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Taco Night Popcorn

Who doesn’t love a really simple snack recipe? Popcorn, in general, is a simple and low calorie snack but sometimes it can just be so stinking boring. I go in waves with popcorn where I’ll eat a portion-controlled bag each and every night and then when I run out, I’ll buy another box that will sit, unopened, in my cabinet and go well past the expiration date. Sometimes it tastes good and sometimes I can’t fathom the thought of it. But I came across a bunch of recipes for flavored popcorn and decided I had everything to make this Taco Night Popcorn. With a frosty beer and a good movie, this is an addicting and not boring popcorn snack.

Olive oil, chili powder, lime zest, cumin and garlic powder are mixed together and tossed over basic microwaved popcorn and pieces of tortilla chips (I used these chips – my favorite!) making this a flavorful snack that really does make you think of tacos. I combined the oil and spices together and dumped the mixture into a zip-top storage bag then added the popcorn and chips and shook it all up. It really seemed to coat the popcorn well, without too much of any oil or spices ending up in random clumps. I know adding olive oil to a healthy snack like popcorn isn’t necessary what you want to do when you are trying to be good but a little goes a long way and this is a great snack for those nights when you just can’t have plain old popcorn yet again.

Like this? Also check out Chili and Spice Popcorn and Buffalo Popcorn!

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Mix olive oil, chili powder, grated lime peel, cumin, and garlic powder; toss with 1 bag microwave popcorn, popped, and tortilla chip pieces.

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Overall Rating: Love It

Source: Good Housekeeping magazine

Chili and Spice Popcorn

Did anyone else watch the Golden Globe awards last night? I did, of course, because I get sucked into things like that and no matter how bizarre the whole thing is, I really do like to see what people are wearing and hope to see some awkward moment like Jacqueline Bissette’s acceptance speech.  Could the men have looked any better this year?  Geez!  Usually it’s the women’s dresses that are all the talk but nothing gets much better than seeing Chris Hemsworth, Bradley Cooper, Leonardo DiCaprio, Taylor Kinney, and Jared Leto is tuxes.  Wowza!  Anyway, a perfect and quick snack for a long television event like the Globes is this Chili and Spice Popcorn.

Plain old microwavable popcorn is jazzed up with a mixture of melted butter, chili powder, brown sugar, and cinnamon.  The mixture of the spices with the brown sugar makes this snack wonderfully sweet and savory which just melts on your tongue.  This popcorn is slightly addictive and before you know it, you’ll be licking your fingers and considering making another batch.  Now that’s a good golden snack.

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The ingredients:

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Prepare  a 3.5-oz package of microwave popcorn according to package directions. Melt 2 tablespoons unsalted butter. Combine chili powder, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl.

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Drizzle melted butter over popped popcorn followed by spice mixture.

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Toss to combine.

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Additions:  None

Omissions:  None

Substitutions:  None

Overall Rating:  Like It

Source:  Woman’s Day magazine

Buffalo Popcorn

Sometimes you are just sitting there watching tv and you realize you just want something.  Not that you are hungry but you are also not content.  You just want a snack.  It’s so easy to grab a bag of popcorn and throw it in the microwave for a few minutes which is a great healthy snack.  But why not jazz it up a little bit like this Buffalo Popcorn?  (I mean, don’t we seem to be adding buffalo sauce to just about everything these days?)

Butter, hot sauce and honey are melted together and poured slowly over warm, fresh popped popcorn (either bagged microwave popcorn or corn kernels will work) before being tossed slightly until slightly sticky, slighty sweet and slightly spicy.  I used Frank’s Buffalo Sauce in place of regular hot sauce just because I had it on hand so use whatever your favorite hot sauce is that you have around.  The buffalo-butter sauce softens up this popcorn a bit, making it gooey and the honey gives it that sweetness you get from kettle corn.  Once you get this sauce on your fingers, there’s no point in licking it off; just dig right in for another handful.  This popcorn won’t make it through a whole movie so you might want to make a couple batches.

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The ingredients:

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In small pan, melt butter; whisk in hot sauce, honey and 12 tsp. salt.Place popcorn in large bowl.  Drizzle with butter mixture; toss and season.

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Additions:  None

Omissions:  None

Substitutions:

  • Frank’s Buffalo Sauce

Overall Rating:  Love It

Source:  EveryDay with Rachael Ray Magazine

Scarecrow Crunch

Need a little snack to get you through the marathon of scary movies on TV tonight?  Or maybe just something to snack on in between rings of the doorbell as you hand out candy to the ghosts and goblins at your door?  Check out this Scarecrow Crunch.

Oatmeal squares cereal, pretzels, candy corn mix, Reese’s pieces, chocolate grahams, and caramel corn are mixed together to make for a sweet and salty snack perfect for autumn.  Put some of this into baggies for your kids or just take it to work for people who need an afternoon pick me up.  This made a big batch so you’ll have plenty to share.  My friends and I noshed on handfuls of this while we were hunkered down during the hurricane.  And leftovers should last for a while if you keep them in an airtight container.  Turn off the outside light, hunker down in the dark with a blanket, light a candle to cast eerie shadows, and munch on a bowl of this for tonight’s Halloween marathon on AMC.  If you have power, that is.  If you don’t, try not to get freaked out by the fact that you have to spend every second of Halloween in the dark.

The ingredients:

Combine all ingredients into a large bowl.

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Substitutions:  None

Overall Rating:  Like It

Source:  Just Make Stuff

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