Decode healthy snacks in style and minimize your kitchen load with these amazingly tasty healthy recipes under 5 minutes. It’s about time to reboot your lifestyle because your health and your time- both are precious.
So browse through these 5 minutes healthy snack recipes and save yourself a lot of time and a lot more of calories.
1. Flavour Roasted Phool Makhana
The English name for Phool makhana is Fox Nut, if you want to rename your recipe and sound Sauvé. The recipe is plain and simple. Ingredients first-
For the Makhana
- 3 cups Makhana
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
- 2 Tbsp Spice mix of your choice
You can pre-mix 1 teaspoon each of cumin powder, chili flakes, Black pepper, dried mint, sesame seeds and salt and store it in an air-tight container.
Dry roast your phool makhana in pre-heated oven for 5 minutes. They will turn light golden in colour and remain a little soggy until hot. Add coconut oil, spice mix and roasted makhana in a container and shake well. The spices will thoroughly coat your phool makhana and turn crisp and they cool naturally.
Enjoy ‘em while they are warm and store the remaining in an airtight box.
2. Caramelized Nuts
If sweetness is your weakness, try these caramelized nuts for a quick snack.
- 1 cup nuts (walnuts work best, but you can pick almonds, peanuts or cashew too)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon butter
Heat a non-stick pan over medium flame and add nuts, sugar and butter. Use a wooden or silicon spatula to stir continuously until the sugar completely melts in butter and coats the nuts evenly. Transfer to a plate separate them with a spoon or fork so they do not harden together as a lump. Within minutes, they will cool down and turn crunchy for you to savour.
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3. Macho Peas
It’s hard to believe Nando’s snacks could be healthy too! Macho Peas is one of the items from their sides menu which is healthy, quick and can be replicated at home, until their chicken. If you are Nando’s fan, this quick recipe is for you!
- 2 cups Peas
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 finely chopped red chilli (you can use dried chilli flakes too)
- Some freshly chopped parsley (use dried parsley if fresh isn’t available)
- 1 tbsp finely chopped mint
Pressure cook peas in water with salt upto 1 whistle or microwave on high for 4 minutes. Meanwhile, stir in all the remaining ingredients. Drain your peas and mash about 1/4th of them with a fork. Mix everything up and season to taste. You can also drizzle lemon juice to Indianize the recipe.
4. Roti Quesadilla
Use leftover rotis, or pre-make them the day you plan to try roti quesadilla.
- 2 Whole wheat rotis (your regular chapati)
- 1 tbsp pizza sauce
- 2-3 tbsp mozzarella cheese (adjust quantity to preference)
- Filling of your choice (you can use paneer slices, grilled chicken or any leftover dry sabzi)
- Basil or oregano seasoning to sprinkle
- Preheat your non stick pan or tawa on low flame.
Place roti on your slab or plate and evenly spread pizza sauce with the help of butter knife or spoon. sprinklehalf of the mozzarella cheese, basil or oregano seasoning. Arrange your filling on top and evenly sprinkle the remaining cheese. Cover with the other roti. Carefully pick and place this quesadilla on your preheated pan and cook for 2 minutes. Flip it over and cook for another minute. Remove from pan, cut into triangular slice, and serve with your favourite dipping sauce or chutney.
5. Chopped Chickpea Salad
Chana chaat is the hot-favourite of anyone. The spicier, the better you thought, but the more, the merrier and healthier is new. Give your chanachaat a twist and make it healthy with more greens and roughage. So next time you cook chole, you know you are reserving 2 cups of boiled chana to be used in chopped chickpea salad later.
- 2 cups boiled and drained chickpeas
- 1 cup chopped tomatoes, deseeded
- 1 red or yellow bell pepper, diced
- 1 cucumber, diced
- 1 cup chopped lettuce
- A few olives (if preferred)
- 1/2 cup onion, chopped
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 3/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
Mix everything well and serve chilled!
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6. Easy Nutella Mousse
This light and fluffy mousse is quick and easy to make and save you a visit to your favourite bakery. This might not be the healthier snack option you came across, but well, when you are restricting yourself from eating out, not only you save yourself enough brownie points, you also save yourself from many other sinful options you might see on the tempting menu out there.
- 3 cups AmulCream
- 1/3 cup Sugar
- 1 cup Nutella
Pour cream into the bowl and add sugar to it. Using a hand blender or stand mixer, whip cream until stiff peaks are formed. Spoon Nutella into the whipped cream and fold in carefully with the help of silicon or wooden spatula. Use piping bag if you like your desserts beautiful or quickly scoop into your favourite serving dish and devour.
7. Microwaved Mac Veggies And Cheese
The notion we all grew up with, that macaroni or all pastas are unhealthy and made of maida, was a lie and so was all our life! Actually, all pastas are made up of durum wheat (read sooji) and are completely safe and healthy. Cheddar cheese, on the other hand, is considered the best form of dairy for consumption as it is rich in nutrients like protein, calcium and Vit A. So, here’s a nice and easy microwave recipe for a healthy version of Mac and cheese with a veggie blast.
- 1/2 cup macaroni (or any paste of your choice)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- diced vegetables like broccoli, carrots, peas, bell peppers, zucchini
- cubedcooked chicken (optional)
Mix macaroni, vegetables, water, and salt in a microwave-safe cup or bowl. Cook on high in 2 minutes intervals, stirring in between, until macaroni is cooked. Add milk and cheese and stir well. Microwave for 30 seconds more until cheese is melted and milk is thickened.
It wouldn’t be easy to wait to enjoy this, but be careful and don not burn the roof of your mouth!
8. Spicy Sriracha Popcorn
Popcorns are low-calorie, no barrier, guilt-free snack. But if you thought salted butter popcorns are the best, there’s news for you. Spice up your movie night with srirachapopcorns that are healthy and easy to make.
- 3 tbsp oil or butter
- 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
- 2 tspsriracha sauce (use any hot sauce you prefer)
- 1-2 tsp salt, to taste
Pour popcorn kernels into a lidded heavy bottomed pan or pressure cooker without weight on lid. Continuously shake the pan until the popping sound stops. Transfer to a large bowl. Heat oil in a same pan, add sriracha sauce, salt and mix well. Drizzle this sauce mix over the freshly popped corns and toss well. Time to play the movie!
9. Vegetable Salad
Think salads can’t be tasty? Try this one out.
- 1 tbsp curd (hung in a tea strainer)
- Salt to sprinkle
- Black pepper to sprinkle
- Red Chilli Powder to sprinkle (optional)
- 1 Cucumber, sliced
- 1 Carrots, julienned
- 2 Tomatoes, deseeded and diced
- 1 Onion, chopped
- 1 cup lettuce, chopped
- Olive oil, to drizzle
Season the curd in a large bowl with salt, pepper and chilli powder. Whisk well and add the remaining ingredients and drizzle olive oil. Toss the salad and serve!
You can try this interesting crispy veg salad as well:
10. Veggie Omelette In A Mug
Who’d make an effort to cook in a binge watching mindset? Here’s a steal.
- 2 eggs
- ½ bell pepper, diced
- ¼ cup spinach, chopped
- 1 floret broccoli, steamed
- 1 spoon onion, chopped
- 1 spoon tomato, chopped
- salt, to taste
- pepper, to taste
- chilli flakes, to sprinkle
- garlic powder, to sprinkle (optional)
Mix all ingredients in a microwave-safe mug. Microwave cook on high for 2 minutes. Stir and cook for another minute. Yes, that’s it. You have a minute left, smile!