22 Half the Plate Recipes

With so many mixed messages about nutrition in the media, it can be hard to know exactly what it means to eat a healthy diet. One this is for sure, though, eating lots of fruits and vegetables is a wise move. According to the USDA, we should be filling half of our plates at every meal with fruits and vegetables. These foods provide fiber, feed the gut, deliver antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and are generally low in calories. This is the impetus for my “half the plate” challenge this month, whereby I”m doing my best to fill half my plate at meals and snacks with colorful, flavorful produce of every stripe. I encourage you to do the same and have gathered over a dozen recipes to help you get started. You’ll find them below.

Also, be sure to tag your #halftheplate meals (and snacks and sweet) on Instagram and I’ll share them. We can get inspired by one another.

What’s your favorite “half the plate” meal? Feel free to share in the comments below.


Wild Blueberry Parfait

Wild Blueberry Yogurt Parfaits

Egg and vegetable breakfast

Skillet Egg & Veggie Breakfast Bowl

Carrot, Mango, Ginger Smoothie

Green Smoothie with spinach and orange

A Super Green Smoothie

Yogurt Parfait on a Plate


Bunny Rabbit Rolls

Best Avocado Toast with piece of fruit on the side

Vegetarian Chinese Chickenless Salad

Quick Vegetarian Chinese Chickenless Salad

Chicken Salad in Lettuce Wraps


healthier homemade ranch

Healthy Ranch Dip with Veggies

Homemade Strawberry Milk

Homemade Strawberry Milk

Loaded Sweet Potato Nachos

Peanut butter apple stacks

Peanut Butter Apple Snacks


Eggplant & Tempeh Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

white bowls with sweet potato, black beans, and green sauce

Sweet Potato Black Bean Bowls with Glossy Green Sauce

Turkey Taco Salad with Cumin Lime Dressing

Chicken Paillard with salad and little potatoes on the side

Instant Pot Italian White Bean Soup

4- Ingredient Sweet Potato Enchiladas with a side of Mexican Slaw

Baby bok choy with pork and tofu

Brown Sugar Bok Choy with Pork and Tofu

Delicata Squash Tacos with Quick Pickled Onions

Pan-Seared Salmon with Mango Salsa and Avocado

…and for dessert…

A scoop of your favorite ice cream topped with your favorite fruit


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