Cinnamon Roll Popcorn

Cinnamon Roll Popcorn

It’s official. I am now 25. Yesterday was my birthday. Another year has come and gone so quickly. I often cannot believe I am 25; in fact sometimes I forget. On some occasions I feel older, others younger. Age doesn’t really mean much these days. It’s all about how you feel.

I celebrated more than I usually do. Typically I keep birthdays low key, but I’ve realized time is fleeting and life is short, so I should have fun while I can. So I went to see Kathy Griffin with my friends Katie and Kaitlyn at the Soundboard at Motor City Casino.

My friends and me

Kaitlyn, Me, and Katie

I’m a huge Kathy Griffin fan and have been for years. I never missed an episode of My Life on the D-List and saw her perform a few years back with Dad. He must be more of a fan than I realized as he offered to go with me again ;) When she was coming to town the night before my birthday, I felt like it was fate, and I had to go.

It was great to get all dressed up and go out and party with my friends in our front row seats. Kathy was hilarious! I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time, and it was great to let go of all my stress and just have a good time. I can always count on Kathy for that. By the way have you seen her on Fashion Police yet? So funny, though no one can ever really replace Joan Rivers.

Cinnamon Roll Popcorn

There was definitely an abundance of over served people at the show, if you know what I mean. This included one lady who fell onto the floor and had to be escorted out of the theatre by about five security people.

Clearly it was my most exciting birthday for many reasons. Then on my actual birthday, I chilled and watched movies, took a day off baking and blogging and writing, and got the best birthday present ever: an Alexander McQueen clutch. It’s insanely gorgeous – I’ve always wanted one.

Cinnamon Roll Popcorn

So it was my best birthday ever . . . maybe that means it will be my best year ever. Fingers crossed!

You’ll want to celebrate all occasions with this Cinnamon Roll Popcorn. It is super easy to make since the caramel is made in the microwave. The house smells amazing while it’s cooking – just like cinnamon rolls are baking. And then there’s the taste. It is super crunchy with tons of cinnamon flavor. I love the addition of pecans too since they get so toasty in the oven. This gluten free snack is definitely a birthday worthy treat!

Cinnamon Roll Popcorn

Cinnamon Roll Popcorn

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: Varies

Ingredients

8-10 cups popcorn (from about ½ cup of kernels)

1 cup pecans

½ cup packed light brown sugar

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1 stick butter

¼ cup dark corn syrup

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

½ teaspoon baking soda

Instructions

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment.

Spread the popcorn onto the baking sheet in a relatively even, single layer. Sprinkle with pecans.

In a large, microwave-safe bowl, stir together brown sugar and cinnamon. Add butter and corn syrup and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir to combine. Microwave an additional 2 minutes. Stir the mixture well, then microwave for an additional 1 minute 30 seconds. Be careful as the mixture will be very hot and bubbly.

Stir in the vanilla and baking soda. Pour as evenly as possible over the popcorn on the tray. Stir well to coat the popcorn.

Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes, stirring every ten. Allow to cool completely on tray and break into pieces. May be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Remodelaholic

http://piesandplots.net/cinnamon-roll-popcorn/

Healthy Baked Tuna Quinoa Cakes

Healthy Baked Tuna Quinoa Cakes

What comes to mind when you think of your favorite comfort food? Pizza? Macaroni and cheese? Nachos? Layer cake? Ice Cream?

For me, there is no better comfort food than seafood. I know, you’re thinking I’m insane. That seafood isn’t comfort food, but it totally is. Even better is that seafood is healthy comfort food, so you can love what you’re eating and feel good about putting it into your body.

This is especially true of Bumble Bee® Tuna. I have always had an affinity for tuna. I think I lived off of it for awhile in my childhood. There was nothing better than tuna salad with pickles and onions on top of crackers or spread onto bread, topped with cheese, and popped into the oven for a tuna melt.

Healthy Baked Tuna Quinoa Cakes

My tastes have since changed and been refined. I still love tuna, but I don’t find myself craving tuna salad very frequently, finding it heavy and caloric.

The great thing about tuna is that it is super healthy. It is a high-quality protein with healthy fats and vitamins and minerals. Relying on Bumble Bee® Tuna also makes meal time quick and easy, since it is super convenient. Plus, it’s versatile, so it can be a part of many dishes way beyond tuna salad.

While I could happily eat Bumble Bee® Tuna right from the pouch (I love that it comes in a pouch, by the way!), it is fun to get creative in the kitchen and whip up something new to tantalize my taste buds.

I knew immediately I wanted to make Healthy Baked Tuna Quinoa Cakes. I know you’ve heard of crab cakes, maybe they are even one of your favorite comfort foods, but these are their healthier, more flavorful cousins.

Healthy Baked Tuna Quinoa Cakes

I, like so many others, am obsessed with quinoa. It is such a great grain and makes these cakes gluten free. It binds the cakes together, along with the egg, and provides great texture. I actually just saved some quinoa one night when I made a salad. I love turning leftovers into something special!

The tuna adds that healthy protein to make these filling enough to be a nice dinner or lunch, and mustard is my secret ingredient. I’m more obsessed with mustard than quinoa and typically have five or more different varieties in the house. Use your favorite flavorful mustard to give these cakes some oomph! Plus, baking these keeps them super healthy, and they stay moist and almost creamy on the inside.

I served mine on lettuce with some Sriracha to make wraps, but they would be great on your favorite salad or on a whole wheat bun! Feel free to double or triple the recipe depending on how many people you’re serving.

If you work Bumble Bee® Seafood into your diet, it can be very comforting while providing you with needed nutrients and keeping your diet and healthy lifestyle on track!

Healthy Baked Tuna Quinoa Cakes

Healthy Baked Tuna Quinoa Cakes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 2 cakes

Ingredients

½ cup cooked and cooled quinoa

1 large egg

1 heaping tablespoon Dijon or other flavorful mustard

1 2.5 ounce pouch Bumble Bee® Premium Albacore Tuna in Water

Lettuce, for serving

Sriracha, for serving

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment.

In a medium bowl mix together quinoa, egg, mustard, and tuna until well combined.

Divide in to two equal portions, form into balls, and place on the tray.

Bake for about 20 minutes until light golden brown. Serve immediately on lettuce with Sriracha.

Notes

Recipe may be multiplied easily to serve more people

http://piesandplots.net/healthy-baked-tuna-quinoa-cakes/

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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