Classic Rice Dishes

Valencian-Style Rice and Red Beans

Valencian-Style Rice and Beans

A Spanish-inspired recipe, this dish of brown rice and red beans is a great for busy weeknights, when you want something easy and hearty. The key is to have the rice cooked ahead of time, but even if you don’t, it’s still not a daunting task. Briny olives perk up the mellow flavor of brown rice and beans. Serve with steamed broccoli or cauliflower, and if you’d like, some pan-grilled polenta slices like you see in the photo. In either case, serve a simple green salad on the side and finish with sliced seedless oranges. more→

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Thai Pineapple Stir-Fried Rice

Thai pineapple rice

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→

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Black Rice with Corn and Cranberries

Black Rice with Corn and Cranberries

This delectable dish of black or wild rice, corn, and cranberries is a festive eyeful, but it’s too good to save for only special occasions, and too simple not to make for everyday meals. It makes a gorgeous holiday side dish, or, stuffed into small squashes, a great vegan main dish. Recipe from Vegan Holiday Kitchen; photo by Susan Voisin, FatFree Vegan Kitchen.

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Orzo or Rice-Stuffed Bell Peppers

Orzo or rice-stuffed bell peppers

Stuffed bell peppers are a favorite comfort dish, and it’s so easy to create vegan variations. Orzo, a tiny, rice-shape pasta, makes a nice filling, as does medium-grain brown rice. With the addition of green peas and fresh herbs, this makes a satisfying main dish. Photos by Rachael Braun.

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Simple Spinach Rice

Simple Spinach Rice

Here’s a simple brown rice dish that incorporates lots of fresh spinach. Using organic baby spinach is convenient, because it’s already cleaned and ready to go (though I usually give it a good rinse nonetheless). Scallions, fresh dill, and lemon juice add the finishing touch. more→

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Italian-Style Rice and Peas (Risi e Bisi)

Italian-Style Rice and peas

This simple yet tasty and comforting combination rice and green peas is inspired by the Italian classic risi e bisi. Serve as a side dish with bean dishes or bean salads.

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Gingered Coconut Rice

Ginger and garlic

This simple brown rice side dish is embellished with coconut milk, garlic, and ginger. It goes well with bean dishes and vegetable curries. Do try using brown Basmati or an exotic rice blend for a more aromatic and visually appealing dish. more→

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Fragrant Rice and Cashew Pilaf

Roasted Cashews on a spoon

This simple rice and cashew pilaf recipe highlights the aroma and flavor of brown Basmati rice, which you can find in supermarkets as well as specialty and natural foods stores. This tasty side dish can enhance many kinds of meals. It’s especially good with vegetable curries. more→

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