A lunch less ordinary


Everyone has a go-to Ryvita topping. It might be cream cheese, maybe it’s marmite (me) or  cheese and pickle… but it wasn’t until I was challenged to come up with an exciting topping, that I realised I was in a Ryvita Rut. An RR.

And this is through no fault of Ryvita – on the contrary, their range is far more colourful and diverse than you might think – Pumpkin Seeds and Oats, Mediterranean Herbs, Sweet Onion and Apple and Cinnamon…


No. The blame for this rut lies entirely with me and I recently took a Ryvita vow to no longer be boring with my lunch.

Roasted beetroot

Roasting my beetroot…

Roasted beetroot

Once I started thinking about all the various things I could do, it all got quite exciting – the possibilities are endless! But in the end I selected the Ryvita ‘with a hint of chilli’ and made a beetroot hummus with home made pickled cucumbers with poppy seeds. Yes I did. And it was mighty delicious.

If you have an idea for a Ryvita topping up your sleeve you could win £1000 John Lewis vouchers! Read on to find out how – all information is below.

There are two recipes for this topping – the hummus and the pickled cucumbers…

For the hummus:

I roughly used the below but feel free to add/reduce based on the taste and consistency you like.

5/6 small roasted beetroot (roast for around 30-40 mins until softened)
1 regular tin of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 large garlic cloves, roughly chopped
4 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp tahini
Juice of 1 lemon
1 teasp cumin
Large pinch of salt
4 tbsp water
Parsley to serve

1. Blitz the chickpeas, lemon juice, garlic and oil.
2. Add everything else and blitz some more.
3. Serve and sprinkle parsley on top


Draining my chickpeas


Selecting my garlic cloves

making hummus

making hummus

I also wasn’t aware of all the various health benefits eating rye offers – and even though the Ryvita range is extensive, each crisp bread is actually baked with only a handful of natural ingredients and the base for each is very simple: water, salt and rye.

The nutritional benefits are great and many, but here are my three highlights from the VERY LONG LIST:

  1. High in essential vitamins: B vitamins thiamine and folic acid, as well as riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid and vitamin B6
  2. Rich in magnesium: helps to promote normal muscle function
  3. Rich in zinc: promotes healthy bones, hair, nails and skin



Blitz blitz blitz!

Beetroot hummus

And then it was time to make the pickled cucumber…

Fresh pickled cucumber salad

2 cucumbers, halved length-ways, deseeded and sliced


50ml olive oil
50ml white wine vinegar
1 tbsp caster sugar
1 red chilli finely sliced to taste
1 tbsp poppy seeds

Leave the cucumber to marinade in the dressing for at lease one hour –
the longer the better!




poppy seeds

Fresh pickled cucumber salad with poppy seeds

Fresh pickled cucumber salad with poppy seeds





I am very proud to be a Ryvita ‘Luncheonary’ (wish I had a badge for this honour) and if you think you’ve got a topping the world needs to see, head over the the Ryvita microsite and enter their competition! You could win £1000 John Lewis vouchers, which is a darn good prize, if I do say so myself… 10 runners up will also  receive a hamper full of Ryvita goodies, so wik wik! Get that thinking cap on…

Enter here: https://www.ryvita.co.uk/competitions/liven-up-your-lunch

Don’t forget to share your creations on social and use the tag #myvita – I look forward to seeing them!

Poppy x

This post was shot on my LEICA D-LUX – dinky but dynamic ;)



// This post was sponsored by Ryvita, with all thoughts and opinions my own.

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