Who doesn’t love quinoa? I particularly love the red version – you can combine red, black and white for a wonderful look. Such a wonderful ancient seed – not really a grain, but you can use it as such. Quinoa is an ancient seed (not really a grain) from the Inca civilization. It’s a complete protein and contains more than other grains. Reprinted with permission from There’s a Vegan in the Kitchen: Viva la Vegan’s Easy and Tasty Plant-Based Recipes* by Leigh-Chantelle from Viva la Vegan! copyright © 2014. Published by Epicentre Equilibrium. more→
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→
Paella is a Spanish pilaf traditionally made with white rice and seafood. We’ll do away with the seafood here, of course, and since we’re dispensing with tradition, let’s do away with white rice as well. Using nutritious and quick-cooking quinoa instead, you can have a colorful meal in about thirty minutes. This goes well with Spinach, Orange, and Red Cabbage Salad. Recipe from Plant Power: Transform Your Kitchen, Plate, and Life with More Than 150 Fresh and Flavorful Vegan Recipes by Nava Atlas. ©2014, published by HarperOne, reprinted by permission. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.
Seriously—who needs fake meat when you can make hearty, beautifully textured dishes using grains and beans? This serves up deliciously on rolls, but if you’re not a bread person, you can serve the mixture in a lettuce-leaf cup or atop a corn tortilla. Serve with baked potatoes or sweet potatoes and any slaw-style salad. Fresh corn on the cob when in season is a great addition as well. Recipe from Plant Power: Transform Your Kitchen, Plate, and Life with More Than 150 Fresh and Flavorful Vegan Recipes by Nava Atlas. ©2014, published by HarperOne, reprinted by permission. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.
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 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.
Wild rice makes an earthy, nutty backdrop for a salad. The “confetti” in this salad are bits of corn, carrot, and other colorful veggies. This is a hearty salad for any time of year, and is great for picnics and potlucks. more→
This quinoa salad keeps things very simple, highlighting this nutty grain in tandem with lots of delicious fresh asparagus. It’s a lot like tabbouli, but with a springtime touch. more→
This is a fun power bowl recipe that will keep your energy high for hours. Miso is a fermented food that aids in digestion and adds a wonderful umami flavor to foods. If you are new to miso, Orange-Maple Miso Dressing is a great way to incorporate it into your diet. Gluten-free, nut-free, refined sugar–free, soy-free option! Recipe and photo from The Oh She Glows Cookbook* by Angela Liddon. more→
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!
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 Girl* by Tess Masters, © 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Random House LLC. Photography © 2014 by Anson Smart. more→
Earthy and hearty, this combination of quinoa, tender squashed and mushrooms can be served any time of year. Serve with Avocado and Pinto Bean Salad or a big colorful salad to which you add your favorite beans. and some stone-ground tortilla chips. Photos by Rachael Braun.