5 Quick & Easy Snacks

5 Quick & Easy Snacks

I’m always a fan of quick and easy snacks for every day or an impromptu movie night. Whether it’s for a quick meal or a little treat. The fewer the ingredients and fuss it is the better. So, I thought that I’d share 5 favourite quick and easy snacks that I like to make in under 30 minutes. Some even less.

If you follow me on Instagram  you may have seen me share the odd foodie photo. I like to have a naughty treat now and again. But for a meal or when I’m trying to be good, I prefer to make myself a tasty treat that doesn’t come with a side of guilt.

I am not a professional Chef or a nutritionist. I am purely sharing how I make the following snacks. You can also adjust the recipes to make it more to your tastes or requirements.

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Black Pepper Pistachios

I loved getting the Black pepper pistachios in my Graze box. But they weren’t always in my subscription box.

Then I thought, “Why not make them myself?”. So I did.

INGREDIENTS

  • Cracked Black Pepper
  • Pistachios (Plain)

RECIPE

Preparation Time: About 10 mins (Depending on how many pistachios you’re using).

  • Get a bowl and remove however many pistachios it is that you want to use. Putting the pistachios into the bowl.
  • Once you have removed them all add the cracked black pepper into the bowl. A little at a time until you have achieved your desired taste. I love black pepper so I add a lot.
  • Mix them together and push the pistachios into the pepper. Trying to get the pepper to stick to Pistachios. They won’t stick to all of them. But you can pick up loose pepper as you are eating them.

Et Voila!

Chocolate Rice Treats

I hadn’t made these since I was a kid. But recently I wanted a chocolate treat and decided to make these. There were plenty of ingredients that I saw online. But a lot of them involved quite a few ingredients. So I decided to do my usual trick when it comes to making something. Ignore all of the recipes and just do what I wanted. easy two-ingredient, no bake.

This doesn’t always work. But the thinking behind it was surely I only need two ingredients. Hence, I made it up and created these with just two ingredients and no baking.

A word of warning. I made too much for my needs when I used all of the cooking chocolate. So I’d advise you to try to gauge what you need. The Chocolate goes a long way.

INGREDIENTS

  • 100g of Cooking Chocolate (Milk or Dark).
  • Rice Cereal.

RECIPE

  • Place the chocolate you’re using into a bowl.
  • Boil some water in a saucepan. You’ll be placing the bowl on top of the saucepan to melt the chocolate – Don’t have the water high enough to touch the chocolate bowl. You only want to use the heat from the water to melt the chocolate.

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  • Once the chocolate has melted, add the rice cereal.
  • Make sure the rice is thoroughly and evenly covered with the chocolate.
  • When you’re finished place the mixture into muffin cases in a tray. (I used a tray with rubber mouldings so that I could push them out of the tray when they were ready.)
  • Leave them in the fridge to set. I left mine in the fridge for about 15 mins. But it will depend on how big you’ve made yours. You’ll be able to tell when they’re ready.

 Herb Rice & Greens

One of my favourite snacks to have for lunch or a quick meal. You can add things to spice it up or make it more to your taste. I do on certain days. But this is what I start with, or have it like this. The lush green veg and the spices make it a really tasty rice dish.

INGREDIENTS

  • Rice
  • Frozen Spinach
  • Frozen Peas
  • Chinese 5 Spice

RECIPE

  • Cook your rice. Microwaveable, boil in the bag, whatever you like.
  • Place the frozen spinach and frozen peas in a bowl and microwave for about 2 minutes. Or until cooked.
  • Drain the rice and place in a bowl.
  • Add the Chinese 5 Spice to taste before adding the cooked vegetables and mix again.

Grilled Ciabatta & Pesto

For a more substantial snack, I like to have this yummy variation of cheese on toast that originates from my Mum. I used to love the mozzarella version. But now that I can’t eat cheese the Violife sliced really thin and melted a little lets me still indulge.

The extra toppings can change each time we have it. But I do love this combination.

INGREDIENTS

  • Ciabatta
  • Mozzarella Cheese, or Vegan/Dairy-free Cheese (Depending on your needs)
  • Black Olives
  • Baby Plum Tomatoes or Cherry Tomatoes
  • Pesto ( You can also use vegan pesto or none at all)

RECIPE

  • Turn your grill to the temperature you’d use for cheese on toast.
  • Slice the ciabatta in half.
  • Slice the cheese and place it on the bread.
  • Place the other ingredients on the bread as desired (I like to put the pesto on when it’s removed from the grill).
  • Grill until the cheese has melted and the bread has started to brown.

Baked Sweet Potatoes & Carrots

This is great on its own or to have wish something else for dinner. The bright orange colour is great for cheering up a plate.

INGREDIENTS

  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Fry Light (Or your preferred cooking oil)
  • Italian Seasoning or Black Pepper

RECIPE

  • Preheat your oven to 180 for Fan Assisted.
  • Slice your sweet potatoes and carrots as desired.
  • Spray a baking with Fry Light and sprinkle Italian seasoning or black pepper place on the tray.
  • Place the veg on the tray before spraying fry-light on top of the veg and sprinkling more of your seasoning.
  • Cook for 20-30 minutes. Turning the veg over half way through.

Did you find a recipe that you’d like to try? Or one that’s similar to what you like to make yourself? If you do I’d love to see what you make. You can share it with me on any of my social media links. 

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. These are basic recipes that I use in my personal everyday life. They did not originate from any other source. I am not a nutritionist or professional chef. This is not a sponsored post. What works for me may not for you. All timing and cooking instructions are based on my own experience with the technology at my home. Full disclaimer available here.

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Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. These are basic recipes that I use in my personal everyday life. They did not originate from any other source. I am not a nutritionist or professional chef. This is not a sponsored post. What works for me may not for you. All timing and cooking instructions are based on my own experience with the technology at my home. Full disclaimer available here.