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.
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 www.choosemyplate.gov. Find recipes at http://pinterest.com/MyPlateRecipes/.
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.
View Recipe: Prosciutto, Peach, and Sweet Lettuce Salad
Ready in just 20 minutes, this tuna dish is the perfect way to incorporate more seafood into your weekly diet without much
effort needed. Serve with quick-cooking rice and steamed baby bok choy to round out the meal.
View Recipe: Double-Sesame Grilled Tuna
Blindfolded eggs are a short-order cook’s version of poached eggs. The Garlic-Cheddar Grits in this recipe make a divine bed
for the perfectly cooked eggs.
View Recipe: Eggs Blindfolded Over Garlic-Cheddar Grits
A three-minute dip into a pungent cilantro-lime marinade is all that's needed to deliver big flavor to chicken breasts. Serve
with saffron rice.
View Recipe: Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa
This macaroni and cheese meal is sure to gather rave reviews from kids and adults alike. This family-friendly one-dish meal
gets its richness from sharp cheddar cheese, which mellows the heat from the hot sauce.
View Recipe: Bacon Mac
Small rice-shaped pasta, orzo cooks quickly and soaks up flavor from the vinaigrette. Double the vinaigrette and spoon some
over the top of the fish, if you like.
View Recipe: Pan-Grilled Snapper with Orzo Pasta Salad
A tangy sauce enlivens simple grilled chicken breasts and a hint of sugar balances out the flavors.
View Recipe: Grilled Chicken with Mustard-Tarragon Sauce
The red curry paste in this ethnic dish is a blend of clarified butter, curry powder, vinegar, and other seasonings. Use either
Indian or Asian curry paste; it comes in mild and hot versions and can be modified to suit your preference.
View Recipe: Tofu with Red Curry Paste, Peas, and Yellow Tomatoes
This tuna recipe takes on an Asian flair with a coating of sesame seeds and a sauce of wasabi paste, soy sauce, and fresh
View Recipe: Sesame-Crusted Tuna with Wasabi-Ponzu Sauce
Our succulent lamb chops are a hearty source of protein and pair perfectly with this side of sautéed Braeburn apple slices.
View Recipe: Lamb Chops with Sautéed Apples
These fresh-flavored mango shrimp skewers are ready to enjoy in just 25 minutes and are a great option for entertaining when
the weather is warm.
View Recipe: Mango Shrimp Kebabs
Wild striped bass is plentiful along the Easy Coast, but might be hard to find if you live inland. Look for farmed bass, which
is a hybrid of striped bass and white bass, and will work as a great substitute in this dish.
View recipe: Sautéed Striped Bass with Lemon-Caper Sauce
Lots of veggies and herbs pack our flavorful salad. It’s quick and easy to prepare and also tastes great with grilled chicken
View Recipe: Thai Steak Salad
You only need 20 minutes and a really hot pan to create these delicious seared filets. Tip: a great sear on the steaks depends
on the heat of the pan and not moving the meat too much while it’s cooking.
View Recipe: Seared Filet with Mixed-Herb Gremolata
This recipe is easy to make in just three simple steps. Enjoy with a small side salad or breadsticks for a meal everyone in
the family will enjoy.
View Recipe: Linguine with Clam Sauce
This dish is the perfect way to incorporate more fish and veggies into your healthy lifestyle. Ready in just 30 minutes, it's
easy to make and bursting with rich flavors.
View Recipe: Halibut à la Provençal over Mixed Greens
Combine citrusy grilled shrimp with arugula, avocado, and jicama to make a Mexican-inspired main dish salad.
View Recipe: Lemony Grilled Shrimp Salad
Take a walk on the culinary wild side with this adventurous pizza. Thinly sliced Fuji apples, goat cheese, toasted pecans,
baby arugula, and fresh thyme meld together in a tantalizing blend of flavors for a unique dinner pizza.
View Recipe: Apple, Goat Cheese, and Pecan Pizza
Based on the classic Korean barbecue dish bulgogi, this recipe offers savory-sweet-garlicky beef wrapped in lettuce leave with rice and kimchi.
View Recipe: Korean Sesame Beef with Lettuce Wraps
Streamline your stir-frying process by prepping all ingredients before you start cooking. For a whole-grain base, use brown
View Recipe: Tempeh and Broccolini Stir-Fry
Serve with a simple side salad of mixed baby greens and cherry tomatoes.
View Recipe: Grilled Pork with Mango and Rum Sauce
If you want a sweeter sauce, use honey mustard instead of Dijon.
View Recipe: Pork Scaloppine with Mustard Pan Sauce and Baby Carrots
Your friends will never believe how simple this beautiful dish actually is.
View Recipe: Quick Broiled Salmon with Vegetables
Try these fun rice balls for an engaging and nutritious lunchbox main course.
View Recipe: Quick Chicken-Sesame Rice Balls
Whole tenderloin is seared and sliced for these quick pork tacos. Serve with lime wedges.
View Recipe: Pork Tacos with Mango Slaw
Make-ahead prep tip: Double the pesto portion of the recipe, and freeze half for a future pita pizza dinner.
View Photo: Pita Pizzas with Kale Pesto, Tomatoes, and Bacon
Canned beans that are already seasoned help bring these tacos together in a flash.
View Photo: Black Bean Tacos with Feta Slaw
Lamb top round comes from the leg; it's a flavorful, boneless cut that's still tender enough for quick cooking.
View Recipe: Sticky Korean Lamb Skewers
Baking the pizzas directly on the oven rack gives you a crisp crust in less time. You can substitute shredded part-skim mozzarella
cheese for fresh.
View Recipe: Quick BBQ Chicken Pizzas
Crushed red pepper gives this barbecue chicken quesadilla a punch of heat. Crisp in a hot skillet with cooking spray instead
of butter to save 7g sat fat.
View Recipe: Kickin' BBQ Chicken Quesadilla
We love the thin crust of this pizza, which cooks up fast and as crisp as a cracker.
View Recipe: Prosciutto-Arugula Pizza