Main Dishes featuring Grains and/or Beans
This is earthy stew of broccoli rabe, beans, and mushrooms
is quick to prepare and is good served on its own in shallow bowls with crusty bread, or over pasta or polenta. Adapted from Wild About Greens (Sterling Publishing, ©2012) by Nava Atlas. Read More→
Here’s a high-protein, vegan recipe for the comfort classic, stuffed pepper. Quinoa makes it tasty and healthy. Quinoa is considered a “super grain.” This cute little grain packs quite a nutritional punch. It dates back some 4,000 years and was considered “the gold of the Incas” when they realized that it increased the stamina of their warriors.
This ancient seed is one of the most protein-rich plant foods you can eat. It is also rich in magnesium, riboflavin, and manganese, and has twice as much fiber as many other grains. Contributed by Helyn Dunn, from Helyn’s Healthy Kitchen. Read More→Print This Post
Keep a few cans of organic canned lentils handy to use when you want to make a meal with this nourishing legume in a hurry. To make this dish a little fancier, try using beluga lentils — these small, gleaming black lentils contrast attractively with the spinach and dried tomatoes. Read More→Print This Post
I will fully admit that this recipe screams “emergency dinner!” But it’s spicy, hearty, high in protein, and best of all, ready for the table in about 20 minutes. Some nights, you need a main dish like that, and this one never disappoints. Read More→Print This Post
Curry-scented chickpeas perch prettily atop a bed of chutney-flavored grains (you can use either quinoa, bulgur, or couscous, making for an appealing grain-and-legume combination. Adapted from Vegan Express.Print This Post
These patties are packed with premium protein, essential fatty acids, iron, calcium, fiber, and trace minerals, and won’t contribute one bit to heart disease or diabetes, like animal-derived burgers do. Perfectly aligned spices celebrate three plant-based protein sources: black beans, hemp seeds, and quinoa. Recipe and photo contributed by Julie Morris. Reprinted with permission from Superfood Kitchen: Cooking with Nature’s Most Amazing Foods.* © 2012 by Julie Morris, Sterling Epicure, an imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.
Here’s a simple combo of tiny seashell pasta and high-protein quinoa. I’m not usually one for “cute” recipe names, but both the name and the presentation worked wonders to tempt my kids to learn to love whole grains. Adults will enjoy this dish embellished with fresh herbs and toasted almonds; the kids will more likely enjoy it without. Serve with bean or vegetable dishes. Read More→Print This Post
This simple salad is somewhat akin to tabbouli, but it’s more about the ripe summer tomatoes and other garden veggies. It’s also a great way to use up leftover quinoa, so the amount used in the salad is flexible. Make sure to use the most flavorful summer tomatoes for best results! Read More→Print This Post