Sweet and Salty Popcorn Balls

I was gifted a jar of Barleans Butter Flavored Coconut Oil. What a delicious and healthy way to make popcorn. The opinions expressed in this recipe are my own.

Popcorn Ingredients:

3-4 Tablespoons Barleans Butter Flavored Coconut Oil, enough to cover bottom of your pan

1/2 cup uncooked kernels of popcorn

Cook popcorn in a covered pan over medium heat until corn is popped. This will yield about 16 cups of popcorn. Once corn is popped, remove from heat. Pour into a large bowl. Add candy, nuts or sprinkles and mix well. *I added one medium size bag of M&M’s.

Candy Syrup Ingredients:

1 cup of Light Corn Syrup

1 cup of sugar

1/4 cup water

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 Tablespoons butter

In a heavy saucepan, attach a candy thermometer and add corn syrup, sugar, butter and water. Over medium heat boil syrup until it reaches 240 degrees (soft ball stage). Remove from heat and add vanilla and butter. Stir to combine.

Pour candy syrup over popcorn and stir to coat. Spray hands with non-stick cooking spray and form popcorn mixture into balls.

Candy melts can be melted and popcorn balls can be dipped in melting chocolate too. Decorating is up to your imagination. I melted one bag of orange candy melts and dipped half of the popcorn balls. These popcorn balls were as much fun to make as they were to eat.

Reuben Nachos

I love nachos. I love Reubens too. It was only a matter of time before I created nachos from my favorite sandwich. This is a very fast and easy recipe to prepare. 


Ingredients:

Tortilla Chips

3 slices of deli sliced corned beef

8 ounces of sauerkraut, and squeezed dry, I used Silverfloss Bavarian Style

3 Tablespoons of Thousand Island dressing

5-6 ounces of Swiss cheese grated 


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a large baking/pizza tray, spread tortilla chips out. Tear up pieces of corned beef and placebon top of tortilla chips. Drain 8 ounces of the sauerkraut and place on several paper towels. Squeeze out the liquid from the sauerkraut. You want it dry because you will be mixing thousand island in it and you don’t want soggy nachos!  Place sauerkraut in a bowl and mix in thousand island dressing. Place and spread out over the corned beef. Cover with Swiss cheese and bake for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve and enjoy. 


The secret to a good Reuben is dry sauerkraut. Whether its nachos, burgers or sandwiches. Also, if you are layering the chips, lay down on layer of chips, meat, sauerkraut thousand island mixture and cheese. Repeat this for every layer. You may need to adjust the amount of ingredients and cooking time for multiple layers of nachos. Serve and enjoy!

Flavor Roasted Cauliflower

It’s a new year and many of you have decided to start the year out healthy. So to accommodate my low carb people and those of us that want to watch your calories, I have a great snack, appetizer or eat it as a side dish. This recipe is fast, easy and delicious. The flavor combinations are limitless. I made Buffalo flavor, garlic and lastly, butter/Parmesan cheese flavor. All were delicious.

Ingredients:
Cauliflower
Pam, Olive Oil or Regular flavor
Garlic Salt
Buffalo flavor popcorn seasoning (I used Kernel Seasons, sold in the popcorn isle)
Butter flavor popcorn seasoning (I used Kernel Seasons, sold in the popcorn isle)

Wash and dry cauliflower. You can do this ahead of time and let it dry on the countertop. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Break off pieces of cauliflower into florets. I cut off the stem, that’s up to you. Try to keep the pieces in a uniform size so they will roast and be done at the same time. (Save the small pieces for your salad or just eat them!) Spray cauliflower with Pam. Spray it well. Sprinkle on your choice of flavoring or do several, like I did. Bake on a baking sheet for 20 – 30 minutes. I loved all of the flavors. Hard to believe something so tasty was healthy. I am sure it would be great for broccoli, or any vegetable. Enjoy!

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