I buy rice cakes (rice crackers) now and then, but they're not a regular purchase for me. I like to crumble them into certain salads, but beyond that, l generally pass. Until(!) last week when I was in Los Angeles, and I stumbled on thin rice cakes. Apologies if I'm exceptionally late to this party, but I had no ideas these existed! You get all the crunch and structure of a classic rice cake, without too much rice cake. They've become a fast favorite afternoon snack vehicle. I kept a list over the past week of favorite toppings, round one is pictured below, and you can see how they come together in the video as well.
And, if you're not a rice cake fan, you can certainly use all of these ideas on grilled bread, tortillas, lettuce wrap, or whatever!
(Below) - Smashed ripe avocado (or good guacamole), crumbled kale chips, micro greens or whatever sprouts you have, a bit of lime zest, nutritional yeast, and a thread of extra virgin olive oil.
(Below) - Please try this one - so good, and you can use the remaining saffron honey on everything from oatmeal to breakfast yogurt. It's a quick infused saffron honey drizzled over ricotta cheese, and finished with a bit of salt and chopped chives and/or chive blossoms. The sweet/savory is A+.
(Below) - Turmeric hummus topped with mung beans, scallions, and a sprinkling of hemp seeds. A dab of feisty salsa is great on this one as well.
Healthy Snack Ideas: Rice Cakes Four Ways
Idea #1: Rice Cracker & Turmeric Hummus
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
- 3 tablespoons hummus
- split green peas or mung beans
- hemp seeds
Idea #2: Rice Cracker & Saffron Ricotta
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- a pinch of saffron, crumbled
- 3 tablespoons of honey
- 2-3 tablespoons ricotta cheese
- chopped chives and/or chive blossoms
Combine the almond extract and saffron in a small cup, swirl, for thirty seconds or so. Stir in the honey. Spread the ricotta across a rice cracker, and drizzle with the saffron honey. Sprinkle with salt, and finish with chopped chives and/or chive flowers.
Idea #3: Rice Cracker & Kale Avocado
- ripe avocado
- crumbled kale chips
- sprouts or micro greens
- lime zest
- nutritional yeast
- drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
Idea #4: Rice Cracker & Tomato Beans
- smashed cannellini or corona beans
- 2 tablespoons favorite tomato sauce
- roasted tomatoes or raw cherry tomatoes
-chopped rosemary or rosemary flowers
Prep time: 5 minutes