Rice cakes are so versatile and there are so many things you can create with. They are gluten free, fat free, and somewhat flavor free, so that you can mingle them with many flavors and satisfy serious carb cravings.
When I saw bags of mini sweet peppers on sale at the store, I was instantly inspired to create something with rice cakes. I made Rice Cakes with Roasted Mini Peppers and Tomatoes. You can certainly use regular bell peppers instead if that’s what you have.
This is a very simple recipe and you can’t mess it up.
Combine sliced peppers, tomatoes, and onion in a pan. Drizzle olive oil, dried herb of your choice (I used herb de Provence), salt and pepper. Toss well.
NOTE: Fresh rice cakes are the best option in this recipe, but if they are not easy to obtain, use vacuum sealed refrigerated rice cakes and cook in the boiling water until very soft. I used the refrigerated rice cakes in this recipe.
So good! That’s all I can say. The balance between the sweetness from the roasted vegetables and the chewy rice cakes are superb, and I love the hint of savoriness from the fresh herb and cheese.
A simple meal packed in flavor and nutrition, you can invite your gluten intolerant, or vegetarian, or low fat dieter, and/or even your meat loving friends over and share this fabulous Korean fusion dish for a simple lunch!
You gotta serve this as soon as it is finished cooking. Rice cakes tends to go harden easily if they are exposed too long in the air.
Enjoy the recipe!
Update: One reader commented below that most Korean product that claims gluten-free are not really 100% gluten-free. In some products, she might be right. However, I just want to tell you to look for the ingredient label in your rice cake package and see it yourself if they are made with 100% rice. Rice cakes are made with rice, water and salt only. The image below are the actual rice cakes I used for this recipe. And I believe I can claim this recipe to be a gluten-free!
Rice Cakes with Roasted MIni Peppers and Tomatoes, and It’s Gluten Free!
- 1-1/3 lb sweet mini peppers stem removed and sliced in half lengthwise
- 1 large onion sliced
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes
- 4 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried herbs de Provence or Italian seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 2 lb rice cakes fresh or vacuum sealed
- 3 tablespoon fresh parsley and/or basil chopped
- shredded Parmesan cheese however much you desire
- Preheat oven to 450ºF
- Combine peppers, onion, tomatoes, olive oil, dried herbs, salt and pepper in a pan and toss them well. Roast the vegetables for 20 minutes. You will need to toss the vegetables during the halfway of roasting time to get the even browning.
- Meanwhile, cook the rice cakes in the boiling water for 3-4 minutes until very soft. Add the rice cakes and parsley (and/or basil) to the hot roasted vegetables, toss them well. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese and serve immediately.