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Southwestern Rice & Pinto Bean Salad

southwestern rice and pinto bean saladBrown rice doesn't have to be boring. The slightly chewy texture of ruddy-red Wehani rice makes it perfect for salads; seek it out in larger supermarkets and natural-foods stores.

With a choice of either:

  • Sliced avocado (one-fourth), lime wedge, shredded romaine lettuce (1 cup) with 2 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream (128 calories)
  • Golden Summer Squash & Corn Soup (111 calories)

Topped off with one of these:

Chinese Braised Mushrooms & Tofu

chinese braised mushrooms and tofuMa Po Tofu, a classic dish from the Szechuan province of China, inspired this recipe. The original is made with fatty ground pork or beef -- but portobello mushrooms are a tasty, much leaner stand-in.

With a choice of either:

Served with one of these:

  • Quinoa (1/2 cup) (111 calories)
  • Brown rice (1/2 cup) (109 calories)

Finishing with one of these:

Moo Shu Vegetables

moo shu vegetablesThis vegetarian version of the classic Chinese stir-fry, Moo Shu, uses already-shredded vegetables to cut down on the prep time.

Accompanied by one of these:

  • Glazed Mini Carrots (74 calories)
  • Steamed snap peas with a drizzle (1 teaspoon) of olive oil (1/2 cup) (77 calories)

Served with either:

  • Warm whole-wheat tortilla (8-inch) (140 calories)
  • Brown rice (1/2 cup) (109 calories)

Followed by one of these:

  • Low-fat vanilla ice cream (1/2 cup) (104 calories)
  • White wine (5-ounce glass) (116 calories)

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