Hearty, Healthy Grain Dishes

Buckwheat Groats (Kasha) with Fine Noodles and Vegetables

Kasha with Noodles and Veggies

Buckwheat groats, or kasha, lend an invigorating texture and distinctive flavor to this enticing grain dish. Featuring colorful and crunchy veggies, think of this as a more colorful and contemporary version of kasha varnishkes. It’s a nice choice for a main dish for vegans at the Jewish New Year table, and a side dish for everyone else. Photos by Evan Atlas.


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Bulgur and Sweet Potato Pilaf

Bulgur with sweet potatoes

This attractive dish has a subtle sweet flavor and the crunch of toasted walnuts. Double this recipe for a great winter holiday grain dish—it’s perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners. Recipe adapted from Vicki’s Vegan Kitchen by Vicki Chelf ©2011, Square One Publishing, reprinted by permission.  more→

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.

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Bulgur with Fine Noodles

Bulgur with Fine Noodles

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, though it can be served year round. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

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→

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