'Cheesy' Popcorn

'Cheesy' Popcorn
Staff Writer
'Cheesy' Popcorn
Christie Ellis
'Cheesy' Popcorn

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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4
Servings
151
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

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

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
8g
11%
Sugar
1g
1%
Saturated Fat
1g
4%
Carbohydrate, by difference
19g
15%
Protein
3g
7%
Vitamin A, RAE
14µg
2%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
3mg
4%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
1µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
19mg
2%
Choline, total
2mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
3g
12%
Folate, total
9µg
2%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
32mg
10%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
77mg
11%
Selenium, Se
3µg
5%
Sodium, Na
231mg
15%
Water
24g
1%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Cheesy Shopping Tip

If a piece of cheese smells strongly of ammonia, don't buy it. This is typically a sign of spoilage.

Cheesy Cooking Tip

Allow cheese to come to room temperature before serving. This will accentuate the flavors and aromas.