MyPlate-Inspired: The Five Food Groups

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 www.choosemyplate.gov. Find recipes at pinterest.com/MyPlateRecipes/.

MyPlate-Inspired Recipes

Finding healthy recipes your family will love can be a challenge. That's why Diabetic Living has teamed up with the Partnership for a Healthier America and the USDA's MyPlate program to offer families delicious options for healthier eating. All the food groups are here: vegetables, fruits, grains, lean protein, and dairy. Mix and match for MyPlate meals the whole family will enjoy.

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Vegetables: Tomato, Spinach, and Feta Strata

Start your morning right with a medley of vegetables. Asparagus, tomato, onion, and spinach offer a veggie-packed meal that boasts protein, fiber, and vitamins in every bite. Try this recipe for a healthy dinner option too!

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Vegetables: Grilled Vegetable Pitas

Veggies are easy and delicious in this quick-fix sandwich featuring mushrooms, sweet peppers, tomato, and spinach in a whole grain pita. Topped with tangy feta cheese, each pita pocket has only 202 calories, so you can enjoy it guilt-free.

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Vegetables: Grilled Vegetables Platter

Wow your guests with a delicious platter of grilled red and yellow sweet peppers, fennel, mushroom, zucchini, eggplant, and asparagus. Plus, it's a low-calorie dish with 7 grams of fill-you-up fiber in each serving.

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Vegetables: Sweet Potato Pie

You can have your sweet potato pie and eat it, too. A slice of this popular dessert has only 218 calories and 5 grams of fat -- plus, it boasts fiber, vitamin A, and heart-healthy fats.

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Vegetables: Curried Chicken and Vegetable Stew

Looking for an easy stew packed with veggies? Try this six-ingredient slow cooker stew that gets a flavor boost from curry powder and cilantro.

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Grains: Barley Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sneak in whole grain goodness with these classic cookies that have fewer than 100 calories and only 11 grams of carb apiece. Enjoy with a glass of fat-free milk for a fun, kid-friendly snack.

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Grains: Multigrain Pilaf

Barley, wheat berries, wild rice, soybeans, and sweet peppers come together in this healthy and delicious slow cooker side dish. With 5 grams of fiber per serving, it will keep your appetite satisfied.

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Grains: Crisp Chicken Parmesan

Is chicken Parmesan your favorite Italian dish? Try our healthier, baked version coated with Parmesan cheese and bran cereal flakes. Serve the chicken over a bed of whole grain spaghetti for extra nutrients.

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Grains: Walnut Berry-Cherry Crisp

Looking for a healthier dessert you can feel good about serving your family? Try this decadent blueberry-and-cherry dish topped with rolled oats, flaxseed, and walnuts. All three have been studied for their heart-healthy benefits.

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Grains: Spiced Irish Oatmeal

Spice up your morning with a bowl of warm, low-fat oatmeal featuring a medley of cinnamon, allspice, and cloves. Sweetened with a hint of brown sugar, each serving has just 158 calories.

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Dairy: Blueberry Pudding

This yummy, six-ingredient dessert features a hint of cinnamon and ginger. It's made with 3 cups of reduced-fat milk for a healthy, calcium-rich snack.

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Dairy: Baked Stuffed Shells

This delicious dish oozes with a creamy blend of Parmesan, mozzarella, and tofu. You won't believe you can indulge in this Italian favorite for fewer than 250 calories and only 5 grams of fat per serving.

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Dairy: Tomato Stack

Sweet tomatoes and basil are layered with fresh mozzarella over a whole wheat English muffin for a satisfying breakfast or low-carb snack that has just 200 calories per serving.

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Dairy: Apricot Yogurt Delight

Give dessert a low-fat makeover with this fruit-and-yogurt parfait that comes together with four easy ingredients and provides 14 percent of your daily value of calcium.

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Dairy: Creamy Turkey and Spinach Pie

Packed with grains, protein, veggies, and dairy, this low-carb casserole offers a calcium-rich meal you will feel good about serving your family. Serve with a side of fruit for the perfect MyPlate meal.

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Fruit: Coconut-Topped Bananas

Give boring bananas a boost with peanut butter, yogurt, and coconut. This snack also makes a quick-fix breakfast that has just 63 calories, 2 grams of fat, and 10 grams of carb per serving.

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Fruit: Fruit-Filled Puff Pancakes

Make-it-healthy tip: Sweeten pancakes with fruit instead of syrup. This fluffy pancake features subtle orange flavors and is topped with banana and fresh berries for just 163 calories per serving. Add a side of yogurt for a well-rounded breakfast.

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Fruit: Just Peachy Smoothies

Beware of smoothies that hide added sugar and calories. Instead, try our three smoothie variations that have just 78 calories and 16 grams of carb per serving. Plus, don't miss the Fruit Smoothie Pops recipe.

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Fruit: Shredded Pork with Fruit Relish

Pineapple, papaya, lime juice, apples, and red sweet pepper liven up this slow cooker pork recipe that's perfect for a dinner party or large family meal.

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Fruit: Golden Pineapple Sorbet

End your night with a light, refreshing dessert that has only 49 calories and 12 grams of carb per serving. Made with one large fresh pineapple, this frozen treat is sure to become a family favorite.

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Protein: Thai Turkey Burgers

Give burger night a healthy twist! These turkey burgers are spiced with curry and basil and topped with fresh mango slices. Serve with a side of peanut dipping sauce to complement the sweetness of the mango.

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Protein: Scrambled Eggs with Sausage

A high-protein breakfast will keep your stomach from rumbling before lunchtime. With just 198 calories per serving, plus 14 grams of protein, this egg, tomato, and turkey sausage sandwich is tastier and healthier than any fast-food equivalent.

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Protein: Red Beans and Rice with Chicken

Looking for a quick dinner recipe the whole family will like? Try this flavorful chicken, red beans, and brown rice dish that has 10 grams of fiber and 25 grams of protein per serving. You'll love the blend of cumin, cayenne, sweet pepper, and lime juice that spices up this classic dish.

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Protein: Salmon with Roasted Tomatoes and Shallots

Salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to boost heart health. With a side of whole grain rice and a cup of fruit, this is a MyPlate-inspired meal you'll feel good about serving your family.

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Protein: Penne with Chicken and Broccoli

Enjoy this decadent and creamy pasta dish for just 309 calories and 9 grams of fat per serving. The chicken and broccoli are complemented by garlic, Parmesan cheese, and spicy adobo seasoning.

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