January 16, 2011

Easy, Healthy Microwave Popcorn

When pregnant, I try my hardest to eat healthy snacks, and believe me it's hard because I'm a salty snacker. Thankfully I don't buy junk food at the store, but lord help me when I visit my parents' house, since my mom continues to stock the pantry with chips and crackers, my weaknesses. Sigh.

Scrounging around in my own pantry, I remembered how much I love popcorn, and what a pretty healthy treat it is (minus melted butter and such). Did you know you can make it in your microwave, without having to buy microwave popcorn?
It's so simple, plus you don't get all those hydrogenated oils and who-knows-what-else in your popcorn.  All you need are popcorn kernels, a paper lunch bag, a spritz of oil (which is optional) and any toppings you might like, such as salt and pepper, Parmesan cheese, or even chili powder.
I buy multi-colored popcorn at our local bulk-goods store. Not sure if it has any more nutritional value than the yellow, but I just think it's pretty sitting in its glass jar in the pantry.
First, take your paper bag and pour enough popcorn in it to almost cover the bottom of the bag (you'll be making 1-2 servings with this amount).
Next, spritz the popcorn with oil.  I use olive oil, but you can use whatever you want.  And our Misto is the best invention ever.  It holds just pure oil, no preservatives or other stuff like in commercially-sold kitchen sprays.   Really, whatever you put inside it is what comes out.

Then fold your bag closed a few times.  I then tear a little notch in the top, just so it doesn't come unrolled in the microwave.
Yeah, the bag will get a little greasy, but no problem.

Cook the popcorn on high in your microwave for 2 minutes.  I always stand nearby and take the popcorn out immediately when there is more than 2 seconds in between pops.  Perfect popcorn every time.

Sprinkle the hot popcorn with salt and pepper, and a little Parmesan.  There are tons of other great recipes online, and this one for Kettle Corn sounds especially tasty.
Now we just need a good movie to go along with this.  Oh, who am I kidding, I'd eat this for breakfast!

7 comments:

  1. So smart, really! If I knew where my popcorn was packed I'd make some now LOL But this will be the first thing I make in our new place. Mmm!

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  2. I ate lots of popcorn in my last month I was pregnant :) I think there was something about the saltiness and the crunchiness! :)

    I just found your blog, and added your button to mine.

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  3. Hey, that's easier than I thought! My problem is with the toppings. They never want to stick unless I use butter. :(

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  4. I bought a popcorn popper a few years ago and we've made good use out of it. In Hawaii "hurricane-style" popcorn is popular--w/butter, furikake and kakimochi. YUM =). But lately (since I've been pregnant), I try to eat "healthier popcorn"--just drizzle a little olive oil and sprinkle some sea salt...

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  5. Yumm! I love this idea for controlling the additives in my popcorn. Thanks!

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  6. Oh, yum!

    I think that's a great idea Kathleen-I never even thought to do that before xD

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  7. Thanks! I love popcorn, I hate to spend so much for the healthy boxed kind and I can't make it on the stove. This is awesome. I can't wait to try it.

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