Starbucks is sprinkling it into lattes and grocery stores are stocking it on shelves: But what is this curious green powder called matcha, anyway? Whole-leaf green tea that's been finely ground, matcha has a deeper flavor than brewed tea and more of the antioxidants believed to ward off cancer, lower blood pressure and boost brain power. Stir it into hot water or add it to sweet and savory foods for a fresh, grassy flavor. Get your green on for St. Patrick's Day with these quick ideas!
Matcha Bundt Cake
Add 1 tbsp. matcha powder to a boxed yellow or white cake mix, pour into well-greased Bundt pan and bake according to package directions.
In a large bowl, toss 8 cups popped popcorn with 2 tsp. matcha powder, 1/2 tsp. ground cumin, 1/2 tsp. ground coriander and 1/2 tsp. salt.
Matcha Ice Cream
Mix 1 pint softened vanilla ice cream with 1 tbsp. matcha powder. Serve immediately or cover and freeze until ready to serve.