Beans and Greens: Using a small amount of water or veggie broth, sauté onions, minced garlic, mushrooms, and chopped fresh or jarred red peppers. Add 1 box or jar of diced tomatoes, 1 can white beans, spinach or other green of your choice, chopped black olives, and Italian seasoning. Heat and serve over pasta or grain.
Quinoa and Mixed Vegetables: Cook 1 cup quinoa according to package directions. Add 1 14-oz. box of can diced tomatoes, 1 can drained black beans, 1 lb. frozen mixed vegetables. Add jarred salsa, smoked paprika or other spice, to taste. Heat and serve.
Example of a hearty, yet simple and appealing meal for guests:
Bean chili + baked acorn squash stuffed with rice (cooked with onions + celery + peppers + raisins) + mixed vegetable salad + chunky applesauce + bakery raisin/oatmeal bread.