Grain Side Dish Recipes

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Green Rice with Green Chiles

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Rice cooked with green chiles, cilantro, and tomatillos. Goes great with fajitas.

Spicy Quinoa and Spinach Pulao (Pilaf)

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This spicy quinoa pulao with Indian flavors is made with quinoa rather than rice for added protein!

Spanish Farro

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I learned how to make Spanish rice at a Mexican restaurant where I worked part-time years ago. Here, we're substituting the 'ancient' grain of farro for the rice, and I think it's even easier to cook perfectly than rice.
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Buckwheat Cereal with Mushrooms and Onions

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Buckwheat is a healthy side dish containing all 9 of the essential amino acids. It's very popular in Europe. Buckwheat is gluten free, as it's not a grain. This recipe is not as quick as a plain basic way to cook buckwheat, but it's so worth it and smells and tastes so good. Serve hot with a small piece of butter on top.

Gourmet Wasabi Grits

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My budding gourmet chef husband invented this one morning as a perfect side to his wonderful Lump Crab Meat Swiss Cheese Omelets! Can't wait to serve it to dinner guests with a nice piece of Marinated Steel Head Salmon and steamed Asparagus!

Barley Risotto Primavera

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Easy to make and bursting with flavor, this risotto uses barley instead of rice for an extra nutritional punch. This is a hearty and filling meat-free alternative to the usual skillet meals.

Rhubarb Wild Rice Pilaf

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A new way to use rhubarb, it plays off the nutty flavor of wild rice. This makes an attractive, unexpected side for fish or poultry. It has become a requested holiday dish in our family.

Best Buckwheat Salad

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Delicious and nutritious.

Best Spanish Rice

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The combination of picante sauce and chicken broth makes this easy recipe very tasty!

Mexican Rice II

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This is a wonderful side dish for any Mexican dinner.

How to Make Perfect Polenta

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Polenta is nothing more than coarsely ground cornmeal. The classic ratio is 1 part polenta to 4 parts water, but I like to measure the polenta just a little scant of a full cup. I often use chicken broth instead of water. It's a perfect base for any kind of saucy meat or mushroom ragout.
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Asian Coconut Rice

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I tried so many different ways to duplicate my favorite restaurant's coconut rice after they went out of business. This one is perfect! Garnish with toasted coconut and chopped cilantro if you like.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Farro Salad with Asparagus and Parmesan

"Perfect side dish—we served it with grilled chicken. Oh, and it makes a ton, so I have plenty to bring for lunches during the week." – Doughgirl8

Curried Quinoa

"Loved this recipe! Made it in the rice cooker." – Brant Caissie

Sausage and Peppers over Creamy Parmesan Polenta

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A delicious medley of hot Italian sausage and peppers is spooned over creamy Parmesan polenta in this satisfying weeknight recipe.