Pepped Up Popcorn

Popcorn is a fiber-rich whole grain that, with a couple easy additions, is a great snack for lunchboxes or anytime.
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 10 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Cook: 5 min
  • Yield: 2 to 4 servings
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Ingredients

Cheesy Popcorn:

1 (3.5-ounce) package natural microwave popcorn (not the buttered kind)

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan

Kosher salt

Sweet and Spicy Popcorn:

2 tablespoons dark brown sugar

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

1 (3.5-ounce) package natural microwave popcorn (not the buttered kind), popped

Rocky Road Popcorn:

1 (3.5-ounce) package natural microwave popcorn (not the buttered kind)

1 cup mini or regular chocolate chips

2 cups mini marshmallows

1 cup salted peanuts, optional

Directions

  1. Pop the popcorn according to package instructions. While hot, carefully open package and dump into a large bowl. Drizzle oil over the popcorn, and toss the popcorn with your hands to coat. Add the cheese and toss again. Season, to taste, with salt. Cool. Transfer to a sealed container and tuck in a lunch box.

Sweet and Spicy Popcorn:

  1. Put the sugar, butter, and chili powder in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave on medium (50 percent power) until butter melts, about 1 minute. Stir to dissolve sugar. Drizzle over freshly popped popcorn; and toss to evenly coat. Cool. Transfer to a sealed container and tuck in a lunch box.

Rocky Road Popcorn:

  1. Pop the popcorn according to package instructions. While it's still hot, carefully open and dump into a large bowl. Add the chips and marshmallows.
  2. Return popcorn to the microwave. Cook on high until the chips and marshmallows get gooey, about 1 minute. Add the peanuts, if desired, and toss with a spoon until all the popcorn is coated. Cool until chocolate hardens, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a sealed container and tuck in a lunch box.
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