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Sweet Chipotle Snack Mix

I’m trying to be a little bit smarter about my snacking. I’m someone who has no problem snacking on nuts…so long as they have chocolate chips and dried cherries mixed in. But eating plain old nuts is no fun. So many people don’t like to eat nuts because they are so high in calories but they are also so high in good fat. Like with everything else, it’s about watching how much you eat and be careful with portions. But with nuts, they easily fill you up so a small handful (a portion) is just enough to do what a snack needs to do: satisfy! This Sweet Chipotle Snack Mix is a perfect snack mix to have on hand when my stomach is rumbling and I need something quick.

Slivered almonds, pumpkinseeds, and cashews are mixed with a frothy egg white and a spicy mixture of sugar (or Splenda), chipotle chile powder, cumin, oregano, and chile powder and baked until warm and crispy. Spices are a fun way to add a lot of calorie-free flavor to nuts to make them a little more interesting. Mixed with sugar, this spice mixture is sweet, spicy and smoky without being overly sweet, overly spicy or overly smoky. The combination is perfectly mellow but completely flavorful that makes this snack mix a little bit addicting. But just remember, a little goes a long way so this snack will last you for days and days.

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Preheat oven to 325°F. Combine sugar, salt, chipotle chile powder, cumin, oregano, and chili powder in a small bowl; stir with a whisk.

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Place egg white in a large bowl; stir with a whisk until foamy. Add the almonds, cashews, and pumpkinseeds; toss well to coat. Sprinkle with spice mixture; toss well to coat.

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Spread nuts in an even layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 325°F for 15 minutes, stirring once. Turn oven off. Remove pan from oven; stir snack mix. Immediately return pan to oven for an additional 15 minutes (leave oven off). Remove pan from oven and place on a wire rack; cool completely.

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Store snack mix in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

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Additions: None

Omissions: None

Substitutions:

  • Splenda

Overall Rating: Like It

Source: Cooking Light magazine

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Slow-Cooker Chicken with Cashews

I had a long and amazing weekend in Mississippi for a wedding and my diet was out the window.  I’m not easily tempted by southern food because most of it can be fried and I really try not to eat fried food (with the exception of French fries of course, which would be one food I would want on a deserted island).  So considering nearly every meal outside of the wedding was eaten in a restaurant or delivered from a pizza place, I have to get back on track.  And that means chicken and vegetables like usual.  This Slow-Cooker Chicken with Cashews is an easy way to get both while I rest and recover from a crazy weekend.

Chunks of boneless, skinless chicken breast and baby carrots cook for a little over three hours on high in a slow-cooker with soy sauce and chicken broth until soft and tender.  Red pepper and pineapple tidbits are added with a little more soy sauce, pineapple juice and cornstarch and cook another twenty minutes until warm.  Cashews are added for the last ten minutes of cooking while the sauce thickens.  My chicken was fork tender and fell apart (in a good way) while cooking and the veggies were all fresh and crisp.  I’m not the biggest lover (at all) of cooked carrots but I really loved the color they added to this dish.  I didn’t eat this with rice and just enjoyed the chicken and veggies by themselves which was a fantastic, hearty dish.  Thank goodness for the slow-cooker because I still need more horizontal time while I recover from Mississippi.

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Stir together chicken, carrots, broth and 2 tablespoons soy sauce in slow cooker bowl. Cover and cook for 3 hours on HIGH or 5 hours on LOW.

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Remove cover and stir in snow peas, pineapple and red pepper and cook an additional 20 minutes.

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In small bowl, stir together remaining 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 2 tablespoons pineapple juice and cornstarch. Stir into liquid in slow cooker bowl. Stir in cashews and cook an additional 10 minutes or until liquid has thickened. Serve over rice, if desired.

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Additions:  None

Omissions:  None

Substitutions:  None

Overall Rating:  Like It

Source:  Family Circle magazine

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