Popcorn can be a yummy low calorie snack. One I enjoy while watching a game (read Super Bowl). Sadly, most popular store bought varieties of microwave popcorn have hydrogenated fats, chemical flavorings, and preservatives (not to mention a whole lot of calories). Fortunately, it is inexpensive and so easy to make microwave popcorn right at home.
All you need: popcorn kernels, paper lunch bag, scotch tape
Add 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels to your paper bag. Close the bag by folding the top over twice and secure the fold with a piece of tape. Don’t use staples as they can spark in the microwave. Microwave on high for 2-3 minutes. Listen for the popping to slow down to once every second or two. Open bag and enjoy. One bag has about 2 servings. You could put less in if you wanted to make individual bags for your kids. Don’t add more than about 1/3 cup of popcorn kernels to one lunch bag, though.
Adding flavorings: I like to add 1/2 teaspoon of fine ground sea salt and 1 teaspoon of oil to the bag before microwaving. It gives it that nice even salted popcorn flavor. You can also have fun with flavoring your popcorn after it has cooked, open the bag add the flavorings, close and shake, shake, shake. Some ideas: For cheesy: add nutritional yeast, a bit of oil, and some salt. For spicy: add chili powder, hot sauce, and salt. Sweetness: a pinch of sugar, cinnamon, and a drizzle of honey. money.
Now that you know how incredibly easy, fun, versatile, and inexpensive it is to microwave your own popcorn… don’t let me catch you spending your money and health on the preserved, store-bought junk!
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