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Curry, turmeric, chili, and garlic on your popcorn

Here's how to make curried popcorn tastier by melting cheese or vegan cheese substitues over it. You can start with making popcorn spicier instead of pouring butter over it. Try curried popcorn. You can use sesame oil, coconut oil, or extra virgin olive oil on it, just flavor the oil with garlic and onion or other herbs such as dill or parsley. You also could make chili popcorn by substituting chili powder for curry powder.

Curry, turmeric, chili, and garlic on your popcorn.
Curry, turmeric, chili, and garlic on your popcorn.
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There's also a Greek-style popcorn recipe is at the CD Kitchen website. Additionally, sun-dried tomatoes can be put over the popcorn. You can cut them in very small piece or put the sun-dried tomatoes in a food processor and grind them up, then sprinkle over the popcorn.

And if you like Italian popcorn, there's a recipe at: Rachel Ray's website where you're invited by the Food Network to see that recipe at the website, Zippy Italian Popcorn Recipe: Rachael Ray: Food Network. Also for more popcorn recipes for National Popcorn Day, see: Italian Popcorn Recipe - Allrecipes.com.

Want more dessert-style popcorn? Try this recipe for caramel popcorn, home-made at: Saida Online.

Try peanut butter popcorn if your family isn't allergic to peanuts. Or try almond butter instead of peanut butter which has a lot of omega 6 fatty acids instead of a better ratio or balance with enough omega 3 fatty acids. Make home-made peanut butter without the added fats found in some supermarket varieties. Or check out the organic peanut butters with no added fats or sugars.

Don't add trans fats or corn syrup to your popcorn to get a caramel taste

Another variety is to pour melted caramel over your popcorn. Instead of the usual popcorn recipes calling for ingredients such as: 1 cup light corn syrup, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup peanut butter, and
2 quarts popped popcorn. Why don't you substitute ingredients your body really needs, for example, forget the Omega 6-drenched peanut butter. Instead use almond or cashew nut butter.

Chia seeds could also be added to tahini or almond butter, peanut butter, cashew butter, or any other type of nut butter. Or use sesame tahini, sesame seeds pulverized with sesame seed oil into a paste. Use, if desired, in small amounts to roll into the popcorn and then roll in black sesame seeds or chia seeds. And instead of the cup of sugar and cup of corn syrup, just leave out the sweet stuff from the popcorn.

Keep the corn and nuts, and ditch the sugar and corn syrup. Instead of peanuts, you could use a handful of walnuts or some almonds and walnuts mixed with pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds or some pumpkin seeds. Or use baked squash seeds as you would use pumpkin seeds. Bake them to get them soft enough to chew and digest.

You can substitute a sliced banana for any sugar/corn syrup mixture. Or, if you need sweets, cut up some dried fruits such as pitted dates, figs, nectarines, raisins, currants, apricots, or any dried fruit you like instead of sugar or corn syrup over popcorn. Save your teeth. How about making National Popcorn Day an afternoon to enjoy a healthier popcorn snack?

Feta and kasseri cheese popcorn

Serves/Makes 6

Here's a Mediterranean-style popcorn with ingredients popular in Greece. Overnight soak in a covered jar in your refrigerator, 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil with sliced black pitted olives, 1/4 teaspoon of garlic (powder or minced chopped garlic), 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric, 1/4 teaspoon of curry powder, pinch of black pepper. Optional: salt to taste, if desired.

Ingredients:
1 cup unpopped popcorn
1/2 cup shredded Greek feta cheese
1/2 cup shredded Greek kasseri cheese
1 tablespoon oregano
1 tablespoon basil
1/2 cup extra virgin cold-pressed olive oil flavored with garlic, curry powder, black pepper, turmeric, and 1/2 cup of pitted olives, sliced in half

Directions:

Pop the popcorn in a hot air popper. Put 1/4 of the popcorn in a large bowl. Sprinkle over the freshly popped, warm popcorn the feta and kasseri cheese, oregano, basil, and one-quarter of the jar filled with that extra virgin cold-pressed olive oil which you've marinated overnight with the curry powder, turmeric, black pepper, olives, and garlic.

Repeat for the remaining quarters

By seasoning every quarter at a time, it keeps the wonderful curried seasoning taste through the whole batch of spicy popcorn. Instead of butter, you're using olive oil. If you don't like olive oil, you can substitute the olive oil for walnut oil, sesame seed oil, or macadamia nut oil. Some people like grape seed oil or rice bran oil. Choose the flavor of the oil you like most before you add the curry spices, garlic, and pepper to marinate the oil.