'Cheesy' Popcorn

'Cheesy' Popcorn
Christie Ellis

Ingredients

  • 5 Tablespoons  butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 Cup  popcorn kernels, popped
  • 3 Tablespoons  nutritional yeast, plus more to taste
  •   Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Much like broccoli florets drowning in a creamy dip, this "Cheesy" Popcorn is admittedly not an ideal choice nutritionally speaking, but it is delicious, satisfying, and made with real food, which is more than can be said for its microwaveable counterparts.

The key to its irresistible flavor? Nutritional yeast. Though common in vegan cuisine, this ingredient is not something most of us use every day. It's a deactivated yeast that is yellow in color, and it imparts a nutty, cheesy flavor when used as a condiment. It is low in fat and sodium and high in dietary fiber, protein, and B vitamins. In fact, the amount of nutritional yeast in a single serving of this prepared popcorn yields more than 100 percent of the recommended daily value of riboflavin, thiamin, and niacin. Combined with the dietary fiber inherent in the popcorn itself, it makes for a relatively healthy snack.

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Directions

In a large bowl, pour the butter over the popcorn kernels and toss so that the butter is evenly distributed. Add the desired amount of nutritional yeast, salt, and pepper and toss once more.

Nutrition

Calories per serving:

161 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb, Low Sodium Sugar Conscious, Kidney Friendly, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:

8%

Servings:

4
  • Fat 59g 91%
  • Carbs 15g 5%
  • Saturated 36g 182%
  • Fiber 12g 48%
  • Trans 2g
  • Sugars 3g
  • Protein 25g 49%
  • Cholesterol 153mg 51%
  • Sodium 23mg 1%
  • Calcium 18mg 2%
  • Magnesium 74mg 18%
  • Potassium 21mg 1%
  • Iron 2mg 12%
  • Zinc 9mg 61%
  • Phosphorus 18mg 3%
  • Vitamin A 1,776IU 36%
  • Thiamin (B1) 29mg 1,920%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 29mg 1,713%
  • Niacin (B3) 168mg 840%
  • Vitamin B6 29mg 1,440%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 2µg 1%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 2%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 2mg 8%
  • Vitamin K 5µg 7%
  • Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 15g
  • Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 2g
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