Alright, I can't wait any longer. Who's ready for fall?
Do I love Summer for the freedom, sunshine and pool time... yes. But to be honest, I HATE the heat! I know I'm probably part of the minority here, but I LOVE the fall and winter. The chill in the air, snow, cute jackets, layering colors... really, I think it boils down to the fact that you can always pile on clothes to get warmer, but you can only get so naked, before you (and others) start feeling uncomfortable.
Am I right?
That being said, I'm excited to share my first Halloween themed post! I have another 2 or so in the works, but I thought I'd start off with this easy, yummy one, to kick things off. Thanks to my cute friends and fellow bloggers, Sara and Kate from Our Best Bites, this recipe was inexpensive, simple and totally delicious!
I have to say that I'm a BIG fan of popcorn. Plain, salted, buttered, kettled, candied, carameld (let's just pretend that some of those are words)... you get the idea right? So When I stumbled across this recipe for Jell-O covered popcorn, I knew we had to try it out. Since this recipe is only available in the brand NEW Our Best Bites, Savoring the Seasons cookbook, that JUST hit shelves TODAY, Kate and Sara were nice enough to let me share the entire recipe with you... until you can get your own copy... of course
Here's what you'll need:
8 cups of popped popcorn
1/4 cup butter
3tablespoons light corn syrup (honey is a good substitute)
1/2 cup sugar
1 (3-ounce) box of Jell-O flavor. (NOT the sugar free kind)
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a jelly roll pan with foil or parchment. If using foil, spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. Place popcorn in an extra-large mixing bowl.
2. Combine butter and syrup in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until butter is melted. Add sugar and gelatin and stir to combine.
3. Increase heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes.
4. After the sugar mixture has simmered immediately (and carefully) pour over the popcorn in the bowl. Mix immediately and continue stirring until the popcorn is well coated. Spread the mixture evenly onto the prepared pan.
5. Place the pan in the oven and bake for about 10 minutes.
6. remove the pan from the oven and allow it to cool to room temperature.
7. Break the popcorn into pieces and enjoy!
Seriously, this stuff is da-boooomb! It's sweet, tangy, crunchy... just, yum!
I knew I couldn't keep this new-found-amazingness around my house for long (it's bad news for a girl on a diet), so I gave it away to a few friends and they were pretty dang happy
We were lucky enough to snag a copy of this awesome new Savoring the Seasons cookbook early, so that we could review and try out a few of the recipes, and DANG there are some freakin' good ideas in here! No joke, we've been planning our grocery list around this book for almost 2 weeks now, and have YET to be disappointed in anything we've tried.
Everyone knows by now that I'm on this crazy weight-loss journey, so what I eat (and what I don't) is really important. Even though there are a few occasional bites of Jell-O covered popcorn (hee, hee), 99% of my food is protein packed and veggie-full! There are TONS of recipes in this book for low-cal, healthy eating ideas and that's why I love it so much. Some of them you just have to put your own spin on.
For example, in the new Our Best Bites book, there is a recipe for Peach-Kissed Turkey Burgers. Instead of a bun, we cut back on the carbs and used Boston lettuce to wrap up our delicious sandwichs, along with greek yogurt and a little peach jam for the sauce, instead of using mayo...also, instead of using potatoes for a side, we made the baked zucchini, also from the new book!
The same goes for breakfast, with the Artichoke quiche from the new book (yum!). We substituted regular bacon for turkey bacon, skipped the crust, used fat free half and half instead of full-fat cream and cut back just a bit on the cheese. Ta-da! protein packed, low-cal goodness with tons of flavor.
I seriously can't recommend this book enough. If you were obsessed with the first Our Best Bites cookbook, like I was, then you're going to love this one even more. In fact I'm heading to the launch party for the new book on Thursday so I can finally meet the amazing Sara and Kate duo in person... and you better BELIEVE I'm getting my copy signed!
Are you coming!?
You can snag yourself a copy of the new Savoring the Seasons cookbook at any Walmart, most Costco's, Amazon or Barns and Noble.
Thanks Sara and Kate for all of your hard work! There is seriously nothing better than seeing fellow friends and bloggers hit big-time success. It gives me goosebumps!!!