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Celebrating More MyPlate Recipes 
May 1, 2013 5:34 pm 
Updated: May 9, 2013 11:09 am

I'm still making MyPlate recipes, recipes created for a healthy, balanced plate. In fact, I made 21 of them during the month of April. Those of us who are a little older remember the previous plan, the food pyramid. Allrecipes has done a great job placing interesting and flavorful recipes in this category. I haven't tried one that I haven't liked. Granted, they aren't all 5 stars, but they're good. Here's the whole collection of MyPlate Recipes.

Pecan Dijon Chicken - The reviewers seemed to either love this dish or hate it. I suppose it depended on whether they were a mustard lover or hater. Odd thing is that I'm not particularly fond of mustard, but I liked this dish. I particularly liked the crunch the pecans gave it. I did omit the mustard powder. 

Carol's Baked Ziti Casserole - This was perfect for my weekly meatless meal, served with a green salad. I will definitely make this again.

Healthier Easy Baked Tilapia - I used a frozen mix that included corn, and this recipe not only turned out healthy but beautiful as well! I love one-dish wonders!

Energy Balls - I chose to make these smaller because (unfortunately) I hold to the philosophy that more is better. I knew I couldn't be satisfied with just 1 of these, no matter the size. So I made them smaller and got twice as many of them. Now I can have 2 of them for a serving of dessert or healthy snack.

Groovy Green Smoothie - This is one of my very favorite smoothie recipes. It's sweet yet makes me feel as though I'm eating healthy because of all the calcium, fruits, and spinach. It makes a great after dinner dessert! Needless to say, it could wreck a diet plan if you drink too much of it because of the calorie content, but in moderation (1 serving!), it's a great addition to your food plan and helps you get your fruit and vegetable servings in. By the way, if you don't like spinach, you'll never know it's in this delicious beverage. Try it!

Blueberry Cream Slushy - This is a delicious smoothie, too, and it has a really beautiful color.

This dish, Honey Glazed Chicken, is not a MyPlate recipe, but it doesn't seem to be that bad for you. I calculated the Weight Watchers points, and it came out to be only 5 points per serving. 

I'm really trying to get back to consistently eating better and just making healthier choices. I'm continuing to walk, slowly building up my mileage so I don't hurt my foot again. I'm also starting to lift weights again two days a week. I feel better and have Allrecipes to thank for much of that.


May 1, 2013 5:45 pm
Hey Paula, wonderful blog, photos are great. I walk a lot also. I have a black lab who loves to walk.I go to the Y 4 times a week, I really enjoy it.Zumba is fun. Have a great night.
May 1, 2013 5:46 pm
I also meant to say, I admire your will power.
May 1, 2013 6:10 pm
Great job, Paula! Thanks for sharing your healthy meals.
May 1, 2013 6:37 pm
Great blog Paula! Lots of wonderful recipes and photos. Thanks for sharing.
May 1, 2013 6:42 pm
manella - I really enjoy walking. It takes every bit of willpower I have not to walk too far too soon. I stood on my feet for three days getting ready for the tea last Saturday, and my foot really screamed at me. So I'm trying to really go slow.
May 1, 2013 6:45 pm
Thanks for dropping by, Bibi and Occasional Cooker. You're welcome.
May 1, 2013 6:50 pm
I really need to get back on track with WW . . . thanks for the inspiration! Goes to show that I can be a foodie while still preparing healthy, good for me meals!
May 1, 2013 11:31 pm
You have made me pay attention again. The nice thing about the My Plate recipes is you feel satisfied because this is the same food someone who had no interest in the nutritional component would eat. Nice blog, thanks.
May 2, 2013 6:14 am
Well it seems I have gone up a size over this winter. That or they are making cloths smaller this year. So I am joining you Paula and going to start watching what I eat. What do think Lemon curd and graham crackers a healthy breakfast right? And as always love the blog you make me very hungry some days.
May 2, 2013 6:41 am
Kim and BigShotsMom - You're right, we can still be foodies while watching the calories and fat content of a recipe. Allrecipes has lots of healthy choices that make for delicious meals, even those not watching their weight!
May 2, 2013 6:45 am
Joey - You crack me up! Lemon curd and graham crackers! Fruit and grains, right? I always blame the washer and dryer for shrinking my clothes. Then I realize I can't go out and buy new ones, so it's time to eat better and less of it.
May 2, 2013 7:58 am
Paula, I love the smoothies you posted here! I will give them a try since I was getting bored with eating yogurt and fruit for breakfast. The tilapia looks really good, too! Nice blog!
May 2, 2013 8:36 am
Lela - I love smoothies for breakfast since I'm not terribly hungry in the mornings. Those two are really good.
May 2, 2013 12:37 pm
Paula, you're such an inspiration. I have to get back in to better eating habits like you've done. I recently started making fruit and veggie smoothies for me and hubs each day. You make a good point about the calories. Even though we're putting something good in to our bodies we have to keep in mind the amount. I read somewhere that when you blend fruits like this they convert to a higher sugar level than if you were to eat them whole. I'm still learning. Thanks for offering great pointers!
May 2, 2013 3:21 pm
Hey, CC. Thanks for making that point about the sugar level. I bet you don't get the fiber you would if they were whole and unpeeled either.
May 3, 2013 2:04 pm
Hi; Thank you for keeping us updated and MyPlate. I do have couple of questions. 1. Is that a 9" plate that you are using? 2. I try and have different salads and at least one if not two other vegetables at my meals. Do they still have to fit on the plate or can I use a small side plate for the salad. To answer your question yes the fibre does change when you turn whole fruit into a juice.
May 4, 2013 6:49 am
Nadine, that plate in the bottom shot is a salad plate to my china. I almost always use a salad plate or a saucer to take my photos. The food just seems to show up better.
May 9, 2013 11:09 am
I've always noticed your delicious looking smoothies you've posted over time and these are no exception just saved to my recipe box. Looks great! Please check-out your tea party blog when you have time. I responded as you requested about our tea party. Thanks Paula!
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I'm a wife, mother of 2, and grandmother of 6. I love to cook. I especially like to cook new and different recipes. I don't like to have the same meals week after week. My husband has decided it really doesn't matter whether he likes a new recipe or not because he won't see it again for a very long time anyway!
My favorite things to cook
I like to cook entrees and desserts. I like preparing good, down-to-earth cooking. I also decorate cakes, mostly for the grandchildren now.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Holidays bring out the traditions: chocolate chip cheese ball; crockpot chicken and dressing; and broccoli salad, sweet potatoes and butterscotch pie handed down from past generations. Another thing that must be tradition in my family: we all make new recipes when we have company! My mother, sister, daughter, and I all do this. My daddy never understood why we would risk making something we had never made before. Actually, none of us has ever served company a new recipe that didn't taste good.
My cooking triumphs
Cake decorating: wedding cakes, bridal and baby shower cakes, birthday cakes: Little Pirate, Cinderella, Elmo, Strawberry Shortcake. My friends call me Betty Crocker. When my daughter got married, she had a bridal shower where the guests were asked to write something on an apron. My best friend told her if she needed a recipe or help in the kitchen to ask her mother. If she needed a good place to eat out, ask her.
My cooking tragedies
A 4 tier huge wedding cake that fell apart at 2:00am. Thankfully, I still had time to salvage the cake.
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