Homemade popcorn recipe

popcorn3I love homemade popcorn, it’s quick and easy to make. It also has a nice slightly, roasted flavor and is very fresh.

If you have an air popper that is definitely the easiest way to make popcorn, but the “old school” method of cooking it in a saucepan is also easy and fun. It’s without a doubt healthier than microwave popcorn (although I love microwave popcorn also…no judgments).

One of my favorite things about homemade popcorn is that it’s an awesome frugal snack! I bought a nearly 2 pound bag of popcorn kernels for $1.75 and it’s lasted for a really long time. I only use a couple of tablespoons of seeds every time I make popcorn, I haven’t done the math but it’s probably around 5-10 cents for a full serving of popcorn. Compared to microwave popcorn: I usually get three bags of popcorn to a box for about $2.50. That means each full serving is about 83 cents. It doesn’t break the bank of course but 10 cents is certainly better!

Popcorn is a great canvas for flavors. I like mine pretty basic with just oil (or butter) and salt, but you can get really creative and add herbs, spices, cheeses (parmesan is a good one), nuts, wasabi, sriracha, hot sauce, chocolate, dried fruit, and more. Here are a few more fun ideas.

  1. How I make my popcorn: First things first, be very careful!! Never open the saucepan lid facing towards you in case a hot kernel flies into your eye! I always wear clear glasses, or even sunglasses.
  2. In a cold saucepan add about a tablespoon of vegetable or olive oil (mmm…olive oil…). Next, add about 2-3 tablespoons of popcorn kernels. Put the lid on.
  3. Turn the heat onto medium and as the oil is heating gently shake the popcorn so that the kernels get coated in oil.
  4. As the kernels begin to pop shake the saucepan gently when needed. You can give the popcorn a little air by lifting the the lid slightly facing away from you.
  5. When the kernels are all popped, pour into a bowl and dress the popcorn how you like!! 🙂 Just be sure to be careful of “late popping kernels” — watch your eyes!

Spicy eggs and corn tortillas: delicious and inexpensive

pepper2This is a last-minute meal that turned out really well! The other night I was busy and ended up needing to make dinner pretty late. I had completely forgotten to cook brown rice or potatoes earlier so I was looking through the fridge to see if I had a “quick” carb that I could use.

I saw a package or tortillas, some eggs and an onion and thought….hmmm…I wonder if there is some potential here. So I looked up recipes ideas online and I found people recommending to cut or tear up some tortillas and fry them first before adding the eggs. I thought this sounds pretty awesome and I have all the ingredients so why don’t I try it out?!

This is a good recipe: it came together quickly and was very tasty. It has all the elements that I really like in a meal: it’s quick, simple, cheap, filling and has a good amount of protein. Dinner for 2 people was about $2 (note: I used inexpensive eggs, they were $1.49/dozen and the tortillas were $2/dozen).

I also like to have a veggie with every main meal. With this dish I served green beans 🙂

This recipe is easy to double or triple if you’re feeding more people. Simply cook it in batches and keep warm.

Spicy eggs and corn tortillas

Serves 2 to 3

9 eggs, whisked together (note: I removed the yolk from 4 eggs to lower the fat level a little bit)

5 corn tortillas,  torn or cut into bite size pieces (but not too small)

2 tablespoons diced yellow onion

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 teaspoons water or milk

Hot sauce, to taste

2 cups cooked vegetables: your choice- green beans, carrots, broccoli, zucchini, etc.

Salt and pepper

Crack eggs in a large bowl, add the water or milk and whisk together. Add a pinch of salt and pepper.

Next, tear or cut the tortillas into bite size pieces and set aside.

Heat a large nonstick skillet on medium and add the oil. When oil is warm add the onion and cook until translucent. Next, add the tortillas and stir with a spatula to coat the pieces with vegetable oil.

When the tortilla pieces begin to brown and crisp slightly pour in the egg mixture. Cook how you would scrambled eggs: let the eggs set slightly and then carefully mix the eggs and tortilla pieces together until cooked all the way through.

Serve with a generous splash of hot sauce and the veggies. I also like mine with a little bit of ketchup. Hope you enjoy!

Super simple iced tea recipe

Iced tea is definitely one of my favorite drinks. It’s healthy, simple and also very inexpensive if you make it at home (an added bonus). You can drink it as-is or give it a little extra sparkle with lemon, lime, sugar or whatever else you like.

A few months ago I came up with this simple recipe and I think it makes delicious iced tea. Essentially it’s just two tea bags and some water! It’s not an exact science so feel free to modify the recipe however you like. Here’s how I make it:

Super simple iced tea

2 tea bags, black tea

water, to fill a pitcher 2/3 to the top

Directions:

Microwave a mug of water for 2.5-3 minutes. Very carefully remove from microwave and set on flat surface. Add tea bags and let steep for 15-20 minutes until tea has cooled down.

Fill a pitcher with water about 2/3 of the way to the top. Water can be cold or room temperature. When tea has cooled remove tea bags and pour into the pitcher. That’s it!  🙂

The iced tea tastes best chilled or over ice.

Some photos are always helpful 🙂

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Water and the cooled tea before they have been mixed together.

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A close up of the tea. It has steeped for about 20 minutes and has cooled down. Steeping it for long time gives the water extra flavor which is good for iced tea so it doesn’t become too diluted.

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The finished product! This pitcher of iced tea will last me a couple of days. It’s an easy, inexpensive drink that I really enjoy.