Popcorn is another one of those things that I associate with Fall.  Perhaps it’s because of the popcorn balls that decorated tables at Halloween parties when I was a child, or maybe it was because, when the days grew shorter, we would be indoors in the evenings.   My mom would pop corn on the stove so that we could snack on it as we played cards or watched TV.  I have always loved popcorn for as long as I can remember.

Did you know that popcorn is a whole grain?   Air popped popcorn only has about 90 calories in a 3 cup serving, and it also provides over 3 grams of dietary fiber.  What does all this mean?  It means that popcorn can be a good snack choice.  Today’s recipe isn’t nearly fat free like the air popped version because it requires popping the popcorn in oil, but don’t let that worry you.  We will still make this a healthy treat by using a good fat such as coconut or olive oil.   I am opting to use oil to prepare my corn for a couple of reasons, but the most important reason is that popcorn cooked in oil will adhere better to the garlic powder and herbs that I will be sprinkling over the freshly popped corn.    I tried this with air popped corn, and the seasoning just wouldn’t adhere.  I know I could’ve achieved the desired result by mixing the herbs and garlic into melted butter, but I’m trying to save a few saturated fat calories without sacrificing flavor.  To achieve the desired result, I chose to use oil popped corn.  Garlic and Herb Popcorn

There are many variations possible with this recipe.  All you need to do is change the herbs and seasonings to have an entirely different flavor.  This recipe also tastes great when some Parmesan cheese is sprinkled on the freshly popped corn.

Here’s the recipe.  Feel free to make changes to make it your own.  Once you give this a try, let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.  Do you have any favorite ways to prepare popcorn?   We enjoy reading your comments.

Garlic and Herb Popcorn
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Recipe type: Snack
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Serves: 4
 
Popcorn is a whole grain. Like most whole grains, it's a blank canvas onto which you can apply almost any flavoring. This recipe is made with a very savory blend of garlic and herbs. It's a great twist on a classic snack.
Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive oil
  • ½ cup unpopped popcorn kernels
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1½ teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon of sea or Himalayan pink salt (or to taste)
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl or cup, mix together the garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and salt. Set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large, deep pot with a lid over medium heat.
  3. When the oil is hot, drop in the popcorn kernels and gently shake the pan from side to side to ensure that they are coated in oil and evenly distributed on the bottom of the pan.
  4. Place lid on pan.
  5. Keep pan over heat, gently shaking from side to side periodically.
  6. After a few minutes, you should hear the corn kernels begin to hit the inside of your pot lid.
  7. Continue to shake the pan gently as the corn pops.
  8. The sound of the popping will become more muffled as the pan fills with corn.
  9. Immediately remove from heat when popping stops to prevent burning.
  10. Pour into serving bowl and sprinkle with the herb mixture, tossing well to ensure that popcorn is well coated.
  11. Serve immediately in individual bowls, bags, or popcorn cones.

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 221
% Daily Value
Total Fat 15.6g
24%
Saturated Fat 2.2g
11%
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 1mg
0%
Sodium 293mg
12%
Total Carbohydrates 19.4g
6%
Dietary Fiber 3.5g
14%
Sugars 0.5g
Protein 3.2g
Vitamin A 1%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 0%
Iron 4%