Happy National Popcorn Day,Vegan Style! January 19 2012
Now, here's a day that I can get down with. I LOVE popcorn. I'm not talking about that microwave in a bag stuff, I'm talking organic pop-it on the stove top REAL popcorn. If you've fallen prey to the "bag", take 2 minutes and make it from scratch, it's also more economical. I actually USE popcorn, that's right. I'm a total user. I use it as a delivery system for all sorts of healthy spices, esp. when I'm under the weather. Here's my simple vegan recipe for super healthy "cheesy" p-corn bursting with flavor:
1/2 cup organic popcorn kernels
a few tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons Earth Balance [ U may leave it out but, WHY?! ]
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 tablespoon or more of organic cayenne pepper
sea salt to taste
Coat the bottom of a tall pot with vegetable oil as, it's a good high heat oil. I do NOT use olive oil as, it burns and when you use EVOO for intense heat, it may release toxins, no bueno.
Ok, pan coated, put 2 kernels of popcorn in the pot, put stove on medium heat and cover.
Once the 2 kernels have popped, add the rest and cover. Move the pan back & forth NON-STOP as the kernels begin to burst open in the pan. Keep moving that pan! I mean it!
When the popping stops, remove from heat immediately and dump the hot popcorn into a bowl.
Add Earth Balance to the hot pan and once it melts, pour it over the pcorn, then add in the remainder of ingredients and eat, eat, eat.
Here are some reasons that Cayenne kicks major tush: