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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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Quinoa with Corn and Scallions

Quinoa pilaf with corn and scallions recipe

Quinoa and corn, embellished with lots of scallion, makes a simple and tasty side dish for everyday meals. What’s not to love about quinoa? It’s a powerhouse of nutrients, it cooks in 15 minutes, and its pleasantly offbeat flavor is most appealing. I try to use it often, and this quick preparation is the one I turn to often. It goes with just about anything and is also a nice stuffing for small pre-baked squashes like golden acorn. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

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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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Quinoa with Cauliflower, Cranberries, and Nuts

Quinoa and cauliflower pilaf

This pilaf combines two companionable ingredients—cauliflower and quinoa. If you can plan ahead, having cooked quinoa and chopped cauliflower makes this dish a breeze to put together. Serve with a simple bean or lentil dish and a colorful salad. This serves 6 as a side dish, fewer if used as a main dish. more→

Lemony Bulgur with Green Beans and Walnuts

Lemony bulgur with green beans and walnuts

Filling and hearty, the lemony flavor and the slender green beans give this bulgur dish a fresh flavor. It’s ideal to make when fresh slender green beans are on the market. That’s quite a fleeting moment, so feel free to substitute whole organic baby green beans when good fresh ones are unavailable. Serve with a colorful salad and some corn on the cob for a simple meal. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.  more→

Asian-Flavored Quinoa Wraps

Asian flavored quinoa wraps

Once you have the cooked quinoa on hand, these delectable Asian-flavored wraps come together very quickly. Photos by Rachael Braun. Recipe contributed by Wendy Polisi, reprinted from Cooking Quinoa.  more→

Barley Salad With Fresh Corn and Peas

Barley and fresh corn salad

Barley and fresh corn are a companionable duo in this simple and hearty cold dish that’s great for everyday meals or potlucks. To complete the meal, serve with a simple cold bean dish such as those featured in Bean Salads. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.  more→

Quinoa, Broccoli, and Vegan Cheese Casserole

Quinoa, Broccoli, and Vegan Cheese casserole

This easy casserole of quinoa, broccoli, and vegan cheese makes for a dish that’s both nourishing and comforting. Serve with baked sweet potatoes (start the sweet potatoes in the oven about 45 minutes before starting to bake the casserole) and a salad of dark greens and ripe tomatoes. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

Red Quinoa Pilaf with Kale and Corn

red quinoa pilaf with kale and corn

I love recipes that are impressive enough to serve guests, yet easy enough to make as an everyday dish. In Vegan Holiday Kitchen, this recipe is offered as a Thanksgiving side dish; it’s so hearty that the addition of a cup or two of  beans (yummy with black beans), can make it plentiful entree. Or, to dress it up even more, use it to stuff small squashes like golden acorn or delicata. Can’t find red quinoa? Regular is fine; it will taste just as good, even if it won’t be as photogenic. Photo by Susan Voisin.
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