Forget the microwave popcorn! This recipe for truffle oil popcorn is cooked on the stovetop and drizzled with a rosemary and garlic infused olive oil. Perfect for a romantic movie night at home!
Before Scott and I were married, our officiant asked us to read The Five Love Languages. It's a great read, a book I highly recommend to anyone who is engaged or in a long term relationship. We learned a lot about how to communicate and make each other feel loved, two skills that are kinda important in marriage.
However, I distinctly remember being disappointed when I realized that my love language, food, was not included.
Cooking delicious and nourishing food is one way I communicate love to the people I care about most. Knowing the joy food brings to my life, and taking the time to bring that joy to others, makes me happy beyond words. Whether it's a quick, weeknight throw-together or an elaborate holiday feast, there's love in every chop, stir and whisk.
Food is also how I show love to myself. There's no greater way of loving yourself than by taking time out of your day to prepare and savor meals and snacks made of delicious, whole foods. It's a reminder that you deserve to be healthy and happy!
It breaks my heart to know how many people are afraid to love food. A client once told me she was afraid to eat food she enjoyed because if she loved it, she would overeat. Her fear of losing control was preventing her from experiencing one of life's great pleasures.
I can see how people fall out of love with food. For so long, we've been told that tasteless diet food is "good," and decadent tasting food is bad. Hopefully, if you've been cooking my recipes you know that last part isn't true :) But I digress! Anyway, we plod away, choking down things like plasticy fat free cheese and bland frozen meals, and starving ourselves until one day we inevitably snap and binge on all those "forbidden foods." It's no wonder enjoying food is associated with a loss of control.
It takes hard work, but it is possible to fall back in love with food. The first step is learning to trust yourself, to know that you have the innate wisdom and ability to adequately nourish your body. There may be a voice inside you, saying you don't, but I promise, it's there. Your body will tell you which foods you enjoy, what pattern of eating makes you feel amazing, when you're hungry and when you're satisfied. It's just hard to notice your body's signals after spending years of ignoring.
Just like building trust in a relationship, building trust in your body is developed over time by repeated challenges and positive outcomes. Whether it's allowing yourself to buy a pint of ice cream and having the faith and confidence to stop when satisfied, or facing a box of donuts and being able to say no (or yes!) depending on what you truly desire, the more times you navigate these challenging scenarios, the more you'll begin to trust yourself.
This Valentine's Day, show yourself some love and commit to nurturing a loving, healthy relationship with food. My 20 Days of Joyful Eating Guide is designed to do just that by taking you through twenty proven strategies and activities to help you rediscover the joy of eating. It includes nutrition strategies as well as tools pulled from mindful and intuitive eating and a few strategies I've developed on my own. The guide is available for purchase for $15 in the nutrition shop.
While the rest of the blogging world is sharing all sorts of chocolate treats, I decided to whip up a batch of truffle oil popcorn. I've never been big on Valentine's Day, and although there's been a few years where we've celebrated by going out to eat or traveling out of town, usually, we just cook dinner at home and enjoy a movie while snuggled up on the couch. Movie night calls for popcorn, but it's Valentine's Day, so I've got to fancy it up a little bit ;)
I keep truffle oil from The Crescent Olive on hand for drizzling on things like soups and pasta. I just love the earthy flavor it adds. If you've never tried it, I promise it's worth the price. There's nothing quite like it!
To save yourself the hassle of dirtying up an extra pan to make the popcorn, try popping it in the microwave in a brown paper bag. Yup, that's right! Check out this old post for instruction.
Sending lots of love to you all this Valentines Day! I hope it's filled with lots of love, either for yourself or with a significant other, laughs and happiness!
Truffled Popcorn With Rosemary and Garlic
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
- 2 sprigs rosemary, leaves removed and chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup popcorn kernels
- truffle oil (optional)
- Place 2 tablespoons olive oil, rosemary, and garlic in a small pan on medium heat. Cook until it begins to sizzle and is fragrant. Cook an additional 15 seconds, then remove pan from heat and let sit to help the flavors infuse.
- Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large sided pan with a lid. Add popcorn kernels, stir to combine with oil, then cover and turn heat on to medium-high. Cook until the popcorn is fully popped, then remove from heat. A good rule of thumb is to wait until there is 3 seconds beween each pop.
- Place popcorn in a large bowl. Drizzle with half the flavored oil, reserving the other half for another batch of popcorn. Toss to combine. Season with salt, Drizzle a teaspoon or so of truffle oil over the top and toss again to combine.
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