Hearty, Healthy Grain Dishes

Couscous-Stuffed Eggplant

Couscous-Stuffed eggplant recipe

For this delightful stuffed eggplant dish you can use regular couscous, or try it with Israeli couscous, as shown in the photo. Regular couscous has more of the look and feel of a grain; Israeli couscous more like a tiny pasta. If you’re looking for a gluten-free variation, you can substitute quinoa, which is also excellent in this preparation. more→


Mujaddarah (Middle Eastern Bulgur and Lentil Pilaf)

Mujaddarah (lentil and bulgur pilaf)

Mujaddarah, a traditional Middle Eastern dish, is sometimes made with rice, and sometimes with cracked wheat (bulgur). The grain is combined with lentils and lots of onions browned by olive oil. Like many simple classics, it’s delicious. Serve with Fattouche Salad and a steamed green vegetable for an easy meal. Though they’re the least traditional to use in this (brown lentils are the usual) I like to make this with black beluga lentils for the visual contrast. more→


Lemony Couscous with Broccoli

Lemony couscous with broccoli

This simple combination of couscous and broccoli, bright with lemony flavor, be too light to serve as a meal’s centerpiece, but it’s perfect for pairing with a dish of equal heft, like a bean or legume dish, or a main dish salad. I’ve also enjoyed leftovers of this served cold in a wrap with shredded lettuce and sliced tomatoes. Photos by Evan Atlas.



Couscous Pilaf with Apple and Dried Fruits

Couscous pilaf with apple and dried fruits

This quick, delicious couscous side dish, naturally sweetened with apple and dried fruits, is good with curries, and also goes well with any kind of well-seasoned bean or lentil dish.  more→


Turkish Millet With Garden-Fresh Greens

Millet uncooked

This luxurious and piquant grains-and-greens combo starts with nourishing (and under appreciated) millet and combines it with whatever leafy greens you have on hand (collards, kale, chard, etc.) and bold flavorings. An unusual touch is added with pomegranate molasses. Recipe contributed by Ellen Kanner. more→


Bulgur with Fine Noodles

Bulgur on a spoon

Here’s a simple, sturdy grain side dish for everyday meals. Combining a hearty grain like bulgur with delicate noodles is a tasty way to enjoy both. This is excellent served with winter squash dishes. more→


Couscous Curry-osity

Couscous raw

This simple butternut squash and potato dish is a fusion of Asian and Indian flavors. Contributed by Anne Dinshah, from Healthy Hearty Helpings,* ©1999, published by American Vegan Society.