Heart Healthy Recipes
If you are looking for a healthy, light and easy salad to serve with your Holiday meal, look no further than this festive kale and brussels sprout salad! It only takes about 15 minutes or less to make and it is so tasty! It combines fiber and nutrient rich rich kale, brussels sprouts and spinach with a creamy lemon dressing, sweet pomegranate seeds and crunchy almonds. I know most people don’t think about serving brussels sprouts or kale raw, but they are both really delicious in salads and retain all of their vitamins when not cooked. This makes a great side dish alongside any protein, on a buffet, or as a starter for your dinner!
Almost everyone makes cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving, but sometimes I like to switch it up and make something else with cranberries. Like this salsa recipe I am sharing with you today! I love classic salsa, but fruit salsa can be delicious too! And why not use cranberries instead of the usual mangoes or pineapple. I like to use what is in season, and cranberries are widely available right now so they are perfect! They have a nice tart sweet flavor, and they actually pair really well with the savory elements of salsa. This is healthy and delicious, the perfect pre-Thanksgiving snack when paired with corn tortilla chips!
Mashed root vegetables are a great option for Thanksgiving in place of the usual potatoes. Not only are they delicious but they are packed with even more vitamins and fiber thanks to the variety of veggies included. I like a mixture of rutabaga, sweet potatoes or yams, and potatoes. It is a little sweet, but savory and pairs well with any sort of protein and gravy. This recipe is actually vegan because it uses coconut butter in place of butter, but you won’t even miss the dairy! This is the perfect dish to serve if you want something that tastes rich but is actually good for you!
If you are looking for a vegan main dish to serve for Thanksgiving, a stuffed squash is always a good option! Not only does it look impressive, it is healthy and delicious as well! You could stuff it with apples, or grains, but the recipe I am sharing with you today has a super simple mushroom walnut stuffing that is substantial as well as really good. The mushrooms and walnuts provide a bit of protein, so this is a full meal if you want it to be, or you could cut the squash in half after making them if you wanted a smaller main dish to serve with other sides.
I love traditional caramel apples. But what I don’t love is all of the processed sugar that comes along with them. So, I make healthier ones at home instead of buying them! I make a caramel out of dates instead of sugar, which may sound odd, but trust me, it tastes just like caramel and is so much better for you! The recipe I am sharing with you today is for Almond Joy apples (like the classic candy bar, coconut, chocolate and almonds), so I made the caramel a chocolate caramel, then coated it with coconut, cacao nibs and almonds. If you are not a fan of those things though, you could leave the cacao powder out of the caramel and make it a vanilla caramel, then sprinkle it with the coatings of your choice! This is a healthier Halloween treat that you can make at home and not feel guilty about enjoying it!
Many people are carving pumpkins this time of the year, and so why not save the seeds and roast them for snacking on? Pumpkin seeds are very nutritious, rich in potassium, zinc and magnesium not to mention protein and fiber. My Mom always used to roast the pumpkin seeds that came out of our pumpkins, and I like to continue that tradition now. The recipe I am sharing with you today is simple, salty with spices and herbs, and the perfect thing to add to your salads, or just enjoy as a snack. So this year when you carve your pumpkins save the seeds! If you want them even more simple, just toss them with olive oil and sea salt before roasting and eliminate the herbs and spices.
The season for warming soups and comfort food is now here, and one of my favorite things to make is a creamy potato soup! The recipe I am sharing with you today is really simple to make, no slaving over a stove for a long time needed! It gets its creamy consistency from partially blending the potatoes at the end, so you feel like you are getting a more rich soup than it actually is. This is actually very low fat, vegan and gluten free but you would never guess by tasting it! It is the perfect thing to enjoy on a chilly night. It keeps well too, and the flavor gets even better the next day, so if you have some left over it will be a good easy lunch or dinner.
One of the most important foods to make sure you buy buy organic is tofu, and soy. Since soy tends to be a GMO and heavily sprayed crop. But as long as you buy organic, soy is really good for you and a good source of protein as long as you don’t have an allergy. I like to include it in my meals almost every day, because it is so versatile and satisfying. The salad I am sharing with you today is filling and hearty, but also light enough that you won’t feel weighed down. It has a BBQ tofu that is really easy to make, along with vitamin rich greens, veggies and avocado in a lime vinaigrette! This is the perfect thing to make on a weeknight because it only takes about an hour to make, most of which is cooking time so you really only have to spend about 15 minutes on it.
Now is the time of year to make hearty warming soups, and what better ingredient to use than squash! Not only is it good for you because of its high vitamin and fiber content, it is delicious as well in just about anything savory! The recipe I am sharing with you today combines it with black beans and corn for the perfect balanced meal! It is fast and easy to make coming together in under an hour, and you will feel good after eating it not weighed down. Also, it happens to be gluten free and vegan as an added bonus! I like to make this and enjoy the leftovers for a few days, as the flavors get even better as they sit.
Making your own saurkraut at home is easy, and fun because you can create your own flavors. Not only that, it is rich in prebiotics and probiotics which are good for your digestion and gut health! The recipe I am sharing with you today is perfect for Fall, because it features apples as well as the cabbage, and it is really delicious! This is good as a side dish, or on sandwiches or, mixed into salads with similar flavors. I like to keep a jar of saurkraut in my refrigerator at all times, because adding it to meals is an easy way to keep my gut happier!