Eat Healthy with MyPlate

Eating healthy doesn't need to be a challenge. Use these healthy recipes to learn how to use the USDA's MyPlate to make the most out of every meal. By dividing your plate into sections for each food group, healthy eating is easier than ever. These satisfying meals show you how to put the plate into practice at home.

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    Learn the Guidelines

    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!

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    Moroccan Chicken with Fruited Couscous

    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.

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    Citrus and Scallops Supper

    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.

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    How to Cook Quinoa

    Quinoa is a high-protein alternative to other grains and seeds. Learn how to cook it in only 15 minutes for the best results. 

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    Meat Loaf Dinner with Winter Vegetables

    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.

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    Greek Isles Supper Salad

    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.

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    Mediterranean Quesadillas with Pear and Red Onion Salad

    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.

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    Garden Vegetables Lasagna

    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. 

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    Fresh and Light Dinner Recipes

    From salads to pastas to sandwiches, we've compiled a list of our favorite easy and light dinner recipes. We even have ideas for making steak into a light and refreshing meal! Plus, these recipes are filled with fresh ingredients, making them extra tasty and nutritious. These recipes prove that dinner doesn't have to be a covered in mounds of cheese and dripping with butter to be satisfying!
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