Rice is a popular grain used in most cuisines and cultures. Rice dishes are soothing and comforting. There are also various types of rice: jasmine, basmati, brown, white, black, wild, etc. We know that pretty much everyone loves it. That’s why we put together a list of 15 healthy rice-based recipes from our Food Monster App.



1. Pumpkin Puree Sage Risotto

Pumpkin puree sage risotto

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Kristina Jug and Mitja Bezensek‘s creamy vegan Pumpkin Puree Sage Risotto is the perfect meal on a rainy day. It’s also easy and gluten-free!

2. Slow Cooker Shiitake Congee (Rice Porridge)

Shiitake congee (rice pudding)

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The base for this Shiitake Congee from The Vegan Slow Cooker gets most of its flavor from the mushrooms, but it’s actually a plain congee that’s dressed up by the toppings that you choose. This is a great get-well-fast soup and is gentle on your stomach. You can serve with soy sauce, sesame oil, and cilantro.


3. Thanksgiving-Inspired Rice

Thanksgiving-Inspired Rice

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With this delicious Thanksgiving-Inspired Rice recipe from Back to the Cutting Board, it can be the holidays whenever you want it to be! Nutty brown rice, sweet corn, tart dried cranberries, and zesty citrus flavors all come together to create a special occasion dish that’s worth celebrating.

4. Brown Rice Casserole with Curry Butternut Squash

Brown rice casserole with curry butternut squash

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A twist on classic comfort food, Elaine Lander‘s vegan rice casserole includes butternut squash, chickpeas and baby spinach. Warm curry powder seasons this hearty gluten-free dinner.


5. Spicy Chipotle Rice and Beans

Spicy chipotle rice and beans

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If you love rice and beans, you need to have Kristen Genton‘s recipe in your recipe book on hand at all times! It’s not just your typical beans and rice, it adds loads of flavor for not that much more work. This will definitely jazz up your weekly beans and rice kick. It’s great on its own, but in tacos or burritos it would shine!


6. Asparagus Risotto

Asparagus risotto

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Kristina Jug and Mitja Bezensek‘s vegan Asparagus Risotto is a healthy and easy dinner your whole family will love.

7. Cauliflower Biryani With Tomato Cucumber Raita

Cauliflower biryani

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Pleasantly spicy and full of flavor, Alenoosh Matakupan‘s Cauliflower Biryani is a real crowd-pleaser. The flavors of cumin, turmeric, chili powder, and more delicately combined with rice and vegetables make an aromatic combination that is hard to resist. It pairs perfectly with the creamy, cooling tomato cucumber raita.


8. Gujarati Khichdi: Indian Rice and Lentils

Gujarati Khichdi

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Khichdi is a dish popular throughout Indian, Pakistan, and Nepal. Typically made with mung beans, Pavani Nandula‘s Gujarati Khichdi recipe uses pigeon peas instead, but is also loaded with rice, vegetables, and plenty of flavor. It has a mix of all different spices and fried onions for a sweet, but savory taste.

9. Raw Mushroom Soup With Turmeric Rice

Raw mushroom soup with turmeric rice

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This is a rustic soup by Marta Ansaldo and Mimma Sangiorgio made from raw Brown mushrooms that are puréed with boiling vegetable broth. Serve each bowl alongside brown rice cooked with a pinch of turmeric to make it more nutritious and hearty. Make this recipe today to create a soup that celebrates the unique umami flavor of mushrooms.

10. Forbidden Black Rice and Tahini Buddha Bowl

Black rice bowl buddha bowl

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Shanna Laychuk‘s colorful “Buddha” bowls are a great way to introduce more veggies into your diet. While there are many different components –artichokes, rice, broccoli, bok choy — they can all be cooked simultaneously, making this an excellent nutrient-dense choice for lunch that provides protein, healthy fats, and a hearty grain, without taking forever to cook. Drizzle these bowls with tahini to add a nutty flavor.

11. Kitchari

Vegan Kitchari

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This is very tasty and easy to digest dish by Nikki and Zuzana, excellent food choice when recovering from illness, for strength and general health. Kitchari is a wonderful choice whenever you need a lift or feel like nurturing yourself and friends.

12. Gentle Morning Kitchari

Vegan gentle Kitchari

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Kitchari is a gently spiced rice and lentil dish that holds a cherished place in Indian cooking. Also known as khichdi, the dish varies from region to region, but it’s nearly always a combination of basmati rice and dal (dried split peas or lentils, which can be found at Indian grocers or well-stocked health foods stores). Make this recipe by Power Plates. White basmati or long-grain rice will yield the best results, but if you don’t have either on hand, quinoa is a good substitute.

13. Instant Pot Green Kitchari

Instant pot green kitchari

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Kitchari is an Indian Ayurvedic dish that is used primarily during healing fasts and during and after illness, but can be eaten anytime. It is very easy to digest, comforting and most of all, flavorful. Rachel Carr‘s recipe is spiced with ginger, healing turmeric, cumin, and coriander, but the hidden star of the spice mixture is fenugreek! If you can get it, you should definitely try it!

14. Green Thai Curry Rice Bowl

Green Thai curry rice bowl

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The best thing about veggie bowls is that you can throw about anything in them and they easily create a filling and satiating meal. They are ideal for weekday lunches and are easy to meal prep! Parsley Vegan‘s Green Thai Curry Rice Bowl has pretty simple ingredients you may even already have on hand! Make a large batch of brown rice, and meal prep for a yummy, fiber-packed lunch on the go!

15. Simple Veggie Fried Rice

Easy Veggie fried rice

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Christina Bedetta‘s Simple Veggie Fried Rice has crumbled tofu to act as eggs would, and the result is exactly what you’d hope for! The bottom line- Vegan fried rice (especially homemade) is just as (or even more!) delicious as its non-vegan counterparts.

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Lead Image Source: Green Thai Curry Rice Bowl