Rice is Nice, for so Many Reasons

April 8th, 2019


We all love rice, and there are good reasons why! This naturally gluten-free grain is inexpensive, wildly versatile and can contribute to a nutrient-rich, meatless meal. When rice is paired with beans, for example, the dish becomes a complete protein. Pairing complementary foods, like rice and beans, is a great way to meet your plant-based nutritional needs (and, of course, satisfy your taste buds).

This Monday, try a meatless meal with rice, whether you choose brown, white, long grain, medium grain, short grain, sushi rice, sweet rice, Arborio, Jasmine or Basmati. A little-known rice fact? About 85% of all rice consumed in the U.S. is grown on American farmland, according to our friends at USA Rice. For you trivia folks out there: Arkansas is the no. 1 rice producing state, followed by California. Buying U.S.-grown rice supports American farmers, which is always a good thing!

Black Sesame Coconut Rice Pudding with Matcha Cream

We’re featuring something sweet for this week’s Meatless Monday recipe. This Black Sesame Coconut Rice Pudding with Matcha Cream uses U.S.-grown black japonica rice, which becomes almost chewy in this Japanese-inspired dessert pudding. Thanks to the FeedFeed and Phoebe Lapine of Feed Me Phoebe for sharing!

More Recipes with Rice

Rice is truly a jack-of-all-trades. Whether you want something sweet or something savory for breakfast, lunch or dinner this ingredient is an overachiever. Check out some other fantastic recipes from Think Rice below for some Meatless Monday inspiration.

Banana Sticky Rice


Spicy Vegan Burrito Bowls


Japonica Rice Salad

 


Meatless Brown Rice Jambalaya

 

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