Aug. 14, 2018.
You know the feeling. You’re ready to go to sleep, but you’re wide awake with hunger. Or maybe you’re craving something delicious to munch on while catching up on a Netflix season (or two), but all your favorite take-out places are closed.
14 scrumptious snack upgrades you can throw together at the last minute
It’s easier than you think to upgrade your favorite classic snacks into mini masterpieces of culinary delight. All you need are a few ingredients for any one of these addicting snack hacks:
1. 3-ingredient peanut butter cookies
Even if you don’t have a ton of supplies in your pantry, you’ll most likely have everything you need to make these cookies. We’re talking peanut butter (1 cup), sugar (3/4 cup), and one egg. You essentially mix all the ingredients together and bake the cookies for 6-8 minutes at 350 degrees. You can even skip the blender and mix these by hand with a fork.
2. Baked avocado
This is an omega powerhouse that will keep you going for hours during the day and leave you completely “sleepy time” at night. It may seem weird, but when an avocado is baked, it’s warm and a little smoky in taste. To make this, take one glorious avocado, slice it in half, and remove the pit. Then, scoop a little more of the avocado out, add one whole egg to each side, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 15 minutes at 425 degrees.
3. Fancy popcorn
Whether you use microwavable popcorn or make your own stovetop popcorn, upgrade your popcorn with savory ingredients like olive oil, salt, black pepper, and parmesan. It’s so fancy, and so satisfying, that you may have to make two batches. Not into savory? Sweeten up the deal, Kettle corn-style, with melted butter, brown sugar, and marshmallows.
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4. Food truck nachos
The smallest change can make the biggest difference when it comes to this late-night snack favorite. Take your nachos to that food truck level with black beans, salsa verde, avocado, and cotija cheese. Experiment by adding things you would have never thought to add to ordinary nachos, like bacon, chicken, or pulled pork.
5. Grilled PB, honey, & bacon sandwich
It sounds crazy, but this delightfully sweet concoction is just the thing for satisfying your most adamant cravings. First, microwave your bacon until it’s nice and crispy. Then, add a layer of PB and honey to sliced bread and add the bacon. Grill each side for about 4 minutes and let it cool so that the sandwich will be easier to eat. Then, dig in!
6. Grown-up grilled cheese
You can elevate almost any grilled cheese by adding your favorite grilled veggies, salsa, or cheese. Just think about how many things you could be adding to your grilled cheese right now: sautéed mushrooms, salsa, pancetta, BBQ chicken, scrambled eggs, pesto, chives, caramelized onions, pickles… The key is to get creative and let your cravings be answered by the golden lure of the all-powerful grilled cheese.
7. Microwavable roasted nuts
If you roast nuts in the microwave instead of the oven, they won’t have the same rustic look, but they sure will taste good. Add about half a teaspoon of coconut oil to the nuts and then spread them out on a plate. To spice these up, sprinkle them with cayenne or cinnamon. Microwave them for 1 minute at a time for about 5-8 minutes until they’re extra crunchy.
8. Nutella & banana sushi
Spread Nutella onto a tortilla, add a banana, and wrap up the banana in the tortilla like it’s a mini burrito. Then, make 1-inch slices. Boom — you’re done. Want to upgrade your silly dessert sushi? Add a sliver of honey to the Nutella or top each sushi slice with a dollop of whipped cream.
9. Oatmeal + yogurt + granola
Okay, so this is really an A.M. snack, but it’s great for nighttime, too! Refrigerate uncooked oats with yogurt and milk overnight (or for the day) to make a creamy oat concoction that mixes well with fresh fruit, granola, coconut shavings, chia seeds, and more.
Turn your leftover pizza into a crispy quesadilla for a late-night snack that’s faster than you can say fast food. Just slice off the top of the pizza, lay it on top of the tortilla, add another tortilla on top, and warm it up on a skillet. Don’t have leftover pizza? Almost anything tastes good in a quesadilla, including leftover chicken with mozzarella, sautéed veggies with feta, and eggs and bacon.
11. Quick apple crisp
When you don’t have much in the house, and you want a dessert that’s quick and healthy, try this. In a saucepan at medium heat, cook down diced apples in brown sugar and butter for about 3 minutes, until the apples are nice and soft. Then, add cinnamon and cook it down a bit more. Serve this to yourself in a bowl with whipped cream.
12. Salami & cheese roll-ups
Just because you’re by yourself late at night doesn’t mean you can’t get sophisticated with your snacks. Roll up a savory cheese like manchego or even cream cheese with salami and, if you’re feeling extra sophisticated, add ground mustard or those really sweet cherry tomatoes that come in all the colors.
13. Spicy edamame
Cooked edamame with salt is a solid treat for anyone who has a soft spot for the salty. But you can also try stir frying your cooked edamame in garlic, olive oil, sesame oil, and red pepper or chili paste for a spicy, healthy treat that you’ll want to make over and over.
14. Veggie chips
You can make chips out of sweet potatoes, green beans, zucchini, carrots, and more. You can even make them in the microwave. Just slice up your veggies with a mandolin, lay them out on a plate, and microwave them for 3 minutes. Keep turning the chips over on each side and microwaving them for 30 seconds at a time until they’re nice and crispy. You can also make a whole bunch ahead of time and keep them in a clear sealed container so they’ll be right where you can see them when you’re ready for a quick, savory snack.
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