Healthy Recipe: Fresh Popcorn

I love snacking on light or fat free popcorn (particularly the 100 calorie mini bags), but the recent murmurs of health issues related to butter flavoring and bag lining have made me hesitant to indulge.  Enter Nichols Farm & Orchard, one of the vendors at Green City Market.  Nichols sells whole ears of corn on the cob that you just pop (pun intended) into the microwave for a quick snack without the potential health hazards.  Here’s how:

  1. Put an ear of corn in a brown paper bag and roll down the top, creating a seal.  Don’t roll down too much so the kernels have room to pop.
  2. Cook in the microwave for 2 to 2 ½ minutes.
  3. Add salt, tamari, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, chili powder, grated Parmesan cheese, or any seasoning you like.  Enjoy!

The idea of sticking an ear of corn in a brown paper bag and then popping it in the microwave totally blew my mind.  But the results were excellent: fresh, unadulterated popcorn that is beyond easy to make.  A word of caution for the over eager – only certain kinds of corn prepared a certain kind of way will make popcorn, so don’t put just any old ear of corn in the microwave!


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    This looks amazing! I have a recipe for just using plain popcorn in a lunch bag for popcorn - never thought I could do it from the actual ear.


  • In reply to Lisa Cain:

    Thanks for sharing! Great point in your post about the cost savings of making your own instead of buying prepackaged!!

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