Easy and healthy are 2 things that matter to me. Busy mommies always want to feed their families healthy, nutritious food - while watching their waistline! Serves 4.

2 cups rice, cooked
1 can red kidney beans, drained
1 can chopped fire-roasted green chiles
2 cans salmon, drained
1 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 bell pepper, chopped, your choice color
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1 tbsp parsley

Cook rice according to package directions. Set aside. Personally, I just use Minute Rice, but us what you prefer.

In a mixing bowl, throw together the red kidney beans, green chiles, salmon, cumin and red pepper flakes. Mix well.

Spray an oven-proof casserole dish with nonstick spray and spread the rice over the bottom. Now pour the bean mixture on top and even it out. Lay the chopped bell pepper on top, like so. 

In a bowl, mix together the bread crumbs, parmesan cheese and parsley, and sprinkle over the red peppers. 
Cover top with an oven-proof lid or use foil to cover. Bake in a preheated 400F oven for about a half hour. And it is done.

About 9 points a serving! Healthy, tasty and yummy!

 
 
This is a wonderful chicken pasta dinner I concocted. The balsamic vinegar lends an interesting kick. Olive oil and cayenne pepper adds a smooth/hot flavor. Topped with cheese, you just can't go wrong. Serves 6.

1 16-oz box of pasta (your choice, but I used Penne)
3 chicken breasts, cubed
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar (or more, to your taste!)
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tbsp parsley
1 tbsp italian seasoning
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 onion, chopped
2 cups grape tomatoes, sliced 
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese

Prepare pasta according to box instructions, drain and set aside.

Spray a pan with nonstick spray and saute chicken till all the pink is gone. Set aside.

In a pot, mix the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, cayenne pepper, parsley and italian seasoning. Heat and add sliced grape tomatoes and onions. Mix well. Cover and simmer for about 10-15 minutes till tomatoes are juicy and skins are a bit loose. Add the reserved chicken and mix well. Then add the prepared pasta and toss everything together well.

Spray a casserole with nonstick spray and pour the pasta mix in. Top with the cheeses and pop in a preheated 350F oven for about 15 minutes or so, till cheese is melted and bubbly. Let sit for a few minutes, and sprinkle a little more parsley on top. Serve!

11 points a serving! This is mild, satisfying and filling. Enjoy it!