Yes, we’re turning a snack plate into dinner! And why not? It’s quick and easy (ready in less than 10 minutes); balanced (with a variety of foods); and requires NO cooking (perfect for casual meals and outdoor picnics). Pull together a variety of ingredients and arrange on your snack board. (Reminder: snack boards can be cutting boards, a sheet pan, muffin tins, or even just put out on the table, though I like grouping everything together.)
Whether you’re putting together snacks for board game night or making a movie night snack board, everyone loves snacks for dinner! It’s also a great way to use up any random foods in the fridge. And if you love snack boards as much as we do, be sure to try my Trader Joe’s cheese board, 5-minute breakfast board for kids, or my brunch charcuterie board next time.
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What You’ll Love About a Snack Charcuterie Board for Dinner
- Dinner is ready in 5-10 minutes
- Everyone loves a snack plate dinner
- Easy to put out plenty of options so everyone is happy
- No cooking required
- Great way to use up leftovers or smaller amounts of food
This is obviously a list of ideas – but the possibilities are endless here so feel free to switch up ingredients based on what you have and your own preferences.
- Deli meat – Use whatever deli meat you prefer – turkey, ham, roast beef, salami. You could also use leftover cooked pieces of meat or even chicken tenders.
- Cheese – Use your favorite cheese – we’ll cut up block cheese or use cheese sticks depending on what we have.
- Fruits – Use whatever is in-season and delicious. Oranges, clementines, apple slices, and grapes are all good options.
- Veggies – I aim to include two or three veggies with a focus on minimal prep veggies – carrots, celery, cucumbers, mini bell peppers, snap peas, broccoli, etc.
- Dips – Use at least one dip, maybe two if you have them. I typically will include hummus and ranch as we typically have those and lemon feta dip (shown in these pictures) or Greek yogurt dill dip if I have those.
- Carbs – This can be so many things – crackers and popcorn are staples for us, but you could also use breadsticks, little pb&j sandwiches, mini avocado toasts, cookies, etc.
- Nuts – This is an easy addition and a great way to provide another protein/fat/fiber-rich food on the snack plate. Use whatever type of nuts you have and like.
How to Make a Dinner Snack Board
Ok, let’s put together a healthy snack board:
- Prep ingredients. Wash and cut any fruits and veggies; prep any cheese and deli meats. Make popcorn.
- Put together spread. You have options here. You can use a snack board tray and put it all together (which I think makes it seem more fun!) or just put out the components on the table in their own bowls, containers, etc. Arrange bowls or plates on a snack board tray and then fill in with the rest of the components.
How to Prep this Meal Ahead
If you want to be able to pull this snack charcuterie board out and be eating it a minute later, do this:
- Prep veggies (wash, cut if necessary)
- Prep fruits (wash, cut, etc.)
- Put dips in small bowls (I use these pinch bowls)
- Cut up cheese and deli meats
How to Serve a Snack Plate Dinner to the Whole Family
I get it, feeding kids can be tough! But following the Division of Responsibility and knowing your job and your child’s job makes it SO much more enjoyable. You’ll be able to feed your kids any meal, which will help ensure that they are eating a variety of nutritious foods – with plenty of play food sprinkled in. 😉
This is actually a great meal for families as everyone can pick and choose what they want. I would recommend making sure there are a few items you know your kids will eat, preferably in different food categories (protein, fruit, veggie, carb, etc.).
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More Ridiculously Easy Dinner Recipes
If you like this snack plate dinner, you might also like these other 15-minute dinner recipes:
- Creamy Chicken Ramen
- Crispy Chicken Caesar Wrap
- Turkey Taco Skillet
- Garlic Bread Pizza
- 10-Minute Sheet Pan Grilled Cheese
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Dinner-Worthy Snack Board
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- Category: Dinner
- Method: No Cook
Yes, we’re turning a snack plate into dinner! And why not? It’s quick and easy; balanced with a variety of foods; and requires NO cooking.
- 8 oz. deli turkey or ham
- 4 oz. salami
- 8 oz. cheese or cheese sticks
- baby carrots
- celery sticks
- fresh fruit
- hummus or ranch
- Arrange all of your items on a cutting board, serving tray, or even in bowls or on plates on the table.
- Feel free to mix and match and switch up ingredients, this is a general outline
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