Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Snowy day: popcorn and a movie

Chili cheeze popcorn

This Monday was a snow day and perfect for curling up with a warm bowl of popcorn (my all time favorite snack) and a good movie. My most recent choice was a short documentary called Bag It:  Is Your Life Too Plastic?   The film exposes the effects of plastic bags and other plastic products not only on the land and marine ecosystems but also on the human body.  Although the topic is serious, it is presented in snippets of everyday life laced with a bit of humor that draws you in and gets you thinking about the wider consequences of our love of the convenience of plastic.   After watching the movie, I'll be making a few more changes to lessen my carbon footprint even more.  I've using cloth shopping bags long before it was considered fashionable, now, I've just got to get my husband to remember to use them more often.  Also, goodbye to the last  few plastic food storage containers for storing leftovers as I replace them with glass or ceramic options.  

And because I love an inspiring story, here's another short video to get you thinking about chasing your impossible dream.

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Whether, you're watching a video or or just need a tasty snack, here's a quick recipe for a savory, smoky bowl of crunchy goodness.

Chili Cheeze Popcorn

Freshly popped plain popcorn 
extra virgin olive oil
1/4-1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon ground oregano
sea salt
smoked paprika
2-4 tablespoons nutritional yeast (provides the cheesy flavor or substitute grated Parmesan if you're not going the vegan route)

Put your freshly popped plain popcorn into your serving bowl. (I make mine on the stove in a skillet with olive oil, but you could use air or microwaved popped as well.)  Drizzle a very light amount of olive oil over the popcorn and toss to coat so all the spices and herbs will stick.

To taste, sprinkle the rest of the ingredients over the popcorn (use a light hand with the smoked paprika so the smoky flavor doesn't overpower everything else) and toss to coat, taste and adjust seasonings as you like.

Munch with abandon!

Thanks for reading!

Scenic view on snow day

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