Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Wholesome Wednesday (microwave popcorn recipe)

I love the smell of popcorn at the movie theater, and I love the taste of it even more. All the melted butter and salt poured on it is simply delicious, and a heart attack waiting to happen.  Our household has become more health conscience over the last several years and healthy snacks are important to us.  Most people know plain unsalted air-popped corn is a great snack option, it's all the oil, butter and salt that isn't so good for us. 

Today I have a quick way to have popcorn in about two minutes with not a lot of fuss.  About a year ago, I saw a segment on the Today Show about making your own microwave popcorn. The guest boasted all you need is a brown paper bag, popcorn, and oil. After looking further into this recipe and experimenting, it actually works.  Here's how to do it:

In a bowl, mix 1/2 cup unpopped popcorn with 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil. Stir the popcorn to coat and place in a brown lunch size paper bag. Fold the top of the bag twice to seal the package and microwave on high for about 2 to 2 1/2 minutes. Listen for the popping to slow down and stop the microwave.

A little experimenting with cook times is needed depending on the wattage of your microwave.  Then salt to taste or add any other topping you wish.  Try a little season salt and Parmesan cheese for a savory treat, or drizzle with chocolate and caramel for a special sweet treat.

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