My son loves popcorn in his morning tea snack. He usually requests this as I am hurrying to finish lunches, about 15min before we are meant to be out the door.
One of the mums at our preschool showed me how to make popcorn using a paper bag in the microwave. I can easily make one serving while finishing up the other lunches.
You can spray it with some flavoured oil or sprinkle with salt but we tend to love the flavour of just the warm popcorn!
1 lunch paper bag
1/4 cup popcorn kernels
Put the popcorn in the paper bag and make two small to close the bag (otherwise there is popcorn everywhere!).
Cook in the microwave for about 2 minutes. You’ll have to listen to see when the popping starts to slow down or else you will burn your popcorn and the kids won’t be impressed. Your microwave might vary on the cooking time.
As I do prefer popcorn cooked on the stove, this is a brilliant time-saver in the morning and easy cleanup!
A delightful way to eat kale if you or the kids find it unpalatable! Sadly, I don’t have a photo because they the last batch was eaten too quickly!
Kale Chips (Green Chips)
1 bunch of washed and dried kale, core removed, chopped in large pieces
1 tablespoon olive oil (or I used an olive oil spray, it coats much easier)
Sea salt, to taste
(and a bit (about 1 tsp) of honey to make it even more palatable if the kids are just beginning to eat kale)
Put all the ingredients in a small bowl and combine together with your hands to make sure that the kale is evenly coated.
Preheat oven to 150degsC.
Put the leaves in single layer on a large baking sheet covered with baking paper.
Bake for 10 minutes. Flip them over and bake for another 10 minutes until crispy but not burnt. Watch them closely in the last few minutes as they turn brown quite quickly.
These are great packed in a hard container (so they don’t get smushed!) for the kids lunches, crumbled on top of salads or even popcorn!
Feel free to leave out the honey if you would like them as a savoury snack. I find that the touch of honey makes it more palatable for the little ones.
Variation: My aunt also minces some garlic and rubs it on the kale as well before baking just for another flavour. Yum!