Vegetarian Dish

25 Healthy Rice Recipes

Vegetarian main dish rice recipes are a great way to get your nutrients in. Vegetarians have plenty of options for filling meals, but they can also find some tasty dishes that are easy to make and don't require much cooking experience.
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25 Healthy Rice Recipes

These easy recipes will make you excited to cook (and excited to eat) rice! With curries, sushi, bowls, and more, we’ve got rice recipes for everyone.

Rice recipes

How to Cook Brown Rice All the best rice recipes start with one thing: fluffy, tender rice. This guide will teach you how to cook perfect brown rice every time, no rice cooker needed!

Brown rice in a pot

How to Cook White Rice Learn how to cook any variety of white rice to add to your favorite rice recipes! Whether it’s short grain or long grain, basmati rice or jasmine, it’ll come out light and fluffy every time.

White rice in a bowl

Cilantro Lime Rice Move over, Chipotle! With this 7-ingredient recipe, we can make zesty, bright cilantro lime rice at home. Serve it as a side dish with Asian or Mexican-inspired recipes, stuff it into a burrito, or use it as the base of a homemade burrito bowl.

Cilantro Lime Rice

Rice Pilaf with Pomegranate Arils The best part of this recipe is the dressing – it’s a fragrant, zesty mix of citrus juices, olive oil, and warm spices. Beyond that, feel to make this rice salad your own! Top it with dried fruit instead of pomegranates, swap your favorite nut for the pistachios, or add a handful of roasted chickpeas for extra protein.

Curries, Soups, and Stews

Rice pilaf

Easy Coconut Curry Warm rice is the perfect side dish for this quick and easy weeknight curry. The spiced coconut broth seeps into the rice, infusing it with bold flavor.

Coconut curry with rice

Chana Masala My chana masala recipe is far from authentic – I use a simplified list of spices and stir in a big handful of fresh spinach. Still, it’s hearty, comforting, and brimming with flavor. Best of all, it’s ready in 30 minutes flat.

Chana Masala

Creamy Wild Rice Soup When I’m craving something that’s comforting, yet nourishing, I make this wild rice soup. The nutty rice, loads of veggies, and a lightly creamy, savory broth make it equal parts cozy and fresh.

Wild Rice Soup

Coconut Soup with Sweet Potatoes and Kale, page 85 of Love and Lemons Every Day A scoop of piping hot jasmine rice perfects this zesty, creamy coconut soup. If you can’t find lemongrass, skip it, or add 2 tablespoons extra lime zest in its place.

Burritos and Wraps

Sweet Potato Coconut Soup

Collard Green Wraps Looking for a fun, veggie-centric meal? Blanch a big collard leaf and stuff it like a burrito! I like to load mine up with brown rice, black beans, roasted sweet potatoes, fajita veggies, and chipotle sauce, but you do you.

Collard Green Burritos

Broccoli Rice Black Bean Burritos, page 149 of Love and Lemons Every Day We’re all crazy for cauliflower rice, but I’m here to tell you that broccoli rice deserves just as much love. Mix this vibrant veggie rice with regular rice for texture and load it into burritos or bowls with avocado, black beans, pico de gallo, and a sprinkle of cheese.

Sushi

broccoli rice burrito

Avocado Cucumber Sushi Roll If you’ve never rolled your own sushi, don’t let it intimidate you! It’s really fun, and even if your rolls don’t look perfect, they’ll still taste delicious. Make this simple sushi recipe with avocado and cucumber, or try adding mango for an unexpected sweet twist.

Brown rice sushi

Maki Sushi Stuffed with roasted shiitakes, avocado, cabbage, and cucumber, this veggie sushi is savory, creamy, crunchy, and fresh. I’d happily devour it plain (it’s that good!), but a super-fresh, super-simple carrot ginger dipping sauce really takes it over the top.

Veggie Maki Sushi

Nori Wraps These little nori wraps deliver the best parts of sushi (sweet/tangy rice, fresh flavor, and all the spicy mayo) with half the work. Just pile squares of nori with cooked rice and your favorite fixings, and enjoy!

Burger and Ball Rice Recipes

Sushi rice recipes

Best Veggie Burger Sticky short grain brown rice is the secret ingredient that binds these hearty veggie burgers together. Make sure to use freshly cooked brown rice here – it needs to be hot off the stove to be sticky enough to do the trick.

Veggie Burger Rice Recipes

Vegan Meatballs Two of the biggest meat lovers I know – my dad and Jack – go back for seconds every time I make these veggie balls. Douse them in marinara sauce and pile them onto pasta, or stuff them into subs for a fun, hearty plant-based meal.

Vegan Meatball Rice Recipes

Chickpea Harissa Veggie Burgers, page 173 of Love and Lemons Every Day Here’s another recipe where freshly cooked short grain brown rice is key! It binds together these hearty, flavor-packed patties made with chickpeas, walnuts, and smoky homemade harissa.

Bowl Rice Recipes

chickpea harissa veggie burgers

Bibimbap You won’t miss the meat in this vegetarian version of Korean bibimbap! It gets plenty of texture, richness, and heat from the fiery gochujang sauce, seasoned veggies, and perfect sunny side up egg.

coconut rice with brussels sprouts

Coconut Rice with Brussels Sprouts, page 63 of The Love and Lemons Cookbook My mom has had this recipe on repeat for years now, and honestly, I can’t blame her. The rich coconut rice is easy to make, and it’s a flavorful base for all sorts of fresh veggies. If you don’t have Brussels sprouts on hand, top it with roasted asparagus, broccoli, butternut squash, or sautéed mushrooms instead.

Mojo Black Bean Rice Bowls

Mojo Black Bean Bowls, page 199 of Love and Lemons Every Day Each component in this recipe is delicious on its own – crispy roasted potatoes, spicy pepitas, zesty sautéed greens, and a punchy mojo sauce. Together, they create a combination that’s totally irresistible.

Kimchi brown rice bowl

Kimchi Brown Rice Bliss Bowls Spicy kimchi, smoky marinated tempeh, and a creamy peanut sauce are the key ingredients in this fun, flavorful bowl. Add whatever veggies you have on hand, and dig in!

Tamago Kake Gohan

Tamago Kake Gohan If you have rice, eggs, and soy sauce in your pantry, Tamago Kake Gohan is just minutes away. To make this traditional Japanese breakfast, stir an egg into a bowl of piping hot rice. As they combine, the rice cooks the egg, creating a creamy, risotto-like texture that you won’t be able to get enough of.

Rice bowl recipes

Mango Ginger Rice Bowl This easy bowl is one of the most refreshing rice recipes out there. It’s filled with crisp veggies, pickled ginger, fresh basil, and a light, bright tamari-lime sauce.

Buddha Bowls

Buddha Bowl Use this recipe as a guide to create a yummy bowl with whatever’s in your kitchen! Start with a base of rice (or quinoa, or farro), and top it with a protein, a pickle, plenty of veggies, and a flavorful sauce. Tahini sauce, tzatziki, or cilantro lime dressing would be fantastic here.

Brown Rice and Adzuki Bean Bowls

Adzuki Bean Bowls No adzuki beans? No worries! These fresh, tasty bowls work equally well with black beans, edamame, or even baked tofu.

Burrito Bowl Rice Recipes

Portobello Burrito Bowl Adobo-marinated mushrooms, chipotle-spiced beans, and fresh pineapple salsa create a delicious sweet/smoky contrast in these burrito bowls. This recipe is great as written, but don’t hesitate to customize it. Try tomatillo or mango salsa instead of pineapple, top it with pickled red onions for a pop of pink, or add a big scoop of extra guac. You really can’t go wrong here.

More Pantry Basics

If you love these rice recipes, check out these pantry-friendly guides next:

  • How to Cook Dried Beans
  • 25 Best Bean Recipes
  • How to Cook Lentils
  • 30+ Healthy Pantry Recipes
  • 25 Super Fun Baking Recipes
  • How to Store Vegetables to Keep Them Fresh
  • How to Freeze Vegetables

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