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.
I hope you guys love trying out my favorite popcorn toppings!
It’s almost officially fall, which means breaking out the slow cooker for the yummiest comfort foods and coziest meals to make as the temps outside get cooler and we spend more time indoors with our families. This slow cooker pork tenderloin is also a great way to switch up your slow cooker meals, if you’re used to a lot of chicken or beef recipes. Now, what to do…
Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin Recipe
1 pork tenderloin
1 cup chicken broth
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon rosemary
½ tablespoon red chili flakes
1. Turn slow cooker on low, add chicken broth and pork tenderloin.
2. In small bowl, mix together balsamic vinegar, honey, soy sauce, garlic, salt, thyme, rosemary, and red chili flakes.
3. Pour over meat in slow cooker.
4. Cover, cook on low for 6-8 hours.
5. Remove pork and serve with remaining sauce.
June is here, and you what that means… A summer of grilling! If you’re new to preparing steak or grilling in general, this recipe is for you. The flank steak isn’t tough to figure out and prepare to your liking, and chimichurri sauce is basically tons of delicious, flavorful ingredients all mixed up together.
1 flank steak
2 garlic cloves, minced
½ cup parsley
½ cup cilantro
1 teaspoon oregano
½ cup olive oil
¼ cup red wine vinegar
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 avocado, sliced in small pieces
juice of 1 lime
1. Turn the grill on high. Sear both sides of seasoned steak for 1-2 minutes each. Then move it off the direct heat and grill on medium for about 4-6 more minutes.
2. Mix all sauce ingredients in a mixing bowl until they resemble a chunky sauce, distributing the seasoning throughout.
3. Spread sauce on steak and enjoy!
Have you tried steak and chimichurri before?
Today I have another amazing and (amazingly easy) recipe for you. Cooking can be so fun to experiment with but there is nothing better than being able to whip up a simple meal when needed. If you’re not particularly handy in the kitchen, it’s always nice to have a few meals you can count on. Tuna salad is something that’s not only easy as pie but surprisingly versatile. You can always up the health factor by using lettuce cups instead of bread, or in my case – an avocado!
Tuna Salad with Avocado
1 can chunk tuna in water
1 tsp lime juice
optional: herbs, pickles, black olives, etc.
salt and pepper to taste
This is an easy one! Chop up your onions and herbs, and mix into the salad. Half the avocado, remove the pit and scoop out a couple spoonfuls to mix directly in with the tuna. Mix in lime juice and any extra seasonings. Reserve some to make a “bowl” with. Give it a good mix and scoop the tuna into the avocado. Repeat for the second half. Makes two small servings or one lunch sized portion.
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!
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 tbsp lemon juice
½ tsp salt
½ tsp garlic powder
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:
And then letting it firm up on parchment paper…
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.