Vegan Nacho Cheezy Popcorn

from Jason Wrobel

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  • Gluten Free
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  • Egg Free
    Egg Free
  • Nut Free
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  • Soy Free
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I’ve been spending the summer cooking my way through some of the awesome new cookbooks that have come out in 2016. One of my favorites is Eaternity by my dear friend Jason Wrobel.

This book is extra special to me because I bumped into Jason at the beginning of his cookbook journey outside my local UPS store as I was mailing off the final pages of my first book. To see his dream realized 3 years later is a joy.

His fabulous book contains 150 vegan comfort food recipes infused with superfoods all categorized by health goal. Jason draws on the latest health research and shares his top foods for optimal health. I learnt a lot about foods I've head of but never used from reading this book, and I'm now going to start incorporating some new superfoods and supplements into my diet.

For those with dietary restrictions, all of the recipes are coded to help you choose gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, and oil-free dishes. There are 14 chapters to eat for: better sex, good sleep, weight loss, happiness and good moods, more energy, detoxification, brain power, more muscle, immunity, strong bones, great skin, strong eyesight, a healthy heart, and less stress.

There are kick-ass vegan spins on family favorites like burgers, nachos, chocolate chip pancakes, cookie dough, and ice cream. But, this book goes beyond the usual fare and serves up some really interesting dishes. Some of my personal favorites are the: kombucha smoothie, chestnut & kabocha squash dip, quinoa falafel with avocado tahini sauce, cilantro lime pumpkin pesto pasta, cauliflower lentil tacos, coconut lemongrass risotto, sweet sapote sorbet, and dragonfruit soda. These more exotic dishes will elevate your plant-based experience to ethereal.

I found choosing a recipe challenging, as there were a ton that I wanted to share with you. I settled on this quick easy popcorn recipe in response to a growing number of emails I’ve received from you asking for healthier snack alternatives.

Scott and I have made this popcorn a few times now for our weekly movie nights, and it is deeeelicious!

Jason says, “This is the ultimate healthy popcorn for movie night. The addition of vitamin B12– rich nutritional yeast, chili powder, cumin, and garlic makes this a cheesy, spicy snack that will attack your hunger and rev up your metabolism. I like sneaking this snack into the movie theatre. It’s a way healthier, low-calorie alternative to the fatty, artificial popcorn you typically find at the concession stand. “ He also suggests jazzing up the base recipe with curry powder or a few shakes of hot sauce.

Either way, this recipe is a winner.

Snag your copy of Eaternity, and check out Jason’s recipe videos on YouTube.

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Vegan Nacho Cheezy Popcorn

Vegan Nacho Cheezy Popcorn

from Jason Wrobel

Serves 4 10 MINS
  1. In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, warm the grapeseed oil. Add the popcorn seeds and place the lid on the pan. Shake vigorously to coat the kernels with oil. When the corn starts to pop, shake the pan constantly until the popping stops, about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat, remove the lid, and transfer the popcorn to a large bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the nutritional yeast, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, salt, and cayenne pepper.
  3. Toss the melted coconut oil and spice mixture through the hot popcorn, and serve immediately.

Recipe from Eaternity by Jason Wrobel (Hay House Inc, 2016).
Photo: Jackie Sobon

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