Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Coconut Oil & Sea Salt Popcorn

Who doesn't love popcorn?  Any time I make it my 5 year old asks: "Can we turn the lights off mama??".  He loves to eat popcorn and watch movies.  But let's not box popcorn into the "movie snack" only category - it's a great snack anytime.  High in fiber, gluten free, low in calories, and easily digestible.  Of course, I'm not talking about the microwave variety.  You shouldn't touch that stuff with a 10 foot pole.  Even though most major microwave popcorn manufacturers stopped using diacetyl years ago, OSHA has since found that the chemical subsitutes cause the exact same health issues - in some cases fatal.
  • You can read more about the diacetyl debacle here
  • This story outlines how the replacement, 2,3-pentanedione, is just as bad.  
  • Another story on the replacement, here.
Best to use an air popper, or make it on the stove top!  I'm still unsure why microwave popcorn was invented because stove top popcorn really doesn't take that long.  Here's a healthy and yummy way to make popcorn from the kernel on your stove top.  Once you master this, there is no end to the different spices and flavors you can add to popcorn!

Coconut Oil & Sea Salt Popcorn
by Tara Milam
Prep Time: 3 Minutes
Cook Time: 3 Minutes
Ingredients (4 cups)
  • Popcorn
  • Coconut Oil
  • Sea Salt
Put a medium sized saucepan on medium high heat.
Add 2tbsp of coconut oil to the pan and allow it to heat. Drop a couple of kernels into the oil and wait for them to pop. Once they pop, pour 1/3 cup kernels into the pan in one even layer.
Cover the pan, and shake while kernels begin to pop. Allow steam to escape through the lid every so often. Remove from heat when popping stops.
Add 2tbsp of coconut oil and 1tbsp of sea salt and toss to coat.
Serve warm and enjoy!
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