Quick and Easy Heart Healthy Recipes

Heart healthy recipes are: 
high in fiber,
low in saturated fat, cholesterol, sugar and salt.

Heart disease is the number one killer in the U.S. 

heart healthy recipes

According to the American Heart Association, a healthy diet and lifestyle are the best weapons you have to fight cardiovascular disease. Recent research shows this DASH diet- Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension - is an excellent way to reduce high blood pressure.

In order to start eating a healthy diet you need to prepare your meals yourself, rather than eating in restaurants or eating prepared, packaged foods that are high in salt and fat. Here are some healthy recipes to get you started.

Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Choose unrefined whole grain foods that are high in fiber, or better yet, eat whole grains that are not processed, that you can see with your eyes: brown rice, quinoa, millet, etc. Choose lean sources of protein.

Did you know that you can sauté onions and garlic in a little water over low heat instead of using oil? It works really well and every time we avoid heating oil it is much healthier for our arteries and conforms to a heart-healthy diet. If necessary you can add any oil after cooking.

Mexican Rice and Bean Casserole

This is an easy, tasty, heart-healthy recipe that will be a big hit with both kids and adults. Serve with extra vegetables or a salad, on the side.

1/2 cup water
1 onion chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups mushrooms chopped
2 red or green peppers chopped
3/4 cup long grain brown rice
2 cups cooked red kidney beans or 1 can rinsed (19 oz/540 ml)
1 can tomatoes (28 oz/796 ml)
1 tbsp chili powder
2 tsp cumin
pinch of cayenne
1 cup shredded, low fat mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 350.
In a large skillet or dutch oven, heat water over low heat. Add onion, garlic, mushrooms and green peppers; simmer, stirring often, until onion is tender, about 10 minutes.

Add rice, beans, tomatoes, chili powder, cumin and cayenne; cover and simmer for about 45 minutes or until rice is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed.

Transfer to baking dish and sprinkle with cheese. Bake in 350 oven for 15 minutes.

Berry Best Homemade Lemonade Recipe

heart healthy recipes

It was about 30 C (86 F) with a humidex of 40C (104 F) When I made this delicious Berry Homemade Lemonade.

Made with red berry herbal tea, raw sugar and water this is a super thirst quencher!

Get the Recipe here.

Ginger Marmalade Chicken

Delicious and super simple!

6 (or 4) skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup sugar-free marmalade
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp. natural soy sauce such as Braggs Liquid Aminos
2 Tbsps natural rice vinegar
1 Tbsp chopped fresh ginger root

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Place chicken breasts in a baking dish.
In a separate bowl, combine marmalade, mustard, soy sauce, vinegar and ginger until well mixed. 
Spoon it evenly over the chicken breasts.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until chicken is cooked through and golden brown on top.

Pour the liquid from the baking dish into a small pot set over medium heat.
Stir up 1 Tbsp cornstarch and 1 Tbsp water in a mug and add it to the saucepan. Cook and stir until thickened. Serve each chicken breast topped with hot marmalade sauce.

Indian Spiced Rice and Pea Salad

A tasty, heart-healthy recipe, perfect for a pot luck.

1/3 cup vegetable oil
10 whole cloves
a 3” cinnamon stick
1 bay leaf
1 tsp. cumin seed
1 onion, chopped
1 tbsp. minced, peeled ginger root
2 tsp. minced garlic
½ tsp turmeric
1 ½ cups long grain brown rice
1 tsp salt
2 cups fresh peas, cooked or a 10 oz. package frozen peas, thawed
½ cup thinly sliced scallions
½ cup minced celery (I add more)
¼ cup fresh, minced parsley leaves (I add more)
3 tbsp. white wine vinegar, or to taste
(can add other vegetables or small cubes of tofu)

In a large heavy skillet, heat ¼ cup of the oil over moderate heat until it is hot, add the cloves, the cinnamon stick, the bay leaf, and the cumin seed, and cook the spices, stirring for 1 minute, or until the stems of the cloves have swelled and the cumin seed is a few shades darker.

Add the onion and cook the mixture over moderately low heat, stirring until the onion is softened. Add the ginger root and the garlic and cook the mixture, stirring for 1 minute. Add the rice, stirring until it is well coated with the mixture. Add the turmeric, cook the mixture, stirring, for 30 seconds.

Add 2 ¾ cups water and the salt, bring the liquid to a boil, and simmer the rice, covered (for about 45 minutes). Remove the skillet from the heat and let the rice stand, covered, for 10 minutes. Discard the cloves, the bay leaf, and the cinnamon stick, transfer the rice to a large bowl, fluffing it with a fork, and let the rice cool completely. Add the peas, the scallions, the celery, and the parsley and toss the mixture well.

In a small bowl whisk together the vinegar and salt and pepper to taste and add the remaining oil in a stream, whisking. Drizzle the salad with the dressing, toss it well and add salt and pepper to taste. Serve the salad at room temperature.

Homemade Ketchup

Regular ketchup is so high in sugar. Here is an easy, sugar-free ketchup that's tasty, low in salt and less expensive than the ones in the health stores.

1 - 12 oz. can salt-free tomato paste
½ cup unpasteurized apple cider vinegar
½ cup water
½ teaspoon sun-dried sea salt 1 teaspoon oregano
1/8 teaspoon cumin 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg 1/8 teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon mustard powder
squeeze of garlic from press (or a dash of garlic powder)
Mix all the ingredients together. Store in a jar in the fridge.

Chicken Pesto Pasta

In the summer I make a big batch of pesto sauce, freeze it in ice cube trays, wrap the chunks individually and keep them in the freezer. This is a super fast and easy heart-healthy recipe.

Cooked chicken breast cut in chunks
Your favorite whole grain pasta
Pesto Sauce - store bought (in a jar) or home made.

Cook the pasta, drain, add chicken and pesto to the same pot. Add the pasta, toss until evenly coated, heat gently and serve with grated cheese on top.

Pesto Sauce:
5 cups tightly packed fresh basil, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp sun-dried sea salt or 2 Tbsps brown rice miso
3 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 to 3 cloves garlic coarsely chopped
1/2 cup pine nuts or chopped raw almonds (optional)

Put all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth.