November 12, 2010

Heart Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

Posted in Heart disease tips, Helpful Heart Links, Recipes tagged , , , at 11:52 pm by keepyourhearthealthy


From the turkey legs to the creamy mashed potatoes, Thanksgiving in not traditionally a holiday designed for heart health.

Heart disease patients should learn how to cook healthy even for special occasions. has a page dedicated to healthy Thanksgiving recipes, cooking tips and healthy Thanksgiving menus that everyone will enjoy.  Check it out by clicking the link below!

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes, Menus and Cooking Tips

September 22, 2010

Heart Healthy Skillet-Grilled Burritos

Posted in Recipes tagged , , , , , at 3:48 pm by keepyourhearthealthy

Flour tortillas

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You’ll LOVE this healthy alternative to full-fat burritos.  Traditional burritos have refried beans made with lard.  This recipe from Southern Living stuffs the burritos with corn and black beans instead.


  • 2  cups  chopped cooked chicken breast
  • 1  (15-oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1  (11-oz.) can yellow corn with red and green bell peppers, drained
  • 1  cup  (4 oz.) shredded 2% reduced-fat Cheddar cheese
  • Creamy Cilantro-Jalapeño Sauce
  • 8  (8-inch) soft taco-size whole wheat flour tortillas, warmed
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • Salsa


1. Toss together first 4 ingredients and 1/2 cup Creamy Cilantro-Jalapeño Sauce. Spread 3/4 cup chicken mixture just below center of each tortilla. Fold opposite sides of tortillas over filling, and roll up. Coat burritos with cooking spray.

2. Coat a hot griddle or nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Cook burritos, in batches, on hot griddle over medium heat, pressing gently with a spatula, 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until golden brown and cheese is melted. Serve with salsa and remaining Creamy Cilantro-Jalapeño Sauce.

Please see the original burrito recipe including how to make the Sauce at the Southern Living website by clicking here: MyRecipes.

March 29, 2010

Heart Healthy Macaroni and Cheese

Posted in Recipes tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 4:58 pm by keepyourhearthealthy

From the Marquette General Heart Institute website (in Michigan) comes a creamy heart healthy macaroni and cheese recipe.  The trick to making this creamier than traditional mac and cheese recipes is the addition of ricotta cheese.

Low Fat Macaroni and Cheese

¾ cup evaporated skim milk
1 cup low fat (skim) cottage cheese
½ cup part skim ricotta cheese
½ cu low fat shredded cheddar cheese
½ tsp. nutmeg
1 pinch ground pepper (to taste)
1 tbsp. dry bread crumbs
1 lb. whole wheat elbow macaroni

Preheat oven to 350

Cook pasta according to package
instructions. Heat the milk in a saucepan
over low heat. Add the cheeses until they
melt, stirring constantly. Stir in the nutmeg
and pepper. Remove the cheese sauce from
the heat, add the cooked pasta and mix well
Pour the mixture into a 2-quart casserole
dish. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and
bread crumbs. Bake for 15-20 minutes until
bubbly and top is browned.

Makes 6 (1 cup servings) Per Serving: 250 calories, 3g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 37g carbohydrate, 4g fiber, 200 mg sodium, and 17g protein

This recipe was taken directly from the following webpage:

November 23, 2009

Heart Healthy Recipe Booklet

Posted in Helpful Heart Links, Recipes tagged , , , , , , at 2:34 am by keepyourhearthealthy

Mazola and the American Heart Association teamed up about a year ago to create a FREE heart-healthy recipe booklet. The recipes include:

Fish Tacos
Fiesta Black Beans and Corn
Beef Teriyaki Stir-Fry
Chicken Saltimbocca
Orange-Balsamic Barbecued Chicken
Peach Crumble
Herb-Crusted Turkey (or Chicken) Alfredo Pizza
Chicken and Sofrito with Yellow Rice
Cinnamon-Glazed Sweet Potato Wedges
Carrot-Apple Mini Muffins

I’m not sure how long the download will be available but currently the file is still there. Get your FREE download of this great recipe booklet at: