Healthy Popcorn

Ingredients:

2/3 cups organic unpopped popcorn
4 teaspoons oil (I like peanut oil)

Seasoning Variation 1 -- Cheesy

1/8 cup nutritional yeast (also known as nooch by vegans)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
pinch of cayenne pepper---if you like it hot
1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt

Seasoning Variation 2 -- Bloody Mary

2 tablespoons tomato powder
big pinch of saffron
2 teaspoons oregano
1 teaspoon celery seed
1 teaspoon sweet paprika

Seasoning Variation 3 -- Everything Bagel

2 teaspoons toasted caraway seeds
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon toasted black sesame seeds
1 teaspoon toasted white sesame seeds
2 teaspoons granulated garlic
2 teaspoons granulated onion powder

Seasoning Variation 4 -- Mexican Corn

1/2 cup nutritional yeast
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
1 teaspoon dried cilantro
1 teaspoon lime zest
1/2 teaspoon cayenne

Directions:

Cook popcorn on the stovetop by placing oil in a pan and heating. Once hot, add the kernels and continuously shake until you no longer hear popping. Remove from heat to avoid burning. OR, use a Cuisinart Easy Pop Popcorn Maker (my preferred method). Place the oil and kernels in the maker, affix the lid, turn the machine on and wait for the kernels to pop. If you use an air popper, spray the popcorn lightly with olive oil so that the seasonings will stick. 

Place the seasoning ingredients in a coffee grinder or small food processor. Pulse until coarsely crushed. You can also use a mortar and pestle. Pour the popcorn into a large bowl and sprinkle the seasoning on top. Stir with a wooden spoon. Now enjoy!

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