Identify which foods represented which MyPlate category and what the appropriate serving size is for a child aged 1-2, 3-5 and 6-12.

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HE 262 Dinner Assignment Instructions –25 points total

Plan, Fix, and Enjoy a meal together with your family members (for this assignment, family may include current roommates)

  As you plan your meal, select food items that represent each My Plate category: grains, vegetables, fruits, milk, and meats/beans. If there is a dietary reason to omit one of the MyPlate categories, make a note of this in your summary paper. You can refer to the web site choosemyplate.gov as a guide on how the MyPlate system is set up.

 A sample dinner meal plan could look like this

  1. Steamed rice
  2. Stir-fried vegetables, including carrots, broccoli, and onions with chicken  strips or tofu
  3. Canned peaches in light syrup
  4. Green salad with oil/vinegar base dressing
  5. Milk 1%

Set up a dinner time where your planned meal is prepared and served. Prepare and serve the meal. (up to 10 points)

Summary Paper (up to 15 points)

After you have completed the assignment, write a two-page, single spaced paper that covers the following:

Paragraph One:

  1. List the meal plan
  2. Identify which foods represented which MyPlate category and what the appropriate serving size is for a child aged 1-2, 3-5 and 6-12.  You will find that Table 18-5 in the class textbook may be useful for serving sizes for different age groups.
  3. Share which MyPlate category was the easiest to add to your menu and which was the hardest.  Discuss the reasons for each.

Paragraph Two:

Discuss meal patterns in your family and describe the meal setting for this assignment.  Be sure and address: 

  1. Who was in attendance and where did you eat?
  2. Was the TV/computer/phone/iPad/etc, turned on or off? 
  3. Who initiated conversation and served as the conversation “hostess”?
  4. Was sitting down and sharing a meal together a rare or common occurrence for your family?

Paragraph Three:

Reflect upon this assignment.  What surprised you about the meal planning and/or the dinner?  Which part of the assignment did you find the most difficult to do? 

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