Saturday, May 3, 2014

Healthy Conference Treats

We have a tradition surrounding General Conference at our house: FOOD!  A lot of our traditions revolve around food.  It started out when our kids were quite young and I wanted them to enjoy Conference and stick around during the talks without having to resort to Satan's plan i.e. making them sit there.  I make a big spread of assorted appetizers and have them in our great room and we just sort of graze all day long.  It takes a bit of prep work but there's usually enough that it lasts the whole day and I don't have to worry about what's for dinner that night.  I wanted to send Matt and his companion some kind of healthy Conference treats and while these probably weren't super healthy...there is after all, a ton of salt in Chex Mix...lets face it, it's a lot healthier than all the sugar I've sent the last few months...and Sister Murphy listed it as her favorite treat on her "My Favorite Things" printable.  Her mom was kind enough to share the recipe and this helpful hint: "Double the sauce-ie bit of the recipe to make it truly addictive."  Thanks, Marcie!

Chex Party Mix
3 cups Rice Chex cereal
3 cups Wheat Chex cereal
3 cups Corn Chex cereal
1 cup small pretzels
1 cup nuts
1 cup mini bagel chips
(like in Gardetto's - I found them by the deli at the grocery store)
1 cube butter
2 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
Tobasco sauce, to taste (optional)
1 1/2 tsp seasoned salt
3/4 tsp garlic powder
(or 3-4 fresh cloves garlic, crushed)
1/2 tsp onion powder 

In a large bowl add the cereals, pretzels, nuts and bagel chips.  Stir to combine.
In a microwave safe bowl melt the butter and add the seasonings.  Stir to combine.
Pour over cereal mixture and stir until everything is coated evenly.
Spread evenly onto a baking sheet and bake uncovered for 1 hour in a 250 F. oven, stirring every 15 minutes.   
This will allow the mix to dry out and become slightly golden.  
Allow to cool completely.  Store in an airtight container.


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