4 yummy and easy snack recipes that will come in very handy!
4 Yummy and easy snack recipes that will come in very handy!
When the weather is not too favorable for outdoor fun, my husband
and I often end up entertaining friends at our place. This means, we need to keep some tasty snacks handy, and no, not just chips or cookies. Different guests usually have different preferences and while some love binging on fried goodies, others choose to
go a little healthy. So, here are some snack ideas that I opt for when loved ones come over. You can try these out too!
1. Tasty mix of nuts and seeds
Being in Qatar means you have a lot of options when it comes to nuts and seeds. Preparing these snacks takes only 10 minutes and here is how to go about it.
You need 1 cup each of walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts and pecans. Also take half cup each of dried and chopped dates, dried papaya pieces, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. You will also need 1 cup raisins and a handful of flaxseeds.
Just mix all the nuts and seeds and fruit pieces in a large bowl and store it in an airtight jar. Now, even if someone drops in unannounced, you can serve them this delicious mix from the jar.
2. Cereals in a spicy avatar
No, cereals are not just for breakfast, and they can be consumed in other tasty ways, and by not adding milk! This spicy cereal mix will prove that in a jiffy. You will need around 40 minutes for the entire process.
You will need 1 cup cornflakes, 3 cups of rice cereal squares, half cup unsalted pumpkin seeds and 1 cup of whole grain pita chips, broken. Also keep handy 3 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 teaspoon hot sauce, half teaspoon garlic powder, half teaspoon onion powder, half teaspoon ground cumin, and ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper. You will also need a dash of salt.
First, preheat your oven to 350⁰F, while you combine the hot sauce, garlic powder, cumin powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper and olive oil in a bowl. Now, add the cornflakes, rice cereals, pita chips and pumpkin seeds. Then spread the spicy cereal mixture on a baking sheet and bake for about 40 minutes. They will come out golden, crunchy and yum!
3. Easy mango salsa
Tangy, sweet, and spicy, this mango salsa can be enjoyed with chips and nachos whenever you have friends over or simply want to pamper yourself. It will take maximum 20 to 25 minutes to make.
Take 2 mangoes to make 8 servings, and peel, de-seed and chop them into small pieces. Medium ripe mangoes work best for me. You will also need a diced tomato, a minced onion, a de-seeded and minced jalapeno pepper for a fiery boost. Also keep the juice from a lime, a tablespoon of minced cilantro and some salt and black pepper handy.
Mix the mango and tomato chunks, and the minced onion, cilantro, and jalapeno pepper in a bowl. Add the lime juice and sprinkle salt and black pepper as per taste. Your delectable salsa is ready!
4. Refreshing banana and orange smoothie
A snack doesn’t always have to be something to munch on. You might want to serve a yummy smoothie that quenches thirst and provides energy too. Moreover, this orange and banana smoothie will just take 5 minutes of your time.
You will need one banana usually to prepare this smoothie for two. Take little less than 1 cup of strawberries, remove the tops and then dice them in halves. Also, you will need 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice and about 1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice.
Add the banana, strawberries, lime juice and orange juice to a blender. Then process it till you get a smooth drink without lumps. Refrigerate the smoothie before serving. You can serve this in tall glasses and perch a partially sliced strawberry on the glass rim for a stylish effect!
So, all set to wow your guests with some simple yet tasty snacks? Do try these out and let me know if you liked them.
Best Wishes Ladies!