Amazing Grains

Whole grains—such as brown rice, barley, millet, oats, quinoa, and wheat berries—serve as the hearty centerpiece in these nourishing recipes. Featuring rice-based casseroles, Instant Pot pilafs, creamy risottos, Buddha bowls, and more, these satisfying vegan recipes use grains as a vehicle for soaking up all kinds of rich flavors. Grains are easy to batch-cook: Make a big pot of grains to use in several different recipes throughout the week.

Roasted Cauliflower and Quinoa Casserole

This easy, cozy casserole melds tender quinoa with roasted cauliflower, green peas, and a zesty marinara sauce.

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Ethiopian Wild Rice Pilaf

Berbere, a spice used in Ethiopian cooking, resembles the spice garam masala from India. It is an unusual blend of spices such…

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Curried Chickpeas and Farro with Strawberry Chutney

Sweet and savory notes hit a perfect harmony in this Indian-inspired dish. If you have any leftover jammy chutney, transfer it to…

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Tom’s “Fried” Rice

My friend Jake was unable to obtain a standard life insurance policy because he was overweight, and at a high risk for…

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No-Fry Fried Rice

Yum! I love this oil-free, vegan, fried rice dish. Top with cilantro and fresh chile and you are good to go! Sometimes…

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Farro, Mushroom, and Leek Gratin

This hearty casserole has all the flavors of holiday dressing. With its creamy sauce, chewy farro, and crispy topping, this gratin is…

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Polenta with Black Beans and Mango Salsa

Cooked polenta packaged in rolls makes an easy base for this and other dishes. Look for polenta that is fat-free and contains…

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Jabba the Hutt Shepherd’s Pie

This delicious vegan shepherd’s pie is going to leave you in awe! And if you’re a Star Wars fan or live with…

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Italian Roasted Vegetable and Wheat Berry Buddha Bowl

All the best ingredients in Italian cooking come together in this satisfying vegan Buddha bowl. The base of the meal is wheat…

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Basic Polenta

Also known as mush, or gruel, this grain dish was once considered peasant food, but it has enjoyed a popular resurgence in…

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Brown Rice Breakfast Pudding

My mom used to serve a version of this for breakfast—cooked with milk, sugar, and a hint of cinnamon. It is still…

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Green Chile Rice with Black Beans

Black beans are not usually added to this popular Mexican rice dish, but their addition makes it into a one-pot meal. Use…

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