#MyPlateBirthday + Easy meals I made this week!

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A little belated but Happy Birthday MyPlate!  The kids and I celebrated with some paper Myplate plates we picked up at the store on a whim – thanks Jenny!  Thanks to special tweets from Let’s Move blog reminding me that MyPlate is celebrating its 2nd birthday!  I just printed out Serving Up MyPlate: A Yummy Curriculum.  I think I will test it out kids, I love to play school!

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MyPlate is a cool, yet super simple concept.  Before this idea became MyPlate I remember telling people to divide their plate like a clock, from 9 to 3 eat fruits and veggies and so on . . .  I think once people see this image it helps them get an idea of what to eat or at least they will be eating more fruits and vegetable, eh?

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Here are the kids loving their MyPlate plates!  Our menu for the night was applesauce, kale chips, corn on the cob and Crispy Chicken Fingers (from a previous post – so incredibly easy and everyone asks for seconds, gotta try!) Yeah, so corn is not technically a grain but I told them it is a starchy vegetable plus we have breading on the chicken.  I really wanted to balance out all the crackers they had before dinner.  I can never get dinner on the table fast enough for these hungry little eaters! They really loved having something in every spot.  I was getting their plates ready and my daughter said, “I want a fruit in this spot!”  I was just getting their applesauce, patience Smile.  I think I will totally buy reusable MyPlates!

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I confess . . . I have never made kale chips until the other night!  I know! They seem all trendy but I guess I have never gotten around to actually making them.  I did find a nice bag of chopped kale at TJ’s that I thought would  make it really easy.

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A quick rinse and dress with some olive oil, salt and pepper and throw on a baking sheet! I followed tips from Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food Blog – How to make kale chips (better)!

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I couldn’t believe how crunchy they were and as we were all munching on them it sounded like we were chomping on potato chips! This was a very successful dinner as every one (husband including, lol) cleaned there plates!

 

Dinner #2!

I usually set up a weekly meal plan for the week but I think after the race this weekend I just wanted to take it easy!  However, I was determined to not have to make a trip to the grocery store and use what I already have in my pantry and frig.   I found veggie pasta, one full serving of vegetables. Hmmm . . . they tasted great, not whole grain but I guess sneaking some veggies is just fine, too!

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To the noodles I added four little cubes of  the herbed cheese, a bag of frozen mixed veggies (red peppers, yellow squash, zucchini), half bag of frozen green beans and one tablespoon of butter.  Along side I made meat balls (1/2# pound lean ground beef; 1 egg; 1/2 cup bread crumbs/ 1-2 tbsp Mrs. Dash onion seasoning, 1/4 cup tomato sauce).  I don’t think my picture looks the best but it tasted pretty good.

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Super simple and dinner was on the table in no time! Now if only I had someone to do my dishes, heehehhee! 

 

Cheers!

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