Glorious Grains

Quick Quinoa Paella

Quick Quinoa paella

Paella is a Spanish pilaf traditionally made with white rice and seafood. We’ll do away with the seafood here, of course, and since we’re dispensing with tradition, let’s do away with white rice as well. Using nutritious and quick-cooking quinoa instead, you can have a colorful meal in about thirty minutes. This goes well with Spinach, Orange, and Red Cabbage Salad. Recipe from Plant Power: Transform Your Kitchen, Plate, and Life with More Than 150 Fresh and Flavorful Vegan Recipes by Nava Atlas. ©2014, published by HarperOne, reprinted by permission. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.  
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Pinto Bean and Quinoa Sloppy Joes

Quinoa and Bean Sloppy Joes

Seriously—who needs fake meat when you can make hearty, beautifully textured dishes using grains and beans? This serves up deliciously on rolls, but if you’re not a bread person, you can serve the mixture in a lettuce-leaf cup or atop a corn tortilla. Serve with baked potatoes or sweet potatoes and any slaw-style salad. Fresh corn on the cob when in season is a great addition as well. Recipe from Plant Power: Transform Your Kitchen, Plate, and Life with More Than 150 Fresh and Flavorful Vegan Recipes by Nava Atlas. ©2014, published by HarperOne, reprinted by permission. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.  

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Gallo Pinto Especial

Gallo Pinto by Jason Wyrick from The Vegan Taste

Gallo Pinto is the national dish of Costa Rica, which is the first place I ate it. It was served at every hostel I stayed at, fresh for breakfast and available all day long. It translates to “speckled rooster,” supposedly called that because of color contrast of the beans mixed with the rice. Whatever the reason, it’s a simple dish of rice and beans that tastes damn good. This is my version, kicked up just a bit. Recipe and photo contributed by Jason Wyrick from The Vegan Taste.

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Wild Rice Confetti Salad

Wild Rice Salad recip

Wild rice makes an earthy, nutty backdrop for a salad. The “confetti” in this salad are bits of corn, carrot, and other colorful veggies. This is a hearty salad for any time of year, and is great for picnics and potlucks. more→

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Quinoa and Asparagus Salad

Quinoa with Vegetables

This quinoa salad keeps things very simple, highlighting this nutty grain in tandem with lots of delicious fresh asparagus. It’s a lot like tabbouli, but with a springtime touch. more→

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Enlightened Miso Power Bowl

Enlightened Miso Bowl by Angela Liddon from Oh She Glows

This is a fun power bowl recipe that will keep your energy high for hours. Miso is a fermented food that aids in digestion and adds a wonderful umami flavor to foods. If you are new to miso, Orange-Maple Miso Dressing is a great way to incorporate it into your diet. Gluten-free, nut-free, refined sugar–free, soy-free option! Recipe and photo from The Oh She Glows Cookbook* by Angela Liddon. more→

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Chai Rice Pudding

Chai Rice Pudding from Tess Masters' Blender Girl

If the world were ending, I might just whip up this decadent treat as my finale. A rice pudding that you don’t have to stir for an hour? Now that makes me weak in the knees. Other reasons to swoon over this dessert: the incredible creaminess and the delicate blend of spices that sing in perfect harmony with the apples, raisins, and maple syrup. Reprinted with permission from The Blender Girlby Tess Masters, © 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Random House LLC. Photography © 2014 by Anson Smart. more→

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Quinoa with Mixed Squashes and Mushrooms

Quinoa with mushrooms and squashes

Earthy and hearty, this combination of quinoa, tender squashed and mushrooms can be served any time of year. Serve with Avocado and Pinto Bean Salad or a big colorful salad to which you add your favorite beans. and some stone-ground tortilla chips. Photos by Rachael Braun.

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