Rice is pretty much good in any way you make it. In pilaf, rice is cooked in broth rather than water. It’s a yummy way to change up the way you’re including rice and meals. Best of all, it’s quick and easy. Pilaf isn’t complicated despite its fancy name. You don’t even necessarily have to use rice in the pilaf recipe as some of the unique recipes below will show you. Switch up your usual meals with these quick and easy vegan pilaf recipes from the Food Monster App.
1. Vegetable Pilaf Bowl with Creamy Turmeric Dressing
Pilaf is the term used for rice cooked in seasoned broth. The rice is typically sautéed in oil before the spices and broth are added. The vegetables in this Vegetable Pilaf Bowl with Creamy Turmeric Dressing by Sapana Chandra give the pilaf texture, nutrients, and flavor. This is a great potluck dish, as it tastes delicious both warm and at room temperature.
2. Curried Cauliflower Rice Pilaf
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Cauliflower rice is a wonderful grain-free alternative to rice that is lighter, more nutritious, and just as delicious! While you can definitely enjoy cauliflower rice plain, this Curried Cauliflower Rice Pilaf by Lisa Lotts only gets more delectable with more seasoning. This particular recipe uses Indian spices like turmeric, curry powder, and cilantro, as well as some popular Indian garnishes like golden raisins and toasted almonds. Yum!
3. Stuffed Acorn Squash with Bulgur Pilaf
Stuffed Acorn Squash with Bulgur Pilaf – hearty, creamy, sweet and savory – this dish by Viktoria Radichkova tastes like fall, and it looks the part. Serve it as a festive side on Thanksgiving, or a main meal!
4. Moroccan Millet Pilaf
Source: Moroccan Millet Pilaf
This is a quick, simple, and most importantly, delicious, Moroccan Millet Pilaf that you can make in just one pot! Not only is it colorful to add to your dinner spread, it is also so savory and scrumptious. You will not be able to get enough after the first bite. Make this recipe by Molly Patrick for your in-laws, your kids, your friends, anyone!
5. Quinoa Pilaf with Spicy Tempeh and Broccoli
Quinoa served with spicy and delicious tempeh and broccoli is a filling and delicious meal for any time. In this Quinoa Pilaf with Spicy Tempeh and Broccoli by Pavani Nandula, fluffy quinoa pilaf is topped with tempeh and broccoli making it a protein and flavor packed.
6. Jackfruit Pilaf With Herbed Basmati Rice
This fragrant Jackfruit Pilaf With Herbed Basmati Rice by Pallavi Gupta is made by cooking jackfruit with a complex, flavorful blend of spices and mixing it with basmati rice in a clay pot. When you cook rice in a clay pot it sucks all the earthy flavors from the pot and releases it into the rice …. also its fancy to cook in a clay pot. The preparation is pretty simple – clay pot or not, you just need a few ingredients, and the star of the recipe remains to be the jackfruit. Serve this pilaf as it is with a sprinkle of some chopped fresh mint leaves and toasted almonds or make it as a special rice preparation to accompany other dishes on the dinner table.
7. Wild Rice Pilaf With Butternut Squash, Cranberries, and Pecans
You must try this delicious Wild Rice Pilaf With Butternut Squash, Cranberries, and Pecans by Cathy Elton.
8. Stuffed Squash With Quinoa Pilaf
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Pump up your servings of fruits, vegetables, and grains with these quinoa pilaf stuffed squash! It’s a meal that is savory, sweet, and umami all in one. This Stuffed Squash With Quinoa Pilaf by Karen Sheer makes for a wonderful side or entrée for the holidays.
9. Romanian Vegetable Pilaf
Source: Romanian Vegetable Pilaf
A traditional Romanian fasting dish to be eaten anytime of the year. This Romanian Vegetable Pilaf recipe by Adina Beck is so simple that you can swap out the veggies and spices for whatever you have on hand. The combination suggested makes for a filling, colorful, and nutrient-diverse dish perfect to make in bulk.
10. Roasted Acorn Squash Stuffed With Quinoa Mushroom Pilaf
This Roasted Acorn Squash Stuffed With Quinoa Mushroom Pilaf by Jeanette Chen is such a versatile recipe – you can add your favorite ingredients for stuffing, such as chestnuts or butternut squash. Even some lentils would be nice to add a bit of protein. Not only can this be enjoyed as a main course by your vegan friends, but non-vegans will want a spoonful of this too. They might even take a scoop of it instead of more stuffing, and feel better for it…more room for pumpkin pie.
11. Moroccan Pilaf Stuffed Squash
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This savory Moroccan Pilaf Stuffed Squash by Emily Brees will soon become one of your favorites! Seasoned with fresh ginger, dashes of Ras al Hanout and Za’atar and topped with harissa and kefir, the flavors are heartwarming and exotic. Stuff it into some tender, brightly hued squash for a lovely and seasonal dish!
12. Iranian Jeweled Basmati Rice Pilaf
This Iranian Jeweled Basmati Rice Pilaf by Tori Cooper is a Iranian jeweled rice is a dish full of flavor, with saffron, cinnamon, and turmeric spiced rice, crunchy almonds and pistachios, orange zest, and plenty of dried fruit. One of the best parts about this rice is what happens in the last few minutes. Let the rice on the bottom of the pan get all golden brown and crispy, while watching carefully not to burn it, then flip it onto the top of the pile right before serving. This gives it a crisp texture and toasty flavor. Of course, after that, you have to top it all off with plenty of extra “jewels” to garnish which makes it look all vibrant and inviting when you plate it.
13. Coconut Basil Curry and Turmeric Pilaf
There’s something super comforting about a dish based on a bed of rice. Especially gorgeous golden rice, colored by fresh turmeric. Add a delicious coconut curry to the mix and some fresh basil, and you’ve got yourself a fragrant, inviting dinner, you will enjoy making just as much as you enjoy eating. Try this Coconut Basil Curry and Turmeric Pilaf by Cruelty Free Family.
14. Turmeric Oats and Chickpeas Pilaf
15. Vegetable Coconut Amaranth Pilaf
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This savory Vegetable Coconut Amaranth Pilaf is hearty, delicious, and aromatic. The grains supply energy for long days, the fresh vegetables give the dish some added nutrition, and the coconut adds some extra flavor. Add this sticky pilaf as a side dish to your next chik’n cutlet dinner.
If you enjoy these vegan pilaf recipes, you should also try these 15 Indian Rice Recipes For A Hearty and Delicious Meal, Take a Break From Rice With These 10 Orzo Recipes, and 15 Healthy and Soothing Rice-Based Recipes.
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