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Cereals The Fundamentals of Vegan and Vegetarian Cuisine

Those who avoid eating meat, milk and eggs are always looking for ways to enrich and spice up their diets. As such, a great part of a vegan and vegetarian’s diet are – apart from vegetables – all kinds of cereals and similar sides (the so-called pseudocereals), and that doesn’t have to mean only the obvious rice or corn. These days one can easily buy not only the conventional sides we all know well, but even those which come from distant parts of the world, having become widespread only relatively recently. Join us in exploring some of them and try a vegan recipe yourself!

Vegans live off not only rice and wheat! Do you know other types of cereal? Do you know what amaranth, quinoa or buckwheat are? And how to use them? Cooking need not be monotonous, there is always something to discover! Try vegan recipes based off traditional side dishes!


The most widespread cereal in the world, rice sustains half of the human population. Farming it became popular in China in the 8th century BC, but today it is known basically everywhere. It is usually grown in flooded fields. Once it ripens its peel is removed, and we are left with so-called natural rice. If it is processed further, its surface is smoothened and becomes white rice, which loses many mineral and vitamin compounds due to the processing. If you encounter parboiled rice, it is a type of rice into which some of the important compounds were artificially returned.

Rice is a great source of energy; it contains not only saccharides but also proteins, amino acids and minerals – especially iron and B and E-type vitamins. When it comes to shape, we differentiate between long and round rice, and when we talk about characteristics, rice is either sticky (suitable for sushi or mashes) or free-flowing, which works well in side dishes. It can be used for basically anything – you can cook, roast, steam, bake or fry it.


You will need:

4 Tbsp. of olive oil

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