Welcome to the new ChooseMyPlate website! Please pardon our dust during this transition. We appreciate your patience.

Recipes, Cookbooks, and Menus

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What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl is getting a new look! The What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl recipe website will transition to ChooseMyPlate.gov this coming fall; your current What’s Cooking credentials and content will no longer be accessible. Please print or save your What’s Cooking favorites to your personal computer by Friday September 20, 2019.
 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. What does this transition mean for current What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl users?
    What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl is getting a new look! Coming this fall, we will transition to an updated site with the same great recipes and resources. Users with existing What’s Cooking accounts, please note that your current username, password and saved content will no longer be accessible on the new recipe website. Once the transition is complete, you will need to create a new account. Once logged into the new site, users will be able to view, save or print their favorite household recipes, ready-made cookbooks or build their own cookbooks.
     
  2. Will the same recipes and resources from the What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl website still be available?
    Yes, household recipes from MyPlate and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will be available on the updated recipe website. After the new recipe website is launched, household and large quantity recipes from the Child Nutrition Program (CNP) will be available on the Institute for Child Nutrition site and the USDA Foods Product Information Sheets and recipes from the Food Distribution Division (FDD) will be available here.
     
  3. Will I be able to log in and see my favorite recipes and cookbooks?
    Yes! Due to the website transition, you will need to make a new account to log in and then you can re-save your favorite recipes and cookbooks. If you currently have saved recipes and cookbooks on What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl, please see the instructions below on how to save and download your content before the transition this fall.
     
  4. Can I log in to the ChooseMyPlate.gov website to save MyPlate resources to my account?
    Although the new recipe website is moving to ChooseMyPlate.gov, the log in functionality and saving will only be available for recipes and cookbooks.
     
  5. Will Spanish recipes be available?
    Yes! Spanish recipes will be available.
     

Instructions

  • Recipes
    • Individual recipes
      • Open each individual recipe to download and save the recipe PDF to your personal computer or print a hard copy
    • More than one recipe
      • Add all of your favorite recipes to the ‘Build My Cookbook’ feature Give your cookbook a title and cover, then download Save your cookbook PDF to your personal computer or print a hard copy
  • Cookbooks
    • Click ‘Print’ to download and save the cookbook PDF to your personal computer or print a hard copy
  • Shopping Lists
    • Click ‘Print’ to print a hard copy of your shopping list
    • Click on the Shopping List title or click on ‘Share’ to email yourself a copy of your saved shopping list
  • Foods Fact Sheets
    • Click ‘Print’ to download and save the Foods Fact Sheet PDF to your personal computer or print a hard copy
       

Cookbooks

With plenty of cookbooks to choose from, new healthy recipes for you and your family are as easy as click and view (or, click and print). Note: If you are on a mobile device, you may need to turn your phone to see the full table.

Menus

Sample menus at 2000 calorie level - This 7-day menu gives an example of how all of the recommendations for food group and nutrient intake can be integrated into a weekly menu. Averaged over a week, this menu provides the recommended amounts of key nutrients and foods from each food group. The menus feature a large number of different foods to inspire ideas for adding variety to food choices.

Sample 2-week menus for eating on a budget - Sample 2-week menus for eating on a budget have been reviewed by nutrition professionals at the SNAP-Ed Connection using specific cost and nutrition criteria. Recipes are consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate. Nutrition educators in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and other USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) nutrition assistance programs and their partners are encouraged to use the database to support their nutrition education program goals.

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