A Birthday on a Plate

My Plate Birthday Icon

Birthdays are symbolic in any household, but sometimes the birthday celebration can come from the plate itself.  On Sunday, June 2 MyPlate celebrated their 2nd birthday, and rather than sending the usual gift all wrapped up in a bow, their birthday wish is to increase healthy balanced plates across the country.

The USDA’s MyPlate icon emphasizes fruit, vegetable, grain, protein foods, and the dairy food groups to help families and individuals think about building a healthy plate when it comes time to preparing meals.  While MyPlate provides the framework for a healthy meal, they also provide the recipe inspiration to succeed.

Their Pinterest account is filled with delicious and comforting recipes that bring to life the idea of the MyPlate icon. From breakfast to dinner and protein to vegetarian, there is a recipe for every occasion. Dinners like Salami and Mushroom Pizza and Five Spice Turkey Burgers are perfect for the entire family to gather around this summer.   However, as we all know some of the best recipes are what we whip up from the ingredients in our own pantry.

MyPlate has partnered with The Mushroom Council this summer in “Swap It or Top It” a mushroom based recipe contest encouraging you to create, taste and inspire with mushrooms this summer. Categories range from a blended mushroom dish, replacing a portion of meat with finely chopped mushrooms to a MyPlate burger featuring whole grains, lean protein, fruit, vegetables and dairy.  Not only will the winning recipe receive bragging rights, but a grand prize of $5,000.

Whether you’re inspired to follow a MyPlate recipe or create your own, here’s to a savory and healthy summer ahead.

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