White Cheddar Popcorn - Hold the Cheddar!
Once upon a time I couldn't eat popcorn. I know, for all you popcorn lovers out there...very sad. I really liked popcorn and decided to get a huge bucket to go along with my movie at the theater one night. About an hour or so after the movie, I wasn't feeling so good. Long story short...it ended up being a looooong night and the following day recovering from food poisoning. You see, movie theaters will reheat their butter, over and over and over and over and over again. This constant reheating changes the composition of the butter, and increases the risk of it going rancid which is ultimately what led to my popcorn demise. For several years, I couldn't even stand the scent of buttered popcorn cooking. If any smell could bring me back to a particular moment in time, it was that one. I personally didn't want to relive the nightmare!
It took awhile, but I finally began to enjoy non-buttered popcorn again (which is better for the body anyway so it was a win-win for me lol). I found I really enjoyed different varieties as well, such as salt and pepper, cheese, kettle, etc. I wanted to be able to make this at home, but they don't sell any convenient "ready to make" popcorn for the microwave without adding some sort of butter flavor in the packaging. So I set out to do some research and found that it is just as fast and easy to make your own stovetop popcorn. There is also apparently a simple way to make it in a brown paper bag as well, but more on that later...
During my "popcorn research" I stumbled upon a little place that makes non-GMO popcorn called Amish Country Popcorn. They make all sorts of cute popcorn varieties, including blue popcorn (which for come reason I am infatuated this variety all because it is blue... go figure lol). I ordered several varieties and when they arrived it felt like Christmas! I'm still not sure why I got so excited over popcorn. Maybe it really is the simple things in life that make me happy :)
What you'll need:
1/4 cup non-GMO popcorn
2-3 tbsp coconut or safflower oil
2-3 tbsp olive oil (for drizzling)
2 tbsp nutritional yeast (not brewers yeast)
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp himalayan pink salt (or sea salt)
Medium size stockpot
Large bowl lined with a paper towel
Heat oil over medium high heat in saucepan.
Once oil is heated, add one kernel of popcorn into stock pot.
When the kernel pops, you know the oil is ready. Remove this kernel before the next step.
Add the rest of your popcorn to the stockpot.
Place a lid over the popcorn and gently move back and forth over burner. You should hear the kernels start to pop. Cook for about 30 to 45 seconds or until the popping slows down or stops. Place popcorn immediately into a bowl lined with a paper towel so that the popcorn does not burn in the pan.
Let popcorn sit in bowl for about 1 minute. Carefully remove the paper towel, leaving the popcorn in the bowl.
Drizzle with olive oil. Add nutritional yeast, garlic powder, salt. Toss popcorn to coat well.
Separate into portion sized bowls and enjoy!
This literally take me less than 5 minutes to make plus this is so much better for your body than microwave popcorn! In fact, there are new studies emerging about something called "popcorn lung," a disease causing scarring in the lungs of people who have inhaled a chemical called diacetyl. This chemical is what is used to add or increase the butter flavor in microwave popcorn. Click here to read more about diacetyl and its effects on the body.
Funny, I did a blind taste test on my popcorn with a friend and she really thought it was a white cheddar popcorn! The nutritional yeast gives you all the cheesy flavor without the fat and dairy. You also get the added benefits of B-vitamins, no sugar or gluten, and lots of protein. In fact, nutritional yeast contains 9 grams or protein in 2 tablespoons. This is right around the same amount of protein found in whey powder without all the added dairy and sugar found in many commercial powders. Who ever thought you could enjoy your popcorn and get your protein in at the same time?! I have one warning...this stuff is addictive! Make extra ;)
Renal diet exchange: use Safflower oil instead of coconut and omit salt
P.S. Click here for a link to cooking popcorn in the microwave using a brown paper bag. It sounds really interesting if you hate cooking popcorn on the stove. I am going to check it out soon!