Kickstart your journey to a healthier vegan lifestyle with the perfect pantry staples: rice, grains, and beans. These dietary powerhouses offer numerous benefits for both your body and budget.

High in Fiber and Easy on Digestion: Incorporate whole grains and high-protein legumes like split peas, lentils, and beans into your diet. Not only do they support digestion with their fiber content, but they also promote cardiovascular health and improve gut health.

  • The Best Grains for Your Table: Explore a variety of grains that deserve more recognition, starting with:
  • Short-Grain Rice: Ideal for creamy dishes, like paella or rice pudding. Try Lundberg's organic Short Grain Brown Rice.
  • Medium-Grain Rice: Fluffy and versatile, perfect for table rice and risottos. Cucina & Amore's Arborio Rice is a great choice.
  • Long-Grain Rice: Known for its aroma, with options like Jasmine and Basmati. Ralston Family Farms offers an organic selection.
  • Quinoa: A gluten-free superfood rich in protein and amino acids. Eden Foods' Organic Whole Grain Quinoa is a must-have.
  • Couscous: Fiber-rich and easy to prepare, perfect for quick meals. Near East Couscous Original is a go-to.
  • Farro: A nutritious gem full of antioxidants and protein, great for soups and stews. Rustichella d’Abruzzo's Whole Grain Farro Pasta elevates your Italian dishes.

Top Product Picks:

  1. Near East Pearled Couscous: Hearty and flavorful, ideal for Mediterranean or Middle Eastern cuisine.
  2. Cadia Split Peas Green: Versatile organic split peas packed with protein and sweetness.
  3. Three Farmers Crunchy Little Lentils: A protein-rich roasted lentil snack for guilt-free munching.
  4. Grain Trust Hibachi Fried Rice: Authentic Japanese flavors in just 3 minutes.
  5. Lotus Food Forbidden Rice: Nutrient-packed organic rice that adds vibrancy to your meals.

Elevate your vegan culinary adventures with these essential pantry items. Your journey to a healthier, flavorful lifestyle starts here!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do grains, rice and beans contain preservatives?

Grains, rice, and beans are often free from preservatives and colorings, especially here at PlantX! We have a wide selection of organic grains and beans to make it easy to enjoy natural foods and keep unnecessary additives to a minimum! Just check the label to make sure you pick an organic product.

Are all your grains, rice, and beans gluten-free?

No, some grains like couscous and barley come from wheat and contain gluten. For the rest, we can’t guarantee that they’re all free from gluten. Although rice and beans are naturally gluten-free, some brands use production facilities that handle other products as well. Always do your research and check the individual label to be on the safe side!

Do all your grains, rice and beans need to be soaked before use?

Not at all! Of course, you can get dried grains, beans, and legumes that need to be soaked before cooking (and these are generally more affordable if you’re looking to save a few dollars), but many products today come ready to use! From tinned beans to pre-cooked rice - just add it straight to your meal or bring it to boil directly. There is no general rule, but there are a lot of options! Just follow the cooking instructions on your packet. 

Are your grains, rice, and beans color and polish-free?

The majority of our products are organic and only use eco-friendly methods in the production process. We think all-natural is the way to go! Just make sure to check the individual label to make sure your next batch of high protein grains or beans are color and polish free.

What’s the difference between brown and white rice?

Glad you asked! So the basic difference is that brown rice is a whole grain. In other words, it still contains the bran and the germ. This is what gives it that chewy and slightly nutty flavor. 

White rice has had the germ and bran removed. This is why it doesn’t have as many nutrients as brown rice but it does have a softer texture and cooks quicker. Brown rice also tends to be more difficult for your digestive system to break down. Remember, although brown rice is slightly better for you, white rice is still perfect for a healthy vegan diet. Just make sure you always add lots of fresh vegetables and you’re good to go! 

Do I need to wash my rice? 

Many people have different opinions on this topic. Whether it’s cultural differences or you’re just following your grandma’s secret family recipe and she swore you not to, there is no complete right or wrong answer. Rinsing it with just cold water a few times will help get rid of excess starch as well as make sure your rice has a consistent texture. Unless your particular recipe has told you not to, we would always recommend giving it a rinse.