Classic Rice Dishes

Cauliflower Rice Pilaf

Cauliflower rice pilaf

Once you have some rice cooked, this sturdy, aromatic dish featuring cauliflower and curry seasonings comes together quickly. For a nice meal, serve with Lentils with Greens and Sun-Dried Tomatoes and a simple salad. more→

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Dirty Rice, Vegan Style

Brown rice

Traditionally, what makes Creole “dirty rice” dirty is the addition of fowl gizzards. Um, no thanks. Chopped eggplant, a Louisiana crop, takes its place in this super-satisfying veggie version. Not spicy in itself, but you can make it that way. That’s what Tabasco is for. Photo by K. Buntu. more→

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Saffron-Sesame Rice with Pine Nuts

When cooking a rice dish, I like to make extra to have as leftovers. You’ll get about two extra servings from this simple brown rice pilaf recipe. more→

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Caribbean Pigeon Peas and Rice

Pigeon peas

Traditionally, this is made with pigeon peas —cute, round, and tan, also known as gungo peas or gandules. They’re a staple in markets with big Latin and Caribbean communities. If you can’t find them, no worries, use red beans — another island favorite. No harm will be done. Serve at room temperature or slightly chilled — it’s bright and refreshing either way. Recipe and photo by Ellen Kanner. more→

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Saffron Fruited Rice

Saffron Fruited Rice

This rice dish, made with aromatic brown Basmati rice, fresh apple, dried fruits, and sweet seasonings, is a perfect companion to curried vegetable dishes. It gets its bright yellow color from saffron, but you can substitute turmeric for a similar effect. more→

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Hoppin’ John (Rice and Black-Eyed Peas)

Vegan Hoppin' John southern recipe

Here’s a vegan rendition of a classic southern dish known as Hoppin’ John, featuring black-eyed peas and rice, often served on New Year’s Day for good luck.. Sometimes, a few coins are mixed in, and finding one in your helping brings good luck. Cooking up a big batch of Hoppin’ John seems like an appealing choice for New Year’s Day, though personally, I can pass on incorporating the metallic flavor of coins. Serve with coleslaw, garlicky greens, and cornbread. Adapted fromVegan Holiday Kitchen. more→

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Creole Orange Rice

Clementines

Here’s a light and lilting rice old New Orleans side dish, abounding with a symphony of citrus notes  — orange juice, orange zest, and tiny orange sections. more→

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Wild Rice Pilaf with Spinach and Almonds

Wild rice pilaf with spinach and almonds

Filled with earthy flavors, this wild and brown rice pilaf, enlivened with lots of spinach and parsley, is welcome as a side dish for everyday meals as well as special occasions. more→

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