Bites in Between – Part 1

Snacking between meals has always been a temptation for many. I have been receiving loads of requests from foodies to suggest some easy to make, in between meal bites to munch on, especially during these times when people are on a work from home mode & the temptations and cravings are difficult to resist.

The concept of in between bites is to avoid having large portions of foods and moreover avoid junk and sugars as far as possible. Work on something which can give you a break from work as well as keep you pepped up, something new and different from the routine. 

Here are some of my favourite recipes, something interesting to relish, so go ahead and try them out!

Recipe 1 – Stuffed Cucumber Cups

Ingredients : 3 to 4 green cucumbers, similar sized, washed, cut into equal portions, scooped out carefully, and kept chilled.

For the stuffing :

  • Hung curd – 1 cup
  • Boiled chopped chicken – 1/2cup
  • Sliced olives – 3 to 4 nos
  • Mint leaves – 8 to 10 nos
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Scooped out cucumber – to be used back

Method :

  1. Prepare the cucumber cups and keep chilled.
  2. In a mixing bowl combine together the hung curd, chicken, olives and chopped scooped out cucumber and seasonings to taste.
  3. Mix well, stuff the cucumber cups and garnish with flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, sliced nuts, parsley etc.

Chef’s Variations :

Try using assorted veggies of your choice like carrots, cabbage, sauteed slice mushrooms, boiled sweet corn, sweet potato etc.

Add sliced chicken sausages, chopped salami and boiled eggs also go well for non-vegetarian options.

 

Recipe 2 – Healthy Pea Dip

Ingredients :

  • Chickpeas/kabuli chana – 1 cup boiled
  • Black eye beans/chauli – 1/2 cup boiled
  • Garlic – 1 tsp chopped
  • Olive oil – 2 to 3 tbsp
  • Lime juice – 1 to 2 tbsp
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chilled water – 2 to 3 tbsp
  • Cashews/almonds/pine nuts – 2 to 3 tbsp sliced
  • Cheese of your choice – 1 to 2 tbsp grated optional

To serve with : Sticks of carrots, celery, white radish, healthy crackers, olives, lettuce leaves and baked chips etc.

Method :

  1. Prepare the basic list of ingredients for the recipe.
  2. Using a grinder jar combine the ingredients for the dip and process it until smooth.
  3. Remove place in a serving bowl, check for seasonings and arrange the accompaniments on the side and serve.

Chef’s variations :

The same dip can be made by adding a little cream cheese to the dip for more flavour.

Additions like mixed herbs, chilli flakes, chopped parsley, dried mint, almond flakes, peanut butter also adds variety.

Some more healthy snacking recipes coming up next week! So watch this space!

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Dr. Kaviraj Khialani - Master Chef
A passionate, committed, and competent chef who was awarded the prestigious Bharat Vidya Ratan Award received in 2019 and the Best Chef Asia award received in February 2020, the field of culinary and hospitality education. He has worked with the Taj group of hotels and Kuwait Airways, is considered to be a culinary guru, mentor, and has been an academician in the hospitality industry for over 20 years. He has a few books to his credit like Arabic cookery, Filipino Cookery, 100 ways with Fusion Foods, Lockdown Cooking, Quarantine Memories with Food, and the most awaited Life of a Hotel Management Student. He says "I want to be known as one who could always do something different with a touch of class and a twist of taste".