Classic Rice Dishes

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 and Dill Rice

Simple Spinach and Dill 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. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

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Paella Vegetariana (Veggie-Filled Vegan Paella)

paella vegetariana (veggie-filled vegan paella)

Paella is a traditional Spanish rice dish cooked in a skillet, colored bright yellow by saffron, and filled with seafood. This vegan rendition focuses on veggies instead. It’s an easy dish to make, and the results are splendid. If saffron is hard to come by, this gives you the option of using turmeric instead. This goes well with a simple salad of mixed greens with orange sections, cucumber, and toasted almonds. In season, add a few slender asparagus stalks to the plate for a really gorgeous meal. For an even quicker version of veggie paella, see Quick Quinoa Paella.  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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Asian Peanut Stir-Fry with Black Rice

Ginger and garlic

Brown rice is fine for a quick dinner, but the lovely color of black rice will make this dish extra special.  Tempeh and peanuts add plenty of protein, and using a frozen Asian vegetable blend makes this super-quick as a weeknight meal. Recipe from The Oldways 4-Week Vegetarian & Vegan Diet Menu Plan, © 2014.

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Rice and Noodle Pilaf

Rice and noodle pilaf

Combining pasta with a grain is fairly common in Eastern European cuisines, as well as Middle Eastern. Here’s one such pilaf, combining rice and slender noodles, which makes for a simple and tasty side dish. Serve with plenty of green veggies, and a salad to which you add chickpeas or other beans, for a simple dinner menu. more→

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Mexican Green Rice

Called arroz verde in its native language, Mexican green rice (spiked with chilis, cilantro, and lime) is a good side dish to serve with burritos and other Southwestern or Mexican specialties. more→

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