Did you know that First Lady Obama recently helped launch the new "My Plate" healthy eating program? The USDA has replaced the food pyramid so many of us are used to seeing with the new, easier to understand "my plate" concept. The hope is that it is easier to understand and will lead to healthier eaters.
The graphic shown, a plate divided into portion size for each type of food is simple if understood. Let's take a little time to explore the plate. You can find complete information at www.myplate.gov.
The plate is divided into 5 categories, the majority taken up by vegetables and grain. The 5 categories are:
Over the next 5 weeks, I will take you on a closer look at all the categories, explaining what is meant and what to eat followed up by recipes from my recipe book and the CFA recipe book, "Camp Kitchen Magic"
Here is a recipe to get us started. Add some fruit and glass of milk and your plate is covered:
Camp Spaghetti w Meat Sauce
- 1 lb ground LEAN turkey or beef OR 1 1/2 Cs lentils
- 1 cup carrots
- 1 medium onion
- 1/2 lb mushrooms
- 3 gloves garlic
- 2 cans stewed tomatoes, pureed
- 1 T sugar
- 2 T cooking wine (optional)
- 2 cups water or low sodium chicken broth
- basil (fresh = 1/4 C; dried = 2 T) adjust to your liking
- salt and pepper to taste
- oregano, thyme, or other Italian seasonings you like (we only use basil at camp)
- 1/2 lb whole wheat spaghetti pasta (1/2 lb for up to 5 people)
- Parmesan (optional)
If using lentils, omit in browning step, add with liquids. Cook for 1 hour or until lentils are tender. You may need to add more liquid as they cook, but probably not.
For vegetarian sauce, replace meat with:
1/2 C lentils
Add 1 1/2 Cs chopped zucchini and/or yellow squash
Eat well and be healthy. Remember to check out www.myplate.gov for more information.
In the Spirit of Camp,
Join us for the Youth Empowerment / Ragger Retreat Dec 9-11, 2011