Quinoa is native to Peru and much like wheat with a subtle nutty flavor. It adapts well to a wide variety of seasonings and will be wonderful in this risotto. To serve as a main dish, double the portions. A healthy carb and low fat recipe adapted from Mayo Clinic. com's healthy recipe section.
This asparagus salad can be served either warm or cold and has a very easy and quick dressing the kids can even help with. The dressing is great served on green salads too so double or even triple the ingredients to keep on hand. Recipe adapted from FamilyFun's website.
I love minestrone and this is a quick version I will be making soon. Adapted from Taste of Home's website and Betty Claycomb of Alverton, Pennsylvania jots, "This simple, chunky soup is low in calories, the beef broth's seasoned nicely, while the spinach adds a refreshing difference."
I have been making our chili this way for years. My mom always used Brooks chili beans so I prefer those but you could use any brand that you like. The seasonings can also be adjusted to suit your taste and cayenne or hot sauce could be added to heat up the chili.