Thursday, March 12, 2009

Pop goes the world!

Omigosh, y'all. Somebody in my office just ate popcorn and it smelled SO.FREAKING.GOOD!! I was literally walking around, nose in the air, trying to sniff out who was holding that bag of buttery goodness. And now, I may have to fix up some of my own popcorn tonight - because the little handful I just scored from my co-worker was so not enough!

Do any of you remember a short-lived but wonderful sitcom called Knights of Prosperity? It aired on ABC back in 2007 and was easily one of the most hilarious shows I'd seen in recent years - right up there with The Office and 30 Rock. Long story short, the plot involved a bumbling a group of misfits — the titular Knights — who attempt to rob various celebrities, the first being Mick Jagger. After their effort to burglarize his luxury apartment failed, the team moved onto new targets including Kelly Ripa and Ray Romano. And yes, all of the previously-mentioned celebs had cameo appearances on this show. By the way, I'm still royally bummed this show got pulled off the air. Thanks for nothing ABC!
But I digress...during the Jagger apartment break-in scene, the gang winds up taking a little time to enjoy some of the amenities...including a box of popcorn topped off with butter pumped out of a a machine shaped like a mouth with a protruding tongue...just like the Stones logo. Hee!



Now that looks like fun! But don't worry my little calorie counters. You don't have to pile on the pounds eating that movie theater-style popcorn, as good as it may be. There are low-fat popcorn options. So give a big round of applause to Weight Watchers for providing the low-cal recipes I'm featuring below.

Southwestern Spiced Popcorn
8 cup(s) plain air-popped popcorn
1 serving(s) butter-flavor cooking spray
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp table salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder

Instructions
Place popcorn in a large bowl; spray with nonstick spray, tossing well. In a small bowl, stir together the chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt and garlic powder. Sprinkle over the popcorn, tossing all the while, until well coated. Yields about 2 cups per serving.

Ranch Popcorn
8 cup(s) plain air-popped popcorn
1 serving(s) butter-flavor cooking spray
2 tbsp dry buttermilk (can be found in the baking aisle of most supermarkets)
3/4 tsp table salt
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp white pepper, freshly ground

Instructions
Place the popcorn in a large bowl; spray with nonstick spray, tossing well. In a small bowl, whisk together the dry buttermilk, salt, onion powder, dry mustard, garlic powder and pepper. Sprinkle over the popcorn, tossing until well coated. Yields about 2 cups per serving.

Cinnamon-Spice Popcorn
8 cup(s) plain air-popped popcorn
1 serving(s) butter-flavor cooking spray
1/4 cup(s) powdered sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground allspice

Instructions
Place the popcorn in a large bowl; spray with nonstick spray, tossing well. In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Sprinkle over the popcorn, tossing all the while until well coated. Yields about 2 cups per serving.

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