Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Cranberry Parmesan Herb Popcorn Recipe

Thanks to lots of lazy hours perusing the internet, my sons have solved our popcorn dilemma.  They stumbled upon an online catalog that includes entertaining videos which promote each of the company's unique products.  Despite multiple attempts by my youngest to get me to sit down and view a few of these clips, I resisted until he said in his most persuasive voice, "Mom, they sell cooking stuff!" After I relented, I lost at least an hour of my life viewing these corny yet oddly informative ditties.  The company is called Vat 19 and I loved it so much I even agreed to place an order.

Currently on my Vat 19 wishlist is the Butter Bell Crock, the Soup and Cracker Mug Set, and the Double Dish Snack Bowl (might just order this one today).  I have such an extensive wishlist because the first item we ordered, the Microwave Popcorn Popper, has been a huge success in our household.

I have been on a quest for a healthy popcorn popping method ever since my children have been old enough to eat this optimized snack food.  In theory, popcorn is a healthy and satisfying snack that our family can enjoy after school, during play dates, and while we gather to watch a movie.  In reality, however, most of the microwave bags that we buy from the grocery store are expensive and full of chemicals.  I tried a high end popper (it broke), the paper bag method (not always successful), and healthy grocery store options (overpriced).  The Vat 19 popper meets all of our popcorn popping needs, but don't just take my word for it, check out this informative and entertaining video.  Trust me you won't regret it.

Although my eight year old still needs assistance to make popcorn with our Vat 19 popper, my older children can manage it independently.  This summer they have used it to create classic popcorn, Old Bay popcorn, and their version of kettle corn.  My favorite is Cranberry Parmesan Herb Popcorn (recipe following).  I also love that I can use coconut oil to flavor my kernels.  Because the Vat 19 popper is made of glass, I always do the washing which is fine with my kids.

So grab a friend or family member and check out Vat 19.  You will be entertained as you quickly discover the Microwave Popcorn Popper and a plethora of other amazing items.  Once you order and receive  a popper of your very own, make a big bowl of Cranberry Parmesan Herb Popcorn and check out all of the other "curiously awesome" products.

Cranberry Parmesan Herb Popcorn Recipe

1/4 cup dried cranberries (or other dried fruit)
1/4 cup unpopped popcorn kernals
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 Tablespoon coconut oil (or other fat which is solid at room temperature such as butter)
1 teaspoon Italian herb seasoning mix
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt (or more to taste)
a dash of freshly cracked pepper (optional)

1.  Pop the popcorn with the coconut oil or other fat.  If using the Vat 19 popper, place the unpopped kernels in the bottom of the glass decanter and the coconut oil in the silicone lid then microwave for approximately 2 minutes and 45 seconds.
2.  Dump the popped popcorn into a large bowl.  Add dried cranberries, Parmesan cheese, Italian herbs, salt and pepper.  Toss.
3.  Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. Wow I have never seen such a thing! My littlest eats popcorn everyday...and I never feel good about the bagged microwave popcorn..what's in that stuff? thanks for sharing! Hope you are well ; ) xoxo Sheila