MyPlate-Inspired Quick and Easy Recipes

Enjoy our favorite MyPlate-inspired quick and easy recipes, which incorporate a variety of protein, vegetables, and grains for well-rounded and convenient meal options.

Nutritious Quick and Easy Recipes
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Nutritious Quick and Easy Recipes

Cooking Light is working with the Partnership for a Healthier America and USDA’s MyPlate to give anyone looking for healthier options access to thousands of recipes that will help them create healthy, tasty plates. For more information about creating a healthy plate, visit Find recipes at

Our quick and easy recipes are ideal meal options for families and individuals during busy weekdays. MyPlate recommends varying protein food choices, avoiding redundancy, and providing an array of nutritional values for your body, making these dishes (which include seafood, chicken, lamb, and more) perfect for a healthy diet.

First up is our Prosciutto, Peach, and Sweet Lettuce Salad. Serve this light main-course salad with a piece of crusty baguette for a delicious dish. Choose ripe, juicy peaches, and leave the peel on for more texture.

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