Doritos hold a special place in my heart. They’re like a big hug from all of my senses. Why? Traditionally, 5 times per year my mom, sister, and I all make the trip from my house to Los Angeles (8 hours by car) to spend a week with my grandma. 8-hours is a long time to go without snacks, so of course, snacking was always a must. And car ride snacks are always a big deal. Pre-ED this was a favourite hobby of mine, because, oh my gosh! We got so much yummy food! My personal favorite was donuts and fruit, but my mom’s was (and is) Doritos. It’s just a thing, a normal thing. We’re going on a road trip? Better grab mom a bag of Doritos! Crazy thing is she rarely likes to eat them any other time. And I just so happen to spend a lot of time missing my mom ♥
Recently, I’ve found myself eating a lot of my peanut butter popcorn (which is pretty simple and awesome!), but yesterday I was craving something not sweet for once. Which pretty rarely happens. Somehow I thought of Doritos. Maybe I’m just homesick for summer? Just ready for this quarter to end so I can finally rest? Probably! I know for sure there will be the familiar smell of Doritos on the car ride home.
So I hit Google and adapted WholeNewMom‘s recipe to be single serve and college kid friendly (aka microwave popcorn!). Sure enough, this was absolutely delicious. Something I am not willing to sacrifice in my afternoon snacks is a protein boost. My PB popcorn gives me that within the peanut butter, and the cheezy nutritional yeast supplies that here! So it passes the meal plan test 😉
Serving Size: 1
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Microwave Time: 2.5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Allergy Information: Vegan, Gluten-free, Sugar Free
- ~6 cups popped popcorn (I use one whole bag of this brand microwave popcorn)
- 1 tbsp oil (or nonstick spray)
- 2 tbsp nutritional yeast*
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 3/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 – 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/8 – 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
- (Optional: If you have a coffee grinder/small blender and want to grind the nutrional yeast through cayenne pepper feel free to do so. It will create a fine powder which I often find more enjoyable. This is unneccessary for a delicious treat, though! And fine to omit if you are in a rush, not feeling it, or don’t have this equipment on hand)
- Combine all ingredients except for oil and popcorn in a small dish and mix well with small whisk or fork.
- Pop popcorn (takes me 2.5 minutes) and pour into large bowl/mixing bowl.
- Drizzle with 1/2 tbsp oil or lightly coat with nonstick spray and pour about half of the spice mixture on top. Toss to coat. Repeat with second half.
*Nutritional yeast is a non-active yeast that has lots of yummy health benefits! It has a delicious cheesy flavour that lots of vegans (and non-vegans alike) enjoy. I cannot stress enough how magical this stuff is, and I really like the Bragg brand.
**Recipe lightly adapted from WholeNewMom
What are your favourite popcorn flavours? Any requests for new popcorn experiments in the future?
Lots of love xx