The Vita-Wheat Lunch Slice Challenge!
I was trawling through Twitter recently when I found 'The Cook's notebook' had announced a competition featuring new Vita-Wheat Lunch Slices. This unexpectedly planted a seed in my brain and I found myself craving Vita-Wheats all day. Come grocery time, I couldn't resist popping a packet of the Pumpkin, Sunflower and Canola variety into my trolley.
So whilst I wasn't originally planning to enter, I subconsciously started plotting ideas for toppings. When I came home for lunch today I rummaged through my fridge/pantry for all likely topping candidates and lined them up on my bench: salads, tuna, cheese, spreads... anyhow, this is what I've come up with and this is what I had for lunch today.
I decided to do a sweet and savory Vita-Wheat slice; Vita-Wheat over 2 courses, if you will.
The first is a very simple combination. I find that with these things, simple is often the best and alas, if you go overboard with the toppings, it gets difficult to eat anyway. Let's be practical here.
I plopped on slices from half an avocado, then layered on halved grape tomatoes and a smattering of fetta. The final touch was a sprinkling of salt and freshly ground black pepper.
My 'dessert Vita-Wheat' is supposed to be a bit more creative. I spread some Phily cream cheese over the surface to start with (BTW, extra-light cream cheese looks suspiciously transparent and has little to no flavor).
A few slices of rare-as-gold bananas were placed on top. I used chopped pistachios but I think any roasted nut would have been good. To finish, it was a sprinkle of cinnamon and a drizzle of honey.
I happily gorged on my Vita-Wheat meal. Verdict? The Vita-Wheat slices are a bit like the equivalent of crunchy grain bread. I once bought these 'Damora' brand pumpkin and sunflower whole wheat crackers from Aldi and LOVED them. This flavor of Vita-Wheat Lunch Slices reminded me of those crackers... only, much bigger and therefore, much better. You can get quite a lot onto one slice. Nutritionally, they're similar in calories to bread but it's good because if you're clever, you only need one slice, not two.
My picks for easy toppings would be:
1. Butter, sliced tomato, salt
2. Butter, vegemite