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Pop, pop, give: Your new favorite green snack

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Once  upon a magical time, on a tiny piece of  pacific paradise, my earth-loving Kauaiian friends introduced me to something sticky and green that changed my perception of life forever: spirulina popcorn.

What is spirulina, you ask? It’s blue-green freshwater algae. What else goes on this popcorn? Nutritional yeast.  Do these ingredients have your mouth watering yet? If you already know and love them, you can stop reading here. If you are feeling a little grossed out, let me drop some health-food knowledge on you. Spirulina is a freakin’ POWERHOUSE of nutrition – loaded with all kinds of vitamins and minerals that you want to be in you. It is also 60% (!!!) protein, and a complete protein, too….meaning it has all the essential amino acids your bod is probably hoping you’ll ingest, instead of the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos in your hand (yes, you). Nutritional yeast (not to be confused with Brewer’s yeast) is deactivated yeast that is loaded with B-vitamins and other good-for-you stuff. More importantly, it has a super-fab cheesy, savory flavor that really makes this recipe mo’ betta.

Have I lost you? Are you thinking that this sounds waaay too much like hippie food* and can’t possibly taste good? I know we have probably not made it far enough in this relationship to have built total trust…but, I promise you…I only like to eat things that taste amazing. Not to mention there is another ingredient that I threw into this recipe to fancy it up and reduce the “granola”  factor: white truffle salt. Boom. I know all doubt has now been cast aside, so let’s make some popcorn:

First off, pop some popcorn. Stovetop is fine, but an air popper is preferable. If you don’t already have one, it looks as though we have found the cause of that lingering feeling that something is missing from your life. Air poppers RULE and have an awesome reputation, despite being totally cheap, fast, and easy. You can get one for under 20 bucks here.

A word about some of the other ingredients:  I like to use the good stuff. That means, organic (or at least GMO-free) popcorn, as well as organic olive oil.  But…I like to get it for cheap. Trader Joe’s has organic popcorn for under $5, and Costco has some of the best organic EVOO on the market – here’s some proof. Spirulina and nutritional yeast can be found at your local health-foods market, or here and here. (Ain’t Amazon great?!?!)

  • 1/2 cup organic popcorn kernels
  • 3-4 TBS extra-virgin olive oil (plus a little extra)
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp. spirulina
  • nutritional yeast
  • white truffle salt
  • sea salt

Pop the popcorn in your awesome air popper. After it has popped, toss it into a brown paper grocery bag. Drizzle the EVOO over it, and give it a good shake. Add a generous amount of nutritional yeast, and give it another shake. Next, add the spirulina (1/4 tsp for spirulina virgins, 1/2 tsp for “experienced” spirulina eaters). Then, you guessed it….shake it up. Sprinkle with a little truffle salt,  and then embellish all of those savory flavors with some sea salt. Drizzle with a a bit more olive oil, and voilå – you just made yourself the easiest, tastiest, and (dare i say) healthiest snack on the planet.  You can even eat it instead of going to the gym – at least, that’s what I tell myself.

*Side note: No offense, hippies. I actually really like your food. Except carob.

The Chew-n-Tell Edible Gift Guide

After much  deliberation as to what should be the topic of my inaugural post on this site, I had a realization. Anyone who knows me knows that I am, err…..“enthusiastic”  (read: obsessive) about  new, delicious food items that I discover. If I could buy them for everyone I know and force them to try them, I would. In a decidedly less aggressive (and much cheaper) move, I give you this: a tasty guide that is sure to please the palate of your loved ones – and hopefully make checking off your holiday shopping  list a little easier.


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  • If they believe in four main food groups : candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup.   Ahhhh, sugar – my raison d’etre.  I love it  in all its forms, caramelized being no exception.  After pain-staking, tireless research, I have found THE BEST caramel corn ever to exist. Everrrr. Maybe you are thinking to yourself,  “Eh, I don’t really like caramel corn. Too sweet. [or, insert whatever crazy reason here]”. Well, friends,  Z Confections has made a salted caramel corn that will change your mind. It is, for lack of a better word, spectacular.  I stumbled across the Cinnamon flavor over  a year ago and ate the whole bag in 5 seconds (which, admittedly, is not abnormal behavior for me). But when I tried the Rosemary flavor a few months ago, I realized that the caramel-corn game had been changed forever. It is soooo good. Soooo special.  Do one of the awesome people in your life a favor – and stuff their stocking with this. zconfections.bigcartel.com/product/salted-caramel-corn

 

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  • They like it really, really hot. And right now they are sweating  it.  Is your loved one experiencing insomnia, night terrors, and generalized anxiety over the Sriracha factory shutdown? Well, don’t fill their Xanax prescription just yet, because I have found something even better to assault their taste buds (yeah, I said it). SoCal’s very own condiment kings SoNoTrading Company debuted their newest creation a few months ago – a Red Chile Sriracha that tastes good with everything. As an added bonus, they made some of the ingredients organic and left out the preservatives.  Place your order now before the rooster-sauce – loving masses  find out about it (and throw some of their Hong Kong Habanero mustard in that basket for yourself too). sonotrading.com/shop/red-chile-sriracha/

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  • A treat for the one you love, who doesn’t love meat.  This is one bacon-crazed nation right now – but in a flash of good news for piggies and vegetarians everywhere, Phoney Baloney has come into existence.  If you’ve ever had the joy-inducing experience of eating the BLTA at Cafe Gratitude, this is a similar concept to their coconut bacon.  It is super tasty and delicious – I put it on salads, sandwiches, and sprinkle it on soups. No, it doesn’t taste exactly like bacon – but for being made of coconut, it’s pretty damn close! And, bacon-eaters, let’s face it: sometimes you want bacon-y goodness in your mouth, but you don’t want to actually make bacon.  Boom. phoneybaloneys.com

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  • For that  special someone who loves caffeine (and cute rodent mascots):  Coffee is awesome. Much like sunshine, fresh-baked cookies, and Waze, it just makes life better. The clandestine folks at Secret Squirrel know that, which is why they took some organic, fair-trade coffee beans and concentrated them down for your joyful caffeine consumption. Just add water. Or almond milk. Or milk, ice, and condensed milk if you prefer your java à la Vietnam-style.  It’s going to be good times no matter how you do it!  As an added bonus, I discovered that it helps when you have one of those terrifying  “I just made weak coffee” situations. Just pour a little in, and Secret Squirrel saves the day! secretsquirrelcoldbrew.goodsie.com

 

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  • For the one random friend you have that doesn’t like peanut butter:  Seriously, buy this for them.  When they open it,  make a sad face, tell them you “forgot”, and then take this glass of goodness home for yourself.  (I mean, we all know that you have probably made it on the “Naughty” list anyway, so what the hell).  The truth is, there is a lot of crappy, average peanut butter out there. So, be glad that I’m telling you about Big Spoon Roasters’ handcrafted, next-level tastiness . They use simple, delicious ingredients that have been harvested locally in North Carolina . No artificial preservatives – just  freshly-harvested wildflower honey in all of their flavors  to keep things naturally preserved.  I have technically only tried the original Peanut Butter and Peanut Pecan. Which means that the Chai Spice flavor pictured above is on my very own wish list. (Santa, take note). bigspoonroasters.com

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  • For your very sad, very cold friend living in New York or some other non-tropical state:  Send them a little bit of Hawaiian warmth with one of Kauai’s Lotus Fudge  treats. I could talk story all day long about how amazing their line of choco-goodness is. They are painstaking about finding the best ingredients Kauai has to offer, like Nioi Chili Peppers, Alaea Red Sea Salt, and Macadamia nuts. If you are at all like me and like creative control of your fudge, order the Fudge Mix and make it at home…you can mix in whatever makes you happy! (My personal fave: toasted pecans and tart cherries). Best of all, the company is owned by some of the raddest people on the planet who put a LOT of love into their chocolate . Rad people + high quality, delicious chocolate = no brainer.  lotusfudge.com

So, there you have it – the objects my food affection and obsession compiled into one tasty list for your holiday shopping convenience. Order up, and enjoy!