Showing posts with label popcorn. Show all posts
Showing posts with label popcorn. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Low Carb Portabello Burgers w/ Kidney Beans

Ready for an incredibly tasty burger?

I was too! I'm doing a cleanse - the Advocare 24 Day Challenge - so I haven't been cooking a whole heck of a lot. That's why you haven't seen too many posts from me recently... that and life has been C-C-C-razy!

I've been craving pasta like you wouldn't believe. A visit to the grocery store today for a few needed items, had me gasping over the chip aisle. I prevailed though. Here's a tasty treat that's nutritious, filling and delicious!

I originally found the recipe on e-How and ended up making several adjustments. I can't find it again for reference, but this is a really tasty treat.

1 14 oz can kidney beans, no salt added, drained and rinsed
1 medium carrot
1 cup portabello mushrooms, chopped
1/2 onion
1/2 large orange or yellow pepper (or one whole small), seeded
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1 egg
2 tbsp ketchup
1 tbsp garlic powder

6 small slices tomato
3 large leaves romaine lettuce
horseradish dijon

Using a food processor, shred your carrot. Add the beans and all other ingredients, except the tomato and lettuce.The original recipe calls for the mix to cool for an hour, but I was hungry, so I just split into six patties and broiled for about 5 minutes on each side.

Plate up on half a lettuce leaf, topped with a small amount of horseradish dijon and a small slice of tomato.


Linking this up to:

Miz Helen’s Country Cottage

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Cheesy BBQ Popcorn Recipe

Here's another great gourmet popcorn recipe... a favorite in our house! We can't take the credit for developing this fab recipe, but I'm also not sure where to attribute the recipe. I did a quick search for cheesy bbq popcorn recipe on Google and found it in half a dozen places, and can't remember which one we used initially! :)


This is a simple treat that can be made by using ingredients that every home should have. Easy and delicious! We've updated the recipe to make it lower sodium, but if you're a salt hound, you can make a few easy substitutions (salted butter instead of unsalted; garlic salt instead of garlic powder).

If you don't have fresh parmesan, I suppose you could use the stuff in the green can. However, as a parm purist, I feel the need to let you know that the green can doesn't have a home in our home.

Cheese snob lecture over. On to the popcorn.

Cheesy BBQ Popcorn

2 T melted butter, unsalted
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/4 cup fresh grated parmesan.
6-10 cups popped corn

Pop the corn according to the method of your choice. We have been dedicated stove poppers as long as we've been married. We may be switching to an air popper soon, but are fighting the urge to do so. We remain opposed to the microwave stuff, but hey, we don't judge. Ok we do, but silently. And only because of the crazy chemicals and preservatives in microwave popcorn. Still, if you are a microwave popcorn person, we urge you to go as plain as possible on the popping corn of choice.

Gather your spices. It won't take long.

Melt your butter and add in the spices.

Drizzle over the popcorn a spoonful at a time, tossing the popped kernels in the bowl between drizzles.

Take out your hard, fresh parmesan cheese and your lovely Microplane Fine Grater.

Grate the cheese directly onto the popcorn. Toss together and serve... what a tasty treat!

Next up in our adventures in popcorn, when I was at True Value today getting supplies for my new Aerogarden, I found some fab Amish popping corn. Now, though it's certainly not local, it's organic. I'm excited to try my new rainbow popcorn to see the colors. And yes, I'll be sure to share!

Monday, March 28, 2011

"Cool Ranch" Popcorn

It's no secret that I love Doritos. And when I say I love Doritos, I mean that I firmly believe a bag has approximately 2 servings. It's been a huge detriment in my quest to be healthier and to get into shape... that, and not going to the gym. Before my month-long sojourn to China, Tibet and Cambodia this summer, I need to get into shape... no thanks to Doritos.

Baby steps. I've decided not to purchase Doritos again (we'll see how that works), but I can make Cool Ranch Popcorn, which is almost as tasty and mountains better for you!

I love popcorn experiments, and also have a cheesy bbq recipe, which by definition, is oh so good, and by reality, amazing! I'll share that recipe soon, since popcorn occurs in our household several times a week.

I did some googling and found this fantastic recipe for Cool Ranch popcorn, but of course made some modifications to achieve the flavor and coloring of my beloved Doritos. Just kidding on the coloring... I did NOT (emphatically) turn the popcorn the color of corn chips.

My recipe calls for making popcorn in a pan... I hate the microwaved stuff and we don't have an air popper. If you must go for microwaved, just don't tell me, and get the plainest stuff you can. If you use an air popper, you may want to spritz the popped corn with water from a spray bottle or melt some butter and drizzle over to help the mix stick to the kernels.

Here's my take on "Cool Ranch" Popcorn
1 tbsp buttermilk powder, heaping
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp chili powder (paprika would work too as this is mainly for color)
1/2 cup popcorn
2-3 tbsp vegetable oil (note, if you use an air popper,

Place the oil and unpopped kernels in a saucepan that you don't care about. (If this is to become your popcorn pan, it will soon be black from the oil, when you make popcorn like this 3-4x a week.) Heat over high heat and cover.

While kernels are sizzling away, mix all other ingredients together in a small bowl.

Once popcorn has popped and you've placed in the popcorn bowl, (K is the chief popcorn maker in our house, as he has discovered secrets to popping nearly every kernel in the pan, whereas mine always has lots of old maids), spoon the dry mixture over the popcorn, shaking the contents of the bowl between spoonfuls. Shake more, and serve!!

This is linked up with the Hearth & Soul Blog Hop!


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