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QUICK, WHOLESOME SNACKS

6 Jul 2021

When there’s a fervent call for replenishments from your tummy, anything around can be good enough, from peanuts to potato chips. But why not be ready to churn out some quick, wholesome snacks at anytime? ‘Quick’ – that’s the keyword – so be quick, before the rumble turns into a roar! Here are a few suggestions to take on the enemy within:

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Bread Twists

Ingredients

1½ cups warm water

2tbsp sugar

1tbsp yeast

3½ cups flour

1tsp salt

4tsp butter

2tsbp grated Parmesan cheese

1tsp garlic salt

 

Method

Mix warm water, sugar and yeast together. Let that sit for 5 minutes.

Add flour and mix until smooth. Let it rise for 10 minutes. Then, roll out the dough in a large square on a floured surface, brush with melted butter and sprinkle parmesan cheese and garlic salt. Fold the dough in half, cut into 2cm wide strips, give each strip a twist to create a ribbon effect and place on a baking sheet. Let them sit for 10-15 minutes to rise again. Bake at 180º C for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and immediately brush with more butter, garlic salt and grated parmesan cheese. Serve with marinara sauce. (Prep the twists and keep them ready to bake when you start feeling hungry – this way, you need to endure only the baking time.)

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Homemade Hotdogs

 

Ingredients

4 smoked chicken/beef sausages

4 dinner rolls

1tsp butter

1 cup potato chips (any favourite)

2-3tbsp tomato ketchup

2-3tbsp mustard sauce

½ cup chopped bell peppers/onions

 

Method

This recipe is intended to provide a wholesome, anytime snack that can be prepared in minutes. So, the ingredients needed depend on what’s readily available – one can be as creative as possible and use whatever is at hand. Chopped veggies should be those with some crunch which need not be sauted. Chips can be of any flavour. One can replace ketchup and mustard with mayonnaise/sweet chilli sauce/peri-peri sauce or any other.

To begin, toast the dinner rolls and cut them lengthwise leaving a hinge. Then  toast the chicken/beef sausages with a dash of butter. Place the toasted sausage in the centre of the roll and heap up the chopped veggies, crushed chips around it. Then squeeze ketchup and mustard over it. Enjoy. (If you take more than a minute to do all this, you are not really hungry!)

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Baked Sweet Potato Fries

 

Ingredients

4 medium sized sweet potatoes

4tbsp olive oil

3tbsp corn starch

½tsp salt, plus more for seasoning

¼tsp pepper, plus more for seasoning

Cooking spray

Chopped parsley – for garnish

Any favourite dip – to serve

 

Method

Peel and cut the sweet potatoes into 1cm wide sticks. Sprinkle salt, pepper and cornstarch, and toss well to coat evenly. Then drizzle olive oil and toss to coat well. Place the sticks in a single layer on a sheet pan lined with foil and coated with cooking spray. Bake the fries for 15-20 minutes at 180º C until golden. Turn over the fries with tongs or a spatula once in between. Remove and season with any additional salt and pepper, to taste. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve hot and crispy with any dipping sauce. (Make sure   that limited people are seated around before serving.)

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Omelette sandwiches

 

Ingredients

4 eggs

8 slices of bread

1 onion – minced

2 green chillies – minced

½tsp salt.

¼tsp crushed black pepper 

2tsp oil

1 tomato – sliced very thin

½ cup chopped lettuce

 

Method

First prepare the omelette – whip up the eggs and add the onion, chillies, salt and pepper. Coat a hotplate with 1tsp oil and pour half the egg mixture to form and even spread. With a spatula, turn the omelette after one minute to cook both sides till golden brown. Remove and set aside, then make the second omelette with the remaining mixture. To assemble the sandwich, cut each omelette into half and place on one slice of bread. Top with a layer of tomato and lettuce, cover with a second slice and cut diagonally to create two equal triangles. You will get eight triangles when you prepare four sandwiches with half an omelette within each. (This snack can be prepared and consumed all within 5 minutes, there’s no need to wait)

 

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