DIY: Microwave Popcorn

The USDA recommends half of the grains you eat be whole grains.  And popcorn totally counts!  Previously I posted how you can make popcorn in the microwave simply using a brown paper bag.  This idea prompted Beth to start making popcorn everyday and she’s just about lost all of her baby weight eating this low fat yummy snack.  Well, here’s another one for you, WITHOUT the paper bag.  I bring you, popcorn in a dish!

Step 1: Put 1/3 cup popcorn kernals in microwave safe 1 1/2- 2 qt dish with lid



Step 2:  Put in microwave for a good 5 to 5 1/2 minutes (or until popping slows down)

Step 3:  Top it with whatever your kids like!  Warning!  The dish is VERY HOT! Do not let your kids take this out of the microwave, and use hot pads.

I love this idea because pre-packaged microwave popcorn is full of chemicals, and regular popcorn kernals can get as low as .08 per ounce. (Although I think certain brands pop better than others)  But we need more topping ideas.  We usually add a small amount of butter, or cooking spray with a shake of salt.  But we are kind of boring that way.  What do you put on your popcorn?

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Natalie Monson

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Nikki says:

We mix powder from ranch dressing packets with melted butter for our popcorn. My husband thinks it is so weird, but I grew up on it. I have also heard of using Lawry’s seasoned salt.

cathy says:

What a great idea! So simple, so obvious, and yet I’ve never once thought of making popcorn that way. I’ve never thought of popcorn as a whole grain either. 🙂

Emily says:

Cool! My air popper takes up so much room…now I can get rid of it.

We sprinkle the butter flavored powder that probably has all the same chemicals as microwaved popcorn. They sell lots of those cool flavor powders. I also had a teacher once do olive oil and spicy peppers; that popcorn was amazing but I never got the recipe.

Liz says:

I didn’t know you could do that! We’ve used an air popper before but could never really get anything to stick to it. I’d try spraying it with I can’t believe it’s not butter spray but then it would get kind of soggy. Maybe I’ll try the cooking spray idea and see if that works better.

Liz says:

Oh, and I like the idea of losing the baby weight! 🙂 Maybe I should try that instead of eating cookies and Halloween candy!

Cool Idea! I’ll have to try it at home.

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C says:

We love popcorn here! My daughter and my new fall flavor is melted butter, and a spice blend of salt, a pinch of sugar and curry powder. We do stove top, with oil, but I’m totally trying this microwave way!

Natalie says:

wow. i am going to have to try it that way!!! i like butter on my popcorn but if i buy popcorn at the popcorn store it is always “pickle popcorn”. yum. now if i could just find out how to do that at home!

Vennesa Murray says:

I pop it in the microwave then spray with cooking spray and sprinkle with Kraft Parmesan cheese.

Autumn says:

No way!! Who knew!? I LOVE popcorn! Thanks for the tip Amy…and the voting reminder! 🙂

Mary says:

Try coconut oil!
Super yummy with just a touch.

Amber says:

I use garlic salt.

Beth says:

Wow! I’m a star now! I hope Chicago is a blast!

ashley says:

Here’s a question- what is the best brand of popcorn kernels you use? Since you say that some pop better than others? Thanks so much- love your blog!

Amy says:

I like Orville Redenbacher. It seems that most of my kernals actually pop, and pop big, rather than having them small or unpopped.

ks says:

thanks = you have to try sprinkling ‘engevita’ or ‘good-tasting yeast’ from the health food store, on your popcorn after it is cooked – we are hooked on this and it is very healthy

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Jessica says:

My kids and I love popcorn with parmesean cheese and fresh black pepper

Niteowll says:

This didn’t work too well, ended up with a burned mess although I followed the instructions. Be sure to adjust the time for your own microwave. The house smelled like burned popcorn for HOURS.

Carol says:

Be sure to adjust the time for your own microwave. I ended up with a burned mess!

Becky says:

Fail! Glass dish came out and shattered!

Amy says:

Oh no Becky!! I’m so sorry! How long did you have the microwave set for?

Amy says:

And, was your casserole dish microwave safe??

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