A Fistful of Cheerios
Sometimes things get bad from a snacking perspective. You’re home. Maybe everyone else is in bed or busy in the basement. Your loving wife has made a responsible decision to keep the shopping list healthy – free of chips, cookies, jerky, or any of life’s basic pleasures. There hasn’t been a holiday in weeks (from which treats might be leftover). Nor have you hosted a party, large playdate, or visitor of any kind for quite a while (which often results in some snacks that are otherwise contraband in your home).
What’s left? Carrot sticks? Not today. An apple? Only if I have to. Ah ha. Cereal! A bowl? No. That last bit of milk is for the kids. If I take tonight, there will be a noticeable milk shortage in the morning.. and only one viable culprit (because my wife knows the precise milk levels at all times.) Plus, I’d have to make noise washing the bowl (I don’t dare leave a dirty bowl and spoon in the sink as evidence). The sink could wake somebody and start a line of questioning about why I’m in the kitchen at night. Cheerios, hmm? I could whip up some Poor Man’s Party Mix* – but no. The microwave is even louder than the sink.
A handful of Cheerios it is. It’ll have to do. Multigrain Cheerios! Yikes! Sounds a little healthy. But wait…for some reason, these Multigrain Cheerios are sweetened. Hooray for an era of faux healthy food naming. If you call it multigrain, my wife will buy it – even though it’s got a decent coating of sugar (6.2 grams per cup). Nice work General Mills! You and me are on the same team. The Multigrain Cheerios are pretty tasty. I could definitely do worse (see aforementioned carrots and apples).
* Poor Man’s Party Mix
In Episode Four Hugh gave our listeners ideas on how to create unconventional, unhealthy quasi-tasty snacks from random ingredients in the kitchen. Poor Man’s Party Mix Recipe:
- Step 1 – take bowl of Cheerios (a cup?)
- Step 2 – take a pat of butter and place it on top of the Cheerios. Shake on some garlic salt.
- Step 3 – Microwave for a while. If you’re lazy just nuke it until the butter is melted. If you want better butter coverage, stop every 15 seconds to stir it up.
- Step 4 – Stir it up