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Recipe: Old Fashioned Popcorn

And by old fashioned, I only mean stove-top.  Many microwave popcorns add fat, sugar, or salt to their concoctions, making them unhealthy and highly caloric.  Instead, you can have the same flavors but make it yourself – it will undoubtedly be healthier.  Here’s the basic idea:

Old Fashioned Popcorn

Makes 4 cups

  • ¼ cup popcorn kernels (rule of thumb: 1 tablespoon kernels will make 1 cup of popped corn)
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil

Heat oil and kernels in a medium saucepan with a tight fitting lid over medium heat.  Without removing the cover, shake the pan gently, frequently.  When the popping slows, remove from heat.

That’s great for plain popcorn but who really wants plain popcorn?  It can be a little..flavorless.  Completely and utterly flavorless.  Here are some things you can try adding:

  • Salt – try a flaky sea salt for an interesting texture
  • Cayenne pepper or smoked paprika – for a little spicy kick
  • Curry powder
  • Cinnamon and sugar – don’t cover it in sugar (or it will NOT undoubtedly be healthier)
  • Parmesan cheese – use a microplane to grate if possible and melt it in the oven by pre-heating the oven to 350°F while the popcorn is cooking.  Once it’s done, immediately sprinkle with cheese and place, uncovered, in the oven.  The cheese melts in mere minutes.
  • White cheddar cheese (finely grated) and jalapeño powder (follow the directions for melting above)
  • Lime juice, salt and chili powder
  • Rosemary oil and salt (or parmesan)

Or, try premixed salts/flavorings like taco seasoning, seasoning salt, or Mrs. Dash seasonings.

I’m certainly not encouraging everyone to add a lot of salt to their popcorn, so use items like sugar and salt sparingly!

NUTRITION INFORMATION (1 cup, plain): 31 calories, .5 grams of fat, 6 grams of carbohydrate, 1 gram of fiber, and 1 gram of protein.  It doesn’t have any saturated or trans fat or cholesterol.

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