Popcorn has probably been around longer than any other snack food on the planet. It has a rich history, dating back to before civilization and taking part in a multitude of events we celebrate every year. It’s the most popular snack food around the world, and the second most popular snack in America (falling just behind potato chips). Popcorn can be found all over the country, at movie theaters, carnivals, and most people’s kitchens or pantries.
It is a common misconception that popcorn is an unhealthy snack. The reason some people avoid popcorn is because they don’t understand the real culprit! Behind its supposedly unhealthy status, are the seasonings and additives, often added to commercially packaged products to liven up the bland natural flavor and to lengthen it’s shelf life. The popcorn itself is a wholegrain, and these can help prevent cancer and lower the risk of heart disease, while also supplying healthy nutrients that support our vision.
There are many different methods to create popcorn, but the basic principle stays the same. All you have to do is make the kernels hot enough to heat the moisture contained naturally inside, and turn that into steam. The steam creates pressure from inside the hard shell casing and before you know it, POP! – the kernel is turned inside out and is ready to be consumed. As long as you can generate heat and have some kernels on hand, you can make popcorn!
Enough of the history, what about the recipes? I’ve gathered 30 of the finest popcorn recipes from around the world for your snacking pleasure, and have tried to keep them free from artificial sweeteners, preservatives or other nasty additives wherever possible. I’ve specified 9 cups of popped corn for most recipes, as that gives 3 generous cups per serving – you can have as many or as few servings as you fancy, but keep an eye on the calories! For your convenience, I’ve also included nutritional data from the USDA for each recipe (that’s the U.S. Department of Agriculture and not the United Square Dancers of America!)
My preference for both flavor and health reasons, is freshly air-popped popcorn – so I have used that kind for all of these recipes. Everything in this book can be made with kernels you have freshly popped, or if you are in a hurry (or feeling lazy!), then you can always use the plain store bought pre-popped variety – just make sure you check the packaging for artificial nasties!
Most of the ingredients for these recipes can be found at your local grocery store or deli, but if you get stuck, then the slightly more unusual ones can also bought online via a link at the end of the book.
Enjoy preparing and sharing!
The Green Gourmet is Lori Jane Stewart – an American author known for her books on food, wine, diet and nutrition. She is the writer of many international bestselling books including ‘The Green Gourmet Organic Diet Book’ and ’50 Low Carb Brown Bag Lunch Recipes.’
Lori has a passion for good food and fine wine. She loves cooking and creating recipes using easily available fresh and healthy ingredients, and especially with with local organic fresh produce.
She lives in San Francisco along with her husband and two daughters.
Early Life and Interests:
Lori was born in Carmel-by-the-sea California in 1977. Her mother was a chef at a local seafood restaurant, and inspired by the rich cultural diversity of Carmel and her mother’s experimentation with food, Lori developed an interest in cooking at an early age.
At the age of fifteen, Lori met Sarah at school. Sarah’s father was the owner of a renowned wine bar, and would ferry the girl to ad from school, when he would regale them with tales of fine wine, vineyards and often tales of the local vintners too! After graduating, Sarah’s father offered Lori a job at his wine bar. This was where Lori learned about different types of wines and their distinguishing taste and properties. By this time, Lori had become an excellent cook. Her job at the bar gave her an opportunity to experiment with the use of wine in her food.
In 1999, Lori met Ryan, a video game programmer and wine enthusiast. They married in 2002 and moved to his hometown of San Francisco, where now live with two beautiful daughters, Sandy and Emily. Both girls have inherited the passion for food and cooking and they love to spend their weekends in the kitchen, watching and learning from their mother. Sandy, now eight, according to Ryan, is already a master baker and makes delicious cupcakes – under her mother’s watchful eyes!
Ryan and Lori are both lovers of natural and organic food, and enjoy travelling to different regions to try the local specialities. On one such trip to Michigan, they helped an animal rescue organization save an abandoned greyhound found stuck in an icy lake, who they later adopted. Since then, Charlie has become a beloved member of their family who loves nothing better than their regular trips to the beach at Carmel.
Writing Career and Popular Work:
Since her days in the wine bar, Lori had a habit of writing down her recipes in her diary, and she had amassed a huge collection of unique, healthy and delicious recipes. On discovering Lori’s secret recipe book, Sarah and Ryan encouraged Lori to get her work published. With great help and encouragement coming from Ryan and family, she acquired the technical knowledge and confidence to publish her own books.
Lori’s first book ‘The Green Gourmet Organic Diet Book’ was an international bestseller in the health and nutrition category. The book got a full five star rating and excellent consumer reviews on Amazon. After the success of her first book, Lori continues to publish Green Gourmet food guides and recipe books, all of which can be found on this site.
The distinguishing factor of Lori’s work is the mass appeal of her books. Her books and recipes cater to vegetarians, meat lovers, weight-watchers and epicures alike. Through her books, Lori strives to share her love of good food and wine with everyone.
Sandy and Emily, like their father, are extremely encouraging and cooperative as well. Looking at their passion and talent, Lori has no doubt about passing down the torch to them.