The USDA's nutrition tool MyPlate offers an easy method for portion control. By dividing your plate into quadrants for each food group, plus a serving of dairy on the side, getting a variety of nutrients is extremely easy. The following healthy recipes include each food group and work with a 1,500-calories-per-day meal plan!
Our mix of chicken, couscous, and green beans keeps things healthy and full of flavor. By adding dried fruit and unexpected spices, this recipe takes an ordinary chicken dish to the next level -- all with just 402 calories for the entire meal.
Sumptuous seared scallops fulfill your protein quotient in this meal, while the mixture of citrus, whole grains, and veggies rounds out the flavors and nutrients. A quick tip: Pat the scallops dry before adding them to the skillet. This will let them sear rather than steam to lock in the delicate flavor.
Quinoa is a high-protein alternative to other grains and seeds. Learn how to cook it in only 15 minutes for the best results.
Make a better-for-you version of meat loaf by mixing in healthful ingredients such as carrot, onion, and sweet pepper. Not only do they add taste and color, but they give your meal a boost of veggies. Dished up with a fruit relish and servings of whole grains and dairy, this meal provides all the nutrients you need to stay fueled for hours.
This main-dish salad combines a variety of nutrient-packed ingredients into a colorful medley of shapes, textures, and flavors. With whole grain pasta, veggies, chicken, and feta cheese, it’s a satisfying all-in-one meal.
With a time frame of just 30 minutes, this quick and easy quesadilla and salad pairing is great for a busy weeknight. And with the mix of nutrients, it keeps your portions MyPlate-approved. Save even more time by making the vinaigrette up to a week ahead. Just store in your fridge until it’s time to use.
This classic family favorite perfectly fits your healthy eating plan. Just layer whole grain pasta with colorful veggies and cheese, and serve with a fruit salad to round out your dinner. Our advice: Make a 13x9-inch pan and save any leftovers for another meal.