Classic Rice Dishes
This delectable dish of black or wild rice, corn, and cranberries is a festive eyeful, but it’s too good to save for only special occasions, and too simple not to make for everyday meals. It makes a gorgeous holiday side dish, or, stuffed into small squashes, a great vegan main dish. Recipe from Vegan Holiday Kitchen by Nava Atlas. Photo by Susan Voisin.
Stuffed bell peppers are a favorite comfort dish, and it’s so easy to create vegan variations. Orzo, a tiny, rice-shape pasta, makes a nice filling, as does medium-grain brown rice. With the addition of green peas and fresh herbs, this makes a satisfying main dish. Photos by Rachael Braun.
Here’s a light and lilting rice side dish, inspired by an old New Orleans Creole recipe. It abounds with a symphony of citrus notes — orange juice, orange zest, and tiny orange sections. Adapted from Great American Vegetarian by Nava Atlas. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→
Here’s a simple brown rice dish that incorporates lots of fresh spinach. Using organic baby spinach is convenient, because it’s already cleaned and ready to go (though I usually give it a good rinse nonetheless). Scallions, fresh dill, and lemon juice add the finishing touch. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→
Wild rice, apples, and pecans just seem to belong together. The texture of this autumnal pilaf will invigorate your palate. This makes a great stuffing for squashes or peppers, as well as serving as a hearty side dish for 8 or more at the vegan Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner table. Thanks to Progressive International for providing their useful nut chopper (see our review) to embellish this scene! Photos by Evan Atlas. more→
Paella is a traditional Spanish rice dish cooked in a skillet, colored bright yellow by saffron, and filled with seafood. This vegan rendition focuses on veggies instead. It’s an easy dish to make, and the results are splendid. If saffron is hard to come by, this gives you the option of using turmeric instead. This goes well with a simple salad of mixed greens with orange sections, cucumber, and toasted almonds. In season, add a few slender asparagus stalks to the plate for a really gorgeous meal. For an even quicker version of veggie paella, see Quick Quinoa Paella. more→
This simple yet tasty and comforting combination rice and green peas is inspired by the Italian classic risi e bisi. Serve as a side dish with bean dishes or bean salads.
Brown rice is fine for a quick dinner, but the lovely color of black rice will make this dish extra special. Tempeh or baked tofu and peanuts add plenty of protein, and using a frozen Asian vegetable blend makes this super-quick as a weeknight meal. Recipe from The Oldways 4-Week Vegetarian & Vegan Diet Menu Plan, © 2014. Photos by Evan Atlas.
This simple dish of black beans served over rice has come to be known as a regional standard in Florida due to the popularization of black beans by the Cuban-American community. Once you have your cooked beans on hand, this preparation requires a minimum of effort. Photos by Evan Atlas.
Combining pasta with a grain is fairly common in Eastern European cuisines, as well as Middle Eastern. Here’s one such pilaf, combining rice and slender noodles, which makes for a simple and tasty side dish. Serve with plenty of green veggies, and a salad to which you add chickpeas or other beans, for a simple dinner menu. more→
Called arroz verde in its native language, Mexican green rice (spiked with chilis, cilantro, and lime) is a good side dish to serve with burritos, vegan quesadillas, and other Southwestern or Mexican specialties. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→
Traditionally, what makes Creole “dirty rice” dirty is the addition of fowl gizzards. Um, no thanks. Chopped eggplant, a Louisiana crop, takes its place in this super-satisfying veggie version. Not spicy in itself, but you can make it that way. That’s what Tabasco is for. Recipe contributed by Ellen Kanner. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→