MyPlate-Inspired: Potluck & BBQ Recipes

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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. Enjoy our lightened and delicious recipes for your next potluck or barbecue, including hot wings, green bean casserole, pasta salad, and make-and-take desserts.

Five-Spice Chicken Wings

Add zip to your chicken wings using sweet plum sauce and five-spice powder. These saucy slow cooker wings come in at just 32 calories and 1 gram of fat per wing.

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Red Bean Lasagna

Be the talk of the potluck with this healthy lasagna that oozes Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses. Plus, it's loaded with fiber thanks to carrots, red beans, tomatoes, basil, whole wheat noodles, mushrooms, and spinach.

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Green Bean Casserole

Everyone's favorite casserole just got a makeover. Fresh green beans and mushrooms are the keys to this delicious, low-carb casserole with only 107 calories and 3 grams of fat per serving.

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BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Make pulled pork sandwiches look easy with our slow cooker recipe that serves 10 people. Top tender pork with our lightened-up tangy barbecue sauce featuring vinegar, honey, and ginger, and enjoy with a side of fresh salad or a fruit cup.

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Double Berry Pie Squares

Fresh berries amp up the flavor and color in this chilled dessert with a graham cracker crust. No one will believe it has fewer than 150 calories and 5 grams of fat per serving.

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Italian Cocktail Meatballs

Make meatballs healthier by using lean turkey instead of fatty beef. These slow cooker meatballs simmer in a flavorful sauce featuring roasted red peppers for a healthy and satisfying appetizer.

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Clementine-Arugula Salad with Lime-Poppy Seed Dressing

Add color to a potluck salad by tossing in juicy clementines and pomegranate seeds, which are packed with disease-fighting antioxidants. Top the greens with our homemade lime-poppy seed dressing.

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Calorie-Trimmed Potato Salad

Potato salad is a traditional favorite, but many classic recipes are made with calorie- and fat-laden mayonnaise. Lighten this potluck standby using olive oil, tofu, mustard, and a little milk for just 113 calories, 4 grams of fat, and 16 grams of carb per serving.

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Lightened Waldorf Salad

Boost your fruit intake with this classic salad featuring fresh pineapple, apples, celery, red grapes, and kiwifruits. Toss with low-fat or fat-free lemon yogurt for the perfect zing, and enjoy this salad for only 123 calories per serving.

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Italian Pasta Salad

Whole wheat or whole grain pasta combines with crisp snap peas, fresh basil, and red sweet pepper for a potluck favorite. Skip the fatty mayo and dress this zesty pasta salad with red wine vinegar, olive oil, and garlic.

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Brownie Raspberry Tart

This brownie tart has a rich cocoa taste sure to please family and friends at your next get-together. The brownie crust is topped with a decadent cream cheese-chocolate mixture and fresh raspberries for 175 calories per serving.

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Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

This go-to casserole side dish will be a winner at your next gathering. Guests will load up on creamy red potatoes, sweet potatoes, turnips, and savory ham -- all for just 120 calories and 2 grams of fat per serving.

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Smoky Baked Beans

The perfect complement to any barbecue is this smoky bean side dish. You'll meet a third of your daily fiber recommendation with the black beans, cannellini beans, and kidney beans, all seasoned with spicy chile pepper and sweet brown sugar.

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Layered Southwestern Salad with Tortilla Strips

This Tex-Mex dip is loaded with fresh lettuce, corn, tomatoes, avocado, and fiber-filled black beans. Get a flavor boost from the zesty cilantro-lime dressing, and enjoy a 2-cup serving for just 227 calories.

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BBQ Bean Chili

This easy-fix chili is filled with turkey sausage, kidney and navy beans, and tomatoes. Plus, each serving boasts 23 grams of protein and 19 grams of fiber -- both nutrients that help satisfy hunger and keep you fuller longer.

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