MyPlate-Inspired: Our Best Dinner Recipes

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

Kung Pao Chicken

Bok choy and red chile peppers get upgraded with the tangy flavors of low-sodium soy sauce, fresh ginger, and toasted sesame oil. This meal is a great way to sneak in veggies, while enjoying your favorite takeout without the added calories, fat, and sodium.

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Kung Pao Chicken

Bok choy and red chile peppers get upgraded with the tangy flavors of low-sodium soy sauce, fresh ginger, and toasted sesame oil. This meal is a great way to sneak in veggies, while enjoying your favorite takeout without the added calories, fat, and sodium.

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Cobb Salad

Get three servings of vegetables with this hearty salad loaded with avocado, sweet beets, and tomatoes over a bed of romaine lettuce. You'll get 8 grams of protein from the hard-cooked eggs and turkey bacon, plus a little calcium thanks to the creamy blue cheese crumbles.

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Turkey Reuben

This lightened-up version of the traditional favorite makes an easy weeknight meal. Enjoy tomato, carrots, and cabbage dressed with reduced-calorie Thousand Island and Italian salad dressings for a protein-packed sandwich the whole family will love. Serve with a side salad and cup of fruit for a MyPlate meal.

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Chipotle Picante Meat Loaf with Cilantro

Spice up the family's favorite meat loaf using chipotle salsa, cilantro, and heart-healthy flaxseed. This meaty dish pairs well with the vegetable dish on the next slide.

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Date- and Balsamic-Glazed Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts pack a punch of potassium and vitamin A. This garlicky roasted Brussels sprouts recipe is sweetened with dates and balsamic vinegar for only 99 calories per serving.

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Scallop and Asparagus Alfredo

Incorporate more vegetables into your meals by using asparagus as the base for a pasta dish. Protein-rich scallops and whole wheat pasta are covered in a creamy sauce made with low-fat cream cheese and shredded Parmesan cheese, giving this healthy pasta a calcium punch.

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Grilled Chili Burgers

For a healthier burger, use 95 percent or leaner beef and season with cumin, chili powder, and onion powder to add a kick. These burgers are also lighter in calories by using whole wheat pita rounds rather than high-carb traditional buns. Pair these burgers with grilled veggie or fruit kabobs, or try the veggie-packed side dish on the next slide.

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Green Beans with Bacon and Walnuts

With a boost from bacon, this flavorful side dish is a fun twist on green beans that boasts just 106 calories and 9 grams of fat per serving. For a MyPlate meal you'll feel good about, serve it with a lean meat, such a healthy burger, and a Greek yogurt-and-fruit parfait for dessert.

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Asian Pork Quesadillas

Loaded with 12 grams of fill-you-up fiber, these mouthwatering quesadillas will become a new family favorite. Juicy pork tenderloin is drizzled with an Asian-inspired peanut sauce for a protein-rich meal with only 303 calories and 22 grams of carb per serving.

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Black Beans and Avocado on Quinoa

This superfood recipe is packed with 11 grams of protein, 9 grams of fiber, and 18 percent of your daily value of potassium. Cilantro and lime add a refreshing kick this meatless dish. Serve with a whole-grain breadstick and strawberries lightly drizzled with dark chocolate to round out the meal.

Dessert Tip: There are about 40 calories in one chocolate-covered strawberry; a standard slice of chocolate cake has 350 calories.

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Grilled Steak and Corn with Heirloom Tomatoes

Enjoy a steak dinner for just 267 calories per serving! This low-carb meal features fresh tomatoes, sweet corn and tangy blue cheese crumbles. Serve grilled fruit kabobs for a decadent dessert.

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Kale-Powered Pasta

Introduce your family to nutrient-rich kale by serving it in a yummy, low-calorie pasta dish that features multigrain rotini noodles. Cut sodium, a nutrient that is often too high in American diets, by using a reduced-sodium tomato sauce.

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Lemon-Raspberry Glazed Pork Chops

Give pork chops a flavorful twist with a fruity citrus glaze. Enjoy these low-carb chops with a side of the sweet potato recipe on the next slide.

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Loaded Mashed Sweet Potatoes

A comfort-food favorite gets a healthy twist. By purchasing refrigerated mashed sweet potatoes and dressing them up with mushrooms and spices, you can get them on the table in minutes. Serve with a lean meat and a side of fresh greens for a MyPlate meal your family will love.

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Hot Ham and Pear Melts

This sandwich provides all the food groups and makes using the MyPlate method easy! Tasty ham, sweet pears, and healthy spinach are topped with creamy goat cheese and sweet apricot preserves sandwiched inside a whole grain baguette.

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Salsa Chicken on a Stick

Throw these low-carb, low-fat chicken skewers on the grill and spice them up with store-bought salsa. Add healthy grains and vegetables to this lean dish with the recipe on the next slide.

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Butternut Squash Quinoa Pilaf

Load up on vitamin A and heart-healthy fats with this butternut squash pilaf. Smooth butternut flavors pair perfectly with the nutty aroma of healthy quinoa. Serve with a lean protein, such as grilled chicken or shrimp, and fresh greens topped with mandarin oranges, pears, or dried cranberries and a healthy salad dressing to round out the meal.

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Savory Bean Spinach Soup

Serve up this soup that's filled to the brim with fiber, vitamin A, protein, and iron. This slow-cooker favorite contains healthy spinach, white beans, savory tomato puree, and melted Parmesan cheese. Try a light and fresh dessert to complete your meal.

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Lemon-Sage Pork Salad

Served over a bed of lettuce, seasoned pork tenderloin accompanies fresh tomatoes, black beans, and avocado for a powerful punch of nutrients and just 266 calories and 17 grams of carb per serving.

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Salmon Cakes with Caper Mayonnaise

Boost your heart health with these protein-packed salmon cakes topped with a creamy sauce for just 306 calories per serving. Salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to decrease the risk of heart disease. Serve with roasted asparagus, a side of whole grain rice, and fresh fruit for a MyPlate-inspired meal.

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Grilled Vegetable Burrito

Get plenty of protein in this colorful vegetarian meal containing red sweet pepper, eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms, and creamy avocado. Wrap these veggies in a high-fiber whole grain tortilla, serve with a side of salsa, and watch the kiddos gobble them up.

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Asian Pork and Cabbage Salad

Replace greasy takeout with this Asian-inspired dish that boasts vitamins and minerals. Pork and cabbage are sweetened with a tangy orange marmalade for only 242 calories, 16 grams of carb, and 10 grams of fat per serving. Make it restaurant-worthy with our lightened-up egg rolls.

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Grilled Chicken with Herbs

Season lean chicken to perfection with parsley, rosemary, thyme, sage, and garlic. Add cheesy veggies to this low-carb chicken with the recipe on the next slide.

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Smoky Gouda-Sauced Broccoli

Liven up nutritious broccoli with smoky and creamy Gouda cheese. Families will love this low-carb side dish, which has just 150 calories per serving! Serve with a lean protein such as poultry, beef, or pork.

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Black-Eyed Pea Jambalaya

Bold flavors of Cajun seasoning, hot sauce, tomatoes, and sweet peppers are featured in this Southern favorite. Plus, this comfort-food classic is loaded with fiber-filled black-eyed peas and 20 grams of protein per serving. Serve with a fruit cobbler or crisp for a down-home treat.

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Grilled Chicken, Spinach, and Pear Pitas

This delicious pita features all of the MyPlate food groups, making it a nutritious and easy dinner. Juicy chicken is accompanied by creamy goat cheese, spinach leaves, and pear slices in a whole wheat pita. If you crave crunch, try our homemade chips.

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Superfoods Salad

This chicken salad recipe is rich in healthy antioxidants and ripe with flavorful strawberries and blueberries, which are served over a bed of fresh spinach. Plus, each serving contains 26 grams of protein, which will satisfy your appetite and keep you feeling full longer.

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Avocado BLT Sandwiches

Whip together this classic sandwich favorite in no time for dinner. Pump up the nutrition by using fiber-filled whole wheat toast and creamy avocado, which contains heart-healthy fats. Serve with a side of veggie-packed soup or stew.

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Mexican Chicken Salad Stacks

A side of citrus gives this Mexican-inspired dish a hint of refreshing flavor. Spiced chicken is paired with smooth avocado over crisp romaine, then topped with delicious queso fresco for the ultimate salad.

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BBQ Ranch Wraps

Make this six-ingredient recipe a no-cook dinner by using packaged shredded broccoli slaw mix and precooked chicken. Drizzle ingredients with reduced-fat ranch and sweet barbecue sauce, and roll it all up with a whole grain tortilla for only 279 calories and 7 grams of fat per serving.

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