Most of you know that I’m a basketball mom. I spend my afternoons shuttling boys from practice to practice and I live for games on the weekends. But what you might not know it that my fan status is much broader that just my son’s always exciting games. While I could seriously watch any basketball game, any time, my absolute favorite time of the year is during the March college basketball tournament. Not only are there ALWAYS exciting games to watch but it’s also the perfect time of year to whip up my favorite game day snack….Spicy Jalapeño Poppers!
Now, it’s only fair to tell you that I reserve this mouthwatering snack for game time because well, it’s just part of my ritual! Much like players refuse to change their socks when their team is on a streak, I go for the much tastier tradition of whipping up make-your-eyes-water Jalapeño poppers that are just as hot as the action that’s happening on the court. But, I also have to admit that for quite a few years, I wasn’t able to enjoy this game time snack. You see, something about growing two future basketball players in my belly wreaked havoc on my basketball loving body and ever since having my second son, my heartburn has been out of control. After suffering through a few games without my beloved spicy snack, I decided to get smart and come up with plays that would allow me to enjoy my games and have my spicy Jalapeño poppers too! So, off to Walmart I headed to stock up on Nexium 24HR and Advil Liqui-Gels.
Located in the pharmacy section, I knew both of these items were game day essentials. And while having both of the on my sidelines was the smart move, I was trusting in my tried and true Nexium 24HR to get me back in the game. You see, Nexium 24HR is the new #1 selling frequent heartburn brand* (*Based on IRI sales data 52 weeks ending 11/1/15 among OTC brands. May take 1 to 4 days for full effect. Use as directed.) And since I’ve been using it for years, I knew it was the perfect way to make sure I was always ready for my spicy snack without the worry of heartburn! In fact, every year I remember to get back on track and start taking it around the same time that basketball season starts in anticipation of the spicy snacks and red-hot games that I knew are coming!
Since I’ve been taking Nexium 24HR for quite some time in preparation for the March college basketball tournament, I knew I need not worry that my super spicy snack would cause me pain. Instead, I decided to up the heat level and create a red-hot recipe that may have all my guests reaching for water but definitely won’t leave me hurting with heartburn!
What You Will Need:
6-8 Whole Jalapeños
8 Ounces of Cream Cheese
1 and 1/2 Cups of Mozzarella Cheese
1 Tablespoon of Oregano
1 Tablespoon of Parsley
4-6 Slices of Bacon (Cooked and Crumbled)
How to Make It:
To start my amazingly delicious Spicy Jalapeño Poppers, I cut my Jalapeños in half.
Then, one at a time, I scooped the seeds out of the middle and cut off any excess pieces, leaving my Jalapeño shell ready for the filling.
Now I have to say that I got some SPICY Jalapeños on my trip to Walmart. In fact, as I was cutting and preparing them, my eyes kept watering and I began to doubt whether or not I was going to be able to handle the heat and still remain heartburn free. But since I had taken my Nexium 24HR in preparation that morning (just as I do every morning) I had confidence that I would be able to enjoy this snack without worry.
Once my jalapeños were all cut and the centers cleared out, I added my cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, oregano and parsley to a bowl and mixed it all together until it was well combined.
Then, using my hands, I stuffed each of my waiting jalapeños with my cheese mixture.
Once there were all stuffed to perfection (and I do recommend stuffing them to the point where they are overflowing) I was ready to put them in the oven to cook! In they went for fifteen minutes on 425 degrees, until the cheese was bubbly and brown and the Jalapeños were soft enough to bite into.
After removing my Spicy Jalapeño Poppers from the oven, I let them cool slightly and then I got really brave! I was so confident in the heartburn fighting power of my Nexium 24HR that I pulled out my sriracha (another staple in my pantry) and sprinkled it over the top of my stuffed Jalapeños, finishing my snack by sprinkling my crispy bacon over the top.
Instantly, I had a game day worthy snack that was sure to deliver as much heat as the players on the court and honestly, I couldn’t have been more excited. In fact, I was dying to dig into this spiced up version of an already spicy snack and get the game day action started.
As I picked up my first Spicy Jalapeño Popper, I didn’t even hesitate in taking it straight to my mouth because I knew without a doubt that I while my eyes may water and my nose may run, I didn’t have to worry about the after effect of heartburn. Because with my game day training and preparation using Nexium 24HR, I was prepared to enjoy the hottest of snacks during the hottest of games!
From now through the ends of the March college basketball tournament, I’ll be watching games, cheering for my favorite teams and eating any spicy foods I can get my hands on thanks to the confidence that Nexium 24HR gives me! And since my game plan includes making it part of my daily routine, I won’t have to worry that any spicy game day foods will catch me off guard!
Now, when the games are over, I’ll head to bed either excited or disappointed in my teams but without fear of heartburn. And while my overly excited cheering may cause my to reach for my Advil Liqui-Gels to sooth the tension in my neck from the nail biting moments of the game, I’ll know that tomorrow I’ll be able to spice up game day again. *Ask a doctor before use if you have a history of stomach problems, such as heartburn.
So basketball fans…..get your game plan together and stop thinking that heartburn can derail all your March celebrations! Whether your team is still in for the win or has already had their final dance, be prepared for game day craziness and all the spicy foods that go with it thanks to help from Nexium 24HR! Even better, you can grab your Nexium 24HR coupon here to make sure you’re ready for whatever game day brings!
Then, whip up my Spicy Jalapeño Poppers. Up the heat even more if you dare! And enjoy a game day snack that’s as hot as the action on the court!
Now that I’ve shared how Nexium 24HR is helping me enjoy my favorite game day snacks, I’d love to know what you’ll be eating during the March college basketball tournament!