can dress this up in a party gown (your own unique packaging) and you have a great hostess gift or even a little gift for yourself.

Caramel Nut Mix

6 tbsp. – (3/4 stick) butter or margarine

1/2 cup – packed brown sugar

3 tbsp.- light corn syrup

4 Cups – Safeway® Rice, or Corn Pockets™  cereal

5 cups – popped popcorn

1 1/2 cups nuts, such as slivered almonds, pecans, walnut halves or chopped peanuts

In a medium microwave-safe bowl, combine butter or margarine, brown sugar and corn syrup.   Microwave on HIGH (100%) for 3 minutes or until boiling, stirring after 1 minute, 

In a large microwave bowl, stir together cereal, popcorn and nuts.  Pour butter mixture over and stir until all pieces are evenly coated. 

Microwave uncovered on HIGH (100%) for 5-6 minutes.  Spread on waxed paper to cool. (I add salt here, because sweet and salty is always a good idea.) Store in airtight container.

(Due to differences in microwave ovens, cooking time may vary.  These directions were developed using a 625 to 700 watt oven.)

Recipe developed by cookbook author Marlene Sorosky Gray.

If you prefer the directions to cook this in a conventional oven,  just make a request in comments and I will email them to you.

This recipe features a store brand rather than a national name-brand product.  In my experience, quality is what determines the difference between a bargain and waste of time and money when making buying decisions, and the process of trying out all the options can be expensive and sometimes down-right painful.  That gives me an idea!  I will start a page that reviews and compares store brands with national brands, and because I can’t possibly review them all, you can help.


2 Responses to “Because Life Can’t be all Baby Carrots and Tofu”

  1. Andrea Moyal March 9, 2011 at 10:15 PM #

    Tried this, and it is awesome! What a great treat! 🙂

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