Got The Gorp?

Our trail mix (aka gorp) recipe was created and modified over years of backpacking trips in the Grand Canyon.    We needed something that would energize us- complex carbs, sugars, proteins, and fat… and taste good enough that we would be willing to eat it day-after-day on the trail.  We often modify it to fit what we have on hand and the preferences of the people who will be eating that batch.

This combination includes two forms of chocolate – M&Ms and chocolate chips that soften in the heat to form tasty clusters.  There are also two sources of nuts for protein – mixed nuts and peanut M&Ms; a dried fruit – we like dried blueberries better than raisins, and a base of cheerios.  We tried plain cheerios one year and decided it was too bland so we have settled on Honey Nut Cheerios but there are many variations on sweetened oats to choose from these days.  Take what you like… make it your own!

Trail Mix (Gorp)

  • 1 cup peanut M & Ms
  • 1 cup raisins or other dried fruit (we like blueberries)
  • 1 cup each chocolate and peanut butter chips
  • 1 – 2 cups Honey Nut Cheerios
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups mixed nuts (or whichever you like)

Mix and put into day-sized pouches

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Eat Local

Found a farmers’ market this weekend… picked up some local flavors to enjoy.  February is not the best time to find local fruits and veggies, but some great organic locally prepared items were the highlight.

Green chili, tomato sauce, chipotle plum sauce and herb pasta will make for some flavorful meals this week.  Tonight we made chicken enchiladas with green chili sauce- not bad for a studio condo stove-top/microwave dinner!