This week I’m in a hurry as I write this. I’ve spend too much time rearranging and making new spots for all of our new items. Nine new snack mixes and ten new dip mixes just crossed our front door. This a great time of year to make sure you are well stocked with snacks as we don’t know what the weather will do next. It’s also a great time of year to have a SNACK SALE! Beginning this very moment until Feb 1st, buy one bag of snacks, receive the second bag – 50% off!!! Mix and match among our new snack mixes (they are marked with a sale sign). I think the Wasabi Trail Snack and the Raspberry Nut Supreme Snack mix sound delicious (obviously not mixed together)! Come and check out all our new ones including one for the kids called Kiddie Snax Mix!
We’re still focusing on health this month here at The Country Cupboard. (Since we’re thinking about snacks too, we’re including a great healthy snack option).
You might wonder why it’s so popular to pop your popcorn with coconut oil. Coconut oil lowers your blood sugar, makes you loose weight (this is the weirdest statistic since it is pure fat), lowers cholesterol, is good for the immune system, keeps you from getting heart disease, is a natural antibiotic, is good for the skin and hair, helps you absorb minerals such as calcium and magnesium. Coconut oil is a great substitute for oil or shortening and can be used in baking, pastries, waffles and pancakes, and curries. It tolerates high heat so it is a great oil to use for frying or high flame cooking. You can add some to your smoothies to aid in digestion and to reap some of the health benefits.
No, this is not yeast you make bread with. This nutritional yeast is a rich source of B-complex vitamins and can easily be added to a number of meals and drinks. Sprinkle the flakes on popcorn, salads, soups and casseroles for a boost of nutrients. Try adding a tablespoon to your morning cereal, smoothie or juice for an extra healthy start to the day. Each serving contains 8 grams of protein and a number of vitamins and minerals. Nutritional yeast has a cheese flavor and may be used as a cheese substitute.
4 c. air-popped popcorn (see recipe below)
olive oil spray
1/3 c. nutritional yeast flakes
1/2 – 1 t. chili powder or curry powder
1/2 t. salt (or to taste)
1/2 t. garlic powder
1/4 t. onion powder
Place warm popcorn in a large bowl and mist it with olive oil. Toss gently and mist again. Repeat until all the kernels are lightly coated with the oil. Combine the remaining ingredients in a zipper-lock plastic bag. Seal the bag and shake until the seasonings are well mixed. Drop in the popcorn, a small amount of popcorn to the bag until all of the
kernels are well coated. Store the popcorn in the zipper-lock bag. Gently shake again just before serving. Makes 4 cups. While it sounds interesting, this is very delicious. It’s perfect for those who cannot have cheese. But those who love cheese will also love this popcorn.
Makes 8 cups
3 T. coconut oil
1/3 c. popcorn kernels
1/4 t. salt
Heat oil in a large saucepan or pot over medium-high heat. Throw a few popcorn kernels into the pot and cover it. Once the kernels pop, your oil is hot enough to start. Add the rest of the popcorn kernels and the salt, if using. Cover, remove the pan from the heat and count 30 seconds. Return the pant to the heat. Once the popping begins, gently shake the pan by moving it back and forth over the burner. When the popping slows
to more than 5 seconds between pops, remove it from the heat. Carefully remove the lids as some kernels may still pop and the steam is hot. Transfer the popcorn to a dish and serve.
The next few weeks are going to be filled with great sales here at The Country Cupboard. Plus, join us for a Cheese Tasting Day on Saturday, February 15th. Sample over 20 cheeses and save on special items. More details to follow.