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Low Fat Pasta , Rice and Grain Recipes

Pasta and rice are pantry staples in most people's kitchens. Some of us are branching out and enjoying other grains, too, such as kamut, bulgur wheat and quinoa.

Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers
A light and tasty vegetarian dish of quinoa-stuffed peppers. Filled with high-fiber, high-protein quinoa, mushrooms, onions, carrots and spinach, these peppers are a healthy and nutritious delight.

Quinoa and Edamame Salad
Low in saturated fat, this healthy and nutritious salad can work as a vegetarian main dish salad or as a side salad. Quinoa is considered a supergrain, which contains more protein than wheat, rice or millet.

Mushroom Risotto
A satisfyingly filling yet low fat creamy mushroom risotto you'll want to make again and again.

Chicken and Zucchini Lasagna
This reduced-fat chicken and zucchini lasagna makes a great alternative to the usual meat-based lasagna. And using fat-free ricotta cheese, and reduced-fat shredded cheese, keeps fat calories at a minimum. If you can't find ground chicken, use 1 1/2 cups of shredded white-meat chicken instead.

Zucchini and Quinoa Salad
A light yet filling salad of sauteed zucchini, garbanzo beans and quinoa form the base of this delicious and nutritious salad. Serve this zucchini quinoa salad with grilled fish, chicken or other lean meat.

Zesty Rice and Bean Salad
Here's a delicious, nutritious low fat salad of whole-grain rice and beans with cilantro, jalapenos, tomatoes and a generous squeeze of lime juice. Enjoy this low fat zesty rice and bean salad with some chicken.

Vegetable and Rice Salad
A nutritious low fat salad made with whole-grain rice and crisp green vegetables.

Creamy Polenta
Creamy polenta makes a nice change from rice, mashed potatoes and other side dishes. But polenta has a reputation of being labor intensive. Well, not this oven baked version. All it requires is a good stir of the whisk mid-way through cooking, and at the very end. enjoy this low fat polenta with any number of entrees.

Spinach and Ricotta Pasta
Here's a delightfully quick and easy creamy low-fat pasta dish using low-fat ricotta cheese, fresh spinach and basil, and your favorite pasta.

Edamame Rice
A light and delicious side dish of jasmine rice, edamame, lemon and mint.

Tomato Rice Salad
An easy-to-make salad of whole grain rice, tomatoes, red onion, and cilantro.

Savory Rice
A simple yet delicious savory rice dish that makes a terrific low fat side dish.

Lemon Cilantro Quinoa
A flavorful side dish of quinoa, accented with fresh lemon juice and cilantro.

Quinoa Pilaf
A wonderfully nutritious side dish featuring quinoa, a super-grain that contains more protein than wheat, rice or millet.

Macaroni and Cheese
The secrets to this low fat macaroni and cheese are no butter, fat-free milk and reduced fat extra-sharp cheese, yet you still get a nice, creamy texture and a delicious cheesy flavor.

Marinara Sauce
A fresh-tasting marinara sauce that's quick and easy to make. Why eat the jarred variety when it's so simple to make your own?

Low Fat Spaghetti and Meatballs
Enjoy this low fat spaghetti and meatballs dish any night of the week. Use extra-lean ground beef to lower the fat in the meatballs; add tomato sauce and chopped onion to the mix to keep the meatballs moist. Finally, by baking the meatballs rather than frying them, you'll save even more fat calories.

Low Fat Skillet Chicken and Rice
Not quite risotto, this low fat skillet chicken and rice can be on the table in about 20 minutes.

Low Fat Lasagna
Try this healthy and nutritious low fat lasagna made with garden vegetables and fat free ricotta cheese. It's a great low fat vegetarian option any time of the week.

Low Fat Shrimp and Tomato Spaghetti
If you're looking for a quick and easy low fat dinner recipe, try this shrimp and tomato sauce with some whole wheat spaghetti.

Farfalle with Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes
Serve this low fat vegetarian pasta dish with fresh asparagus and sweet cherry tomatoes when you need to make an elegant spring supper in under 30 minutes.

Low Fat Fettuccine Alfredo
Low fat Fettuccine Alfredo? This creamy low fat pasta dish makes a satisfying supper.

Low Fat Turkey Meatballs and Spaghetti
This low fat version of a classic Italian dish substitutes extra lean turkey for the beef or pork. Enjoy low fat meatballs and spaghetti any time.

Asian Chicken Noodle Salad
This terrific nutritious Asian-accented lunch or supper dish combines chicken and noodles with a spicy peanut butter sauce that is both heart healthy and delicious.

Spaghetti Bolognese
This low fat version of spaghetti Bolognese is full of flavor, even though it takes a fraction of the time it takes to make a traditional Bolognese sauce. Made with extra-lean ground beef, this dish also has a fraction of the fat.

Fruit and Chicken Pilaf
This tasty recipe from About.com's Guide to Busy Cooks makes a perfect low fat supper. Substitute ground turkey for the chicken if you like.

Tuna and Pasta Salad
This light tuna pasta salad makes a great low fat lunch or supper dish for the whole family.

Wild Rice with Cranberries and Apples
If you want to skip the potatoes with your holiday meal, try this wonderful low fat rice dish, which combines the nuttiness of wild rice and walnuts with the tart sweetness of cranberries and apples.

Chicken Tetrazzini
Try this lower fat creamy Chicken Tetrazzini recipe from About.com's Guide to Southern U.S. Cuisine.

Beef and Penne Casserole
A low fat family-friendly ground beef and pasta dish that's sure to please everybody at dinner time.

Low Fat Lasagna, Southwestern Style
Add some spice to your lasagna and make this low fat Southwestern version tonight. It's an ideal supper on a cold winter's night or for taking to a potluck.

Penne with Chicken and Asparagus
This fast, low fat recipe for chicken and asparagus with penne is simple to prepare on a busy weeknight.

Brown Rice Risotto with Asparagus and Porcini
A healthy low fat risotto dish from About.com's Guide to Home Cooking. Be sure to choose low fat or fat free chicken broth.

Tuna and Rice
Need an easy low fat recipe to try tonight? Chances are, you have all the ingredients in your pantry and refrigerator already. This is also a quick and healthy low fat dinner that the kids will eat too.

Low Fat Tuna and Shell Pasta Salad
Chunk light tuna, pasta shells, cherry tomatoes, artichokes, peppers, celery and red onion are the mainstays in this nutritious, low fat salad.

Low Fat Couscous Salad
Enjoy this low fat salad featuring whole wheat couscous with garbanzo beans, red onion, tomatoes, cucumber and mint, with a lemon and olive oil dressing.

Confetti Rice Salad
A tasty, low fat rice salad with sweet corn, black beans, chopped red pepper, green onions, parsley, and a cumin-accented vinaigrette dressing.

Brown Rice
Brown rice is fast becoming a staple ingredient in our pantries. Find out why in this article by Andrew LaVallee.

Low Fat Shrimp with Angel Hair Pasta
A quick and easy low fat shrimp and angel hair pasta dish. Perfect for those nights when you're in a hurry.

Low Fat Rice and Black Bean Salad
A nutritious low fat rice and black bean salad that makes a great accompaniment to fish, chicken, pork or lean beef

Mexican Rice and Beans
An easy low fat side dish of Mexican-style rice and beans

Curried Quinoa and Peas
Low fat curried quinoa and peas makes a terrific side dish or salad to serve alongside your favorite broiled or grilled lean meat or fish dish.

Low Fat Chicken, Asparagus and Quinoa Salad
A highly nutritious low fat salad with chicken, asparagus, quinoa and roasted red peppers.

Low Fat Macaroni Salad
A creamy low fat macaroni salad that's perfect for cookouts and picnics.

Spaghetti with Fresh Tomatoes
A low fat spaghetti and tomatoes dish that's quick and easy to prepare, and perfect for a simple summer supper.

Quintessential Quinoa Recipes
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,...

Orecchiette with Ricotta, Spinach, and Fava Beans
Enjoy a light yet creamy and delicious fresh spring dish of orecchiette pasta with ricotta, spinach, and fava beans. Enjoy it warm for dinner and cold for a picnic salad lunch.

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