Too cold to go outside for food? Snuggled up in bed and afraid to brave the winter wonderland outside your window? With the Kingston snow quickly piling, and the wind gradually getting stronger, it’s no wonder why you’d want to stay in your room all day and avoid becoming a human popsicle the moment you walk outside. So whether you’re in a dorm room, or unwilling to leave the coziness of your house, here are 3 easy and microwavable snack recipes to get you through the Kingston winter blues, with simple ingredients that you might already have!
Recipe #1: Quick Apple Cinnamon Crisp
2 small or 1 large apple, cubed into small pieces
½ Cup Oats
1 ½ Tsp Cinnamon
2 Tsp Honey or Agave Nectar
Optional: Raisins or nuts of your choice, etc.
After cubing your apple(s), combine all ingredients together in a microwavable bowl. Put the mixture into the microwave for 1 minute, then take it out and stir. Put the bowl back into the microwave for 1 more minute, or microwave longer until the desired texture of apples is achieved. This tastes just like mom’s apple pie!
Recipe #2: Fix-It-Yourself Sweet Potato
1 medium sized sweet potato
Fixings of your choice such as butter, cinnamon, salt, pepper, greek yogurt or sour cream, tomatoes, black beans, etc
Rinse any excess dirt of the potato, then pierce the skin all around with a fork. This allows the potato to let out steam when heated. Microwave the potato on a plate for 7-9 minutes depending on the size of the potato, making sure to rotate the potato every 2-3 minutes to ensure it is heated thoroughly. Take the potato out when done, and slice down the middle to fill with your desired toppings. Some of my favourite toppings are butter & cinnamon, and tomatoes & sour cream!
Recipe #3: Super Simple Trail Mix Cookies
½ Cup Oats
2 Tbsp of your favourite Trail Mix
½ of a Banana
Optional: Chocolate Chips, nuts, cinnamon, shredded carrots, agave nectar, etc.
Mash the banana with a fork until smooth. Then, add oats and mix together. Once combined, add in your trail mix and any other ingredients you’d like (I enjoy it with a bit of cinnamon and chocolate chips!) When done, shape into cookies with 2-tbsp measurements (or the size you would like) using a spoon or your hands, and arrange on a microwave-safe plate. Put this into to microwave for 1-2 minutes depending on the power of your microwave. After, wait for the cookies to cool completely and harden slightly. Then, dig in! So simple and scrumptious!