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Lemon Chicken Stir-Fry

Spiked with lots of zesty lemon, this delectable chicken stir-fry has a colorful mix of snow peas, carrots and scallions. But feel free to substitute other thinly sliced vegetables, such as bell peppers or zucchini. Serve with: Rice noodles or brown rice.

» Lemon Chicken Stir-Fry

Whole-Grain Waffles with Cherry Sauce

Cornmeal adds appealing texture to these waffles and hot cherry sauce is a tasty, nutrient-rich alternative to maple syrup. Any fine cornmeal works in the recipe. If you want to use whole-grain cornmeal, look for finely ground cornmeal labeled “whole-grain” or “stone-ground” in the natural-foods section of the supermarket or at natural-foods stores.

» Whole-Grain Waffles with Cherry Sauce

Grilled Thai Chicken Sandwich

Juicy grilled chicken, onions and peppers combine with a Thai-inspired sauce in this chicken sandwich recipe. We love how the flatbreads made from whole-wheat dough sop up the extra sauce. If you have one large (12-ounce) chicken breast instead of two smaller (6-ounce) ones, cut it in half horizontally before grilling so the chicken cooks in the time specified in this recipe.

» Grilled Thai Chicken Sandwich

Prosciutto-Wrapped Shrimp with Arugula Salad

This recipe for jumbo shrimp wrapped in thin strips of prosciutto and served on a lemony bed of arugula is a practically effortless dish that’s sure to impress your guests. Wrap your shrimp and make the dressing ahead of time, and you’ll have dinner on the table even faster. Serve with toasted whole-wheat baguette sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.

» Prosciutto-Wrapped Shrimp with Arugula Salad

Spice-Rubbed Steak with Sautéed Wild Mushrooms

We love the flavor of wild mushrooms with seared spice-rubbed steak, but any type of mushroom will work. Like the rub in this steak recipe? Make a double, triple or quadruple batch to keep on hand for chicken and firm fish (swordfish, tuna and salmon) too. Store the steak rub in a jar or sealable plastic bag in your spice drawer for an instant dinner seasoning.

» Spice-Rubbed Steak with Sautéed Wild Mushrooms

Spaghetti Carbonara with Peas

Our healthy spaghetti carbonara recipe is lower in calories and fat than a traditional spaghetti carbonara recipe, plus it boasts 9 more grams of fiber per serving from whole-wheat pasta. For the best flavor, use Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. The eggs in the sauce are not fully cooked; if you’re concerned about consuming undercooked eggs, use pasteurized-in-the-shell eggs in this spaghetti carbonara recipe.

» Spaghetti Carbonara with Peas

Spinach Ravioli with Zucchini Ribbons

For this light vegetarian ravioli recipe, we combine gorgeous long ribbons of zucchini with spinach-and-cheese-stuffed ravioli and a light cream sauce for a satisfying vegetarian pasta dinner.

» Spinach Ravioli with Zucchini Ribbons


These healthy recipes will help you eat according to MyPlate, the new food pyramid

These delicious recipes make it easy to eat healthfully and in line with the USDA's MyPlate Guidelines. These healthy recipes meet the MyPlate guidelines for calories, portion size, sodium, saturated fat and added sugars. To make these recipes part of a complete meal, please refer to our serving suggestions included with the recipe.

Healthy MyPlate-Inspired Breakfast Recipes

Perk up your morning oatmeal with the addition of tangy...
This frittata is packed with hearty greens and leeks with a...
These high-fiber oatcakes are made with 100% whole grains...
If you love breakfast burritos or huevos rancheros, you’ll...
Muesli mixed with yogurt and fruit packs in the nutrition...
Lightly sweetened ricotta, toasted almonds and a drizzle of...
Huevos rancheros or “ranch eggs” is a classic Mexican dish...
Get your daily dose of dark leafy greens any time of day...
Cornmeal adds appealing texture to these waffles and hot...
Broccoli rabe and turnips are a fantastic pair in this...
Try these crepes, filled with spinach and meaty mushrooms...
These breakfast burritos, packed with potatoes, bacon and...
This recipe was inspired by chef Lars Kronmark’s granola...
Our version of green eggs and ham is full of spinach, leeks...
This refreshing smoothie is made with cucumber and kiwi and...
Packed with a flavorful medley of chewy wild rice and three...
The slight acidity of buttermilk tenderizes and moistens...
This bright orange smoothie gets its color from frozen...
It’s easy to make your own patty sausage with just a few...

Healthy MyPlate-Inspired Lunch Recipes

This wrap is stuffed with chicken tenders and couscous with...
Juicy grilled chicken, onions and peppers combine with a...
Looking for a vegetarian option for your next cookout? This...
Crunchy celery, gherkin pickles and sweet onion flavor this...
White beans mashed with ripe avocado and blended with sharp...
Sturdy “country-style” bread works best for this healthy...
This satisfying Middle Eastern wrap is full of dolmas and...
Most of the good stuff in a Philly cheese steak, from thin-...
This whole-grain farro salad recipe is studded with lean...
Who wouldn’t want to eat their vegetables when they’re...
Loaded with fresh tomatoes, peppers and cilantro and...
This quick, healthy Greek pasta salad recipe is tossed with...
Baked tofu tossed with storebought Thai peanut sauce makes...
Fresh corn kernels, tomatoes and lettuce fill these hearty...
Make this bistro-style sandwich, sauce and all, completely...
Moms and Dads like wraps because they're neat and...
This hearty chicken salad recipe is full of grilled sweet...
Our healthier eggplant Parmesan sandwich uses tender, smoky...
Sweet ripe nectarines pair with peppery arugula and a hit...
Leftover cooked chicken makes this chicken Waldorf salad,...

Healthy MyPlate-Inspired Chicken Dinners

Spiked with lots of zesty lemon, this delectable chicken...
This version of the classic Italian recipe, chicken...
This sweet and savory rub for grilled chicken relies on...
This saucy one-skillet chicken dish is full of tomatoes,...
In this lightened-up recipe for chicken potpie, creamy...
At once comforting and exotic-tasting, this rich chicken...
This chicken recipe gets intense, complex flavor from tangy...
We trimmed 9 grams of fat and almost 100 calories in this...
This Asian “barbecued” chicken made in a casserole dish is...
Ooey-gooey cheese, crispy breadcrumbs and plenty of sauce...
Caramelized sweet potatoes and red onion are the bed for...
These tasty sweet potato and jerk chicken “pockets” are...
Whole garlic cloves are mild when simmered with chicken in...
Celebrate the flavors of fall with chicken cooked in a fast...
A simple combination of herbes de Provence, paprika, salt...
This fresh tomato salsa, which doubles as a marinade for...
This cinnamon- and cumin-spiked couscous with chicken takes...
This sweet-tart pomegranate molasses glaze is delicious...
Stuffing boneless, skinless chicken breasts with pimientos...

Healthy Fish and Seafood Dinners That Meet MyPlate Guidelines

Steaming fish and vegetables together in a tin-foil packet...
Poaching fish with a little flavorful liquid may be the...
This healthy spaghetti with clam sauce recipe incorporates...
This recipe for jumbo shrimp wrapped in thin strips of...
In this quick fish recipe, seasoned fillets of sole (or...
You need only one skillet for this meal of wild salmon...
Here’s an easy homemade pizza recipe that is a take on...
The gnocchi cooks right in the skillet, along with shrimp,...
In this quick grilled fish recipe, we grill firm mahi-mahi...
Here we pair pan-seared salmon with braised broccoli and...
Gumbo, a hearty stew made with anything from sausage or...
Cilantro, lemon zest, chiles, paprika, ginger, garlic,...
It’s great to have a quick baked fish recipe for healthy...
Grilling salmon on a cedar plank imparts a deliciously...
The naturally sweet taste of scallops partners beautifully...
This Vietnamese-inspired shrimp salad is perfect if you’re...
Serve simple sautéed fish fillets with jalapeno-spiked...
Canned wild salmon is the base for these fast, delicious...
This recipe pairs curry-coated scallops and brown rice...
New England seafood chowder inspired the flavors here, but...

Healthy Pork Dinners That Meet MyPlate Guidelines

Thai flavors—curry paste, fish sauce, lime and coconut milk...
Whole-wheat tortillas are filled with smoky bacon, earthy...
Our healthy spaghetti carbonara recipe is lower in calories...
This wonderful winter vegetable chowder recipe is rich,...
In this recipe, roast pork tenderloin is glazed with honey...
Traditional stromboli recipes are stuffed with tons of...
The Thai-inspired pork-and-shrimp filling for this stuffed...
This quiche recipe is full of broccoli, Cheddar cheese and...
This grilled pork chop recipe features a savory rhubarb...
Pesto gives great flavor to the oozy mozzarella stuffing in...
These Swedish meatballs are made with a combination of lean...
These seared pork chops are topped with a rich and creamy...
Lo mein is a Chinese restaurant takeout favorite that’s...
The meatballs and sauce are cooked in the slow cooker for...
This frittata is packed with hearty greens and leeks with a...
This meltingly tender pork shoulder ragout has a savory...
Thyme adds bright, woodsy flavor to pork and pineapple in...
Throughout Italy you will find kebabs called spedini:...
Pineapple, tomato and pork combine in a sweet-tangy sauce...

Healthy Beef Dinners That Meet MyPlate Guidelines

We love the flavor of wild mushrooms with seared spice-...
Who doesn’t love pasta with a quick meat sauce? This crowd-...
Even people who think they don’t like beets love this...
Seared steak topped with a dollop of garlicky aïoli makes a...
A combination of green beans, red bell peppers and sweet...
Chimichurri sauce is a zingy Argentinean sauce made with...
In this riff on North African tradition, couscous is served...
This recipe for quick pan-seared steak with a savory-sweet...
These flank-steak soft tacos are so tasty and easy, they...
These beef enchiladas, topped with a zesty green and red...
This brisket recipe comes from Roberta Greenberg, the...
It only takes one skillet to make this restaurant-worthy...
This quick stir-fry features broccoli and flank steak in a...
Popular throughout Southeast Asia and Indonesia, satay is...
Cooking whiskey removes the boozy taste, but leaves the...
Here’s a burrito inspired by San Francisco’s super burritos...

Healthy Vegetarian Dinners That Meet MyPlate Guidelines

For this light vegetarian ravioli recipe, we combine...
This vegetable-packed minestrone soup recipe is inspired by...
An aromatic mixture of garlic, paprika, cumin, coriander,...
We love the bright flavor that lime and chile-garlic sauce...
Chipotle peppers add kick to this tofu and broccoli stir-...
Pressing tofu before making this tofu stir-fry recipe gives...
Lidia Bastianich’s rustic pasta recipe from Umbria would...
Blue cheese and slow-cooked onions turn a grilled...
For this deep, rich red-wine mushroom risotto recipe with...
This healthy quinoa lasagna recipe has a layer of quinoa (...
Asparagus, chives and fontina cheese top this easy pizza...
This rice, spinach and Cheddar pie is a cinch to prepare—...
This healthy, homemade macaroni and cheese recipe is topped...
This vegetarian hot-&-sour-inspired soup is chock-full...
Feta, spinach and dill flavor these tofu patties. Slice...
Traditionally, this Italian pasta recipe combines pasta and...
This easy tofu curry, made with pretty delicata squash and...
Walnuts and fresh marjoram accent these vegan lentil...

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