MyPlate-Inspired: Family-Favorite Recipes

Diabetic Living is working with the Partnership for a Healthier America and the USDA's MyPlate program to give anyone looking for healthier meal options access to delicious recipes that will help them create healthy, tasty plates. For more information about creating a healthy plate, visit Find recipes at

MyPlate-Inspired Recipes

Finding healthy recipes your family will love can be a challenge. That's why Diabetic Living has partnered with the Partnership for a Healthier America and the USDA's MyPlate program to offer families delicious options for healthier eating. All of your family's favorites are here, including pizzas, casseroles, desserts, and hearty soups and stews.

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Four-Cheese Macaroni and Cheese

Our twist on a classic recipe is loaded with whole grains, sneaks in vegetables with the addition of butternut squash, and is packed with vitamin A and calcium. Serve this comfort food with a side of fresh fruit for a MyPlate-inspired meal.

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Zesty Sloppy Joes

Sloppy joes -- especially with our zesty sauce -- are always a weeknight family favorite. Serve this lighter version with a side of colorful sweet pepper strips and baby carrots for a healthy meal the kids will love!

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Stovetop Peach-Blackberry Crisp with Crunchy Oatmeal-Coconut Topping

No need to skip dessert! This delicious stovetop crisp features colorful fresh fruit and whole-grain oatmeal for a fiber-filled, low-calorie treat to top off your healthy meal.

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Oven-Fried Parmesan Chicken Drumsticks

This low-carb, low-calorie chicken favorite is perfect for game day or any day. Your family and guests will love our lighter version of fried chicken, especially when served with fresh veggies and a yogurt-base dip.

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Ultimate Spaghetti and Meatballs

This ultimate slow cooker spaghetti dinner features multigrain pasta, turkey meatballs, and veggies galore. Pair it with a crunchy green salad and fruit-and-yogurt dessert for a MyPlate-inspired meal.

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Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes

Low in fat and calories, these whole grain pancakes are a healthy start to any day. Add a small slice of lean ham on the side or sprinkle with chopped walnuts for added protein to round out this MyPlate-inspired meal.

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Chicken Fajita Chili

There are few meals more satisfying than chili. Get our low-fat version started in the slow cooker on a Saturday morning, and when you return from soccer games, dance classes, and the market, a protein- and fiber-packed meal will be waiting for your family.

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Vegetable Lasagna

This meat-free version of the Italian classic is loaded with fresh veggies and light cheese. Use whole wheat lasagna instead of the traditional white noodles, and you'll have one delicious, heart-healthy, MyPlate-inspired meal. Just add a side of fresh fruit or a cup of 100 percent fruit juice.

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Pudding Pops

Feel like a kid again with a pudding pop! With just four easy ingredients, you can mix and match your favorite pudding flavors and enjoy this delicious, fat-free dessert that boasts just 36 calories and 7 grams of carb per serving.

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Turkey Tortellini Soup

Taste the colors of the Italian flag with this beautiful slow cooker soup. Loaded with vitamin A and potassium, this MyPlate-inspired dish features roasted turkey and fresh spinach.

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Half-and-Half Muffins

These whole grain muffins are perfect when paired with a beautiful fruit plate for brunch, or they're great for grabbing with some orange juice on your way out the door.

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Fruited Oatmeal Cookies

These low-calorie, low-fat, and low-carb cookies are a sweet ending to a MyPlate meal. Wholesome rolled oats, dried fruits, and protein-packed walnuts combine for a chewy, guilt-free treat.

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Thin-Crust Pepperoni and Vegetable Pizza

Homemade pizza on a weeknight is almost unheard of, but a thin crust made of tortillas makes it quick and easy. Your family will love getting their whole grains, veggies, protein, and dairy all in one light, tasty dish.

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Italian Meatball Rolls

Craving a warm, cheesy Italian meatball sandwich? Enjoy our healthy twist on the classic that features turkey meatballs on whole wheat buns for a meal you can feel good about serving your family.

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Maple-Apple Drenched French Toast

Start your day the MyPlate way with a fiber-rich breakfast favorite topped with delicious fruit. This recipe is perfect or those days when you want to enjoy a few more moments together around the table.

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Loaded Nachos

Forget full-of-fat nachos! This nacho makeover is loaded with vitamin A, protein, and calcium. Featuring whole grains, lean protein, and fresh veggies, this is a snack that you can feel good about serving your family.

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Strawberry-Banana Smoothie

This refreshing smoothie is a low-calorie, low-fat treat! With just five ingredients, this MyPlate-inspired smoothie is an easy way to get a serving of fruit and dairy.

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Easy Chicken Pasta

The name says it all! This easy weeknight meal, featuring a colorful rainbow of veggies, boasts whole grain pasta and lean chicken for a hearty meal that has just 221 calories and 4 grams of fat per serving.

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Bacon-Tomato Melts

Does your family love bacon? Sneak in veggies on this mouthwatering sandwich that makes an easy weeknight meal. Serve with a side of soup or fresh salad.

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Veggies, Turkey, and Pasta

Come home to a scrumptious aroma when you prepare this savory dish in the slow cooker. Bursting with colorful veggies, multigrain pasta, and lean turkey, this hearty meal provides loads of healthy vitamin A the MyPlate way.

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Quick Breakfast Pizza

Sneak veggies into breakfast with this easy, irresistible pizza. For even more convenience, chop ingredients the night before for a quick meal that will keep you feeling full longer.

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Pick-Me-Up Bars

These low-calorie, low-fat bars are just the ticket for breakfast, dessert, or healthy snack. Your family will love these naturally sweet, homemade treats.

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Salmon Alfredo

This 30-minute Alfredo pasta sneaks in heart-healthy salmon and veggies. Opt forwhole grain noodles and finish up with a dessert of fresh fruit for a well-balanced, MyPlate-inspired meal.

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Roasted Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

This childhood favorite is back, and it's healthier than ever. Make the soup ahead of time, and warm it up for a satisfying weekday lunch or a dinner kids of all ages will love.

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Double-Berry Ice Cream

I scream, you scream, we all scream for healthy ice cream! Packed with delicious berries and wholesome dairy, thisice cream recipe is a low-carb, low-cal, low-fat version of everyone's favorite treat.

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Crunch Time Veggie Wrap

Give your lunch a satisfying crunch with this healthy veggie wrap. Add a side of fresh fruit for an easy, balanced meal that is MyPlate-inspired.

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Fish-and-Chips-Style Cod

No need to abandon ship on this seafood favorite! Our low-calorie, low-fat fish recipe is a healthy addition to a balanced meal. Serve with fresh greens or a healthy coleslaw.

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Orange-Grapefruit Cobbler

Bring some sunshine to your table with this citrusy fruit cobbler that has only 172 calories and 3 grams of fat per serving. Serve as a healthy, refreshing end to any MyPlate-inspired brunch or dinner.

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Hot Chicken Salad Casserole

This low-carb casserole is a delicious way to get lean protein, fresh veggies, and light dairy in one dish. Serve with a side of quinoa salad and finish with fresh fruit for a complete MyPlate meal in just 30 minutes.

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Touchdown Tortilla Wraps

With just six ingredients, these easy low-carb wraps are likely to make an appearance for weekday lunches. Opt for whole grain tortillas and accompany with a fresh fruit plate for a well-balanced meal.

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