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Celebrating MyPlate Recipes - 5th ed. 
May 20, 2013 7:39 pm 
Updated: May 25, 2013 9:14 am

I had several bags of dried fruit in my pantry and wanted to use them. I remember recently when I ate out of my pantry, frig, and freezer for a month without having to do any major grocery shopping. I did not want to let myself have that much again, so I decided to use those fruits in REALLY, TRULY GORGEOUS DRIED FRUT SALAD.  While this isn't really, truly gorgeous...it IS really, truly good. I ate it by itself and also as a topping for pancakes.

For brunch one morning, I fixed SPANISH POTATO OMELET. I will decrease the olive oil next time, but this was definitely a keeper. It would make a great meal for dinner too.

I put BLACK BEANS AND PORK CHOPS in the slow cooker one day for dinner that evening. I had been on my feet a lot the day before, and since I've gotten this cast, it takes its toll on me when I do that. So this particular day, I decided to take it easy and give my feet a break. While it wasn't great, it was good.

The best surprise was GARLIC MASHED CAULIFLOWER. I've made this substitute for mashed potatoes before and thought it was terrible. But this recipe is brilliant, fantastic, superb, excellent! I loved it, and my pretty astute husband had no clue. He thought he was eating potatoes, just not my normal recipe :)

I made EMMI'S BANANA WRAPS for lunch one day. This recipe takes the plain ole peanut butter and banana sandwich to a whole new level! Delicious! Be sure to realize, though, that it's 4 servings, or your healthy eating will make you gain weight :)

I love the combined flavors of peanut butter and banana, so I made another MyPlate recipe called GRILLED PEANUT BUTTER AND BANANA SANDWICH. I don't like for my tongue to stick to the roof of my mouth, so I used half the amount of peanut butter and banana that the recipe called for. It also cut the fat and calories.

I served THREE PEPPER CHICKEN over pasta for dinner. I love peppers, so this dish was right down my alley. It needs quite a few tweaks for next time, but it's worth making again. Check out my review to see the changes I would make. 

Another dish I fixed was CHARLEY'S SLOW COOKER MEXICAN STYLE MEAT. Now, I don't exactly live in the middle of authentic Mexican foodville. Taco Bell is one of my husband's favorite places to go if that tells you anything. We had never had Mexican tortillas using roast, but we both liked these. 

I accompanied these tortillas with MEXICAN CORN SALAD. I really liked this dish better before I added the salsa. 

I tried another MyPlate pancake recipe, WHOLE WHEAT OATMEAL AND BANANA PANCAKES. I've liked both pancake recipes I've tried. I use white whole wheat and have not experienced the really dense, heaviness that regular whole wheat sometimes gives. 

Well, that's another week of MyPlate recipes, and again, I really appreciate Allrecipes making it so easy to find delicious, healthier foods to prepare for our families.  

May 20, 2013 7:40 pm
Here's the link to the MyPlate collection - - http://allrecipes.com/recipes/healthy-recipes/myplate-recipes/Main.aspx
May 20, 2013 8:07 pm
Great recipes as always Paula. I'm going to haves to try that Mashed Garlic Cauliflower recipe. I also had tried another version of that and did not care for it. But I may give it a try since you recommend it.
May 20, 2013 8:18 pm
Those "Emmi's Banana Wraps" were a hit here. The grands loved them. I cut them into pinwheels and they were awesome.
May 20, 2013 8:25 pm
Garlic Mashed Cauliflower is great too. I'm liking the MyPlate recipes.
May 20, 2013 8:54 pm
I had the MyPlate Persian avocado and Tomato salad for dinner and really liked it. I have cauliflower in my fridge that will get made into Mashed Garlic Cauliflower. Thanks for the tip, I too, have been disappointed by other recipes.
May 21, 2013 5:37 am
Occasional Cooker - Someone recommended using Laughing Cow cheese instead of the cream cheese in the Garlic Mashed Cauliflower to cut calories. Sounds like a great idea to me. The Laughing Cow has different flavors, too, so the cauliflower could have a variety of flavor possibilities.
May 21, 2013 5:38 am
bd.weld - I can imagine kids loving those banana wraps. Heck, I loved them. I never dreamed peanut butter and granola together would taste so good.
May 21, 2013 5:41 am
BigShotsMom - I've never care for avocado...until recently. My daughter made some guac adding just tomatoes, onions, lime juice, and salt. It was so good! I'm reconsidering avocados now, so I'll have to check that salad recipe out.
May 21, 2013 5:42 am
Paula, great blog, photos are lovely and I to will try the mashed cauliflower as I have never had it. Thank you.
May 21, 2013 5:48 am
My goodness, Paula, your kitchen has been getting a work-out! I've looked at the My Plate collection, and I was surprised to find one of my favorite recipes there: Grandma's Chicken Chardon! I'll put it on the list for this week. Great job on the blog.
May 21, 2013 6:27 am
Thanks for mentioning the mashed cauliflower, Paula. Mom and I tried some once, made with a mixer and both agreed it was AWFUL! I'll try it again with this recipe. :)
May 21, 2013 6:39 am
Paula, I hate avocado. It's the texture, too slimy, ugh. I recently saw a recipe for sweet pea guacamole that sounded really interesting. One of the reviewers mentioned that at a party with 3 bowls of guac, hers was the first to disappear. Here's the link:http://www.food.com/recipe/sweet-pea-guacamole-72662. There's a similar recipe here on AR, but it lacks cilantro, and the onion is blended with the peas, so disappears. It's reviews weren't as good. I'd also add a little chopped tomato and maybe some extra lime juice.
May 21, 2013 7:38 am
manella - Thanks for stopping by. I think you will like that Garlic Mashed Cauliflower. Be sure to let me know.
May 21, 2013 7:42 am
Bibi - Thanks for recommending Grandma's Chicken Cordon. I'll have to check it out. I've noticed there are quite a few chicken recipes that call for dipping the chicken in something and then coating it with breadcrumbs. Lots of variations of each other. I wish there were as many MyPlate recipes for veggies like green beans and carrots.
May 21, 2013 7:51 am
lucylove - I made the mashed cauliflower with a mixer, milk, and butter the same way I made my mashed potatoes...and it was worse than awful! So glad I found this AR recipe! The sweet pea guac is very unusual. I like sweet peas, so this looks like an interesting recipe to try. Thanks!
May 22, 2013 7:49 am
Paula, lovely photos and a great blog. I just can't get myself to eat cauliflower, although your photo of mashed cauliflower really is tempting. I am really surprised that the Spanish Potato Omelet uses 1/2 cup of olive oil and still made the My Plate list. I think I will try the omelet with less oil. I made a My Plate pasta salad that had 2/3 cup of olive oil. Way too much olive oil. I had to drain the salad. However, I have enjoyed the My Plate recipes I have made and even the Lemony Cucumbers I thought was a My Plate recipe.
May 22, 2013 1:12 pm
Lela - I agree about the oil in the omelet. Way too much. I do know that our bodies need healthy oil. Even Weight Watchers recommends a certain amount every day. But if I can decrease the oil, I will. Many times I choose to saute veggies in Pam rather than use oil.
May 24, 2013 10:43 pm
My husband is not a fan of cauliflower, but, I am definitely going to try this recipe. Hopefully, I can "trick" him into eating it! Looks yummy!
May 25, 2013 9:14 am
happyschmoopies - I keep seeing reviews where people say the cauliflower is too thin. Mine was the perfect consistency. It may have something to do with the ratio of cream cheese to cauliflower( different size heads). If yours is too thin, add a little more cream cheese.
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