Vegetarian Grain Main Dish Recipes

Include more grains like rice, farro, barley, and quinoa on your plate with over 380 trusted vegetarian grain main dish recipes.

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Shiitake and Baby Bella Mushroom Risotto

Rating: 4.6 stars
This risotto is extremely good. I like using fresh shiitakes because they give the rice a nice texture.

Homemade Cereal

Rating: 4.65 stars
My mother-in-law has made this wonderful granola cereal recipe for years. It's so flexible, and so much cheaper (and better) than the store-bought granola.

Vegetarian Bibimbap

Rating: 4.51 stars
I created this recipe from looking at a few different ones online and choosing my favorite aspects of each. This is vegetarian but there are many bibimbap recipes with beef or chicken marinades, if you want to add beef or chicken to this dish.

Fried Rice Bowl

Rating: 4.59 stars
My husband is Chinese and I am Western. Between the two of us we came up with this recipe for fried rice that is actually a meal in a bowl. Now all my Chinese relatives make it this way and our Western friends have asked us to teach them how it is made. Optional ingredients include meat, salted fermented black beans, cashews, and chili oil. I can do this dish in well under half an hour, and that includes all the chopping. This dish is good for colds, depression, writer's block, stubbed toes, insomnia, heartbreak, religious crises and general crankiness. It can change your life. Yum.

Asparagus Cashew Rice Pilaf

Rating: 4.55 stars
This is an adaptation of an old Armenian recipe, and this variation is so delicious I can't stop eating it. It's a great way to stretch expensive seasonal asparagus and pricey cashews. It's great as a side dish or as a vegetarian entree.

Emerald Green Risotto

Rating: 4.47 stars
My husband and I love risotto, but also prefer to eat healthily, so we came up with this compromise between the two. We use homemade stock to keep the fat and salt down. This recipe can easily be made vegetarian or vegan by using veggie stock and leaving out the cheese.

Brown Rice, Broccoli, Cheese and Walnut Surprise

Rating: 4.47 stars
This recipe was born one night when I didn't have too much to do. I guess the only surprise about it is that it tastes so good!

Rice and Raisin Breakfast Pudding

Rating: 4.43 stars
A good use for leftover rice. Can be served hot or cold.

Barley Bake

Rating: 4.42 stars
Easy and good dish for potlucks. The pine nuts make all the difference! The mushrooms are optional. Garnish with fresh parsley.

Mexican Rice Pilaf

Rating: 4.4 stars
This is a nice, spicy rice dish.

Stir Fried Sesame Vegetables with Rice

Rating: 4.47 stars
In this dish, the peanut oil is preferable to the vegetable oil, as the flavor of the peanut oil adds a really nice nutty flavor.

Best Buckwheat Pancakes

Rating: 4.33 stars
These are delicious buckwheat pancakes that taste great with some butter and syrup or jam.

Inspiration and Ideas

Black Beans and Rice
Rating: Unrated
The perfect meal! Preparation Time: 20 minutes. This recipe is from The WEBB Cooks, articles and recipes by Robyn Webb, courtesy of the American Diabetes Association.
Vegetarian Mexican Inspired Stuffed Peppers
Rating: Unrated
I created this so it's not too spicy, but is packed with flavor. My kids loved it! For variety, add corn or other vegetables or switch to other chopped tomato varieties (chiles, jalapenos, etc.). Follow the boiling method prior to baking if you don't want a crispy bell pepper. If you have small peppers, use more of them for this recipe. They taste great with a dollop of sour cream on top.

Quinoa Black Bean Burgers

Rating: 4.7 stars

These vegetarian burgers are delicious! Your carnivorous friends will be impressed. My favorite way to serve is on a whole-wheat bun with garlic-lemon mayonnaise, fresh raw spinach, sliced tomato, and caramelized onions!