I was talking to my dad earlier today and he asked me what I was going to have for supper – “Something healthy, I suppose.” This was not said in a “Good girl, we raised you to eat healthy meals” sort of way, but rather in a disapproving “where did we go wrong with you?” tone of voice. I could just picture him, rolling his eyes as he said it. I replied saying I might just have popcorn.
A diet of popcorn probably isn’t that healthy. It doesn’t really hit all of the 4 basic food groups, according to the USDA. However, according to Buddy the Elf, I hit about 1 and a half of the food groups, candy (0), candy canes (0), candy corn (+1/2) and syrup (1). Not too shabby, in my book.
Spicy Almond Cashew Maple Popcorn (adapted from Dec. 2010 Cooking Light)
1/2 c. cashews
1/3. c. almonds
1/4. c. dried currants
1/3 c. sugar
1/2 c. maple syrup
1 T. butter
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1. Pop popcorn in a large stockpot. Let rest after popping. Stir in nuts and currants.
2. Bring sugar, maple syrup and remaining ingredients to a boil. Let cool about 1 minute.
3. Pour hot sugar goodness over popped corn. Toss to coat.
4. Spread the popcorn on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Let cool and enjoy!