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What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl’s #2017BestNine

Posted by Mary Herrup, RD, Nutritionist, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service in Food and Nutrition
Jan 09, 2018
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What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl’s #2017BestNine

As 2017 has come to a close, the What’s Cooking team at USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service is joining the #2017BestNine fun – a social media trend where users share their favorite or most popular moments of the year – by taking a look back at our top-viewed recipes. From quinoa to quesadillas, we are proud to share our users’ favorite recipes.

What’s Cooking’s #2017BestNine:

What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl is a joint effort across USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service program areas including MyPlate, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the Child Nutrition Programs, and the Food Distribution Programs. All areas have collaborated on this engaging website to help Americans with healthy and budget-friendly meal planning. What’s Cooking offers a user-friendly search tool and a large collection of household and quantity recipes (for schools and child care providers) to meet all food preferences and styles.

We wish you a very happy and healthy New Year. Be sure to check out What’s Cooking at for recipe ideas in 2018.

For more resources to get your year off to a great start, visit to find tip sheets, infographics and more. Follow @MyPlate on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest, and sign up for MyPlate email updates at

Follow @USDANutrition on Twitter to learn more about the agency’s 15 nutrition assistance programs.

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Emily Melick
Jan 09, 2018

Hello! I am in need of a recipe I can use in our lunchroom (that is state/usda approved) for some kind of Pizza with white sauce, I was hoping it could also have chicken and spinach on it. Can you tell me where to look for one? Thank you for your help!

Jan 09, 2018

Hi I am interested in being a part of your organization. I am a private health supportive chef myself, and teach small private cooking classes to children. The main focus is to learn about different kinds of healthy alternative eating as well as simple food preparations, and of course Fun!
I would be very interested in setting up a meeting, sending my resume, references or whatever you would be interested in knowing about me.
Thank you
Michele Chigrinsky

Roslyn Lentz
Jan 09, 2018

These are excellent recipes for the health conscious individual. But in reality, families receiving SNAP benefits doesn't purchase or prepare foods the way it is indicated in this blog. I know. I see members of my church purchasing chocolate candy, cookies and sweetened beverages for their minor children and purchasing non nutritious foods. I would like to to change this system. It's unfair as a taxpayer and my dollars to see this happening. Innocent children are suffering and becoming a statistical number with obesity and diabetes. Please respond. I live in Winston Salem, NC

Gloria Manning
Jan 09, 2018

I receive MY Plate and enjoy the information.

Charles Ferguson
Jan 09, 2018

I have had type1 diabetes for sixty years without complications. I am in Joslin's medalist study. I have read two of Robert Barefoot's books. I want to learn more about dietetics.

Ben Weaver
Jan 11, 2018

@Emily Melick - thank you for your request. Currently we do not have a recipe for pizza with white sauce. We do, however, have other pizza recipes that have been standardized by the USDA and meet meal pattern requirements. The individual recipe links are included below; they can also be accessed as a part of our Recipes and Cookbook Toolkit on our Team Nutrition (TN) website,, they can be found under USDA Standardized Recipes.

Pizza Crust

Pizza Cup with Ground Pork Topping

Vegetable Pizza

We also have our Eagle Pizza recipe, which can be found in our Recipes for Healthy Kids for Schools recipe collection, also on our TN site. 

We hope this information is helpful and thank you for your continued use of our What’s Cooking USDA Mixing Bowl site.

Ben Weaver
Jan 12, 2018

@MICHELE CHIGRINSKY - We appreciate your interest in USDA. To find out more about how to get involved, please visit the USDA Careers page at

Ben Weaver
Jan 12, 2018

@Gloria Manning - Thank you for the kind words! We are glad you find our information helpful.

Ben Weaver
Jan 12, 2018

@Charles Ferguson - Thank you for reaching out! USDA nutrition resources including MyPlate and the What’s Cooking site are based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. For more information, please visit

Tracy Swait
Jan 25, 2018

I love this, would like to share my recipes as well. Show me how online to share my own recipes from a cookbook I wrote yrs ago. I can share photos, recipe instructions and help others.

Judy Knadel
Jan 25, 2018

These top nine sound and look wonderful. I would love to try them for my family as well as the children at the center.

Ben Weaver
Jan 26, 2018

@Tracy Swait - thank you for your comment. Recipes can be submitted for consideration on the What’s Cooking website. Visit for specific information on recipe scope and criteria and to fill out the submission form.