But why reserve these crunchy little morsels for the cinema? It’s time embrace popcorn into our snacking repertoire, and be a little more creative (and healthy) with our range of flavours.
This month’s Recipe Redux is all about snacks for travel and as
you probably have guest, air popped popcorn is one of my favourite snack foods and is great when you’re travelling. The bite sized crunchy pieces are perfect to drop in your bag to keep the mindless munchies at bay when you’re on the road or jet setting. Best of all air popped popcorn provides only a modest 1426 kJ (341 cal) per 100g (that’s 12.5 cups!!), almost no sugar, saturated fat or salt, and 14.5g of fibre!
Popcorn would also have to be one of the most budget friendly snacks too, with a bag of corn kernels costing about $1. My kids are huge fans
of popcorn too – although caution must be taken due to the risk of choking especially with young children. It is generally recommended that children under 3 years do not consume popcorn and even older children should be supervised.
Popcorn can be enjoyed as both a sweet or savoury snack by getting a little creative with some herbs and spices. Simply pop about ½ cup of popcorn kernels into the microwave for a few minutes (mine takes 2 mins in a microwave safe pot with the lid on, no oil), mix your herbs and spices and shake through your popcorn.
Za’atar: Heat an oven to 180 degrees and line an oven tray with
baking paper. Spread ¼ cup sesame seeds over the oven tray with 2-3 sprigs of fresh thyme and bake for 5 mins or until seeds are golden. Pull the leaves from the thyme (discard the steams) and transfer with the sesame seeds to a bowl. Add to the bowl 1 teaspoon sumac and 1 teaspoon dried oregano and mix together. Drizzle 1 teaspoon of good quality olive oil over popcorn and toss through Za’atar mix.
Rosemary & Parmesan: Drizzle 1 teaspoon of good quality extra
virgin olive oil over popcorn. Add 2 tablespoon of chopped fresh Rosemary (or 1 tablespoon dried) & 2 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese and toss together.
Spicy Popcorn: Drizzle 1 teaspoon of good quality olive oil over
popcorn. Toss through 1 teaspoon of paprika, 1 teaspoon of chili powder of flakes and a pinch of coarsely ground salt.
Honey, Cinnamon & Coconut: Drizzle 1 tablespoon of honey over
popcorn and toss through 2 teaspoon cinnamon and 2 table spoons of desiccated coconut. This often feature in my kids lunchboxes and is great in a trail mix with dried fruit, sunflower and pumpkin seeds.
Peanut Butter & Honey: Heat 1 tablespoon of honey in the microwave (about 10 seconds) until runny, mix in the peanut butter and pour over popcorn. Try adding some grapes or fresh berries for a tasty fruit and nut trail mix. This is a big winner with my kids.
Cocoa Popcorn: Drizzle 1 teaspoon of good quality olive oil over
popcorn and toss through 1 tablespoon of cocoa (100%) and 1/2 teaspoon of brown sugar and a few drops of vanilla extract.