Is there anything more satisfying then crunching down on a big bowl of popcorn after a long day at work (or in my case, school)? Plain, air-popped popcorn is not only yummy and fun, but it’s also a whole grain packed with fiber and essential nutrients. Unfortunately, movie theater popcorn has given the stuff a bad name. And all those chemical-laden butter sprays found in commercial microwave popcorn send up a serious “UNHEALTHY” red flag.
However, this doesn’t change the fact that plain popcorn is super nutritious! And I have a simple method for making it. No stove, no pots and pans, no fancy air poppers—just a brown paper bag, a microwave, and two minutes!
Easy Microwave Air-Popped Popcorn
2 tablespoons plain popcorn kernels
1 brown paper bag
Seasonings, optional (You can go classic with butter and sea salt or a be a little bit more adventurous with spices like chili pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and more! I personally like a sprinkle of cinnamon or even a drizzle of melted dark chocolate.)
Put the popcorn kernels in the brown paper bag and seal it shut by folding over the top three or four times. Place the bag in the microwave and microwave on high for 2 minutes.
Listen to hear when the popping slows so there’s about 2 seconds between pops, then remove. The bag will be hot, so handle carefully. Pour into a bowl, add your seasonings, and enjoy!
Makes 1-2 servings, about 4 cups popped.
[Mom here: This has changed my life.]