So we all know that microwave popcorn is bad for us right?? And I am not talking about the butter. Buying “light popcorn” does nothing, by the way.
One of the biggest issues with prepackaged microwave popcorn are the PFC’s within the bags. These are toxic, toxic, toxic. PFC’s are used to coat the inside of popcorn bags to make them more grease-proof. Okay, so maybe this works, but in the meantime these chemicals just flat-out wreak havoc in the body. And have been linked to cancer. Deal breaker.
That said, I do like popcorn and I do not have any desire to purchase, store, or deal with a popcorn maker. No thanks.
Luckily there is an awesome trick that you can do in a snap. Still microwaved, but much healthier.
I am even going to let you in on my go-to topping.
Watch the magic.
Easy, HEALTHIER, microwave popcorn
What do you need?
- Popcorn kernels (duh)
- Paper lunch bags (remember the ones we had as kids?? yah, those)
My handy-dandy scooper in that jar holds 1 tablespoon.
Drop 5 tablespoons into your bag. Bird’s eye view. If a bird were viewing your kernels.
Fold the top down about an inch.
Fold again. And maybe even a third time. your choice :).
Put your bag in the microwave. No oil. Nothing. Just put in microwave as is.
Now for the timing.
Here is where you may have to experiment a tiny bit. 5 tablespoons in our microwave takes 2 minutes 3 seconds. Odd I know. Not 2 minutes 2 seconds. 2:03. No popcorn setting. Just 2:03 and then push start.
But…your microwave may be different. Play around a bit. You might burn a batch or two. It’s all good. Or have a few botched bags with un-popped kernels, but eventually you will figure out your golden number.
Voila. A healthier, microwave popcorn.
Now that the my-foodie-call family has our exact timing down, we have our popcorn kernels and paper bags on stockpile.
A quick nighttime snack. My nine-year old makes this most nights.
For the topping?
- Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (a soy sauce alternative)
- Nutritional yeast
We keep Liquid Aminos in the pink squirt bottle.
How to top your popcorn?
- Spray your kernels lightly with the liquid aminos.
- Shake a tiny bit of nutritional yeast on the moistened popcorn.
- Shake the bag to move kernels around
- Keep repeating steps 1 and 2 until you have reached desired taste.