A recipe and giveaway in collaboration with Propercorn.
This recipe is, hands down, one of the best lunch recipes I have ever, ever, prepared at home.
This gorgeous Happy Lunch concoction is the result of a recipe collaboration between renowned nutritionist Judith Wurtman PhD, food delivery company Karma Cans and popcorn maker extraordinaire Propercorn.
According to Wurtman’s extensive research into the mood-enhancing effects of serotonin, eating carbohydrates such as sweet potato and popcorn can help alleviate emotional stress and control cravings. Combining these carbohydrates with small amounts of protein from nuts and seeds can optimise serotonin production in the brain, she says.
“When you digest nutrient-dense carbohydrates, like popcorn and sweet potato, the glucose stimulates a chemical reaction in the blood stream which enables tryptophan (the amino acid which creates serotonin) to get into the brain,” says Cassandra Stavrou, co-founder of Propercorn. “Serotonin is the brain’s natural “feel good” chemical”
Propercorn is the brainchild of Cassandra and her best friend and business partner Ryan. Cassandra remembers making popcorn with her father as a child, experimenting with different flavours. With these memories in mind Propercorn was developed – each bag of popcorn seasoned with the standard lightly sea salted or sweet and salty to more unusual concoctions: fiery Worcestershire sauce with sun dried tomato, soured cream and black pepper, sweet coconut and vanilla and their latest addition, smooth peanut and almond.
I’m an evening snacker. It’s one of my many, many weaknesses. Popcorn is one of my go-to choices when it comes to evening snacking as it’s low calorie and there’s a whole lot of elbow action going on (we want that bowl-mouth elbow bend repetition, don’t we, when we binge watch Amazon Prime – my current series is Under the Dome).
Being a popcorn lover I was delighted to have been sent a case of Propercorn’s latest flavour to try out – the smooth peanut and almond. I was intrigued!
My first thoughts: there’s hardly any popcorn in this bag! Each bag contains 25 grams of popcorn, but there’s barely one cup of popcorn volume in there. Was this going to satisfy my evening snacking cravings?
My fears were completely unfounded. Although there’s only one cup of popcorn, each deliciously seasoned morsel is completely satisfying. Instead of mindlessly shoving handful after handful of popcorn into my mouth and then wondering where the entire bowl of popcorn disappeared to, each popped kernel is eaten and savored. By the time you’ve finished the bag you’ve felt like you’ve had a very satisfying guilt-free treat. There’s only 120 calories per bag too. Win!
Along with the case of popcorn, I was sent some tubs of home made roasted buckwheat dukkah – an Egyptian condiment usually made with herbs, nuts and spices and the ingredients to make my own Happy Lunch – this serotonin-boosting recipe.
The nature of my husband’s work means that he has a week off every sixth week, and so he was home when I made this mouthwatering recipe for two. The sun shone brightly for the duration of our lunch, despite it being a cold, drizzly, overcast windy Shetland Spring day.
I’m not going to lie, this recipe involves a lot of faff and preparation, something I try and like to avoid when it comes to cooking (I’m really quite lazy), but it’s totally worth it. I am a recent convert to the wonderful world of spiralizing after being gifted a spiralizer, and spiralized sweet potatoes are going to regularly appear on my kitchen table now. So much yum!
This was the first time I’d ever tried dukkah too, and I’m definitely going to start making my own. Such a delicious condiment!
While preparing this recipe I did manage to spiralize my finger (there was much bleeding!) and set the fire alarm off, but other than that this was definitely one Happy Lunch. I really enjoyed preparing and eating it. It was one of the best lunches I’ve ever eaten.
And the popcorn? It’s awesome.
Click here to view the nutritional information for this recipe.
OTHER RECIPES WITH DUKKAH YOU MIGHT LIKE
Warm Butternut Squash Salad with Dukkah Crunch by Fuss Free Flavours
Dukkah Devilled Eggs by Natural Kitchen Adventures
Taze Fasulye with Roasted Tofu by Tin and Thyme
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Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary received a case of Propercorn for review purposes, and the ingredients to prepare this recipe. All thoughts and opinions expressed are our own. This is not a paid post.