Monday, September 28, 2009

Healthy Recipe: Crunchy Party Mix

Finally - I'm giving you the recipe I promised!! I found this recipe in Weight Watcher's magazine a couple of years ago. It's a yummy little snack and the portion is surprisingly satisfying. I love that you make this snack in your slow cooker rather than the oven!



Crunchy Party Mix

6 tablespoons light butter
2 tablespoons curry powder
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 cups Rice Chex cereal
5 cups Corn Chex cereal
1 cup tiny pretzel twists
1/3 cup lightly salted peanuts

1. Place the butter in a 5 or 6 quart slow cooker. Cover and cook until melted, about 5 minutes on high. Add the curry powder, soy sauce, sugar, cumin, and salt; mix well. Add the remaining ingredients; mix well.

2. Cook, uncovered, about 45 minutes, stirring well every 15 minutes.

3. Reduce the heat to low. Cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is crisp and fragrant, 3-4 hours. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool completely. Store in ziploc bags in pantry up to 6 weeks.

1/2 cup serving: 89 cal., 3 g fat, 1 g fiber, 2 WW pts.

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This has a very strong curry smell. It's a good mix, but we decided that we might like more traditional Chex Mix seasonings. I made it the exact same way, except that after melting the butter, I replaced the curry powder through salt with: 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, 1 1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt, 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder, and 1/2 teaspoon onion powder. Yum!!

After it's done, I portion out 1/2 cups into separate snack bags so I know I can grab a 2-pt. snack later! I hope you get to try this - so fun to make in the slow cooker!

I'm linking this to Crockpot Wednesday at Dining With Debbie - yummy ideas!


Lisa :)

11 comments:

  1. That sounds so yummy! So in step two, I assume it's on high since in the next step is says to go to low?

    I am so making this on my next shopping trip! Your changes to the recipe (for the different flavor) didn't affect the points?

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  2. Sounds like the perfect thing to try today with this fall weather...and I need to run to the grocery store anyhow...I think we will try it! Thanks, Sandy B.

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  3. Turn the slow cooker on high when melting the butter and leave on high during the first 45 min. of cooking.

    No affect on points as the seasonings are mostly 0 points and actually you're eliminating the tablespoon of sugar when going with the traditional Chex Mix version, so a slight decrease if anything (not enough to decrease a point per serving as there are 20 servings!).

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  4. Fun recipe idea! Thank you! I think I am going to sign up for WW too...its been on my mind.

    Also, I'm having my first giveaway if you're interested:

    http://www.mooreminutes.com/2009/09/pleated-poppy-giveaway.html

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  5. oh! I am so making this during the holidays!

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  6. Hurray! I love chex mix and I have all of the ingredients in my pantry. I am going to try this one tomorrow morning. Thank you so much, this is great.
    Yvonne

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  7. WOW!!! what a GREAT!!! party mix for the slow cooker. YUMMY!!! YUM!!!
    I have become a follower of your blog, I love to share recipes and ideas. Come by and visit my blog.
    Geri

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  8. Having a duh moment here...I never thought about doing chex mix (my hubby's favorite snack) in the crockpot. Thank you for enlightening me :)

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  9. Mmmmmmmm. That sounds really yummy!

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  10. This sounds wonderful..I have to try it. Thanks so much for the recipe.

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  11. Looks healthy and yummy! Thanks a lot! Will definitely try it out.

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