New American Plate Challenge

Week 12

Green Goddess Buddha Bowl

This bowl combines the star nutrition power of whole grain sorghum and beans with cool green veggies, such as arugula, avocados, cucumbers, asparagus, and pumpkin seeds. Plus, it’s topped with a house-made, plant-based Green Goddess Dressing that is as tasty as it is pretty.

Recipe adapted from Sharon Palmer, The Plant-Powered Dietitian.

Summer Shrimp and Pineapple Bowl

“Bowls” are quick, versatile, and pack a variety of flavors and textures into a one-pot meal. This shrimp and pineapple version features a colorful variety of snap peas, pineapple, basil, and bell pepper. You can switch up the vegetables for any you have on hand and add a different protein like chicken or tofu. No matter how you mix it up, it cooks in about 15 minutes, making it a great, healthy option for a busy week night.

Zucchini and Onion Breakfast Frittata

Protein-rich eggs and fresh, seasonal vegetables are the secret to this healthy frittata. Well-known in the Mediterranean diet, the frittata can be enriched with any seasonal vegetables and cheeses to create your own personal recipe. This one features year around summer squash, a good source of vitamin C along with some fiber and potassium.

Turkey and Cranberry Wrap

For many, the holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year. A quick and healthy go-to meal is an essential addition to any cook’s hectic kitchen. These easy, portable wraps feature light, protein-packed turkey and the sweet combination of seasonal cranberries and pecans. Grab one to go or prepare a few in advance if you’re expecting holiday guests.

Apple Cinnamon Fruit Leather

Fresh autumn apples, warm cinnamon spice and the natural sweetness of Medjool dates are all it takes to make these simple, natural fruit snacks. Snacking is a great way to add a variety of healthy plant foods to your diet, throughout the day. These fruit leathers are rich in fiber and contain quercetin, a flavonoid with anti-inflammatory properties.

Pumpkin Stew

Pumpkin is everywhere and for good reason!  Pumpkins are rich in vitamin A, specifically beta-carotene, a potent antioxidant that gives the squash its bright orange hue. They’re also rich in fiber and make an excellent base for hearty stews like this one.

Indian Dal with Yogurt and Cucumbers

Here is a great way to incorporate red lentils into your meals. They cook quickly and they pack 16 g of fiber and 18 g of protein in each cup. Garam masala is a blend of flavorful, aromatic spices.  Don’t leave the challenge without trying something new!

Turkey Pot Pie with Cornbread Crust

This delicious spin on a traditional comfort dish will find itself in your stack of favorite recipes. Weighing in at less than 300 calories, it’s also a healthy comfort food to keep you satisfied. In fact, research has shown eating high-fiber plant-based foods can help you fill up with fewer calories so you can eat smarter throughout the day.  And that is what we want you to take away from this challenge.

Creamy Fennel Salad

This super simple salad features cool English cucumbers, fresh fennel and tangy Greek yogurt. Both cucumbers and fennel contain fiber and water which, by making you feel fuller faster, can help you get to and keep a healthy weight. Greek-style yogurt with a splash of apple cider vinegar makes a light creamy dressing with the perfect tinge of tartness.

Holiday Quinoa Salad

Quinoa makes a great salad base because it tends to absorb the flavors of ingredients around it. It’s rich in fiber and contains all nine amino acids, making it a complete protein. Pomegranate seeds add vitamin C and health-promoting polyphenols, which may play a role in reducing inflammation. Apples, mint and a citrus dressing top off a colorful and flavorful dish for the holidays.