5 Healthy Recipes To Make Your Favourite Bar Snacks At Home

When you’re out at the bar watching the game, your beer can start to seem a bit lonely. What you need is an order of nachos, or maybe a plate of fried pickles. Actually, a plate of mozzarella sticks would do the trick!

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The order arrives at your table. It’s hot, it’s steamy, and it’s singing a siren song with it’s delicious smell. This was a fantastic idea. Time to dig in.

Cut to the aftermath. Now, you’re bloated and sluggish. Your pant waistband is working overtime. Your skin is bubbling with new pimples. Yikes. You casually remember, “oh yeah, I was trying to cut out fried foods for New Years.”

Let’s face it: bar food is delicious. We love it. But it does not love us back. Luckily, we don’t have to go without the bar food staples we adore. Just add a few new ingredients to your grocery list next time you’re out shopping, and carve out some time in your day to try out one of these recipes…

1. Beef and Black Bean Nachos

Recipe originally created by Cooking Light

Black bean and beef nachos topped with avocado chunks

Ingredients:

  • 1 15oz can of black beans, rinsed, drained and divided
  • ½ cup water
  • 8 oz 90% lean sirloin
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 8 6-inch corn tortillas, cut into wedges
  • Cooking spray
  • ⅔ cup fat-free evaporated milk, divided
  • 1 ½ tsp cornstarch
  • 2oz pre-shredded reduced fat cheddar-cheese (about half a cup)
  • ¼ cup light sour cream
  • ⅓ cup chopped tomato
  • ¼ cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
  • ½ tsp kosher salt

Step 1:

Preheat broiler to high.

Step 2:

Reserve ¼ cup black beans in a separate bowl. Place remaining beans and ½ cup water in a food processor and process until smooth. Heat a large nonstick skillet over med-high and add beef. Cook beef 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef starts to crumble. Stir in chili powder. Then, stir in the ¼ cup reserved black beans.Stir in pureed beans and green onions and cook mixture for one minute. Remove pan from heat.

Step 3:

Spray large nonstick cooking sheet with cooking spray. Arrange tortilla wedges in a single layer on top. Spray tortilla wedges with cooking spray, and then place wedges in the broiler. Broil for 2 minutes, then remove pan, Turn wedges over and return to the broiler for another 2 minutes. Wedges should be lightly browned and crisp. Spoon beef mixture evenly over your tortilla wedges.

Step 4:

Combine ¼ cup evaporated milk and cornstarch in a bowl and stir with a whisk. Place milk mixture in a small saucepan over medium-high heat and whisk in remaining evaporated milk. Stor in cheese and cook 2 minutes until smooth, stirring frequently. Drizzle cheese mixture over nachos, then dot nachos with sour cream. Top with tomato, cilantro and salt.

There you have it. Delicious nachos made with whole food ingredients, guaranteed to please a crowd!

Nutritional Information (for ¼ of recipe)

  • Calories: 418
  • Fat: 11.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.7g
  • Cholesterol: 52mg
  • Carbohydrates: 54g
  • Fiber: 9g
  • Sugar: 8g
  • Sodium: 487 mg
  • Protein: 28g

2. “Fried” Pickles

Recipe originally created by Hungry Girl

Yummy breaded fried pickles.

Ingredients:

  • ⅓ cup whole wheat panko breadcrumbs
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • Dash salt + pepper
  • 24 hamburger dill pickle chips
  • Whites from 2 large eggs, or ¼ cup egg white substitute
  • Optional: ketchup, light thousand island dressing for dipping

Step 1:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray large nonstick pan with cooking spray.

Step 2:

Mix panko breadcrumbs and powdered seasonings in a small bowl. Arrange pickle chips on a paper towel, and blot chips with another sheet of paper towel to remove excess moisture. Place dried pickle chips in a small bowl and coat them with egg white.

Step 3:

One at a time, take a pickle from the bowl and shake it to remove excess egg white. Coat pickle chip with seasoned breadcrumbs, then place breaded pickle on the baking sheet. Repeat until all pickle chips are coated. Ensure no pickle chips overlap on the baking sheet. Once all the pickles are arranged on the baking sheet, top pickles with leftover breadcrumbs.

Step 4:

Bake pickles for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven and flip each pickle over so baked side is facing up. Return to oven and bake for 10 more minutes. Pickles should be browned and crispy at this point. Remove from the oven and let cool. Serve with dips, if desired.

These pickle chips couldn’t be easier to make! Now you can enjoy this salty, crunchy snack at home in a healthy way. Regular fried pickles? We don’t know her.

Nutritional Information (for ½ of recipe)

  • Calories: 59
  • Fat: 0.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 11.5g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 1.5g
  • Sodium: 634 mg
  • Protein: 2.5g

3. Healthy Mozzarella Sticks

Recipe originally created by AllCatsUnite on allrecipes

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Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 5 tbsp dried breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • 12 (1 oz) sticks string cheese, halved and frozen
  • Olive oil, as needed
  • Optional: marinara sauce for dipping

Step 1:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease large nonstick baking sheet with a small amount of olive oil.

Step 2:

Prepare 3 small bowls. Beat egg in one of the bowls. Place flour in the second bowl. Toss breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese together in the third bowl.

Step 3:

Take a cheese stick and press all sides into the flour. Gently shake to remove excess flour. Dip cheese stick into egg, and then roll in the breadcrumb mixture. Place breaded cheese stick onto the baking sheet. Repeat for the rest of the cheese sticks, making sure not to stack them on the baking sheet. Once all the cheese sticks are arranged, drizzle them with olive oil and place a sheet of aluminum foil over the entire baking sheet.

Step 4:

Bake cheese sticks in the pre-heated oven for 4 minutes, until browned and crispy. If the cheese sticks are not browned after 4 minutes, remove the tin foil and bake for an additional 2 minutes. Once cheese sticks are done baking remove them from the oven and let cool slightly. Serve cheese sticks with marinara sauce for dipping, if desired.

There are very few people who don’t go weak for a good mozzarella stick! These cheese sticks taste just as good as any you’ll find at a bar, but baking helps cut down the fat and increase the toasty flavour.

Nutritional Information (for one mozzarella stick)

  • Calories: 58
  • Fat: 4g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 18mg
  • Carbohydrates: 1.8g
  • Fiber: 0.1g
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Sodium: 141 mg
  • Protein: 4.2g

4. Savoury Sweet Potato Fries

Recipe originally created by Wellness Mama

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Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Spices of choice such as garlic powder, basil, oregano or seasoning salt
  • 2-3 large sweet potatoes
  • Optional: ketchup, mayonnaise for dipping

Step 1:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease large nonstick baking sheet with a small amount of olive oil.

Step 2:

Mix olive oil and spices together in a small bowl. Slice sweet potatoes into thin strips and arrange on a large baking sheet. You may want to use two baking sheets, or do two rounds of potato fries if you’re only using one baking sheet.

Step 3:

Pour the seasoned olive oil mixture over your potato fries and use your hands to coat the fries evenly.

Step 4:

Bake sweet potato fries for 30-40 minutes, tossing the fries halfway through the baking time. Remove your fries from the oven once they’re browned and tender. Let cool and serve the fries by themselves, or with dips such as ketchup or mayo.

Sweet potato fries never go out of style. Their sweet, savoury, warm, snackable, shareable...they’re really the ultimate bar food. Great thing is, they’re easy to make at home! And since this recipe doesn’t involve frying, these fries retain the sweet potato’s healthy qualities.

Nutritional Information (for ¼ of recipe)

  • Calories: 161
  • Fat: 8.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.2g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Carbohydrates: 20.9g
  • Fiber: 3.1g
  • Sugar: 0.4g
  • Sodium: 394 mg
  • Protein: 1.2g

5. Tofu Banh Mi Sliders

Recipe originally created by The Stingy Vegan

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Ingredients:

  • 16ox extra-firm tofu, pressed and drained
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp ginger, minced
  • ⅛ tsp liquid smoke
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and very thinly sliced
  • 4 oz daikon radish, very thinly sliced
  • 1 cup apple cider or rice vinegar
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • ¼ cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp canola oil, for frying
  • 10 small hamburger buns
  • 1 small cucumber, sliced
  • 4 green onions, very thinly sliced
  • 2 long green chili peppers, thinly sliced
  • Handful of cilantro, coarsely chopped

Step 1:

Cut tofu into squares to fit your hamburger buns. Place soy sauce, 3 tablespoons water, maple syrup, tomato paste, brown sugar, garlic, ginger and liquid smoke in a large Ziploc bag and shake to combine. Place tofu squares in the Ziploc bag and gently shake again to coat the bag again to evenly coat the tofu squares with the marinade. Leave the tofu to marinate for at least 15 minutes, turning the bag over occasionally.

Step 2:

In another bowl combine the vinegar, ½ cup of water, salt and white sugar. Add the sliced carrots and radish and let marinate for at least 15 minutes, although longer is better.

Step 3:

Coat a frying pan with the 2 tbsp of canola oil and fry the tofu squares for a couple minutes on each side until golden and crispy. Remove and let cool on a paper towel lined plate.

Step 4:

Toast your hamburger buns in the oven. Remove, then coat the underside of the top bun half with mayo. Place fried tofu on bottom hamburger bun half, and top tofu with cucumber, green onion, chili pepper and cilantro. Stick a toothpick in each slider to keep everything together, and serve.

This recipe may have a lengthy ingredient list, but it’s mainly just to make your marinade. Tofu is super versatile and easy to work with, absorbing the flavour of whatever ingredients it’s paired with. These sliders are an amazing vegan option for dinner, game day or a potluck with some plant-based folks.

Nutritional Information (for 1 slider, 1/10th of recipe)

  • Calories: 289
  • Fat: 16g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Carbohydrates: 28g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 11g
  • Sodium: 1224 mg
  • Protein: 7g

These healthy bar food recipes are a surefire way to chase off those cravings for fried, grubby snacks from your local pub. Making your own renditions, while maintaining full control of the ingredients and cooking methods, helps you save money and do right by your body. While traditional bar foods are the nemesis of a healthy diet, these recipes fit right into a wellness-focused lifestyle. Whether you’re trying to lose weight, curb chronic illness or simply honour your health, the bar food recipes listed here will help you achieve those goals while having delicious fun in the process.