Healthy Lunch Idea: Rice Cakes With Lentil Curry and Tomato Salsa

When I wasn’t gluten-intolerant and could still eat bread for lunch, I wasn’t very imaginative. Sandwiches usually consisted of cheese and tomato or tuna mayo.

But now that I’m forced to eat something other than bread – like rice cakes – I need to make it interesting enough to eat. Rice cakes on their own aren’t exactly yummy, for me anyway…

I discovered rice cakes about a year ago. There are so many varieties available today – they’re not just rice, you get them in maize or corn, thick or thin, and round or square.

I’ve tried everything from peanut butter with chocolate sauce and salt (very good!), to chicken mayo salad, roast veggies, and leftovers.

Leftovers are the best. You’d be surprised by the number of healthy lunch ideas you can come up with using things you’d never have thought to put together.

A few weeks ago I made this for lunch…                                                                                                                                                                      It was divine!                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

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Obviously, there’s not much to putting this lunch together and you can use whatever leftovers you have at home.

Here’s the recipe for this lentil curry and salsa topping:


  • 2 – 3 Rice cakes per person (I used corn cakes here)
  • Low fat smooth plain cottage cheese
  • Left over lentil curry warmed slightly *
  • Tomato salsa **
  • Sweet chili sauce
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Spread a layer of cottage cheese onto each rice or corn cake.
  2. Top with lentil curry and tomato salsa.
  3. Drizzle with sweet chili sauce and add salt and pepper to season.

* Basic Lentil Curry

  • Lightly fry chopped onion and garlic in some olive oil with mild curry spice, turmeric, cumin, coriander spice, salt and pepper.
  • Cook one cup of brown or red lentils as per cooking instructions on the packet in a separate pot.
  • Combine onion mixture with the lentils once cooked through.
  • Add some soy sauce and stir in just before spooning the mixture into a bowl for serving.

** Tomato Salsa

  • Chop two large tomatoes and one small onion into small cubes.
  • Slice ¼ of a cucumber and one jalapeno chili thinly and add to the tomatoes and onion.
  • Drizzle with some lemon juice

Serves 4


If you’re looking for something tasty and a little different, or if you need a substitute for bread, why not give this healthy lunch idea a try!


Healthy and happiness,






14 Replies to “Healthy Lunch Idea: Rice Cakes With Lentil Curry and Tomato Salsa”

  1. […] Rice Cakes with Curried Lentils and Tomato Salsa – Who said rice cakes were boring? This makes a nice light lunch if you don’t want to feel sluggish after eating a sandwich, etc. […]

  2. I stopped eating bread and I’m always looking for new ideas for lunch and breakfast. Your rice cakes look and sound great and I can tell from the ingredients that I’ll like them.
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    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Susan, I love these because unlike bread, it doesn’t leave you feeling heavy or sluggish afterwards. I’m glad you like the idea and hope you give it a try! 🙂

  3. Niceee 🙂 Sounds (and looks!) a great idea 🙂
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    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Thanks Johnny! They are actually very good. Just got to layer them with really good toppings! 🙂

  4. Okay, now I’ve got to try this. I actually really like caramel rice cakes ( I sort of defeats the purpose, lol) but I’ll get some plain ones next time to try this. Lovely recipe!
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    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Oooh yummy! I like the chocolate covered ones, hehe. Haven’t had those in a while either.

  5. For a while I was hooked on the different flavored rice cakes, but I haven’t eaten them in a while. I may have to try some of your ideas and go back to them…sounds yummy!
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    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Emily, it’s so good. Years ago I used to hate rice cakes because I thought they were just there for people who wanted to lose weight and they tasted gross. But there are so many varieties today, and the options of what to put on them are limitless. I miss bread sometimes, but not half as much if I wasn’t eating these. They’re great!

  6. Great recipe Mel! Sharing on t Muses from the Deep’s Gazette!
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    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      I saw the share yesterday, thanks a mil!!

  7. Wow, I am so pinning this Melanie and trying very soon. Looks absolutely delicious and I thank you for sharing it here!!! 🙂
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    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Thanks for the pin Janine! 🙂

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