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Celebrating MyPlate Recipes - Week 2 
Apr. 15, 2013 6:38 am 
Updated: Apr. 21, 2013 6:23 am

I began my healthy eating and exercising plans last week. I'm using the MyPlate recipes on this site. They're healthy and tasty, and I don't feel as though I'm cutting back. I love the variety and flavor all these recipes offer. The first one I tried this week was spicy and made me not miss my meat at all. It was perfect for Meatless Monday.

Tasty Lentil Tacos - a flavorful substitute for ground beef tacos.

Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter Sandwich - another variation on the good ole peanut butter sandwich.

Delicious Ham and Potato Soup - I love this soup! I use lots more potatoes, no salt at all, and only half the bouillon. 

Whole Wheat Carrot Raisin Muffins - I love muffins for breakfast, and these are at least a much better choice for me. The recipe calls for the healthier choices of whole wheat flour, honey, yogurt, and carrots. Yes, it's denser and a little less sweet than regular muffins, but I'm trying to avoid added sugars and fats, so this muffin is perfect for my taste. 

Amy's Healthy Fruity - I needed something one afternoon to help me wait to eat until dinnertime. One serving of this smoothie was the perfect amount.

Spinach Lentil Soup - I wanted a meatless lunch, so I omitted the kielbasa (mainly because I didn't have it) but added more carrot, onion, diced red pepper, and I upped the red pepper flakes as well. Even though I halved the recipe, I still had leftovers for more lunches this week. So glad!

Yogurt Chicken - I told you about a chicken dish somewhat similar to this in my last blog, but this one is much, much better. Delicious and moist due to the yogurt and lemon juice and very flavorful, especially if you use Italian breadcrumbs.

So far, I'm liking most of the MyPlate recipes I've tried. I've been trying to find why a certain recipe would be chosen over others for this USDA dietary guideline. So far, I've not found what I'm looking for. Anybody have any answers for me?

Apr. 15, 2013 6:51 am
They all look wonderfully tasty! Sorry, don't know about the USDA guidelines but what you are doing sure looks healthy and satisfying!
Apr. 15, 2013 6:53 am
Hello Paula! I don't have any answers for you on why one recipe is chose over another. It seems to be a big trend to eat more fresh vegetables and less protein or meat. However, I loved your blog with the beautiful photos. Great blog. I have never eaten lentils. So, the Lentil tacos look appealing to me. I will have to try the tacos.
Apr. 15, 2013 6:59 am
mickdee - Thanks for reading. I'm enjoying these recipes. They have been very tasty and satisfying.
Apr. 15, 2013 7:04 am
Lela - I must admit that I am having to adjust to the "plate" rather than the old-fashioned "food pyramid." But you are right. The trend or healthier choice is to eat more fruits and veggies and less meat. Hence, my reason for trying the lentils. Now I have whole bag of them, so I need more tasty recipes using them. So far, I like lentils with the few recipes I've tried.
Apr. 15, 2013 7:44 am
Paula thanks for pointing these out they look delicious, plus the Myplate board, I am browing it just now!
Apr. 15, 2013 8:00 am
ladanams - I'm glad you're finding this info helpful. I noticed on your blog that you and your husband are trying to eat healthier. I'm looking forward to sharing useful information with each other.
Apr. 15, 2013 8:36 am
Paula,your photos are very nice,they make me hungry,the soup looks good,i might try that soon.Thanks for sharing.
Apr. 15, 2013 8:43 am
Planning to try this 'Myplate' recipe if I can grill when it isn't raining this week. Love tarragon with chicken. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/grilled-tarragon-mustard-chicken/detail.aspx
Apr. 15, 2013 11:04 am
Those looking for the MyPlate recipes.... http://allrecipes.com/recipes/healthy-recipes/myplate-recipes/?src=mer1198
Apr. 15, 2013 1:15 pm
I grabbed the muffin and lentil soups when you reviewed them. I eat lentils, but really got excited about them after having a lemony lentil soup at an affair catered by a Turkish restaurant. It wasn't impressive to the eye but it tasted so good and try as I might, I haven't been able to recreate it. I also wondered about the criteria for the My Plate program. Some of the included recipes in the Pinterest board seemed dubious to me. Please keep posting, I am following you!
Apr. 15, 2013 1:56 pm
Your pictures make that food look fabulous! I have only ever had lentils in soup and I like them there, so will have to try other things with them as well. I'll have to look into this MyPlate program - I could use some healthier eating!
Apr. 15, 2013 3:39 pm
manella - Thanks for dropping by. Sorry I made you hungry, but if you eat, go get a myplate recipe :)
Apr. 15, 2013 3:39 pm
Sassy - That grilled tarragon mustard chicken looks good. I think I'll put it on my list!
Apr. 15, 2013 3:41 pm
BigShotsMom - That lemon lentil soup sounds interesting. Let me know if you ever find a recipe for it.
Apr. 15, 2013 3:42 pm
Mother Ann - I would be interested in the other dishes you find besides soup that use lentils. Keep me in mind and let me know when you find a good one.
Apr. 16, 2013 6:37 am
I had not run across the MyPlate section of the site. I'm so happy you are blogging about it! Spring seems to be the time of year everyone wants to eat lighter and to be more active. I can't wait to try some of the recipes. Thanks for your spirited enthusiasm and best of luck in meeting your goals!
Apr. 17, 2013 4:45 am
every thing looks so good. You must be feeling so full of energy. Keep it up lady.
Apr. 17, 2013 5:58 am
Cookin'Cyn - Isn't the MyPlate section great? I'm really enjoying cooking through it. Let me know what recipes you try.
Apr. 17, 2013 5:59 am
Joey - I do feel better since I've started exercising and eating better. Getting sugar out of my system does wonders for me.
Apr. 19, 2013 8:41 pm
Nice blog Paula. My daughter loves that soup. Once when we were stuck home during a blizzard, I made it with powdered milk. Still turned out. Looks/sounds like you're enjoying your healthy adventure.
Apr. 21, 2013 6:23 am
Clover - Evidently, that ham and potato soup is delicious any way you fix it!
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