Thursday, June 06, 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama Selects Favorite MyPlate Recipes For New Pinterest Board

Sixteen dishes spotlighting USDA nutrition icon are #FLOTUSFaves...
To celebrate the second birthday of the Agriculture Department's MyPlate icon, the Let's Move! campaign on Thursday unveiled a collection of sixteen recipes that have been deemed First Lady Michelle Obama's favorites.  These are pinned on a dedicated Pinterest board with the title MyPlate: First Lady's Favorites.  "A Michelle Obama Favorite" is written on the photo of each finished dish.  (Above, a Mediterranean stew that's part of the collection)

Mrs. Obama "chose dishes that are tasty, easy to make, and nutritious," noted the Let's Move! blog when announcing the board.  

"Dishes include dinner entrees to salads to refreshing desserts."  

The 16 recipes--which don't actually include salads--are not by the White House chefs, but come from recipe sites run by media giants Condé Nast, Hearst Magazines, Meredith, Food Network and Time, Inc. that are part of the MyPlate Recipes partnership, launched to support Mrs. Obama's Let's Move! campaign last February. 

The First Lady's new board is being promoted on social media sites with the hashtag #FLOTUSfaves.  USDA is using #MyPlate and #MyPlateBirthday for its celebration.

Following USDA MyPlate guidelines, the recipes use vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean proteins, and fat-free or low-fat dairy.  Entree choices include Carne Asada Tacos; a Mediterranean Kale and Cannellini Stew with Farro; Herb Roasted Chicken with Potatoes and Peas, and Chicken and Eggplant Parmesan (Above, the Pinterest board)

There's also a recipe for Whole Wheat Pizzas from Parents.com, which is unquestionably a First Lady Favorite:  Three White House pizza recipes have been released for Let's Move!.

A breakfast recipe for Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes from DiabeticLiving.com is on Mrs. Obama's list, as is a Mexican Tortilla Soup recipe from MyRecipes.com.  There's also a broken link for a recipe for a Honeydew and Lime Soup, which when clicked instead  takes users to a recipe for a fruit Smoothie.


Snack/dessert fare includes a recipe for Kale Chips, a recipe for Skinny Spinach Artichoke Dip, and a recipe for Watermelon Kabobs from WomansDay.com.  It guides users through the incredibly uncomplicated process of jamming fruit chunks onto wood sticks, and suggests that these are best served drizzled with a sugar syrup.  A cupcake appears in the photo with the kabobs (above).

A Berry Banana Smoothie that uses yogurt or soy milk is the one recipe on the list that might "officially" qualify as a dessert. 

The MyPlate Recipes partnership was launched last February to help home cooks find MyPlate recipes from the thousands available on the internet.  The project is a collaboration between Pinterest, Let's Move!, Partnership for a Healthier America, and USDA, and Condé Nast, Hearst Magazines, Meredith, Food Network and Time, Inc.

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