Hearty, Healthy Grain Dishes

Maple-Sriracha Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberry Wild Rice

Maple-Sriracha Roasted Brussels Sproouts2 randy clemens

While I wish I could take all the credit for the unique blend of flavors here, the inspiration for the Brussels sprouts came from a restaurant in NYC called the Vanderbilt. I was going to rework their recipe as a side dish, but after taking my first bite of this new version, I realized that serving the Brussels sprouts atop my favorite wild rice dish would create a stunning entrée. Recipe and photo reprinted by permission from The Veggie-Lover’s Sriracha Cookbook ©2013 by Randy Clemens. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc. more→

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Farrotto With Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Broccoli, and Basil

Farrotto With Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Broccoli and Basil Ellen Kanner

Are you ready to try a deliciously different grain? Farro, a longstanding favorite in Italian cuisine has made quite a comeback. A hardy, whole variety of wheat, it has a great flavor and is a nice alternative to brown rice. Soaking farro overnight (or all day) makes it cook up quicker and creamier. This Farrotto is a heartier, whole grain cousin to risotto. Recipe and photo contributed by Ellen Kanner.

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Black Lentil Celery Couscous with Jeweled Fruit

Black Lentil Celery Couscous with Jeweled FruitCelery is used twice in this dish: softened in the beginning with a little olive oil, and tossed in at the end for a decisive crunch. You may substitute traditional couscous for the whole wheat and brown or green lentils for the black ones. (The black ones are especially pretty, though.) Recipe reprinted with permission fromRipe: A Fresh, Colorful Approach to Fruits and Vegetables* © 2012 by Cheryl Sternman Rule, photography by Paulette Phlipot; Running Press, a member of the Perseus Book Group. more→

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Mjeddrah (Rice and Lentil Pilaf)

mjeddrah (mujaddarah) Rice and Lentil Pilaf

A dish both simple and elemental, the lentils and rice cook together, taking on flavor and qualities greater than themselves. The rice and lentils soak separately before cooking, which brings the tenderness out in the rice and encourages the lentils, which normally require no presoaking, to keep their shape. We should all be so lucky. It’s traditionally topped with sautéed onions and makes a meal. Recipe and photo contributed by Ellen Kanner. more→

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Millet Pilaf with Tahini-Herb Sauce

Millet Pilaf

Nutritionally, millet resembles wheat, providing niacin, vitamin B6, and folic acid along with some calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, and zinc. If you want fluffy, grainy millet, as for this dish, it is essential to leave it alone while cooking. If you want a soft textured millet, however, keep stirring until it is cooked. Contributed by Deborah Gray from 500 Vegan Dishes(Sellers Publishing, 2011).

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Vegan Chili-Cheese Grits

Vegan chili-cheese grits

Have you discovered grits (aka hominy grits)? To add variety to your grain repertoire, try grits (hulled, dried, and cracked corn kernels, long a Southern staple). Seek out stone-ground organic grits, which are much more flavorful than the ultra-refined variety sold in supermarkets. I like the Bob’s Red Mill brand; they’re flavorful and are made from non-GMO corn. This is great for breakfast or brunch, but it can also be a change-of pace dinner served with baked sweet potato and a crunchy coleslaw. Adapted from The Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet.

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Curried Cashew Couscous

Couscous in spoon

Here’s a delicious, substantial couscous dish that’s ready in minutes, leaving you plenty of time to build a meal around it. This is very nice served with vegetable curries.

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Couscous with Peas and Raisins

Couscous with peas and raisins

This mild side dish of couscous, green peas, and toasted cashews or pine nuts is a nice complement to vegetable curries. It’s also a nice accompaniment to roasted winter vegetables such as Roasted Root Vegetable Medley.

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