Toronto, ON, September 30th, 2013 – Going meatless on Monday’s, or any other day of the week, doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice flavourful food, creativity or a balanced diet. On the contrary, going meatless just might ignite your creative juices and lead to new culinary adventures in the kitchen. To help inspire you, USA Rice teamed up with Alison Kent, chef and author of the Vegetarian Collection cookbook, to develop four delicious meatless meals.

In the spirit of better health, try these meatless recipes, chock-full of nutrients and great taste.

Cauliflower and Black Rice Fritters with Feta Olive Relish

While brown rice is known for its health benefits, nutty, chewy and visually stunning black rice packs even more nutrition with its bran hull containing high levels of vitamin E, fibre and antioxidants. These sensational vegetarian fritters make for a creative and delectable main course or side dish, with fresh and zesty ‘relish’ spooned overtop as the ideal accompaniment.

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Huevos Rancheros Tortilla Cups with Rice

Brimming with authentic Mexican flavours, individual tortilla cups are a hearty, zesty and delicious meatless brunch or light dinner entrée. They’re chock-full of healthful ingredients, including black beans for protein and iron, and avocado for healthy fats and vitamin K, along with nutty and nutritious brown rice – a super-food low in fat, rich in fibre and containing essential minerals.

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Swiss Chard, Lentil and Rice Dolmades with Tomato Dill Sauce

Swiss chard leaves stuffed and simmered in herbed tomato sauce contain an array of aromatic Turkish-inspired flavours in this exceptional baked vegetarian dish. Rice, lentils, dried apricots and Swiss chard all pack a powerhouse of nutritional benefits, including vitamins, minerals, protein and fibre.

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Two-Cheese Chili Kale and Rice Frittata

As a good source of fibre, protein, vitamins and minerals, leafy kale is a tasty top superfood that pairs exceptionally well with nutty, mild-flavoured brown rice in this meatless egg dish. Perfect for any meal occasion, wedges of frittata are equally delicious served warm from the oven or packed for an outing or meal-to-go. This easy recipe offers an excellent way to use extra cooked brown rice.

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