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Our summer is booked with wall-to-wall travel this year. From our annual summer vacation to my kiddo’s birthday trip, we’re pretty much on-the-go all summer long this year. The one thing that I know we’re in for a lot of is road trip action, and when it comes to road trips, I really love a good snack to keep me focused on the path ahead. Trail mix is almost always a go-to snack of mine, but lately, I’ve been wanting to mix it up with different fruits, nuts, and crunchy items to keep me fueled up and satisfied during the long drive. Today, I’m sharing my new favorite way to shake up my trail mix game (and trust me, there’s a super, super simple secret to getting plenty of flavor without the effort).
A lot of trail mixes and snack mixes have a complicated list of seasonings and toppings to get it tasting just right, but a simple hack to smash that list of seasonings is to just pick up a brand new, delicious teriyaki sauce from the Asian foods section of your local Walmart store. P.F. Chang’s® Home Menu Sauces are brand new and they’re the super simple secret to extraordinary flavor.
Traditional snack and trail mixes always make me feel like most of my time spent preparing them is spent on tracking down every spice and seasoning that goes into the trail mix. However, these brand new P.F. Chang’s® Home Menu Sauces do the work for you, which is really part of why I’m a fan. The other thing I love is that they’re so versatile. I used the P.F. Chang’s® Home Menu Sauces in Teriyaki for this recipe, but the next day for lunch, I tossed some chicken in the Sesame sauce and served it on top of a spinach salad and it was divine, too. You really can’t go wrong! P.F. Chang’s® Home Menu Sauces make getting that perfect Asian flavor so easy, and I love that I can just sauce it and enjoy.
To make the teriyaki trail mix, start by mixing wheat square cereal, rice square cereal, and corn square cereal. I used 3 cups of each cereal, but if you have a preference (all wheat or half wheat half corn), mix-and-match for 9 total cups of cereal.
Add a little extra crunch to your trail mix with chow mein noodles, then bring up the level of protein fuel by tossing in cashews. You can swap out any nuts here, but I prefer cashews for sure.
The perfect teriyaki flavor comes from the perfect teriyaki sauce. Grab the P.F. Chang’s® Home Menu Teriyaki sauce for the ultimate ginger-pineapple flavor that will have you totally feeling the Asian flair.
Coat your mix in the sauce, stirring to make sure it’s all fully coated. Once you’ve done that, pop the bowl of teriyaki trail mix into the microwave for about 5 minutes. Be sure to stir it well after each minute to prevent burning.
You’ll know it’s ready when the mixture is hot. You will also see that the sauce is starting to stick onto the trail mix and soak in a little, rather than glazing over it like in the top photo.
Spread the teriyaki trail mix out on a baking sheet, then top it with bits of dried pineapple and toasted Thai coconut (which is a little crispier and more chip-like than shredded coconut). These add a little sweetness to the overall flavor of the teriyaki trail mix.
Let it dry for several hours, and then you’re ready to serve! Bag it up, put it in an airtight container, or seal it in whatever makes a convenient travel package for you, and enjoy it on-the-go. Or use it as a delicious at home snack while binge-watching your favorite shows.
The thing about trail mix is that you can really personalize it. Swap the Teriyaki for a different P.F. Chang’s® Home Menu Sauce, or try a different dried fruit or nut option to make it your own. For me, though , this is the perfect mix of simplicity. It’s ready to be laid on the pans to dry in minutes, and ready to eat as soon as it’s dry…. IF you can keep your family away from it before it’s dry. I couldn’t stop them from grabbing some early!
What’s your favorite Asian cuisine dish?
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Teriyaki Trail Mix Recipe
- 3 C corn square cereal
- 3 C rice square cereal
- 3 C wheat square cereal
- 2 C cashews
- 2 C chow mein noodles
- 1 C P.F. Chang's Home Menu Teriyaki Sauce
- 6 ounces dried pineapple
- 1.5 ounces Thai coconut chips
- Mix together cereals, cashews, and chow mein noodles in a large, microwave safe bowl until well-combined.
- Stir in teriyaki sauce, making sure to evenly distribute the sauce.
- Place the bowl in the microwave and cook for 5 minutes, stirring after each minute.
- Spread on baking sheets or parchment to cool.
- Top with dried pineapple and coconut.
- Once dried and cool, bag up or store in an airtight container.
- This will stay fresh for about 2 weeks in an airtight container.
- Feel free to change the cereal combination to meet your needs and preferences, for whatever combination will make 9 total cups of cereal.