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There aren’t many people who would skip the opportunity to go to the Academy Awards. Imagine sitting in the Kodak Theatre, looking all dolled-up in your fancy designer gown or tux, your hair did and your makeup flawless, of course. You look to your left and there’s Reese looking gorgeous, and straight ahead is Brad, and dayuuuuuum, he looks even better in person than on screen. But then halfway through the show, which feels like it’s been going on forever – because it has – your stomach starts making noises. You are hungry (bordering on hangry) for having to wait so darn long for the moment when you can eat again.

Thank goodness you’re not at the Oscars. You’re at home. On your couch. And while your stomach is no doubt grumbling, the kitchen is just a few feet away. And best of all, you have all of the ingredients to whip up a super-quick snack that’ll be ready before the next award is announced!

So, hold down the hunger until that next commercial break and then get to throwing together (literally) these quick bites. Your stomach will thank you.

(Hang tight! A video for each recipe will play in the player above!)

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What you need

  • 20 dried figs
  • 50 grams blue or goat cheese, cut into 20 pieces
  • 20 pecan pieces
  • 2 tablespoons honey

What you do

  1. Split the figs halfway and open gently.
  2. Place a piece of cheese and a pecan in each fig.
  3. Place on a serving plate and microwave for 30-60 seconds until warmed and slightly melted.
  4. Drizzle with honey and serve!

Note: You can substitute dried apricots or prunes instead of figs, any sharp cheese in place of the blue, and maple syrup in place of honey.

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What you need

  • 1 bag natural or butter-flavoured microwave popcorn
  • 1 1/2 cups Graham crackers, roughly crushed
  • 2  cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup butterscotch chips (optional)

What you do

  1. Cook popcorn according to package instructions.
  2. Spread popcorn out on a baking sheet, then scoop into a large bowl, leaving any un-popped kernels behind.
  3. Sprinkle popcorn with Graham crackers and marshmallows.
  4. In a bowl, microwave chocolate and butterscotch chips for 2 minutes until melted, stirring after 1 minute.
  5. Drizzle melted chocolate over popcorn and stir well.
  6. Let cool or enjoy immediately.
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What you need

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped bacon, cooked (about 6 strips)
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • potato chips and veggie sticks to serve

What you do

  1. In a bowl, microwave the cream cheese for 30 seconds until softened. Mix.
  2. Add the sour cream, bacon, cheddar cheese and green onions.
  3. Microwave again for 1 minute until warm and the cheddar has started to melt.
  4. Serve with chips and veggie sticks to dip.

Note: You can substitute finely chopped ham for bacon and Greek yogurt for the sour cream.

Munch away during the 2016 Oscars on February 28 at 8:30 p.m. ET on CTV.