MyPlate-Inspired: Family-Favorite Recipes
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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.
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.
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!
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.
Oven-Fried Parmesan Chicken Drumsticks
Ultimate Spaghetti and Meatballs
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Double-Berry Ice Cream
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.
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.
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.