Hot extra buttery microwave popcorn used to be one of my favorite snacks, but after reading several articles about how bad it was for you I switched to air popped corn. The best part is that I've come up with a way to satisfy all 3 sets of taste buds in my house. Salty for Ava, sweet for me and spicy for Eric. I pair Ava's with her favorite Strawberry Mango Smoothie and it's enough to hold everyone over until I've cooked dinner.
Fluffy Popcorn: Salty, Sweet & Spicy
INGREDIENTS: 1/2 cup popcorn kernels, 4 tablespoons melted butter, 3/4 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoons sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1/4 teaspoon rosemary, 1/4 teaspoon white cheddar popcorn seasoning, 1 big bowl for popping and 3 smaller bowls for serving
Begin by popping 1/2 cup of popcorn into a large bowl. While this is happening melt 4 tablespoons of butter. Once the popcorn is finished popping, thoroughly coat it with the melted butter. I recommend using a large flat wooden spoon to turn the popcorn so you don't get your fingers dirty.
Separate the popcorn into your 3 serving bowls, about 4 cups per bowl. Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon salt evenly over the popcorn in each bowl and turn to coat. SALTY is done, set it aside.
The second bowl is going to be SWEET. Add 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Turn with your wooden spoon to coat thoroughly. Set aside.
Rinse and dry your spoon and we'll finish up the last bowl, SPICY! Add 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1/4 teaspoon rosemary and 1/4 teaspoon white cheddar popcorn seasoning. Turn with your wooden spoon to coat thoroughly.
The sweet and spicy look similar so I recommend using colored bowls so little ones don't get confused. You're almost ready to serve.
Strawberry Mango Smoothie
INGREDIENTS: 1/2 cup unsweetened frozen strawberries, 1/2 unsweetened frozen mangos, 4 oz. yogurt (2 tubes), 3/4 cup apple juice
Measure strawberries, mangos, yogurt & apple juice into your blending device. I love my magic bullet. Be sure not to overfill the cup.
Blend until smooth and now you're ready to serve.
Snack time! Use a ziploc bag or tupperware to store uneaten popcorn for tomorrow.