A lot of people think that rice cakes taste ‘bland’, or are ‘boring’ or just things you eat when on a diet, but I disagree. I’ve had a long love affair with this snack, and have liked this humble round slice of puffed rice. Although I like them crunchy and slightly salty, I also like to add some toppings on occasion to add quite a lot of flavour. This morning’s breakfast was no different; and out came 3 ways to spice things up!
- 3 rice cakes
- 3 plum cherry tomatoes, washed and quartered
- 3cm cucumber, sliced
- 1 can of tuna (small – approx 80gr) – I like mine in oil
- 1/2 ripe avocado
- cream cheese with herbs, enough to cover a rice cake – I used Boursin with herbs
- 1 hard boiled egg
- pepper & salt to taste
- a squeeze of fresh lemon juice
Wash and quarter your cherry tomatoes, then take your cucumber and slice thinly. For presentation purposes, I halved half of the slices of cucumber so they were moon shaped, and the other half was cut in stripes.
Take your avocado, peel and cut off half. Chop the half of the avocado, season with pepper, salt and add a touch of lemon juice, then mash with a fork till smooth and well blended.
Boil your egg for 5-8 minutes if you don’t want it boiled fully hard, or longer if a hard boil is preferred. When cooking time has passed, drain the hot water and place under cold running water to cool the egg down. Then let it sit in cold water for about 5 minutes; this will make it easier to peel. Quarter the egg and then half each quarter in turn.
Open the can of tuna and drain most of the oil, but keep some to stop the tuna from becoming too dry.
Now comes the fun part – dressing the rice cakes.
Egg & Avocado
Spread the avocado mash evenly over the rice cake and add on some of the quartered egg. Season with some extra salt and pepper, to taste
Cream cheese & Cucumber
Spread a nice even layer of cream cheese over the rice cake, dress with stripes of cucumber
Tuna, Tomato & Cucumber
Spread the tuna over the rice cake, season with salt & pepper and drizzle some olive oil over the top. Add on quarters of cherry tomato and the moon shaped cucumber halves. Season with salt & pepper if required
Hope you enjoyed as much as i did!