I miss the CRUNCH. I like carrots and crunchy stuff like that but I MISS THE CRUNCHY SNACKS. And I'm NOT eating them but I still want to crunch things. I bought nuts to snack on but they are, meh, sort of crunchy and sort of not what I'm looking for.
I made popcorn in the stove top popper for my kids the other day. For my snack I helped myself to a handful of sunflower seeds, raw un-roasted and again they were meh. Ok but not the best. I bought the raw ones because they are 3 dollars a pound less than roasted but I was kicking myself for not getting roasted. After I ate a few seeds and was totally unsatisfied I turned to the popper and tossed them in. It was still hot and in a few minutes they were warmed and crunchy. I was totally on to something.
Over the next few days I messed around and finally I think I have it down pretty good. You'll need the stove top popper like mine to make this work. well you can do them in the oven but they require heating the whole oven to make a quick snack and they burn really fast. I bought the raw seeds for their cheap price I don't want to counteract that by spending a couple bucks to roast them. YOU could though.
Home Roasted Sunflower Seeds
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/2 teaspoon of oil--optional-your popper probably is well seasoned enough to get by without the oil
1/4 teaspoon of salt
place the popper on the burner and turn the heat to medium--your stove may be different so experiment and see how yours works
once it begins to warm add the oil, seeds and salt
stir to mix and let it rest about 30 seconds
keep repeating this pattern until the seeds are toasty as you like, 3-4 minutes
pour on to a plate to cool
A few notes
- I like mine toastier than most so between 3-4 minutes for me on my stove is perfect keep working and find your won perfect
- let them cool before you eat them or you will hear your tongue literally sizzle
Anyway if the cost of buying less processed foods has got you down these are some seriously cheap Paleo eats. Everyone in my house loves them and they've since become the favorite treat even over popcorn. And remember, sure non processed foods ARE more expensive but the money you will save in doctor bills will be well worth it in the end.
Peace and Love--