With Meatless Monday mantras, 100% plant-based lifestyle guides, and everything in between, it’s a no brainer that sustainable eating isn’t just the way to go – it’s also something everyone can do. If not every day, at least once or twice a week. So, before you empty out the fridge, why not start by replacing a few meals with one of our top earth-friendly rice-based recipes.

Rice isn’t just the perfect curry companion–with plenty of beneficial elements like complex carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals, it’s also key to having a wholesome, well-balanced diet and, as a plus, you’ll also enjoy environmentally conscious rice – one grain at a time.

Mediterranean Layered Rice Salad
Mediterranean Layered Rice Salad with Carolina® Organic Brown Rice

Remember, eating consciously is a process. Luckily, we’re here to show you all the tasty possibilities you have to get started. So, relax, take a breather and check out your options for kick-starting your future food goals. From black bean cakes to flexitarian options – we’ve got you covered, in the tastiest way possible.

To the Mediterranean, And Beyond

This Mediterranean Layered Rice Salad will have you looking at plant-based in a whole new light. Made with broccoli florets, crisp red peppers, green onions, green peas, and organic brown rice – we tend to ask, what doesn’t this recipe have?

Savory sautéed mushrooms? Oh yes, it has those too. The best part is, it’s the kind of salad you can prep the night before without having to worry about wilted lettuce for lunch – oh yes, the struggle is real. After all, no one likes a sad salad and this one is far from it! It’s made for the long haul and, due to its vegetarian nature, will also make mother earth a happy camper.

Black Bean Cakes to the Rice-cue

Making a batch of rice isn’t just easy clean-up, it’s also convenient for whipping up countless quality recipes throughout the week. And once you’ve prepared your preferred organic rice, you’ll have no excuse not to make these delicious Black Bean Cakes with Brown Rice.

Organic Brown Rice and Black Bean Cakes with Avocado Sauce

These black bean cakes were made to please. Additionally, if you’re an avid vegetarian, it comes as no surprise that their black bean and rice components make the ideal plant-based protein for powering you through those hectic work afternoons. Not to mention the avocado drizzle is pretty much what dreams are made of.

Make it Meaty (with Mushrooms)

With the addition of hearty mushrooms, eating sustainably is a piece of cake, or in this recipe– a piece of shiitake. In this Brown Rice Shiitake and Asparagus Pilaf recipe, we show you just how delicious a meat-free rice dish can be.

Brown Rice & Shiitake Pilaf
Brown Rice Pilaf with Asparagus and Shiitake

Packing all this whole-grain energy into one dish isn’t only an ideal way to get in your complex carbs in, these sturdy organic grains also make a great lunch prep, as they won’t break apart when reheating. Once more, pine nuts, green onions, and lemon zest make it a great recipe to keep on hand, any season.

Three Words – Baked, Vegetarian, Enchiladas

When it comes to cooking rice in the oven, everyone is a bit skeptical at first. Let us fill you in on a secret, this vegetarian dish is made with precooked brown rice. That’s right. No need to obsess over the ideal amount of cooking time – as you’ll cook this rice ahead of time, at your convenience. 

Cheesy, creamy, and 100% better for the environment, these vegetarian enchiladas also offer you a Mexican-twist to mix up your meat-free repertoire. In this recipe, we use pinto beans to pair with organic brown rice, onions, peppers, Monterey Jack, and cheddar cheese. Can you name a more phenomenal veggie dish that has the best of both worlds plus great taste? We certainly can’t.

For the Flexitarian

Eating organically doesn’t always mean going exclusively plant-based. After all, not everyone was made with the same love for vegetables or the ability to give up chicken [just keeping it real]. So, for those flexitarians out there, enjoy this Southwest Chicken & Rice Casserole for those “cheat” days.

Southwest Chicken & Rice Casserole dish
Southwest Chicken & Rice Casserole

Try any of these veggie-based recipes with our Organic White Rice or Brown Rice and bask in tasty, enriched meals, making sure that you’re putting quality ingredients into your family meals. You can also be proud that you’re contributing to delicious dishes that help to save the planet.