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RSS FeedViewing Recipes: Vegetables and Side Dishes / Pasta, Rice & Grain Dishes (15) WHOLE GRAIN PASTA -Many people enjoy healthy vegetarian pasta dishes. Pasta is adaptable, familiar and versatile, which makes it a comforting choice, especially for new vegetarians. If you're cooking for a mixed crowd, you can always cook a portion of meat separately to be added separately. Here are some fantastic vegetarian pasta recipes, some more traditional and inspired by Italian food, while others are unique and unusual. These are the best easy, healthy and vegetarian pasta recipes.  QUINOA - For those who can't eat wheat, quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is a great alternative to pasta and couscous. Even if you can eat wheat, a side dish or salad made with quinoa makes a nice change. Quinoa provides all eight essential amino acids, which makes it a complete protein, making it popular with vegetarians. It's also a good source of iron, fiber and B vitamins. Despite its status as a super grain, quinoa is technically a seed. Note:Quinoa is easy to prepare: rinse it before cooking to rid it of its bitter coating, then cook one part quinoa to two parts liquid for 10-15 minutes, until all the liquid has been absorbed.rn