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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.

Tom’s Plant-Based “Fried” Rice

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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…

This basic polenta recipe can be served soft and creamy, or allowed to set and be cut and used in any number of dishes. see recipe

Forbidden Rice Bowl with Quick-Pickled Cabbage

This vibrant, colorful forbidden rice bowl is a delight to behold and to dig into. Quick-pickling the cabbage is easy and adds…

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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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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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Five-Spice Stir-Fry

Chinese five-spice powder brings deep flavor to this vibrant veggie medley. We opted for hot cooked quinoa in this stir-fry to mix…

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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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Instant Pot Spanish Quinoa

A chopped vegetable medley turns a pot of quinoa into a hearty Spanish-style pilaf. Cooking the recipe in the Instant Pot (or…

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Caribbean Rice

The combination of butternut squash, curry spices, brown and wild rice, and chard gives this dish a unique taste and lots of…

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Rye and Wheat Berries with Celery and Apples

Tender, chewy wheat berries mingle with crunchy celery and sweet apples and raisins in this refreshing side dish. This recipe can be…

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Easy Turmeric Eggplant Curry

Eggplants shine like the superstars they are in this really simple dish. Great for those new to curries, this foolproof recipe couldn’t…

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Burrito Bowl

This is our latest favorite meal, often enjoyed outside on our deck on a warm evening. I vary the beans, and also…

This is our latest favorite meal, enjoyed outside on our deck on a warm evening. Eaten warm or cold, this simple burrito bowl is a tasty, satisfying treat! see recipe