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MyPlate Meals

The MyPlate plan sums up the USDA's tips for healthy eating every day. Here are 20 recipes from Food Network Kitchens — including breakfast, lunch and dinner — that follow the MyPlate guidelines.
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MyPlate Meals from Food Network Kitchens

The USDA's guidelines for healthy eating are called MyPlate. The main recommendations are as follows: 1: Fill half of your plate with fruits and vegetables; 2: Make at least half of your grains whole grains (such as brown rice, whole-wheat foods or oatmeal); 3: Select a variety of lean proteins, including 8 ounces of cooked seafood a week; and 4: When it comes to dairy, choose nonfat or low-fat milk, yogurt and cheese. Here are 20 breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes from Food Network Kitchens that follow the MyPlate guidelines. For more information on MyPlate, visit choosemyplate.gov

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Whole-Wheat Spinach Mac 'n' Cheese with Broiled Tomatoes

Thanks to whole-wheat pasta shells and the addition of pumpkin puree, this macaroni and cheese dish has more fiber than the traditional version. And the dish has lots of built-in produce: Toss spinach in with the noodles, and serve broiled tomatoes and a handful of grapes on the side.
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Grilled Chipotle Pork Tacos with Slaw

Everyone loves tacos, and there's even more than usual to love about this healthy rendition. For the perfect mix of smoky and sweet, fill corn tortillas with grilled pork tenderloin and a crunchy red-cabbage slaw, and then serve with cinnamon-spiked pineapple on the side.
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Pan-Seared Salmon with Kale and Apple Salad

This dish may look fancy, but it's easy enough to be a weeknight main course. The salmon cooks in a skillet in about 10 minutes, giving you time to prepare the crunchy kale salad. Add a whole-wheat roll and dinner is ready.
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