Hunger can suddenly strike us at any given time, which can often result in us looking for the nearest fix to instantly satisfy our rumbling tummy.
Although that slice of peanut butter on toast may sound like the best option, we all know that there's healthier options lurking in the cupboard, but what else can we whip up as easily in just a couple of minutes?
Well we've got just the solution, and have found some interesting, healthy and nutritious recipes that take just five minutes to make, to help you start snacking on the healthier side!
Kale isn’t something you cook with every day but if you happen to have some in the kitchen, definitely give this recipe a stab.
Baked kale is a great alternative to crisps, as it's packed with fiber and vitamins and, it can be seasoned however you like!
- 2 cups of fresh, dry kale leaves (make sure to remove the stems and cut them into bite sized pieces)
- 1 tbsp of olive oil
- 1 tsp of balsamic vinegar
- A handful of chilli flakes
Mix the olive oil, balsamic vinegar and chilli flakes into a small bowl and drizzle over the kale leaves. Place the leaves onto a baking tray and bake on a medium heat in the oven for five minutes, for a vegetable crisp like texture!
This really is the perfect nutritious warming treat as the winter approaches. You may think that we’re cheating by microwaving them, but it saves heaps of time and the texture and, taste is still just as divine as baking them!
Note: This recipe comes in very handy when the cupboards are bare and the children are calling for dessert…
- 1 large cooking apple
- A handful of raisins or sultanas
- 1 tbsp of honey
- 1 tsp of cinnamon
Mix the honey, raisins and cinnamon together and place inside of a cored apple.
Microwave for four minutes or until soft and tender!
Moroccan Spiced Hummus
We’re big fans of hummus in the TWC office, it’s a great hearty snack that keeps us fuelled throughout the day and it’s surprisingly easy to make.
You can experiment with adding in your own flavours and toppings, but for this one, we went Moroccan style. Enjoy with pitta, cucumber or carrots!
- 2 x 400g of drained and rinsed chickpeas
- Squeezed juice from 2 lemons
- 2 tbsp of extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 crushed garlic cloves
- 1 and a half tsp of Morrocan spices (You can chose to mix, or just keep to one. We used turmeric and paprika)
- 1 tbsp of black pepper
- 1 tbsp of salt
Place all of the above ingredients into a food processor, blend until smooth and voila! You could even try adding some chopped jalapenos for an extra kick.
Sweet Potato Mug Cake
Microwaved mug cakes may not sound very appealing but believe us when we say how impressive they are.
There’s honestly nothing better than craving something sweet, realising you have absolutely nothing that fits that description in the house and then whipping up a super healthy, guilt free cake in just five minutes!
This one’s great when you’ve got some left over sweet potato mash from last night’s dinner in the fridge, which would have just gone to waste if not.
Ingredients (for two mug cakes)
- 1 tbsp of ground flax seed
- 1/4 of a cup of water
- 1/4 of mashed up, cooked sweet potatoes
- 2 tbsp of almond milk
- ¼ tsp of pure vanilla extract
- 1 tsp of brown sugar
- 7 tbsp of self-rising flour
- 1/2 a tsp of ground cinnamon
- 1/2 a tsp of freshly grated nutmeg
[related_articles] Add the flax seed and water to a large mug. Wisk this mixture and leave it to sit for a couple of minutes until it has thickened. Then stir in the sweet potato, almond milk, vanilla, sugar, flour and spices.
Beat this batter until smooth and then divide the mixture into two mugs. Microwave on full power for two and a half minutes, or until the mixture has risen.
Recipe sourced from Oh My Veggies.
This recipe is perfect for when you really are strapped for time and have already promised someone a showstopper meal. And we were pretty impressed when we found that we could cook a warm and nutritious dinner for two, in just 5 minutes...
- 4 red peppers, cored and seeded
- 1 packet of microwavable rice
- 1 tin of spicy kidney beans or mixed beans
- 2 tbsp of pesto
Pop the peppers into the microwave, along with a couple of teaspoons of water, for 3 minutes, or until they become soft and tender.
Transfer the beans into a microwavable bowl and place into the microwave, along with the packet of rice, for 2 minutes (most microwave packets take this time).
Add the pesto and beans to the rice and stuff those peppers!
Homemade popcorn is an extremely healthy snack (when it has not been covered in sugar and salt) which doesn’t break the bank to make.
If you like us crave the flavour, but still want to stay on the healthy side, try this recipe when you’re next making popcorn, for a fiery kick without the added calories!
- 1 packed of cooked microwave popcorn
- 1 tsp of chilli flakes
- 1 tsp of cracked black pepper
- 2 tsp of mixed spice
Mix the chilli flakes, black pepper and spice together and sprinkle over the cooked popcorn.
Place the popcorn into the oven for 5 minutes, or until it starts to slowly brown.
You may be starting to think that we’re bonkers for protein powder, but we just can’t stop finding new and exciting ways to use it in the kitchen.
These are a much healthier alternative to shop bought truffles and the flavour opportunities are endless! We’re definitely bringing these to the Christmas table this year...
- 1/2 a cup of natural, unsweetened nut or seed butter
- 3 tablespoons of honey
- 2/3 of a cup of vanilla or chocolate whey protein powder
- Fillings (Some suggestions: chocolate chips, almonds, walnuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, sesame seeds, chia seeds, cherries, apricots, matcha powder)
- Coconut flakes
Combine the butter, honey and protein powder into a large mixing bowl. Then mix three teaspoons of any of the above ingredients into the mixture, once combined, roll into small bit-sized balls.
You can then finish them off nicely by rolling them into the coconut flakes- don't they just look so Christmassy?
Sourced from Camilla Saulsbury’s Power Hungry: The Ultimate Energy Bar Cookbook.