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Cook It Quick Newsletter - May 2013

The Partnership for a Healthier America, Let's Move!, USDA's MyPlate and the nation's top recipe creators have created a MyPlate Recipes Pinterest Board featuring hundreds of tasty recipes for anyone looking for healthier meals.There are 27 separate boards within the overall board.

This month's Cook It Quick features links to a variety of recipes on the MyPlate Pinterest Board. They were chosen for Cook It Quick as the following 12 recipes are made with commonly available ingredients, fast to make, and easy on the budget. ENJOY! And ... check out other recipes ideas on MyPlate Recipes Pinterest Board

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Yogurt Fruit Smoothie

This smoothie fits in thee MyPlate Dairy Group. Learn more about choosing foods from the MyPlate Dairy Group.


Chocolate Granola Apple Wedges

The apple slices place this food in the MyPlate Fruit Group. Eat soon after preparing, before the apples turn brown.

Learn more about choosing foods from the MyPlate Fruit Group.

Tangy Mustard Coleslaw

Enjoy this coleslaw that fits in the MyPlate Vegetable Group.

Learn more about adding more foods from the MyPlate Vegetable Group to your day.


Black Bean Quesadillas

Make this quick-to-fix dish even faster by using a prepared salsa. Get protein, dairy,  grain, and vegetables from this food!

Chicken Caesar Salad

This recipe is made super quick by using a precooked rotisserie chicken. However, you can use any leftover cooked chicken.


Foil-Wrapped Mexican Pork Chops

This quick dish is made with just 5 ingredients! It offers foods from both the MyPlate Protein and MyPlate Vegetable Group.

Grilled Summer Veggies

Grilled vegetables, such as zucchini and other summer squash, peppers and onions make a great summer side dish. 

Zucchini and Corn Saute

This recipe is colorful, quick, and easy!

Slow Cooker Chunky Applesauce

Put a few simple ingredients into a slowcooker and 6 hours later, you have a delicious applesauce! Serve it warm or cold.


Source: via BHG on Pinterest

Quick-Toss Tuna and Cannellini Bean Salad

Though this recipe contains 10 ingredients, most are ready-to-go and need no pre-preparation steps.

NOTE: You can substitute Great Northern Beans for the Cannellini beans.

Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Garlic, Parsley, and Lemon

While the pasta is cooking, prepare the other other ingredients for this recipe.


Beef and Cabbage Wraps

These wraps require just 6 ingredients, most of which require no pre-preparation.




Our goal is to make you "hungry for healthy food" by offering tips and delicious, quick-to-prepare, inexpensive recipes. Preparing these recipes and using the tips will help you increase consumption of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products. At the same time, you will reduce sodium, solid fats, and calories. Food safety tips are included.

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