Wednesday, October 24, 2012

5 MINUTE RECIPE: Fresh Microwave Popcorn Made Super Easy (and Cheap)

Did you know popcorn is an excellent source of fiber, and also a great source of Thiamine and Phosphorus?  There is no surprise it is a healthy, fun and great snack. 

My problem is that the old fashion way of popping it on the stove is just not practical for a busy day.  The dirty dishes, mess, and the time it takes to actually sit there and carefully watch it so no burnage happens, is not what I call a "quick healthy snack".  So that leads us to microwave popcorn, which I hate to buy because of the health concerns regarding all the chemicals that it contains.  Not to mention the boxes cost anywhere from $1.99 to $3.00 a box.  If you have not read up on the dangers of microwave popcorn and the dozens of chemicals found in it, then please up read here.  Yes, most major manufactures say they don't use Diacetyl in their bags anymore, but they don't care about our health and added it there in the first place along with who know's what else to make their popcorn taste and smell "better" and I really don't think that's what I want to be feeding my growing kids (or me)! Ok enough on that rant :)

Instead, make your own microwave popcorn the simple and cheap (also no mess) way.

You will need:

1/4 cup popping corn
1 tsp coconut oil or evoo
fine sea salt, or other spices for flavor
Brown paper bag
A Microwave

Open the paper bag and pour in dry corn 

Add 1 tsp of oil (I love to use coconut oil for this) and your desired amount of salt and/or spices.  Experiment with different kinds and flavor combos.  We like to use cinnamon in ours this time of year. 

Fold the bag over once and staple along the top two times.  Contrary to popular belief, the staples will not spark in the microwave (try it if you don't believe me!). Gently shake the bag and press out the air.

Place bag in microwave on it's back and cook until pops get about 3-5 seconds apart (usually around 1 minute 45 seconds for us)

Open the bag with care because the steam can and will burn you (obviously).  Pour into a bowl, and enjoy your homemade popcorn.  

We use Arrowhead mills organic non gmo popcorn, you can find it at whole foods and a lot of online retailers such as vita cost (love them by the way).  

Now go try it out yourself and stop over paying for that icky microwave stuff on the shelf!

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