I have to admit that when I think of Ryvita, I think of my mum on a diet in about 1989. I wouldn’t normally think about Ryvita as an everyday sort of food.
Oh how wrong I am.
Did you know for instance, that Ryvita do an apple and cinnamon flavour?! It’s immense. Even Belle, who really prefers just to just eat Weetos and Fry’s Chocolate Creams, will happily munch on these, dry, as a biscuit alternative. I prefer to smear mine with a thin (i.e. thick) layer of peanut butter, but either way, they are really tasty. There are in fact 12 different flavours to choose from, so there is bound to be at least one that takes your fancy.
I’m as guilty as Belle of eating a fairly restricted diet, in the sense that although I’m always happy to try new things, (unlike Belle, who made a retching noise at the weekend when I put some samphire near her), I just don’t ever really get around to it. Every day I fall into that classic office lunch trap of boring sandwich, a cup of tea… you know how it works. In my mind I want to be eating a delicious vegan quinoa salad with fresh herbs and pomegranate, but I just can’t be arsed.
Ryvita though. I feel like I could get creative with a Ryvita, (so long as there is no quinoa involved), and so I have taken up the #MyVita challenge to liven up my lunch, by coming up with some new topping ideas for my Ryvita. I had a browse of the Ryvita website initially for some topping inspiration, and must say that I was pretty impressed with their take on the classic fish finger sandwich. It looks pretty ace doesn’t it?
I can’t just steal Ryvita’s ideas though, I need to come up with some of my own. I’m going to share a few on my social media channels over the next few weeks, but to kick things off I wanted to thing up something that stirred up the same comforting, nostalgic feelings as the fish finger sandwich. It also needed to be something that would be simple enough for me to actually make. As lovely as that some home made roasted beetroot hummus might be, that’s just not achievable for me.
I tried to think about the food I ate as a child, and how it made me feel. One of the things that sprung to mind immediately, was baked beans and sausages on toast at my Gran and Grandad’s house. My Gran always had cupboards full of baked beans and sausages, and she’d often make them for lunch for my Grandad and me when I went to stay. The toast would always be very slightly burnt, and smothered with soft, salty butter. As I’ve got older, it has remained a favourite when I need something simple and cosy feeling, often topped off with a little grated cheese.
My first Ryvita #MyVita recipe then is sweet onion Ryvita with crushed baked beans, chicken sausages and grated cheese. I went a little bit fancy, as I didn’t really feel I could just open a can of beans and sausages and dunk the Ryvita in. (Although let’s be honest, that’s what I’ll probably do as soon as you aren’t looking.) It’s going to be revoluncheonary. It’s pretty wholesome too. Baked beans are way better for you than you might think, the chicken sausages are low fat and the sprinkle of cheese makes it calci-yummy. The main ingredient in Ryvita is rye, (as you might guess from the name), which is high in lots of essential vitamins and rich in magnesium, zinc and wholegrain and dietary fibre. Just don’t tell Belle or she’ll be back on the peppermint creams before you can say ‘stronger hair and nails.’
Sweet onion Ryvita with crushed beans, chicken sausages and cheese
I think the clue is in the title here, ingredient wise, but just in case you’re in any doubt, let me talk you through it.
First up, crack open the Ryvita. As I said, there are 12 flavours, but I went for sweet onion as these are one of my favourite. Open the tin of baked beans, and mush them up a bit. Spread a layer of much on your Ryvita, and keep the rest in a tub in the fridge for another day. Cook up your sausages, and place these, sliced, on top of your baked bean crush. Finish with a little grated cheese and some freshly ground black pepper because, well, everything looks fancier with freshly ground black pepper doesn’t it?
And there you have it. A fresh take on the classic beans on toast lunch.
To help you out, Belle and I made a little video:
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Do you have any awesome Ryvita topping ideas? Ryvita would love to see your own lunch inspiration, and so if you’ve got a genius idea that will top my sausage, cheese and beans, (see what I did there? top… toppings…), then pop a picture up on social media, using the hashtag #MyVita, and make sure you tag Ryvita. You can find them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
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I’ve been sharpening my Ryvita topping skills and today made my all time favourite – beetroot hummus, fresh pickled cucumbers and poppy seeds… LOVE. If you have a killer topping up your sleeve, post it on social with the hashtag #myvita and you could win £1000 of John Lewis vouchers! (10 runners up will win a hamper of Ryvita goodies 😎) Go forth and create! 💕💚💕💚
Enter now for the chance to win a £1,000 John Lewis voucher
Can you even imagine having £1,000 to spend at John Lewis?? it would be ace wouldn’t it? I’d have to go in person, to look around and suss things out. I think I’d start in the kitchen section, looking at all the gadgets, working my way through the fancy chocolate displays, glassware, ending up in cushions.
You don’t need to do anything other than fill in a quick form to enter – no recipe creation needed – so it’s definitely worth a go. The Ryvita competition will be open until 26th June and one lucky winner will receive £1,000 worth of John Lewis vouchers, a hamper of Ryvita Crispbread and a Sistema Bento Box. Ten runners up will also win a hamper packed full of Ryvita goodies and a Sistema Bento Box.