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Sometimes, life happens, and we don’t always have the energy or time to make a proper meal. For the times when you don’t feel like cooking, a snack plate dinner can be a healthy and easy solution.

Our friends at LiveLighter have put together a nutritious guide to some great snack plate dinner ideas.

snack plate dinner  can be just as nutritious and delicious as a regular home-cooked meal. Plus, because it uses up whatever you have on hand, it has the added bonus of reducing food waste.

The trick is to balance out your plate using the magic formula below, with at least one item included from each group. we’ve given some suggestions, but feel free to get creative!

Fruit and Veg

  • Salad veg e.g. carrot, snow peas, avocado, cherry tomatoes
  • Leftover roast veg
  • Steamed broccoli, green beans, potato
  • Pickled/marinated veg e.g. beetroot, artichoke, olives
  • Cooked corn cob
  • Sliced fruit e.g. apple, pear, watermelon
  • Whole fruit e.g. blueberries, grapes, peeled mandarin

Protein foods

  • Boiled eggs
  • Cheese slices
  • Hummus
  • Leftover roast meat slices
  • Leftover cooked chicken slices or BBQ chicken
  • Dumplings
  • Nuts e.g. cashews, almonds, peanuts, macadamia
  • Flavoured tofu pieces
  • Yoghurt tub


  • Pasta e.g. penne
  • Wholemeal or grainy bread, toast, rolls, flat bread or wraps
  • Grainy crackers
  • Noodles
  • Rice
  • Couscous
  • Dumplings
  • Polenta
  • Quinoa

There are limitless ways to put together a snack plate dinner, and you can go as basic or as fancy as you like. To help you get started, check out a few variations below for inspiration!

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Adapted with permission from LiveLighter. LiveLighter® State of Western Australia 2023