Classic Rice Dishes

Cauliflower Rice Pilaf

Cauliflower rice pilaf

Once you have some brown rice cooked, this hearty cauliflower rice pilaf with aromatic curry seasonings comes together quickly. For an easy meal, serve cauliflower rice with Lentils with Greens and Sun-Dried Tomatoes and a simple salad.

If you’re looking to lighten up your pilafs, you might also like our cauliflower rice recipes in which this nutritious veggie becomes the rice.

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Cuban Brown Rice Bowl with Sweet Plantains

Cuban Brown Rice Bowl by Marco Borges

This dish is a personal favorite because it brings back so many great memories of my childhood. What’s not to love about black beans and rice? Oven-baked platanos maduros — sweet plantains — add an authentic touch. Plantains are a member of the banana family. They’re a great source of potassium and fiber, and they contain more vitamins than their cousins. You’ll love the delicious sweetness of these golden brown beauties. Adapted from The 22-Day Revolution Cookbook by Marco Borges, ©2016. Reprinted by arrangement with Penguin/Random House. more→

8 Classic Rice and Bean Dishes from Around the World

New Orleans Red Beans and Rice

It’s hard to think of a more classic combo than rice and beans. They’re easy to make, inexpensive, and filling. Most of these dishes are already vegan in their original form, the few that aren’t become completely plant-based, as presented here, with a simple omission or modification. If one had to choose a single truly characteristic dish of New Orleans, it would be hard to come up with one more renowned than Red Beans and Rice. Shown at top, this isn’t a dish to start when you come home from work at night! It’s not a lot of work, but needs time to simmer. It’s perfect to make on a rainy Sunday afternoon. more→

Peanut Rice and Tofu

Peanut Rice and Tofu

Combining brown rice, tofu, and peanuts in a simple main dish stir-fry, this is sure to become a mainstay in your repertoire if you enjoy these ingredients. Having the rice cooked ahead of time makes this a breeze. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

Easy Brown Rice with Mushrooms

Brown Rice with mushrooms

Vegetable broth, garlic, mushrooms, and a bit of scallion make this brown rice side dish a treat in its own right, and not just a bed of grain for other dishes. This serves 6 as a side dish. more→

Super-Easy Stuffed Green Bell Peppers

Stuffed green peppers by Laura Theodore

I first made these delicious peppers for a New Year’s Eve party and they were a huge hit! Featuring a meaty-tasting seitan and hearty brown rice stuffing, these beautiful bell peppers satiate omnivores and vegans alike. Ready for the oven in under 20 minutes, these six-ingredient wonders are equally ideal for a holiday party or weeknight supper. Recipe from Vegan-Ease: An Easy Guide to Enjoying a Plant-Based Diet. Published by Jazzy Vegetarian LLC, © 2015, reprinted by permission. Photos by David Kaplan.

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Brussels Sprouts Fried Rice

Brussels Sprouts Fried Rice from VWAV by Isa Moskowitz

I put Brussels sprouts in everything. Even fried rice is not safe from that little cruciferous flavor bomb! And until someone invents an even more awesome vegetable, I will continue to overuse them. Not that anyone is complaining. This version of fried rice is wonderfully aromatic with the addition of fresh herbs and scallions. And a small handful of pine nuts goes a long way to adding another decadent layer of flavor. You can top the dish with some gingery tofu, or toss in some browned tofu, if you’d like it to be an entrée. Or simply serve in addition to a bigger Thai-inspired spread. Recipe and photo from Vegan With a Vengeance: 10th Anniversary Edition* by Isa Chandra Moskowitz, ©2015. Published by Perseus Books, reprinted with permission.
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Warm Sushi Rice Bowls with Tofu Teriyaki

Sushi Rice bowls with tofu teriyaki

Crisp teriyaki-flavored tofu bites are perched atop nori-flecked sushi rice for an invigorating meal in a bowl. It’s a lively combination of cooked and raw ingredients. Recipe originally published in January 2015 Vegetarian Times. Photo courtesy of Vegetarian Times. more→

Baked Coconut Rice Pudding

Coconut rice pudding recipe

My kids have such a soft spot in their hearts for rice pudding that we sometimes have it for breakfast instead of dessert. This is a fun new flavor twist on an old-fashioned dessert. It will keep for several days refrigerated and is just as delicious served chilled.Reprinted with permission from Vegan Casseroles © 2014 by Julie Hasson, Running Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group.

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Spanish-Style Rice and Red Beans

Spanish Rice and Red Beans

A Spanish-inspired recipe, this dish of brown rice and red beans is a great for busy weeknights, when you want something easy and hearty. The key is to have the rice cooked ahead of time, but even if you don’t, it’s still not a daunting task. Briny olives perk up the mellow flavor of brown rice and beans. Serve a simple green salad or a platter of tomatoes and pineapple, or sliced seedless oranges. Delicious with garlic-sautéed greens. Recipe adapted from Plant Power by Nava Atlas; photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

Spanish Vegetable and Chickpea Paella

Chickpea Paella

Take a trip to Spain without the expensive airfare. Enjoy a generous portion of this vegetable and chickpea paella whenever you’re feeling wanderlust for España. This Spanish-inspired paella is the best of two worlds: Spanish and healthy cuisines. The onion, garlic, lemon, paprika and bell pepper pack tons of Mediterranean flavor into this dish. On the other hand, you avoid the excessive oil and seafood the original dish is known for. Recipe and photo from Cooking CROWS: Healthy Cooking with Corn Rice, Oats, and Wheat by Sara Binde. Reprinted by permission. more→

Gallo Pinto Especial

Gallo pinto recipe

Gallo Pinto is the national dish of Costa Rica, which is the first place I ate it. It was served at every hostel I stayed at, fresh for breakfast and available all day long. It translates to “speckled rooster,” supposedly called that because of color contrast of the beans mixed with the rice. Whatever the reason, it’s a simple dish of rice and beans that tastes damn good. This is my version, kicked up just a bit. Recipe contributed by Jason Wyrick from The Vegan Taste. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

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