Today’s comment challenge: What are your favourite snack foods to take on a day trip. Recipes welcome but not required:)
Daylight savings has really put a spring in my step this week. All of a sudden, summer feels within arm’s reach.
I bought Capri pants.
I rolled the car windows down once or twice.
I realized the Farmer’s Market starts in about a month.
It’s going to be so great. That miserable stretch of weather from Christmas to Easter is almost over. Soon we’ll be hitting the beach, charging up on solar power, and enjoying a lot more variety in fresh local produce.
Around our house we’re gearing up for another season of island day tripping, deciding this is our year to get organized. We will not revisit Summers past, where we have run around the house frantically grabbing supplies on our way out the door- having already strapped the toddler into his car seat- and always winding up forgetting something along the way.
Loaded beach bag by the door.
Extra towels in the trunk.
Snacks at the ready.
We will be your go-to guide, of course, for minimizing the trauma of herding the family and supplies on day trips during these warmer months. Here at Food and Your Family today, I’ve got our first road trip friendly snack idea.
Pear with Honey and Pecans (taken from an old Everyday Food Magazine clipping in my recipe file) is a perfect take along snack. It’s quick to make, transports easily (read: will not rot in a warm car), and provides a nice shot of good calories, fat & fiber for kiddos on the go.
For the vegan & raw food crew, I would think that agave nectar would substitute perfectly for honey, though I haven’t yet tried it out.
Experimenting with adding cinnamon, raisins, or using walnuts instead of pecans would make for some tasty flavour combinations, even try substituting apples for pears. As with any great family recipe, there’s lots of room for improvisation.
Pear with Honey and Pecans
1.) Halve 1 red or green Bartlett pear lengthwise, and core with a melon baller or spoon.
2.) In a medium bowl, mix together 1/2 cup chopped pecans and 2 Tbsp honey; mound onto pear halves.