This open pie, with its richly flavoured ‘risotto’ crust and Mediterranean vegetable filling topped with melting cubes of soft mozzarella, looks wonderful and tastes sensational! Serve with a chunky green salad of chopped celery and chicory tossed with a little plain low-fat yogurt and chopped fresh mint.
Moist risotto served with a simple side salad makes a satisfying carbohydrate-rich meal, and the risotto can be endlessly varied – all sorts of other vegetables (fresh, frozen, canned or dried) can be used instead of broad beans. To achieve the perfect texture, use risotto rice such as arborio and add the hot stock in stages.
A wonderfully rich and satisfying dish, this vegetarian version of a classic is a great way to introduce your family to tofu, which is a good source of low-fat protein, vitamins and minerals. Serve hot with a tomato salad.
This lightly curried rice dish makes a simple yet satisfying vegetarian meal, with the chickpeas providing valuable protein. Serve with a yoghurt raita and mango chutney. A fresh, green, baby spinach leaf salad would also make a good accompaniment.
This delicious galette, made with brown rice, crunchy stir-fried vegetables, chestnuts, fresh sage and cheese, is a cross between a roasted rice cake and a risotto. Serve with a simple salad and cranberry sauce.
This popular Egyptian dish of rice, macaroni and lentils in a spicy tomato sauce makes a quick light meal.
A colourful mixture of rice and flavourings makes a perfect background to any curry.
Lentils add extra flavour and texture to this Italian-style mushroom risotto. Serve with roast or grilled vegetables, such as peppers and courgettes, or a mixed salad, for a satisfying lunch.
Little rice and sesame pancakes make an unusual topping for a crunchy salad of walnuts, marinated red cabbage and Chinese salad leaves – all brought together with a refreshing orange dressing. Delicious!
Perfect for vegetarians, but great for meat-eaters too, this hearty rice dish made with starchy short-grain rice is wonderfully rich and satisfying.
Add colour, flavour and nutrition to regular risotto with a few green veggies for an easy weeknight meal.
Savoury and cheesy. Superb vegetarian dish for dinner parties. You can substitute Pecorino Romano for Parmesan, and porcinis for chanterelles.
A lovely dish thats filling and can be made for four people for under a tenner!
I sometimes add veg and some precooked chicken or sausage for a main meal, but it can be a side dish also. It goes nicely with BBQ/Grilled food, espcially fish, and with a little sour cream on top.
Slow cooking is the easy way to cook a hassle-free risotto. This vegetarian risotto is simple yet delicious, and has become a healthy family favourite. I usually prefer recipes where you can just add everything straight to the slow cooker, but the preparation for this dish really is minimal.
This pilau rice is full of flavour and vegetables. It's a delicious one-pot meal, which can be served on its own. I like to serve it with a simple onion and tomato raita.
A very tasty substitute for steamed rice.
A delicious vegan-friendly dish, which is perfect for the cold winter nights. Lentils are simmered with vegetables and rice. It's a great meal to make ahead of time.
This is a super-colourful salad, that's packed full of delicious flavours and textures. Brown rice is tossed with vegetables, raisins and cashews in a soy sauce dressing.
This super-hearty dish takes a little while to make, but the results are really worth it. Rice and lentils are layered in a deep pot and simmered until tender. It's served with dates, raisins and fried onions.