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.

Couscous Bowls

This satisfying meal is equally good made with traditional couscous or the larger, pearl-sized Israeli couscous. Feel free to experiment with whatever…

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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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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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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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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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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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Green Beans and Potatoes with Mustard Vinaigrette

Slender petite whole green beans make a beautiful presentation when you serve this medley on a platter. Note that this recipe calls…

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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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Vegan Sopes with Beans and Corn

Here’s a healthy convenience-food twist on a Mexican favorite. Sliced tube-style polenta fills in for thick, tortilla-like base that’s traditionally made with…

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Polenta Pizza Pie

This polenta-based “pizza pie” is a fresh, delicious mash-up of a casserole and a pizza. It’s a fun take on a classic party dish….

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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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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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