Popcorn is a perfect light, crunchy summertime snack. Plus, it only costs about 16 cents per serving—you can’t beat that when you’ve got a bunch of hungry kids hanging out at home. Rather than oil and the traditional stovetop method, I like to use an air popper, which I place outside to keep the heat (and the kids) out of the kitchen. After popping up a big batch, I sprinkle on one of my homemade seasoning blends to transform boring, plain-old puffs into a super satisfying sweet or savory snack.
Most of these seasonings require nothing more than a simple shake over a bowl of fresh-popped corn. For others, flavor is enhanced by tossing popcorn with a tablespoon or two of melted butter or your favorite oil (I like coconut oil for sweet blends and olive or canola oil for the savory blends).
Always toss your popcorn in a bag or bowl twice the size of the batch for best coating. And just so you know, the savory blends also work well for seasoning roasted vegetables (especially cauliflower and Brussels sprouts). Enjoy!
1 cup coconut flakes
(That’s it! Just sprinkle on. Or, add to Raw Cacao “Chocolate” blend above.)
1 Tbsp. dried oregano
1 Tbsp. dried basil
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. sea salt
½ tsp.fresh ground black pepper
1/4 cup finely grated parmesan cheese (per four cups of popcorn)
(Note: If storing blend, omit cheese and add to recipe just before using)
Dana Zucker is a home cook that likes to do it her way! She gets creative with nutritious ingredients to keep her active family—teenage twins and a vegan, triathlete husband—healthy and happy. Cooking with organic, local and whole food ingredients is key, whether she’s whipping up an early-morning breakfast, prepping afterschool snacks or getting dinner on the table at 10 p.m. Dana says, “We do eat out sometimes, and even cheat with some pre-made foods. But I try to balance making delicious foods with the reality of a busy schedule.” Dana’s recipes are a great starting point to find a style of cooking that works for your family. Her advice? Keep it real—and keep it easy!