Tuesday, February 14, 2012

What the BULK?!?!? Popcorn!

Happy Valentine's Day dear readers! I thought it would only be appropriate today to focus on a heart-healthy snack. Popcorn. Remember popcorn? That simple, inexpensive, perfect snack food that has been replaced by the nasty stuff we pop in a microwave? When's the last time you made popcorn on the stove and topped it with a pinch of sea salt? Or even better, air popped it and really focused on the crunch of a freshly-popped kernel?

Here is a different and fun popcorn recipe, courtesy of The Spicy Vegan:

Nutritional Yeast Popcorn

2 tbsp of grapeseed oil *veganmama note: it's good because it has very little taste and can handle high temps!*

1/2 cup of yellow or white popcorn

a spritz of olive oil spray

1/2 cup of nutritional yeast

1 tsp of sea salt

dash of cayenne (optional)

Place oil and kernels in a heavy pot with a tight-fighting glass lid on medium-high heat. Using oven mitts, shake pot to coat the kernels with oil. Continue shaking every 20-30 seconds, never letting it rest on the heat for more than 30 seconds. After all kernels are popped transfer to an extra large bowl. Lightly spritz with olive oil spray and start shaking in the salt and nutritional yeast. Repeat this process as you continue shaking the bowl until all contents are evenly coated. Top off with a dash of cayenne (if using) and give it a final shake. Throw on a movie and enjoy!

Prep time: 10 minutes

Now this has nothing to do with food, but because it's the day of LOVE, I thought I'd leave you with a clip from one of my favorite movies, "Cinema Paradiso." It speaks for itself!

I love my readers!

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