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10 Vegan Orzo and Couscous Recipes for When You’re Bored of Rice


Rice is amazing – super versatile, fun to eat, easy to make. We love it. However, sometimes it’s fun to change things up a bit. If you’re feeling a bit bored of rice dishes, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered with these two delicious grains. Orzo is similar to rice, but a bit longer and thicker. Couscous is a bit smaller and rounder. These two grains are super delicious and versatile. Check out these 10 Vegan Orzo and Couscous recipes – you won’t be disappointed!

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1. Couscous with Tomatoes and Olives

Couscous with Tomatoes and Olives

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This Couscous with Tomatoes and Olives by Kelly Jaggers is made with simple ingredients but is simply delicious!

Excerpted from The Everything® Mediterranean Instant Pot® Cookbook by Kelly Jaggers. Copyright © 2020 by Simon & Schuster, Inc. Used with permission of the publisher, Adams Media, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. All rights reserved.

2. Orzo Soup with White Bean Balls

Orzo Soup with White Bean Balls

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The bean balls in this soup are what make it! The soup itself is a delicious flavor, but the bean balls are what take the cake! This Orzo Soup with White Bean Balls by Wholesome LLC is perfect for a chilly day and will impress anyone you serve it to!

3. Couscous with Roasted Vegetables

Couscous with Roasted Vegetables

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This Couscous with Roasted Vegetables by Nita Ragoonanan is so delicious and healthy! It’s a great dinner or lunch and will fill you right up!

4. Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Orzo

Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Orzo

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This Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Orzo by Kristen Genton is such a yummy dish that can be served with anything! Super simple and quick to make, you’ll definitely be impressed.

5. Chimichurri Couscous Bowl

Cous Cous Bowl

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This Chimichurri Couscous Bowl by America’s Test Kitchen is made with couscous as a base and is flavored beautifully with chimichurri!

6. Greek Orzo Pasta Salad with Fresh Dill

Greek Orzo Pasta Salad with Fresh Dill

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The best Greek Orzo Pasta Salad, made with fresh dill, crisp veggies, & a light dressing. Make this vegan Greek Orzo Pasta Salad with Fresh Dill recipe by Let’s Talk Vegan in 10 mins for a healthy lunch.

7. Couscous and Vegetable Croquettes

Couscous and Vegetable Croquettes

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Even if you’re no pro in the kitchen, you can cook these Couscous and Vegetable Croquettes by Valentina Chiappa. They’re so easy to make––just blend, mold, and bake! In 30 minutes you have delicious couscous croquettes. They’re crunchy on the outside and soft on the side––the perfect texture combo. The simple savory flavor pairs perfectly with the beautifully seasoned sauce made of rocket, basil, paprika, olive oil, water, and pistachios. The quantity of rocket is up to you. Remember that it has a very intense taste, so you won’t want to overdo it. Try these couscous croquettes––they’re amazing!

8. Tomato Orzo Risotto

tomato orzo risotto

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An easy one-pot dish without the hassle of your typical rice-based risotto. You’ll love this Tomato Orzo Risotto by Lenny Wu!

9. Broccoli Couscous

vegan broccoli couscous

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Who would have ever thought you could make couscous with broccoli? Broccoli Couscous by Lenia Patsi amazing!

10. Couscous Breakfast Bowl

Couscous Breakfast Bowl

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There are no measurements for this Couscous Breakfast Bowl by Molly Patrick because it is up to you to decide how hungry you are! Just follow the measurements and directions for the couscous, and the rest is up to you. Couscous breakfast bowls are so quick and easy!

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