Parmesan Pepper Popcorn Recipe

Parmesan Pepper Popcorn

Today is National Popcorn Day! Popcorn is one of my very favorite top snack foods! I love to curl up on the couch at night to watch my favorite shows on the DVR and dive into a big bowl full of popcorn. To celebrate National Popcorn Day I have come up with a super easy Parmesan Pepper Popcorn Recipe to add a little extra savory flavor to your next popcorn snack. Of course you can make this with air popped or stove-top popped popcorn, but I partnered with Orville Redenbacher’s for a campaign today and used Orville Redenbacher’s Movie Theater Butter microwave popcorn in the convenient pop-up bowl for mine.

Parmesan Pepper Popcorn Recipe



One Bag Microwave Popcorn
(or 8 cups popped corn)
2 Tbsp Parmesan Cheese
1/2 tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Pop popcorn according to package directions.
Top with parmesan and pepper.
Toss to coat.

Homemade Tortilla Chips in the Microwave – Easy, Healthy Recipe

I already LOVE homemade potato chips made in the microwave, so I figured I should be able to do the same thing with tortilla chips. Yep, it works! Very good and much healthier than store-bought fried chips.


3 corn tortillas
cooking spray or oil mister
coarse-ground salt

Cut each tortilla in 6 pieces using a pizza cutter or knife. Lightly spray on both sides with cooking spray. (I like to use my olive oil mister to spray.) Sprinkle with the salt. Spread out on a microwave-safe dinner plate so pieces are not touching. Microwave for 1 minute to 90 seconds (lower wattage microwaves will need the 90 seconds). Flip chips over and microwave on other side 1 minute to 90 seconds. If not yet crispy, flip again and cook another 30 seconds, continuing until crispy. Serve warm.

Homemade Healthy Potato Chips in Your Microwave

These chips are delicious as a snack and also make a great side with lunch or dinner.  They are best eaten right after cooking, but they are so easy you can make them any time.  Make them with plain salt or use your imagination and try garlic salt, seasoning salt, pepper, parmesan cheese….you name it!

olive oil
salt or other seasoning
(cooking spray optional)

Scrub potatoes well. I leave the skin on, but you can peel the potatoes if you like.

Slice as thinly as possible. If you have a mandoline or other slicer, use it to make the slices more even (but a knife works just fine).

Place potato slices in a bowl and mix with a small amount of olive oil to coat.

Spray a microwave safe dinner plate with cooking spray (if you used a lot of olive oil you can skip the spray, but I like to use less oil). Spread the slices in a single layer. If you have any thicker slices, put them on the outer edges.

Sprinkle with salt or other seasoning.

Microwave 3-4 minutes (depending on the power of your microwave) until slices begin to look a like they are cooking. Flip the slices over – CAUTION they will be very hot! Cook another 4 to 5 minutes or until just slightly golden. The chips will continue to crisp up after you take them out of the microwave.


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Sweet and Salty Snack Mix with Cheerios

This yummy snack mix has a touch of sweet and a touch of salt combining for the perfect treat for at home or on the go.

4 C Cheerios
2 C mini pretzel twists
1 C raisins
1 C peanuts
1/2 C butter
1 C brown sugar
1/4 C corn syrup
1/2 tsp baking soda

Heat oven to 250 degrees. Mix together Cheerios, pretzels, raisins and peanuts in a large bowl. In a large pot or saucepan, mix butter, brown sugar and corn syrup. Melt over medium heat and then bring to a boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and stir in the baking soda. Add Cheerios mixture to pan and stir to coat. Spread mix on a jelly roll pan or cookie sheet for 15 minutes. Let cool and then break apart. Store in a zip-top baggie or sealed container.


Easy Crispy Corn Snacks Recipe – Made from Whole Corn Kernels

Fresh sweet corn is in season and you can use it to make a tasty AND healthy homemade snack.

  • 2 Cups Fresh Corn cut from cob (or use thawed frozen corn)
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper (fresh ground is best)
  • Tajin Seasoning* (or cayenne pepper) – to taste

Heat a skillet to medium high and spray with cooking spray.  (If using thawed frozen corn, press it between paper towels to remove excess moisture.)  Spread corn in single layer in skillet and sprinkle with seasonings.  Cook 5 to 10 minutes, stirring often, until brown and crispy.  Enjoy!

*Tajin is a Mexican seasoning made with ground chile peppers, salt, dehydrated lime juice.  It can be found at your local bodega, or order it online at

Easy Quesadillas in the Toaster Oven (Try it with Leftovers!)

This simple recipe can be made “as is” or it can be easily adjusted to use up pretty much any type of leftover meat or veggies you have lurking in your fridge.  You can also add leftover rice!

Easy Toaster Oven Quesadillas

Large Flour Tortillas
Canned Refried Beans (we use low-fat)
Shredded Mexican Style Cheese
Chunky Salsa

Spread half of one tortilla evenly with 1/3 cup refried beans.  Spread 1/4 cup salsa over the beans. Sprinkle beans with cheese. Fold the tortilla in half and place on toaster oven rack. Use the TOAST setting to toast until lightly browned.