EAT THE PLATE
The U.S. Department of Agriculture released new dietary guidelines recently that recommend a "plate" filled with nutrient-dense whole grains, vegetables, and fruits and modest amounts of lean protein. The guidelines take aim at foods linked with obesity, heart disease, and diabetes and urge reductions in the consumption of saturated fats, refined grains, sodium, and added sugar. It may take home cooks a bit of effort to create healthful and satisfying meals in line with the recommendations, but doing so doesn't have to be expensive. Cheapism.com recently cooked up 15 dinners for a family of four that honor the spirit of the dietary guidelines and cost less than $15 each.