Main Dishes featuring Grains and/or Beans
This recipe is one of my favorites. It’s much like a ratatouille, but using chickpeas instead of the traditional eggplant and zucchini, and an original spice combination. The result is a dish with a complexity of flavors and the bonus of minimal preparation! Contributed by Dreena Burton, from Vive le Vegan!*
Colorful and luscious, this Thai restaurant classic can be made easily at home, using brown rice, pineapple, and veggies like broccoli, bell peppers, and carrots. When fresh pineapple is in season and reasonably priced, do try this with the fresh fruit! Adapted from Vegan Express. Photo by Susan Voisin. more→
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 a simple bean dish and a colorful salad for an easy meal. Photos by Rachael Braun. more→
An appetizing, mildly spiced mélange of nourishing beans, quinoa, and greens, this makes a stellar centerpiece for a soup-based meal, as it’s done in 30 minutes or less. Quinoa is an excellent source of protein, making this practically a meal in a bowl. Adapted from Vegan Express. Photos by Rachael Braun.
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.
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! more→
Here’s a vegan burger-style meal made simpler by the fact that you need not even shape and flip patties. Pinto beans and quinoa team up to make a tasty high-protein sloppy joe filling. Serve with baked potatoes or sweet potatoes, fresh corn on the cob, one of our potato salads or any of the tasty slaws in A Slew of Slaws. It’s particularly good with Cabbage, Apple, and Raisin Slaw (pictured, on the side of the sloppy joes. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→
Tiny orange sections provide a surprising burst of sweetness in this high-protein grain dish. It’s flexible, too—use a different grain if you’d like (this is adapted from a rice dish in Vegan Express); use a different green other than bok choy (kale would work); and if you can’t find edamame or prefer not to use these tasty green soybeans, substitute green peas. It’s a great everyday kind of dish, and is festive enough to serve at special occasions. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.