Risotto is hardly effortless fare, what with all that stirring over a hot stove. But instant brown rice and creamy Neufchâtel cheese can make a nutty, rich, stand-in version that's sure to be a family favorite. Substitute any vegetables you wish for the asparagus and bell pepper. Make it a meal: paired with a salad, this is a perfect vegetarian main course, or serve as a side dish with grilled chicken or steak.
Per serving: 357 calories; 14 g fat (6 g sat, 4 g mono); 28 mg cholesterol; 59 g carbohydrate; 0 g added sugars; 13 g protein; 7 g fiber; 760 mg sodium; 329 mg potassium.
Nutrition bonus: Vitamin A (54% daily value), Vitamin C (83% dv), Folate (32% dv)
Carbohydrate Servings: 3 1/2
Exchanges: 2 1/2 starch, 1 1/2 vegetable, 1 fat