Ever tried popcorn from scratch – with out butter? It is my absolute favorite way of eating popcorn and there are so many ways to season it! If you always eat the popcorn that comes in a inflatable bag filled with hard butter (is that even butter?) that you microwave, I really suggest you try it the healthy way. It’s sooo good!
Is it just me or is buttered popcorn just gross? According to a lot of my friends…I think it may be just me, but I just don’t see the pleasure of greasy hands and mouth from all the butter, a parched mouth that can’t be satisfied from all the salt, and the hundreds of calories you pour into your body along the way! Take a medium-size buttered popcorn you get from the movie theater- that contains more fat than a breakfast of bacon and eggs, a Big Mac and fries, and a steak dinner combined!!! (Source: Center for Science, “Movie Popcorn”) That’s crazy! You better get to making my recipe for popcorn- stat!!
With out all the junk, popcorn is actually pretty good for you. It’s naturally high in fiber, low in calories and fat, contains no sodium, and is sugar free!
- About 2 tbs of olive oil
- 1/4 cup popcorn kernels (makes a big bowl full of popcorn)
- Seasonings- My favorite seasonings for popcorn include:
(from left to right) Nutritional yeast, garlic and herb seasoning, cajun seasoning (those are the top 3 I usually use) Also try seasoning salt, smoked paprika, and cayenne pepper.
Pour the olive oil into a non-stick pan with a lid. Let it heat on a med-high flame for a minute or two before you add the kernels and cover.
From here, it takes about 5 minutes for the kernels to start popping.
Making popcorn requires you to stand by the stove during the cook time. Always make sure to shake the pan every so often so nothing burns.
When the popping slows and all that’s gonna pop, pops – turn off the heat and let the covered pan sit for a few minutes before you season and serve. (This advise is from experience- if you take off the lid too soon, a kernel at the bottom of the pan is likely to pop and you will have popcorn all over your kitchen.)
Season lightly with my suggested seasonings and enjoy!!