Thursday, September 2, 2010


Looking for a satisfying and healthy snack? Popcorn is one of the best! Making your own is not only cheaper but it's healthier, because you're controlling the quality and amount of ingredients. This salty and crunchy treat is high in fiber and low in calories and fat, so you won't feel guilty eating a hefty serving. My popcorn recipe is so quick and easy, it'll become a permanent staple at movie night!

1 brown bag, large lunch sack size (number 12 or 20)
1/4 cup popcorn (now yellow or white kernels)
2 tbs. canola or vegetable oil
salt to taste

-place kernels in bag, fold over top 2 inches of bag to close
-microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds at 50% power
-microwave at full power for an additional minute or when it there is more than 4-5 seconds in between popping
-place in a large bowl
-drizzle on popcorn 1 tbs. oil
-lightly salt and toss to coat
-drizzle additional 1 tbs. oil on top of popcorn
-lightly salt and toss

This recipe is all thanks to my Grandpa Len- it's one of the main things I look forward to when I visit, and he has it perfected!

-In addition or instead of salt, sprinkle on: butter flavored powder, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, parmesan cheese, crushed red pepper flakes, or garlic salt.
-Try these fancy combos:
---spritz popcorn with vinegar and sprinkle on salt for a 'salt and vinegar' version
---drizzle on some lime juice and sprinkle with chili powder
---powdered sugar and coco powder
---drizzle on honey and sprinkle on some cinnamon
-You can use olive oil instead of canola/vegetable oil- it's healthier!
-You can reuse the popcorn bag! you can keep using the same bag at least a dozen or so times!
-You can half the recipe: use 2 tbs. popcorn kernels, and only 1 tbs.
-Cooking time may vary, as microwaves temps and powers vary.

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