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Bake Picnic Vegetarian

Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  116
  • Protein  2
  • Carbohydrates  18
  • Fat  4
  • Cholesterol  9
  • Sodium  217
  • Potassium  45
  • Phosphorus  34
  • Calcium  96
  • Fiber  0.4

Dill Nibbles

Dill Nibbles is a crunchy snack treat that is renal dietitian-approved. Try this kidney-friendly recipe for the next time you feel the need to munch.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Meg from Alabama.

Portions: 30     Serving size: 3/4 cup


  • 13 ounces Corn Chex® cereal
  • 28 ounces Rice Chex® cereal
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons dried dill weed
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter


  1. Preheat oven to 250° F.
  2. Pour cereal into a large baking or roasting pan.
  3. Melt butter in sauce pan over a low-medium heat.
  4. Add garlic powder, dill, Parmesan cheese and Worcestershire sauce to butter; stir to combine.
  5. Melt butter. Pour 1/4 of the butter mixture over cereal in pan and mix to coat cereal. Bake for 15 minutes.
  6. Remove cereal from oven and pour another 1/4 of butter mixture over cereal; mix well.  Bake for another 15 minutes.
  7. Repeat step 6 two more times until all butter mixture is added and cereal has cooked for a total of one hour until crisp.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1 starch
  • 1/2 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • A large roasting pan with high sides works best.
  • The parmesan cheese is a higher phosphorus ingredient. 1/2 cup contributes 10 mg phosphorus per serving. Use less or omit if desired. 
  • Purchase one box of Corn Chex and 2 boxes of Rice Chex. For a smaller batch, reduce cereal to one or two boxes depending on how much you want to make. Adjust other ingredients as well.

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Dill Nibbles

Nanallin says:


how do you get 38 1 cup portions out of this recipe? Dietitian comment: The corrected amount is 30 servings, 3/4 cup each. The 3 boxes of cereal contribute 22-1/2 cups. Thank you!

Jul. 29, 2014, 3:57 PM - Inappropriate review?

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NanaK49 says:


I am anxious to make this but would like to know how to preserve the remaining and or how long will it keep? Dietitian comment: If you store it in a tightly sealed container or zip top bags it will keep for 3-4 weeks. Consider dividing into individual servings for quick grab and go.

May. 20, 2014, 10:19 AM - Inappropriate review?

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alyssacroacia says:


I'm confused. It says this recipe is safe for dialysis patients. Yet it includes cheese. I'm on a renal diet so I can't have dairy because of the phosphorus. So, shouldn't this recipe be unacceptable for people with renal failure who are on the renal diet? Dietitian comment: The amount of Parmesan cheese per serving is 2/3 teaspoon[INVALID]a very small amount. The total phosphorus per serving is also low at 32 mg. The bottom line is small amounts of foods high in sodium, potassium or phosphorus can be included in kidney-friendly recipes as long as the amounts per serving are low. You also must follow the serving size suggested on the recipe.

Nov. 02, 2013, 7:54 AM - Inappropriate review?

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jsmartrd says:


I made this for the patients in my clinic a couple of weeks ago. I added the cheese to the first batch but found it was too difficult to spread. In the second and third batches I left the cheese out altogether. I intended to add the cheese later but forgot. The patients loved it without the cheese. The garlic and dill flavors are wonderful together.

Oct. 04, 2013, 8:24 AM - Inappropriate review?

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srandhawa__ says:


I made this for our patients and they liked it, but I ran into the same problem the previous reviewer had pouring it. Next time I'll follow the moderator's recommendations in that review.

Apr. 20, 2011, 11:44 AM - Inappropriate review?

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lewislh says:


I mixed the butter and other ingredients as indicated in the recipe but it was too thick to "pour" over the chex mix. Am I missing something here? I added more butter so I could pour it. I hope that doesn't mess up the mixture. Moderator comment: You could add only half the parmesan cheese to the melted butter then sprinkle the rest on afterwards. Otherwise add the extra butter if you don't mind the extra fat calories.

Jul. 07, 2010, 6:28 AM - Inappropriate review?

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laura says:


I like the combination of seasonings in this

Mar. 27, 2009, 1:59 PM - Inappropriate review?

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mamasquirrel says:


Making the regular Chex Party Mix is a tradition in our family. I was delighted to find Dill Nibbles--it was tasty and so easy to make--I experimented with various no salt herb blends-some tasted better than others-it is definitely worth making!

Jan. 18, 2009, 7:17 AM - Inappropriate review?

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