Glorious Grains

Red Quinoa Pilaf with Porcini Mushrooms

Red Quinoa and Porcini Mushroom Pilaf from Leslie Cerier

For this flavorful quinoa dish, you can choose from the red, tan or black varieties. I chose the red for a nice color contrast for all the earthy colors of the vegetables. The toasted pumpkin seeds also add a nice crunch, and extra protein to this delicious vegan main dish. Recipe contributed by Leslie Cerier. Photos by Tracey Eller.
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Quinoa with Tomato, Zucchini, and Basil

Quinoa, tomato, zucchini

Quinoa is a wonderful gift to vegans and vegetarians. It provides bountiful protein, calcium, iron, magnesium, and fiber in respectable quantities, with very little fat. This simple quinoa dish makes a nice presentation served at room temperature, especially for warm weather meals. Recipe adapted from Extraordinary Vegan* © 2013 by Alan Roettinger, reprinted with permission of Book Publishing Company. Photo by Andrew Schmidt.

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Spicy Quinoa-Carrot Slaw

Quinoa_Spicy Quinoa-Carrot Slaw

This simple side dish comes together very quickly if you have cooked quinoa on hand in the refrigerator. For even faster prep, use bagged shredded carrots and break the speed limit. Recipe  from Quinoa: High Protein, Gluten-Free* by Beth Geisler with recipes by Jo Stepaniak, @2014 Books Alive, Summertown, TN, reprinted by permission. Photo by Andrew Schmidt.
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Curried Chickpeas with Chutney-Flavored Grains

Curried chickpeas with chutney-flavored grains

Curry-flavored chickpeas perched atop a bed of chutney-flavored grains (you can use either quinoa, bulgur, or couscous), making for an appealing grain-and-legume combination. Serve with a simply prepared vegetable — hardy greens, broccoli, or cauliflower — and a simple salad. Look for chutney in the international foods aisle of supermarkets or natural foods stores. Adapted from Vegan Express.

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Chickpea and Quinoa Salad in Sweet Pepper Boats

Quinoa and chickpea-stuffed bell peppers

These appealing bell pepper “boats” are filling enough to serve as a main dish for any festive meal. Perfectly portable, too, they make a wonderful picnic entree or a change of pace from sandwiches for a hearty lunch. Recipe contributed by Laura Theodore, from Jazzy Vegetarian Classics: Vegan Twists on American Family Favorites* © 2013 BenBella Books, reprinted by permission. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

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Quinoa Scallion Fritters

Quinoa scallion fritters with duck sauce3

These crispy quinoa fritters pack a lot of flavor, thanks to lots of scallion and cilantro. If you have quinoa cooked ahead of time, this comes together in a snap. These are nice served with Asian-style soups like Bok Choy, Tofu, and Baby Corn Soup. If you’re serving these with any other Asian-Style meal, I highly recommend taking the 5 minutes or less to make “Duck” Sauce, as pictured. Otherwise, these are nice served as a side dish for meals in which veggies take center stage, such as hearty stews, or bean dishes. more→

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Wild Rice and Mushroom Pilaf

wild rice pilaf by leslie cerier

Earthy flavored, gluten-free wild rice combines beautifully with aromatic vegetables and garlic for a pilaf that can also be served stuffed into a winter squash. Feel free to choose between delicious organic red palm oil or organic extra virgin olive oil. If you’ve got some small baked squashes, such as acorn, this makes a lovely stuffing. Recipe contributed by Leslie Cerier. Photos by Tracey Eller. more→

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Coconut Rice Pilaf with Fresh and Dried Cranberries

cranberry rice pilaf by leslie cerier

Prepare yourself for a treat for the palate and senses. Coconut rice seasoned with ginger, decorated with almonds, and sweetened with anti-oxidant rich dried and whole cranberries. Recipe contributed by Leslie CerierPhotos by Tracey Eller. more→

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