5 Recipes, 1 Ingredient: Rice Cakes

5 Recipes, 1 Ingredient: Rice Cakes

Raise your hand if you’re on a tight budget!

If you’re like myself and my home front, and you’re on a tight budget you might know what I mean when I say that I like to buy multi-purpose groceries.

What I mean is each thing I put on the grocery list, I try to make sure is capable of making multiple nights/days/mornings worth of meals. You know even if you aren’t on a tight budget this might make sense to you, it’s not exactly a revolutionary penny-pinching tip!

Now I don’t often use recipes to meal plan, or ever, as I find what happens is I’m adding things to my list that I only plan to make one dish with. This usually isn’t a problem for me, I don’t mind not using recipes, but I accidently tripped into this blog post idea when I had unintentionally posted 3 breakfasts in a row (Instagram of course) with the same base ingredient… and joked about making a series (because you know, I think I’m soooo funny!)

It got me thinking, why not a blog post?

So here are 5 breakfast, or snack, variations to add to your idea bank when it comes to mixing up your food daily, without hurting your wallet.

What You’ll need

**DONT be alarmed by the size of the list. I tried my very best to work with things I guessed to be items either already “in house”, or potentially on the grocery list anyway!

***P.S I know… I lied major about the one ingredient thing… but you get the idea!

  • Rice cakes (I buy no name brand for $1, cause when we go cheap, we go extra)
  • Peanut butter
  • Jam
  • Avocado
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Cucumber
  • Tomato
  • Salsa
  • Hummus (or chickpeas if you want to be fancy and make your own)
  • Coconut shavings
  • Oregano
  • Cinnamon
  • Your choice of seasoning

 

What You’ll Need to do

  • Cut up some stuff
  • Put together some stuff

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Seriously it could not be easier, you don’t even have to make it pretty, just throw it together and away you go, it all goes down looking the same!

Banana Pb & Jam

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Classic peanut butter and jam with some sliced banana. Nothing too fancy, and chances are you might already have all these goodies in your house already! I added a little cinnamon to the top just to add a slightly different flavor… and to pretend I’m a little fancy.

Cinnamon Apple PB & Coconut

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I thought, to stay true to the theme of the post, I’d get more than one use out of a couple other ingredients! So I went with peanut butter (again), sliced apples, cinnamon (again) and coconut! The flavors are delicious together and, maybe aside from the coconut, still things that may have a home in your kitchen already!

Guacamole & Tomato

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Ok I lied. You need 3 more things. Salt & pepper & garlic powder. But I mean… if you don’t already have these things… then who are you reeeaaalllyyy. I kid.

AAANNNYYWWAAYYY… I threw together the quickest guacamole with just a half of an avocado, a little salt, pepper and garlic powder, and gave it a quick mash. Add some tomatoes to the top and sprinkle with some dried (or fresh if you got it!) oregano and enjoy! This is also a bit of a classic, can’t go wrong with tomatoes and avocado!….. Unless of course you don’t like tomatoes… or avocado…

Salsa & Avocado

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Another ingredient re-use. This is a take on my favorite combo of avocado toast with toasted black sesame seeds. Of course without the toast, and I also added some salsa to the bottom! No need to add salt & pepper to this, the salsa does aaaallll the work for you. It’s delicious!

Cucumber Hummus

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Alright, this ones taking a walk on the wild side and being different from the rest. He’s sporting some delicious hummus (home made if you like, or not if you don’t), fresh sliced cucumber and a seasoning of your choice. In this case my choice was Mrs. Dash’s southwestern chipotle. Now Mrs. D’s seasoning mixes are salt free (as in no added sodium), and you may choose to add a little salt to your cake BUT if your hummus has salt you may not need to!

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There you have it! Five breakfast and/or snack ideas for rice cakes! Of course, you can mix and match these to make even more variations. There are literally limitless (ok there may be a limit out there somewhere) ideas for what you can put on top of a rice cake for a quick, easy, cheap, delicious AND healthy breakfast!

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What are your favorites? If any one has any funky ideas I’d love love love to hear them!!

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Lazy Veggie Soup – Insant Pot Style

Lazy Veggie Soup – Insant Pot Style

So I’m going to tell you a secret.

I’m a lazy cook.

I love food, don’t get me wrong, and I love to cook that’s for sure. Sometimes I could even spend hours in the kitchen playing around with food… and eating it… BUT I still like what I’m doing to be relatively easy. A lot of nights, the easier the better. I would venture to guess that 4 out of the 7 nights a week I would actually rather not cook dinner… or have someone cook it for me.

What.

No matter how much you love to cook… and eat… I maintain that a side effect of life is the want/need for easy dinners.

So my version of easy may not be anywhere near what someone else’s idea of easy is (although I’ll admit sometimes my version of easy is getting Jeff to pick up pizza), but I promise I spared no effort in making sure this was no effort, while also looking surprisingly like effort at the table!
**Now this is an instant pot recipe, but of course you can always throw these exact same goodies in a large stock pot on the stove, bring to a boil, cover and then let simmer on med-low for about 45 minutes, or until your lentils are cooked and veggies are tender!

We’ll call it Lazy Veggie Soup (because my laziness in cooking sometimes, translates to my laziness in dish naming)

Lazy Veggie Soup

What You’ll Need

-Some vegetables! In this case I had pre-cut broccoli and cauliflower for extra laziness, whole baby carrots, 1 whole chopped sweet onion, and about 3-4 celery stalks. But you can use whatever veg you have on hand that you might enjoy in soup! (try green beans, or add some cubed potatoes!)

-6 cups veggie broth (or 3 veggie bouillon cubes dissolved in 6 cups of water) + an additional 1-2 cups of water

-1/2 cup dried lentils

-1 tbsp garlic powder (not garlic salt)

-2 “squares” of rice noodles

What You’ll Need to do

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Eye ball everything. I put “about” 2 cups of each veggie in the instant pot, very loosely estimated, except for the onion which was one whole one, and the celery which ended up being 4 stalks. But basically I just threw stuff into the pot until I thought it looked “good enough”. I know, I know… I should be a cooking instructor.

Cut up your veggies… and also don’t cut your veggies. If you have pre-cut veggies like I did then there is obviously no need to cut it again. Otherwise just roughly cut up your broccoli and cauliflower, keep your baby carrots whole, and roughly chop your celery and onions into large-ish pieces. If you’re catching the point of this all, it’s that everything is done with the upmost-minimal effort.

Dissolve your bouillon cubes in hot water first… if you are not using veggie broth… otherwise you don’t have to do that either.

Toss everything in the instant pot (or stock pot) as you go, along with your extra cup or two of water if needed (just to make sure all your goodies are drowning nicely), and don’t forget to add your tablespoon of garlic powder and 1/2 cup of lentils!

Close your instant pot, set to manual on high pressure for 10 minutes, and when it peeps “done” at you follow it with a quick release.

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THEN add your rice noodles, stir and cover slightly to sit for about 5 minutes or so! *if you’re using a stock pot, add your rice noodles after cooking as well, same as you are doing for the instant pot (MOST rice noodles will cook while sitting in the hot soup covered for a few minutes)

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Oh yea, and serve! (with some chopped green onion and fresh black pepper, if you want to be extra fancy)

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So now that you’ve got the “jist” of an easy veggie soup, add some other things next time you do it and mix it up at bit! Cubed potatoes or green beans, like previously mentioned. Add some chopped spinach when you add your rice noodles to add some extra green (they will wilt with the heat from the soup without being over cooked). Add a can of whole kernel corn, some frozen peas or some black beans. Throw in some pre-cooked rice or quinoa instead of rice noodles.

Have fun being lazy AND creating food!

And Enjoy!