Get Your Plate in Shape: Dinner

by in Healthy Recipes, March 21, 2012
sausage lasagna
A piece of this lasagna plus a green salad and even some dessert equals a well-balanced meal.

In honor of National Nutrition Month we’re giving you meal ideas that follow the USDA’s MyPlate recommendations. We’ve covered breakfast and lunch—now it’s dinner time.

The Guidelines
Ending the day with a well-balanced meal is important. This is your last big change to take in any nutrients you may not have gotten enough of during the day. For example, if you have pasta primavera for lunch, be sure to include 3 to 4 ounces of protein for dinner. If you didn’t get in all your fruits during the day, make sure to add one for dessert.

Meal 1: Lasagna
Sausage Lasagna
Green Salad With Strawberry-Balsamic Vinaigrette
Baked Banana With Cinnamon and Honey

Food groups: protein, grain, dairy, fruit, veggie

Meal 2: Chicken Stew
1 cup mixed greens with 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinaigrette
Mexican Chicken Stew
1 small whole wheat roll
Minted Fruit Salad

Food groups: protein, grain, fruit, veggie

Meal 3: Chicken
Oven Fried Chicken
Adobo Rice and Black Beans
Blackened Green Beans
1 cup sliced strawberries topped with 1 tablespoon whipped cream

Food groups: protein, grain, fruit, veggie

Meal 4: Salmon
Saucy Salmon
¾ cup cooked brown rice
1 cup skim, low-fat or soy milk

Food groups: protein, grain, dairy, veggie

Meal 5: Beef
Slow Cooker Beef With Root Vegetables
1 cup skim, low-fat or soy milk
1 cup sliced cantaloupe

Food groups: protein, dairy, fruit, veggie

Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. See Toby’s full bio »

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