I’m going to let you in on a dirty little secret of the microwave popcorn industry: It’s all a sham.
That’s right, I said it. Store-bought microwave popcorn is a lie.
You don’t need to buy those expensive, high-fat, high-salt, individually-wrapped packets. You can just take plain popcorn kernels, toss them in a paper bag, and pop them yourself in the microwave!
Really, it works! You get wonderful, fresh popcorn, just like out of a hot-air popper, in about three minutes. It’s 0% extra effort, 95% less expensive, 99% less wasteful, and 100% better for your health!
Instead of dousing my popcorn with butter, I’ll use an olive-oil mister to lightly coat it so my toppings will stick. Our favorite topping is Nutritional Yeast. It has a wonderful nutty, cheesy flavor — and it’s good for you, too! It’s high in Thiamin, Vitamin B12, Protein, and Fiber (and low in calories and sodium).
So don’t be fooled by the microwave popcorn in the store — you can make your own at home to save money, your health, and the environment. It’s a win-win-win!
Healthy Microwave Popcorn with Nutritional Yeast
Place 1/4 cup dry corn kernels in a small paper bag. Be sure the bag has no staples or other metal in it.
Fold the bag over a few times and place in the microwave. Microwave on high for 2-4 minutes, just as you would with the store-bought packages. Once there are about two seconds between pops, hit the stop button so it doesn’t burn. There will be a few unpopped kernels, but that’s okay.
Pour into a bowl and spritz with olive oil. Sprinkle the nutritional yeast, salt, and pepper on top. Toss or stir to evenly coat, and enjoy! (And don’t forget to save the bag for next time!)
Andrew Wilder writes the blog Eating Rules, and believes that “easy,” “healthy” and “delicious” can peacefully co-exist. He’s currently trying to see how many people can go for an entire month without eating any processed foods whatsoever, and is hoping you might be up for the challenge. You can also find him on Twitter and Facebook.