Classic Rice Dishes

Chinese-Style Vegetable Fried Rice

Chinese vegetable fried rice

Chinese-style vegetable fried rice is an easy and tasty side dish to serve with Asian-style vegetable and tofu dishes. It’s a great way to use up leftover brown rice, too. On the rare occasions when my family gets Chinese take-out, there’s always a lot of leftover rice, and this is usually the way it gets repurposed!

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Chai Rice Pudding

Chai Rice Pudding from Tess Masters' Blender Girl

If the world were ending, I might just whip up this decadent treat as my finale. A rice pudding that you don’t have to stir for an hour? Now that makes me weak in the knees. Other reasons to swoon over this dessert: the incredible creaminess and the delicate blend of spices that sing in perfect harmony with the apples, raisins, and maple syrup. Reprinted with permission from The Blender Girlby Tess Masters, © 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Random House LLC. Photography © 2014 by Anson Smart. more→

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→

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→

Vegan Jambalaya

Vegan Jambalaya

Spicy bits of vegan sausage lend an authentic flair to this simple vegan take on Jambalaya, a Creole-Cajun classic. Serve with any type of coleslaw and fresh corn bread for a hearty, satisfying dinner. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

Ginger Coconut Rice

Ginger Coconut Rice

This simple brown rice side dish is embellished with coconut milk, garlic, and ginger. It goes well with bean dishes and vegetable curries. Do try using brown Basmati or an exotic rice blend for a more aromatic and visually appealing dish. Photos by Rachael Braun. more→

Fragrant Brown Basmati Rice and Cashew Pilaf

Cashew Basmati Rice Pilaf

This simple rice and cashew pilaf recipe highlights the aroma and flavor of brown Basmati rice, which you can find in supermarkets (a domestic variety is called Texmati) as well as specialty and natural foods stores. This tasty side dish can enhance many kinds of meals. It’s especially good with vegetable curries. Photos by Rachael Braun. more→

Brown Rice and White Beans with Shiitakes and Spinach

Spinach Brown Rice 2 Robin Robertson

This homey pilaf is infinitely versatile. Instead of rice, you can make it with quinoa, wheat berries, or bulgur. You can also swap out the white beans for cooked lentils, black-eyed peas, or chopped seitan. Or add some heat with a minced jalapeño chile. Recipe from One-Dish Vegan © 2013 by Robin Robertson. Reprinted by permission of The Harvard Common Press.

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Rice-Stuffed Delicata Squashes

Rice-suffed delicata squashes

My husband certainly has a way with his vegetable garden. Each year there’s one or another crop that becomes, to put it politely, overabundant. The first year, it was tomatoes. The phrase, “too many tomatoes” was particularly resonant for me, as my overindulgence triggered an allergy (fortunately, temporary) resulting in itchy hives. The following year, the culprit was Swiss chard. Though mildly annoying at the time, my bewilderment over what to do with this profusion of greens led to my writing a book (my latest, Wild About Greens) on leafy greens of all sorts.

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Gingery Rice with Sweet Potatoes and Peas

Gingery rice with sweet potatoes and peas

I came across a classic Thai dish that combines white rice with white potatoes, and though it sounds too starchy, the seasonings and embellishments sounded appealing. So I took the general idea of this recipe and revved it up to include the two main ingredients’ more nourishing counterparts—brown rice and sweet potatoes. This may sound like an offbeat combination, but really, it works! It’s like sunshine on the dinner plate. You can also substitute quinoa or any other favorite grain for the rice. Serve with a simple tofu, tempeh, or bean dish and a salad. Adapted from Vegan Express.

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Nutty Wild Rice and Mushroom Pilaf

Wild Rice and Mushroom Pilaf

Rich with nutty, invigorating flavors, this earthy wild rice and mushroom pilaf is good served warm or at room temperature. It’s a perfect side dish for the Thanksgiving or Christmas table, though you need not wait for a special occasion to enjoy it. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

Thai Pineapple Stir-Fried Rice

Thai pineapple rice

Colorful and luscious, this Thai restaurant classic can be made easily at home, using brown rice, pineapple, and veggies like broccoli, bell peppers, and carrots. When fresh pineapple is in season and reasonably priced, do try this with the fresh fruit! Adapted from Vegan Express. Photo by Susan Voisin. more→

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