Main Dishes featuring Grains and/or Beans

Quinoa Paella

Quinoa Paella

Using nutritious and quick-cooking quinoa as a substitute for rice to make a vegan paella, you can have a colorful one-dish meal in a shade over 30 minutes. Colorful, flavorful, and festive, this goes well with Spinach, Orange, and Red Cabbage Salad. more→

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Noodles with Garlicky Black Bean Sauce

Savory seasoned black beans make a delightful sauce for tender noodles. more→

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Avocado and Bean Enchiladas

These enchiladas make for a perfect meal for the family or a small dinner party. This recipe is from Vegetariana* by Nava Atlas. more→

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Black Rice with Black-Eyed Peas and Greens

Black rice with black-eyed peas and corn recipe

An invigorating melange of flavors, textures and colors, this is an attractive dish to serve hot or at room temperature. I just love the way the corn, black-eyed peas, and greens look against the dark rice, but if brown rice is what you’ve got on hand, that will work, too. Adapted from Wild About Greens by Nava Atlas. more→

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BBQ-Flavored White Beans with Sausage and Spinach

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. more→

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Lentils with Spinach and Dried Tomatoes

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. more→

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Chickpeas with Tomatoes and Ginger

Chickpeas

This tasty stew of chickpeas and tomatoes is vegan, wheat-free, corn-free, heart smart, low fat, and best of all, delicious! Recipe from Taste Life! Organic Recipes* (2002) by Leslie Cerier. Reprinted by permission of Square One Publishers. more→

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Barbecue-Flavored Baked Beans

Barbecue baked beans

The subtly sweet and tart flavors of this baked bean dish make it homey and comforting. This is delicious served with fresh cornbread or fresh rye bread. Add some simply prepared greens (kale, collards, or chard), broccoli, or green beans. A colorful salad completes the meal. more→

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