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Celebrating MyPlate Recipes - Week 1 
Apr. 5, 2013 8:26 pm 
Updated: Apr. 12, 2013 6:02 pm

I have really eaten a bit more unhealthy lately...okay, more than a bit! I've let Christmas, Valentine's Day, and Easter extend farther than just one day each. I haven't gotten back to healthy eating since way before the first of the year. I had another stress fracture in the same foot (number 3 if you're counting), so I haven't been able to get back to walking either. Add in the cold weather and babysitting the Grands and you have an idea of all the excuses I've used. So now is the time! 

Allrecipes is working with Let’s Move!, the Partnership for a Healthier America, and USDA’s MyPlate, inspiring anyone who is looking for healthier options access to hundreds of recipes that will help them create healthy, tasty plates. MyPlate is a guide for healthy eating! This new food icon is a simple and straightforward way to instantly convey the proper positions of what should be on your plate. Find out more here!

So, I began exercising by either doing a Walk at Home video by Leslie Sansone or walking outside, depending on the weather. I also began better eating habits by choosing MyPlate recipes to make. Here are the ones I chose this week.

Cinnamon Yogurt Dip - Delicious fruit dip!

Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan - an easy way to get a delicious veggie in.

Oatmeal Pancakes - I scaled this recipe to 1 serving. Really good, even with no topping! I made it 3 days later for a grandchild who had spent the night, and she loved these too.

Winter Green Salad - I made only the dressing. I had greens, carrots, red peppers, and a little left-over Easter ham for lunch one day, so I looked for a MyPlate dressing. This one was delicious!

Garlic Chicken - not bad, but better with Italian bread crumbs and the addition of rosemary, thyme, and basil.

Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes - I followed the time suggested, but it was too long. With practice, I'm sure these would be just right and would be perfect for those busy days with no time for cooking.

Lemon Garlic Tilapia - very easy and uses basic staples. It does need a little salt. 

Orzo with Parmesan and Basil - my favorite way to fix orzo with or without basil.

Groovy Smoothie - a delicious strawberry-banana smoothie that uses ingredients I always keep on hand.

I'm planning to continue my healthy food choices. Check back in next week to find out which MyPlate recipes I find to cook.

Apr. 5, 2013 9:10 pm
Thank you for sharing the MyPlate information. Everything looks great and I am sure you are feeling more fit already. Nice blog.
Apr. 6, 2013 2:46 am
Everything looks great, Paula! I plan to try the salad dressing-always looking for a new one.
Apr. 6, 2013 6:32 am
Hi Paula, Nice blog. You are inspiring with all the healthy recipes! Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing.
Apr. 6, 2013 6:44 am
Marie, you're welcome. I'm glad Allrecipes is on board with getting more fit and eating better. It makes it easier to find those healthy recipes.
Apr. 6, 2013 6:44 am
Elle, that salad dressing was really good. Hope you enjoy it too.
Apr. 6, 2013 6:44 am
Lela, thanks. You're always so encouraging.
Apr. 6, 2013 8:30 am
Super effort, Paula! Love the pix.
Apr. 6, 2013 10:38 am
Thanks, Bibi. I'm still working on the pics. That fish was hard to photograph!
Apr. 6, 2013 11:42 am
Thanks for sharing Paula! It all looks really good.
Apr. 6, 2013 12:29 pm
Wonderful Paula,the photos are lovely, thanks for sharing.
Apr. 7, 2013 7:58 pm
Thanks, Doc and manella. Most of it was very good.
Apr. 8, 2013 8:24 am
Didn't know anything about it, Paula! Thank you for sharing! It looks like you are well back on track! Nice pix, too!
Apr. 8, 2013 8:28 am
Glad to be the messenger for the MyPlate page. Hope you find it useful, mickdee. These recipes are very helpful for getting me back on track. Thanks for stopping by.
Apr. 8, 2013 9:03 am
Thanks for the info Paula. My niece (she's 13) has started working with a nutritionist due to pre-diabetes and an extremely high BMI. We are now implementing the use of MyPlate in both households as well as an hour of exercise 5 days a week. It will be nice to see reviews and ideas for the recipes here. Niece is VERY picky so this is going to be quite a challenge but the end result will be well worth it for all of us. :)
Apr. 8, 2013 11:07 am
Good blog Paula. I eat very healthy. Trouble is; I eat very unhealthy too! The result.... I'm an overweight person who feels GREAT! I love food and I cave so easily when it comes to sweets and chips and, well, anything I like. Your recipes look good and I would probably eat them. And, then have a piece of pie or a cupcake or a serving of a yummy recipe someone has posted here.
Apr. 8, 2013 11:24 am
Hey Paula I saw the Myplate symbol on one of my kitchen approved recipes and wondered what it was, so looked it up. A very good idea, glad AR making a Myplate recipe section...and if I must say, it really feels good to have a recipe in the Myplate recipes. Great blog and nice pic's, good luck with the eating healthy....we got to stick around awhile for the grand kiddos.
Apr. 8, 2013 12:04 pm
Pics are great! I find it confusing for you to call the recipe one name, then when I click on it, another recipe name comes up! You called the item Apple Cinnamon Dip, and it pulled up Cinnamon Yogurt Dip. I could not find Apple Cinnamon Dip when I typed in the name!
Apr. 8, 2013 6:49 pm
campergramma - I checked out that site but want to dig deeper. Thanks for sharing with me.
Apr. 8, 2013 6:52 pm
kdiddle - I would love for you to share with me the myplate recipes you and your niece are using. I'm so glad to see she's starting at 13 to get her pre-diabetes and weight under control. I sure hope she finds delicious, full-flavored healthy meals.
Apr. 8, 2013 6:53 pm
Candice - I think you are my clone!
Apr. 8, 2013 6:59 pm
Sherri - I just now checked out your Peach Avocado Salsa. It looks really good. I'd like to make it and put it on fish. And you're right about needing to stick around for the grandkiddos. But I also want to be able to run and play with them now!
Apr. 8, 2013 7:04 pm
sueb - I am such a goof-ball! I have no idea why I called that recipe Apple Cinnamon Dip. It is indeed Cinnamon Yogurt Dip! Sometimes I worry about myself.
Apr. 8, 2013 7:07 pm
sueb - I fixed it! Thanks for calling it to my attention.
Apr. 9, 2013 10:10 am
Keep up the good work and keep posting! One day, one meal at a time. So cool you have found so many easy and tasty meals from MyPlate, going to try that orzo with basil and parm.
Apr. 9, 2013 12:57 pm
cookin - There really are a lot of easy, good-tasting recipes in the MyPlate section. I loved the orzo. I really think you will like it too. Let me know.
Apr. 9, 2013 1:26 pm
I need to fallow your example. Starting with the exercise.
Apr. 9, 2013 7:17 pm
You walked at the beach, Joey. Remember? Now just do it every day :)
Apr. 10, 2013 4:05 am
No I walked in the park Monday wanting to go to the beach, and wanting to go to the beach yesterday as well and couldn't so I started weeding the flower beds in the front yard.
Apr. 10, 2013 6:39 am
Good for you for eating healthy and getting some exercise. I track all my calories and exercise on MyFitnessPal.com. Tracking is the best way to really to manage my health and fitness. And also cooking at home gives me thte ability to adjust recipes as necessary to meet my nutrition goals on a daily basis. I rarely prepare a recipe exactly as written, because I try to eat a diet low in saturated fat, high fiber, low refined sugar. And I exercise 5/6 days a week.. Your pics look delicious, especially the chicken,
Apr. 10, 2013 7:49 am
JOEY - I think weeding counts as exercise. CLOVER - Sounds like you've got your fitness plan under control. I'd love for you to share some of your recipes with me.
Apr. 10, 2013 9:23 am
Thanks so much for the healthy eating reminder Paula. You always inspire me.
Apr. 10, 2013 7:14 pm
You're welcome, mauigirl.
Apr. 10, 2013 7:26 pm
Paula, this is a very healthy recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/strawberry-broco-flower-salad/detail.aspx
Apr. 10, 2013 7:37 pm
My recipes? Well, I have Betty Crocker & Pillsbury cookbooks (20+ years old), several 5x7 recipe booklets from the grocery checkout stand, and AllRecipes. It's not so much the recipes as that I substitutions. I could write a little blog of them if you want me to.
Apr. 10, 2013 7:55 pm
This salad is good too. And you can see my pic and read in my review that I added a lot of additional ingredients to it.
Apr. 10, 2013 7:56 pm
Apr. 11, 2013 6:37 am
Those are two great recipes, Clover! Thanks for posting them.
Apr. 12, 2013 6:02 pm
I have made three of the my plate recipes so far this month. I am definitely ready for some fresher healthier recipes. I will try that salad dressing. Keep inspiring us! ; )
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