I'm excited to talk about this next little “pop secret.” If you haven't seen this trick already before, it's sure to enlighten the way you think about microwave popcorn! Did you know that you can make your very own?!
Let's start at the beginning... Popcorn was always a staple for me. Even through my college life. There was nothing better than popping (Um, no pun intended...) a little bag into the microwave and then minutes later devouring the wonderful buttery, salty joy. As I would unwrap the popcorn bag from it's sealed plastic packaging, before placing it into the microwave to cook, I used to imagine that there was this “secret ingredient” that the popcorn makers skillfully put into their bags in order for the kernels to pop. I even thought maybe it's the kernels! Special grown microwaveable kernels.
Boy was I wrong.
It's just the stinkin' microvawe! Would you believe that you can pop up beautiful microwave popcorn yourself...with just a bag...and NOTHING else other than the microwave! No butter, no salt. Just a bag! Seriously. Blew my mind. I swear it's like one of the nation's best kept secrets since aliens starting visiting our planet... (I'm just teasing, I don't believe in aliens or their visitations.) But seriously. Super cool you can pop corn without a stove or hot air popper.
Now, as I often like to do, I want to educate you just a little about why this next recipe is super important. It's not just a great concept but it's one that you should highly consider switching too if you're still using store bought popcorn.
There are some super great articles on it that I want you to read but basically most store bought microwaveable popcorn brands put a chemical into their popcorn bags that is linked to cancer and infertility to name a few! There's also the factor of the word “natural flavors” which can mean anything that once came from nature-which isn't bad itself but under FDA law...even if it's a chemical created by man from an ingredient that once came from nature it can be labeled “natural.”
Don't believe me?
Bottom line, if you have to use a microwave to cook your popcorn, make it from scratch!
Know what's being put into your food, use simple ingredients and when possible, make it yourself. It will be A LOT healthier for you! Enjoy ;)
How to make your own Microwavable Popcorn
Place the bag into your microwave and cook for around 3 minutes. (It will probably pop closer to 2 minutes but you'll want to give yourself some extra time just in case.) You will know the popcorn is done when the kernels slow down popping. (Just as you would with standard microwavable popcorn.) *See note below.
*NOTE: If not all of your kernels pop up- you can stick the HOT kernels back into the sack and return them to the microwave to continue popping. Just be sure the popped kernels are removed or else they will burn.
Every Christmas, this is a family tradition around my parent's house. Chances are, if you're a neighbor of theirs, you've probably received a bag of this yummy stuff! Now since we can't bring you a bag ourselves, I'd thought I'd share one of our favorite holiday recipes with you.
The original recipe is slightly different then this one posted. Since we know a little more about corn syrup now a days I've altered this recipe NOT to include it. For those of you that are dairy free as well, I've also included how we made it DF so Audrey could enjoy it too!
Mama Lene's Caramel Popcorn
(Gluten Free, Can be Dairy Free)
Adapted by jalene from a recipe by her mom, Alene
This next treat is a healthy-sweet-tooth-satisfying-snack!! It's low in fat (and what little fat it does contain is the healthy kind from coconuts.) It has natural sugar from maple syrup and natural cinnamon spice. It's a great go-to recipe for a FAST snack as well. It took me only about 5 minutes to make! Not only that, it contains NO dairy, gluten, and it's VEGAN!
Audrey LOVES this popcorn as well and I feel wonderfully guilt-free giving her a bowl knowing there's only a teaspoon of maple syrup! Try it at your next movie night! You'll love it!
(Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan)
Created by jalene
Makes 1 serving (small bowl full)
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To make 4 servings:
Tips from jalene:
Also, after my popcorn has popped and the lid to the hot air popper is still hot, I scoop my coconut oil in the top. This allows it to melt without heating in a separate pan.
I HIGHLY recommend using organic, non-GMO popcorn. Please read HERE for more info.
One day my husband came home from work to find Audrey and I laughing and eating popcorn on the couch. The best part...we weren't even watching a movie! We were just enjoying each other and our snack. I have posted a lot of different kinds of recipes before but this one is so easy and maybe you may not think about being gluten-free. I'll also show you how to make it dairy-free as well. It is quick and a great healthy snack for little ones or yourself!
Sometimes we like it just simple and lightly sprinkle some sea salt. We use Premier Pink Salt (or "Princess Salt" as we like to call it because of it's great natural pink color. It comes from somewhere by Hawaii and has great minerals in it as well!) You can get this through my husband's clinic if you are interested.
Other times we sprinkle on Nutritional Flakes which look like this. It has kind of a nutty flavor to it and is EXTREMELY good for you! In fact, you can add it to any of your other meals that you're looking to add nutrients to. I've even seen it used in place of Parmesan cheese before in Vegan recipes. (You can get this from my husband's clinic as well.)
And BAM! An easy healthy snack that is quick to fix. :)
Enjoy some tonight! Happy weekend. We'll catch you again on Monday.
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