Content of the material
- What’s the difference between brown and white rice?
- Lentils + Plain Yogurt
- Appetizers Using Rice Cakes
- Beans + Salsa + Avocado
- Are rice cakes preferred for any special diets?
- HEALTHY RICE CAKE TOPPING IDEAS
- Greek Yogurt + Granola
- Avocado + Chili Flakes
- Hummus, Cucumber, + Everything Seasoning
- Tuna w. Spinach + Lemon
- Recipe Notes
- Are rice cakes healthy?
- Work With Luci
What’s the difference between brown and white rice?
Brown rice has an outer layer called the husk, hull, or bran, and it’s responsible for the tan color, chewier texture, and nutty flavor. White rice started out brown, but has gone through a milling process that removes the bran. It’s milder in taste, softer, and easier to digest.
Almost every variety of rice (like basmati, jasmine, and American long-grain) comes in brown or white—the only difference is that outer layer.
Lentils + Plain Yogurt
Ultra cheap to make (and extra satisfying!), this easy combination creates a quick Indian-inspired dinner. Top cooked rice with a scoop of cooked lentils and a dollop of plain yogurt. When it comes to choosing lentil varieties, go with brown lentils if you want them to stay firm or opt for red lentils to create a creamier dish. Be sure to cook the lentils in a flavorful broth to create a tasty addition to your rice.
Appetizers Using Rice Cakes
When I get home from work, I usually have a snack. By keeping rice cakes handy, I can conjure up something delicious. Here are some of my favorites.
13. Salmon Spread
14. Smoked Salmon
15. Cream Cheese and Chives
17. Veggie Spread
18. White Bean Dip
19. Canned Bean Dip
21. Pimento Cheese
22. Canned Cheese
23. Artichoke Dip
24. Pears, Spinach, and Bleu Cheese
25. Avocado, Salsa, and Cilantro
26. Cottage Cheese
27. Chopped Avocado Salad
28. Sliced Avocados or Guacamole
Beans + Salsa + Avocado
Move aside, Chipotle. All you need to make a delicious one-bowl dinner is cooked rice, a drained can of beans (we love pinto or black beans here), a scoop of salsa, and a ripe avocado. Change things up by using unique salsa flavors like roasted corn or spicy tomatillo.
Are rice cakes preferred for any special diets?
Rice cakes are gluten-free, so they are ideal for those battling celiac disease, someone that has another form of gluten intolerance, or anyone who simply aims to avoid gluten in their diet.
One study found that rice and rice cakes have a high glycemic index between 64 and 93 (source), so rice cakes may raise your blood sugar.
Additionally, creating a calorie deficit is the only way to lose unhealthy body fat. Because rice cakes are low-calorie, they are often an easy choice for dieters.
Still, even if you’re not dieting, these cakes make it easy to whip up a quick treat or an on-the-go snack.
HEALTHY RICE CAKE TOPPING IDEAS
Skip the carbs w. these delicious and satisfying rice cake toppings and meal ideas. Topped with protein and totally delicious.Course Breakfast, Lunch, Snack Cuisine American
Keyword healthy, snacksPrep Time 5 minutes Cook Time minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Greek Yogurt + Granola
- ¼ cup greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoon granola
- 2 teaspoon honey optional
- dried cranberries optional
Avocado + Chili Flakes
- ½ small avocado diced
- pinch chili flakes
- salt + pepper to taste
Hummus, Cucumber, + Everything Seasoning
- ¼ cup hummus
- 7 cucumber slices ¼-1/2″ thick
- 1-2 teaspoon Homemade EVERYTHING Seasoning
Tuna w. Spinach + Lemon ⅓ cup tuna made to taste small handful of raw spinach leaves 1 teaspoon lemon zest salt + pepper to taste
Layer Ingredients on rice cakes). Ingredients can be made and measured ahead of time. Assemble just before eating for freshest flavors!
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Are rice cakes healthy?
That boils down to your definition of healthy, but, for the most part, they are not bad for you. The following list shows breaks down the stats of a typical plain rice cake flavored with sea salt:
- Calories: 35 calories per cake
- Fat: 0 grams of fat per cake
- Carbohydrates: 7 grams of carbohydrates per cake
- Protein: 1 gram of protein per cake
- Fiber: 0 grams of fiber per cake
- Ingredients: whole grain brown rice, salt
The flavored rice cake options may have higher calories, but, according to the Quaker Oats website, all rice cakes options have less than 60 calories.
Note that unsalted versions of rice cakes are available, as well, if you’re avoiding salt.
As noted below, rice and rice cakes generally have a high glycemic load, which may not be preferred for those with blood sugar illnesses.
Overall, rice cakes do seem to be a healthy snack, in moderation.
About Luci is everything California. She has a penchant for comfortably chic style, great food, and travel. She lives in Sacramento with her husband and baby boy. When she’s not with her family, she’s usually writing, planning a getaway, or scheming up more ways to live sustainably. No matter what she’s doing, however, she likely has coffee in her hand or on her mind!