Saturday, March 5, 2011

Never eat microwave popcorn again.

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Why do I look so happy in the picture above? I'm popping popcorn! It's so fun - and healthy, and cheap, and quick - to pop your own, that I'm here today to tell you: Never eat microwave popcorn again.

First, the recipe. Then I'll break it down for you, infomercial-style.

1/2 cup popcorn
3 tablespoons coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Place the popcorn, coconut oil and sea salt in a big pot with a tight-fitting lid. Hint: our 2 qt pot was not big enough. Heat on high until the corn starts popping, and shake often until popping stops. Dump in a bowl...

and nosh away! This recipe makes 11 cups of popped corn.

So, why is this popcorn recipe better than the microwaved stuff?

1. It's healthier. Have you ever looked at the ingredients list for microwaved popcorn? Artificial flavors, trans-fats and awful-tasting vegetable oil are usually included. Yuck. This recipe boasts healthy helpings of whole grains - and coconut oil isn't the bad guy it used to be. In fact, coconut oil is not only fabulous to use in the kitchen, but also as a hair conditioner, lotion, moisturizer, and other things we can't mention on a blog our families read!

2. It's just as fast. Start to finish, this recipe clocked out at 2 minutes, 30 seconds - five seconds under my parents' microwave's popcorn button.

3. It's cheaper. I used the finest ingredients money can buy for this one. US-grown popcorn distributed by a Michigan company, and pure coconut oil - both certified organic. Sounds pricey. But its not. I did the math - and it comes out to $0.60 cents per serving! That's incredible.

4. It's fun. Trust me. You will start giggling like a small child as soon as the kernels start to pop.

You really have no excuse - never eat microwave popcorn ever again.


  1. You can totally put the kernels in a brown paper lunch bag, fold up the edge, and pop 'em in the microwave for a few minutes. Shh! It's a personal cheapo popcorn secret.

  2. Re: Vegan "butter" & "cheese" - trying with your recipe

    Long time vegetarian (~12yr), recent vegan (few months), here... had to figure out my cheese & butter cravings.

    After discovering Daiya cheese, was left with popcorn to figure out. I mean, you can't watch a movie without popcorn! ( imho - 1/2 the reason to watch a movie is the popcorn! :) )

    Popcorn - "butter"
    So Nutritional Yeast (aka various other names around the globe) can be absolutely amazing on popcorn! Enjoyed "Bob's Red Mill" but expect to try others to compare. Also great with cooking vegan dishes.

    Popcorn - "cheese" topping
    Recently tried a "parmesan" (garlic, cashews, nutritional yeast, seasalt - recipes online) & really liked it! ( on pasta, pizza, baked veggies )
    So...knowing nutr yeast worked, taking popcorn-topping further - tried sprinkling this on popcorn the other night = Wow, really yummy!