As you may have gathered from my recipe posts, I am a snacker. I love snacks. I’m also trying to eat healthier. Dilemma. I like snacking on carrot sticks and apple slices but I can’t kid myself. We all know the best snacks are salty or sweet and carb-rich. My lousy reptile brain always makes me crave those carbs.
One way to snack a bit healthier is to eat spicy snacks, like my spicy snack mix. The crunch of the chow mein noodles and pretzels is satisfying but the burst of spice stops me before I eat too many. I have made this recipe fairly mild. Feel free to keep adding hot sauce until you get your desired level of spice. You can even sprinkle on some cayenne pepper or chili flakes if you’re worried about your snack mix getting too soggy.
NOTE: In my photos I have doubled the recipe because I was making some to enjoy and some to give away to my mom. The recipe below makes about 2 1/2 cups.
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, to taste (use the brand you like best)
1⁄4 teaspoon celery salt
1⁄8 teaspoon garlic powder
2 1/2 cups chow mein noodles, pretzels, cereal bits (like Crispex or Chex). I used mostly noodles because that’s what I had, but you can change the ratio to whatever you like.
Combine melted butter with soy sauce and hot pepper sauce; drizzle over the noodles.
Toss lightly to coat noodles.
Sprinkle with celery salt and onion powder; toss to mix well.
Spread noodles in a large shallow baking pan or jelly roll pan. Bake at 275° for about 15 minutes, or until lightly browned and crispy. Store in an airtight container for up to one week.