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Weekend Cook and Tell: What's on your Nutrition Plate?

Welcome to Weekend Cook and Tell. Every Wednesday we sift through the food sections of various national newspapers in search of inspiration for a weekend cooking project. We hope you'll cook along with us and share your experiences, recipes, and photos here.

Last week the USDA introduced the My Plate, the revamped nutritional guide that replaced the much maligned food pyramid. This circular model was created to mimic the dinner plate, sectioned off into quadrants representing grains, proteins, fruits, and vegetables, with a small blue circle off to the side for dairy. Since its introduction, My Plate has been a hot topic, with most folks agreeing that this grain and veggie heavy model is a vast improvement over previous incarnations.

For this week's challenge we'd like to see your versions of My Plate. We're curious to see what your interpretations of the USDA's recommendations and how they look on your dinner plates. Lean proteins, whole grains, and fruits and vegetables can be translated into millions of meal combos, but we want to see how all of you are putting them together.

Show us photos of your healthy and balanced Nutrition Plates on Photograzing (make sure to include "Cook and Tell" in your submission title), and tell us about your recipes here! If you'd like to blog the experience, please leave a link in the comments below. We'll post a round-up of your USDA approved recipes, ideas, and experiences next Wednesday.

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