Just fyi, when I packed these altogether and waited until I got to work to eat them (about an hour after packing them). The rice cakes weren't so crispy. They were more like a chewy bread - which is also not objectional when the only bread you can eat is about $5, has only around 12 slices a loaf, has to be kept frozen and must be toasted to have a good texture. Wah, wah, wah...yeah, yeah...all that to say, I don't eat much bread.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
A Convenient Truth: Rice Cakes with hummus and vegatables
The truth is, when you eat a soy-free, gluten free vegan diet not much is convenient. If it is convenient it's rarely healthful (e.g. potato chips...my latest broken addiction). While I've been spending more time in the kitchen making healthful meals, sometimes, particularly for breakfast or a snack, I just dont want to fix anything! And yet, I still want to eat something. Enter the rice cake-hummus snack. Put together in under 5 minutes this is a quick, savory breakfast. Even if you need to pack it in container and eat it in the car.
1. Rice Cakes - I really like these new Suzie's Thin Cakes. There are two reasons I like them better than traditional rice cakes. First off, because they are thin, I can eat more of them (translation: I get more hummus). Three of them are the nutritional equivalent of one of the thick rice cakes. Secondly, because they are thin, they don't have that "styrofoam-y" texture that so many people find objectional. Mind you, I've always quite liked rice cakes and don't mind the texture, but these just seem crisper.
2. Hummus. Sure, I could make homemade. But the idea here is convenience. Use store bought. My favorite is Tribe. I usually use the roasted garlic variety because I can get that at a grocery store that charges about $1 less for the hummus. But, my favorite is the cracked red chili pepper. (Note to self: must learn to make my own cracked red chili pepper hummus!)
3. Spinach leaves.
4. Grape tomatoes, optional
As if you needed them...Directions:
Spread hummus on rice cakes (I usually use 3-4). Top with fresh spinach leaves (spring mix or other greens would even work). Put tomatos on the plate or in the container if you want them.
Ta-da! Convenient breakfast, or snack, or light lunch/dinner is ready. Complex carb, healthy fat, protein, fiber, what more could you ask of something so easy? Oh yeah - it tastes good and looks pretty too.