Homemade Popcorn Seasoning

Homemade Popcorn Seasoning

Tamera Mowry popcorn

Anyone who knows me well knows that I love nothing more than to cozy up on the couch with a glass of wine and a bowl of popcorn … It is seriously one of those little indulgences in life that makes me infinitely happy! One of the best things about weekends at my house is that the whole family will stay in our pajamas literally ALL day, and without fail, popcorn is eventually made.

Recently, I have been playing around with some homemade popcorn seasonings to make my favorite snack even more interesting and tasty (if that’s even possible). I love the idea of homemade popcorn toppings because I love to experiment with different ingredients, and see what flavor combinations I can come up with!

Here are three of my favorite ways to dress up regular old popcorn:

Lemony Kale Popcorn — I love this combo because it’s a sneaky way to add some greens to a snack without that bitter kale taste! In a bowl, take 2 big handfuls of plain roasted kale (I cheat and buy kale chips), break them up with your hands and blend with 2 wedges of fresh squeezed lemon juice, sea salt, and about a tablespoon of grape-seed oil. Then toss it all with freshly popped popcorn.

Parmesan-Rosemary — This one is by far the most savory and indulgent (and the most popular in my house!). Grate 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese and add it to 3 tablespoons of olive oil, and 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh rosemary. Add sea salt to taste, and then toss it with popcorn.

Salt and Vinegar — This seasoning might just be my favorite of all because it’s so simple and it is like you’re eating an amazing popcorn / potato chip hybrid combo! Combine 1/4 cup white vinegar and 2 teaspoons of fine sea salt in a small spray bottle; shake to dissolve the salt. Spray over hot popcorn.

tamera mowry popcorn seasoning

I hope you guys love trying out my favorite popcorn toppings!

Xx

Tamera

 

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6 Easy Ways To Make Breakfast Healthier

If you’ve been watching my Instagram stories, you might’ve seen some of the ways Adam and I have been whipping up easy meals. Adam is definitely the breakfast pro of the house – I wish we had time to sit down to a long, homecooked meal every single morning! But with two demanding jobs and even more demanding little ones, and the desire to be as healthy as we can be, we don’t opt for the classic American breakfast every day. These 6 swaps check all the boxes – cheap, healthy, easy and best of all, satisfying!

Swaps for a Healthier Breakfast - Tamera Mowry

Breakfast 1) Instead of dressing up your morning toast with regular ol’ butter, use almond butter or avocado. Both do a great job of keeping you fuller longer with healthy fats and protein, so you’re getting a few added benefits. There’s some evidence to suggest that almond butter is healthier than classic peanut butter, but PB is much more wallet friendly if you’re on a budget. Plus, if you go the nut butter route, you can make this morning snack even healthier by slicing up an apple to use as a base, rather than toast.

Breakfast 2) Cereal is a go-to for many, but that doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Greek yogurt (which is much more protein packed than regular) and granola is a healthier swap, and just as quick. Be sure to check the nutritional contents of store-bought granolas though, as some brands can be just as loaded with sugar and additives as cereal. If you have the time, try a homemade granola recipe you can make the night before. And if you’re craving something sweet, top with whole fruits rather than pair with store-bought juice.

Breakfast 3) In a major rush? Skip processed health food bars and opt for homemade energy bites instead. My recipe has 3-4 simple ingredients, and the best part? It’s NO bake! Pair with an apple for a more well-rounded meal.

Breakfast 4) Whip up a breakfast smoothie. If you’re not used to making your smoothies at home, you’d never believe that they were just as easy and way healthier than downing that OJ in the morning. You can use Greek yogurt as a base to reap the benefits listed above, and add whatever fruits you’re craving in all at once. If you’re not a spinach lover but want to get your daily greens, you can even add a small handful to most fruit smoothies without altering the taste much at all.

Breakfast 5) Eggs and veggies. Bacon and egg scrambles can take time in the morning, but sunny side or fried eggs are much faster and taste great with quick cooking veggies like zucchini, yellow squash and onions. Simply chop ‘em up, throw in a pan with coconut oil, and top with one freshly made egg for a yummy, easy breakfast bowl.

Breakfast 6) Breakfast muffins. Here’s a great trick for when you want to plan ahead for a busy week. I’ve seen a recipes for egg muffins all over Pinterest (try these 50 calorie muffins or these 3-ingredient Paleo egg nests) and they’re usually super quick to whip up in a muffin tin and can provide days of healthy breakfast or mid day snacks. When made with whole food ingredients, they’ll keep you energized without the crash that sugary store bought muffins and pastries often come with.

Will you be giving any of these healthy breakfast ideas a try? Let me know if you do!

Xx,
Tamera

Try These Grocery Shopping Hacks to Eat Healthier This Year

When it comes to eating healthy, there are many ways to go about it. You could cut processed foods out of your diet, create a workout regimen, cook more meals at home – or more likely, some combination of changes. These are great habits to adopt, but if you want to make changes that you’ll stick to, you’ve got to do your homework! Budget is huge when making a lifestyle change – one of the biggest reasons people give up on those food-related New Years resolutions is that it’s tough to make it happen on a strict budget. But tough doesn’t mean impossible, and there are actually a lot of easy ways to achieve those goals.  These grocery shopping tips will make sure you stay on track without breaking the bank or losing your mind.

Grocery Shopping Hacks

1. Get in the right mindset. Before you hit the grocery store, make sure your mind is in the right place. Long ago, I wrote a post about changing the way you think about food, and it’s worth a read before making a meal plan. Adopting a more open mind when it comes to shopping can lead to new recipes and healthier habits.

2. Know when to buy in bulk. Buying in bulk can not only be a huge money saver, it can ensure you always have what you need. Things like must-have spices and household items can be great to buy in bulk, for example. But make sure you don’t buy perishable items that you don’t use or store properly, because you may waste food and money in the end. And, make sure you’re not buying something just because it’s at a great price.

3. Learn how to save when shopping. Just like buying in bulk, there are a lot of other tricks for eating healthy on a budget. Read my post here to learn how freezing items and shopping in season can be good for you and your wallet.

4. Only use coupons on things you actually buy. Meaning, don’t add items to the grocery list just because you saw an amazing deal. Coupon clipping can be a great way to save, but don’t be tempted by BOGO and free items if they don’t actually serve you and the meals you plan to cook. Not only could it mean unnecessary purchases, but a cluttered pantry – AKA more work for you.

5. Weigh your options – literally. When deciding between sizes of packaged foods, make sure you aren’t being fooled by the label. Like I mentioned in the healthy eating post I refer to above, unit prices are helpful to check in these cases that sales can be confusing.

6. Know your organic musts. I love to eat organic but know how spendy it can get. If you go to the grocery store knowing exactly which items you require to be organic and which it’s OK skimp on (this guide should come in handy), the produce aisle becomes a lot less overwhelming.

7. Get to know your farmers market. It may seem like just another stop in your quest for groceries, but I actually find that shopping local farmers markets is a fun way to cut down on time spent in the store. It’s not only a way to support your community, but you can often find fruits, veggies and artisan breads that are higher quality and just as affordable, or sometimes more, than the chain stores (depending on what’s in season). It can also be a great place to teach your little ones about healthy eating (the ones near us have lots of family-friendly activities too) in an interactive space. Plus, you can’t beat gorgeous fresh flowers and yummy honeys and jams!

Do you have any grocery shopping tips for healthier and more affordable eating? Share with me below!

Xx,
Tamera

 

 

 

 

One Pot Chicken with Tomatoes

You can’t deny that one-dish meals are the best. Whether it’s one pot pasta or a slow cooker recipe, minimal meals are a busy parent’s best friend. This healthy chicken and tomatoes dish is no exception, and it’s pretty easy to whip up. See below for my step-by-step and let me know if you try yourself!

One Pot Chicken & Tomatoes - Easy Chicken Recipes - Tamera Mowry

Looking good already! So here’s what to do…

One Pot Chicken & Tomatoes - Easy Chicken Recipes - Tamera Mowry

Ingredients
4 boneless skinless chicken breast
1 package grape tomatoes, halved
1/3 c. low sodium chicken broth
1/4 c. balsamic vinegar
1/4 c. lemon juice
1 package organic spinach leaves
½ tsp each salt, pepper, poultry seasoning
2 cloves garlic, minced

One Pot Chicken & Tomatoes - Easy Chicken Recipes - Tamera Mowry

First, season and pan fry the chicken breast, 3-4 minutes on each side. Then, transfer it to a deep sauté pan with the tomatoes, seasoning, garlic, lemon, vinegar and broth.

One Pot Chicken & Tomatoes - Easy Chicken Recipes - Tamera Mowry

Bring to a boil, cover, and cook. You’ll want your tomatoes to start to soften.

One Pot Chicken & Tomatoes - Easy Chicken Recipes - Tamera Mowry

…It will look a little something like this. Stomach rumbling yet?

One Pot Chicken & Tomatoes - Easy Chicken Recipes - Tamera Mowry

Drain the broth, and prepare a plate with a bed of spinach. You can save the broth and boil with a bit of corn starch to thicken it if you want to drizzle sauce on top of your chicken.

Top with lemon and enjoy!

Xx,
Tamera

A Fresh New Salad for Spring

As much as I’ve obsessed over my slow cooker meals over the past few months (so addicting), now that the weather is warming up, I’m finally in the mood for salads. But not your boring spring mix with bland dressing salad – instead, I’m opting for a fresh, crisp variety. This cucumber and tomato salad does the trick, and it’s great for sides, snacks or even light veggie meals too.

Fresh Spring Salad via Tamera Mowry

Crisp Spring Salad

Serves 4.

Ingredients

Salad
1 chopped medium red bell pepper
½ chopped small red onion
½ English cucumber, diced. (To do this, cut crosswise both ways and then slice so it makes 4 pieces from each slice.)
1 cup of cherry tomatoes, halved
½ block of Monterey jack or mozzarella cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

Dressing
1/3 cup olive oil
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
½ tsp sugar
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil

Mix all the salad ingredients together and toss with the homemade dressing. If you’re pressed for time, this is similar to an Italian dressing, so you can really use whatever you have on hand.

How do you make your salads taste amazing?

Xx,
Tamera

Easy Salmon Burgers with Kale & Broccoli

If you read my skincare secrets post, you might be looking for a way to incorporate those healthy foods into your diet more often. Well, after getting so many questions about the yummy salmon burgers that I posted on Instagram a couple weeks ago, I had to follow up! This dinner was amazing and so quick to come up with. Salmon burgers are super healthy as far as burgers go, and adding kale and broccoli not only made them more flavorful but even better for you.  And yes, your skin too!

Easy Salmon Burgers | Tamera Mowry

Yum!

I love browsing Pinterest for recipe inspiration. It’s so easy to get caught up in day-to-day life and get stuck in a food rut. And a food rut while trying to be healthy or lose weight? The worst! So when I came across these kale and broccoli salmon burgers on Hummusapien.com, I pretty much stopped what I was doing and got cooking. See all the ingredients you need below:

1-15oz can wild salmon, drained
½ cup almond meal (or old-fashioned oats or breadcrumbs)
2 eggs
2 tbsp lemon juice
½ tsp salt
½ tsp garlic powder
pepper
1 cup very finely chopped kale
½ cup very finely chopped broccoli florets
½ cup chopped onion
½ cup finely chopped parsley

You’ll be mixing it all up like this:

Easy Salmon Burgers | Tamera Mowry

And then letting it firm up on parchment paper…

Easy Salmon Burgers | Tamera Mowry

And then frying it up on the stove! Find the full directions on Hummusapien.com.

Don’t be afraid of the kale and broccoli involved – this is such a simple way to get your fill of greens without feeling forced to eat a bland meal. Of course, steamed broccoli, salad or roasted veggies are natural sides for this dish but the pairing options are endless.

Let me know if you make this one… I love sharing the recipe love! And if you need another quick recipe, try this one pot pasta.

Xx,
Tamera