On its own, popcorn is a fabulous, healthy snack that’s ideal for kids. Popcorn is a whole grain, and recent research shows it offers up a hefty dose of antioxidants. That said, when you dowse popcorn in butter and salt (or pop it in loads of oil, like they do at the movie theater), it transforms into a heavy, high-cal snack that you don’t want to be feeding to your gang. I’ve perfected a technique for making plain, all-natural air popped popcorn (using minimal oil) right in the microwave without any special equipment. I steer clear of the butter and instead use fun toppings like Parmesan cheese, chili powder and ground chipotle to add pizzazz to create the ultimate munchies.
Pour the popcorn kernels into the paper bag.
Mist the kernels with oil spray and fold the top of the bag over twice to seal.
Shake the bag (while holding closed) to evenly coat the kernels with oil.
Microwave the folded bag on high for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, or until the popping slows to 2 seconds between pops.
(Cook time will vary from microwave to microwave, so it may take you a few tries to figure out the perfect pop time.
Alternatively, you can use an air popper to make your popcorn.)
Pour the freshly popped popcorn into a one-gallon resealable bag.
Liberally spray the popcorn with additional oil spray and shake the bag to distribute evenly.
Add your preferred seasonings and shake vigorously for 30 to 60 seconds to evenly coat the popcorn with seasonings.