The Super Bowl is almost here, bringing visions of nachos, chicken wings, pizza and chips. But what if you changed things up this year and served something healthier?
We asked Dr. Sabrina Falquier, an internal medicine doctor with Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group and a culinary medicine specialist, to share two of her go-to snack recipes.
Popcorn: 3 Ways
“The tradition of sharing popcorn in front of a screen has been around since the advent of movies,” says Dr. Falquier. “Our family took this tradition to another level while watching events as a family at home. The idea of a popcorn
medley came from our family friend, Suzy. It is the perfect way to add flavors and combinations that you enjoy.”
She adds, “My daughter invented the Mexican chocolate flavor — it’s such a perfect sweet and salty combination. The spicy popcorn version is addictive, and the herbed choice has a wonderful fresh cheesy combination. All three are irresistible,
fast and easy!”
Tip: Avoid salted, buttered or flavored popcorn for the most healthful snack.
Yields: 1 large bowl per flavor
- 1/2 cup dried popcorn kernels (for stovetop or air-popped) or 1 microwave bag popcorn, per flavor
- 1 ½ teaspoons chili sauce
- 1 teaspoon lime chili powder
Mexican Chocolate Popcorn
- 2–3 teaspoons unsalted butter, melted
- 2 teaspoons finely grated Mexican chocolate
- ⅓ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 1–2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh herbs of your choice, such as parsley, thyme, oregano, chives, basil, tarragon or chervil (or 1–1 ½ teaspoons for dried herbs)
- ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- 2–3 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil OR unsalted butter, melted
Make and separate popcorn into 1 bowl per flavor. While popcorn is still warm, sprinkle with selected flavors and toss to thoroughly coat before serving.