Heart Healthy Recipes
Weeknights can be busy, and when the chill of fall and winter hits, you want something quick and comforting for dinner! This creamy sweet potato pasta is so easy to make and so good! It is actually healthy too, with no oil, plenty of sweet potato, and plenty of fiber from the whole wheat pasta. Although it is creamy, it contains no dairy, since it gets its richness from raw cashew butter! Next time you are in the mood for some healthy comfort food, give this a try!
Did you know you can make delicious oil free granola that is nice and crispy at home? Well, you can! This sweet potato granola is delicious with just the right amount of sweetness and a hint of cinnamon plus the crunch of pumpkin seeds and pecans! It is packed with fiber and protein, the perfect autumn snack!
You may think of hummus as strictly a savory item, but did you know it is delicious as a dessert? Chickpeas are a pretty neutral flavor, so you can add pretty much anything to them! As a seasonal treat, I made a pumpkin spice dessert hummus with pumpkin puree, pumpkin spices, maple syrup, nut butter and vanilla and it is so good! It is packed with fiber and protein, but tastes like pumpkin pie! If you are looking for a healthy snack option for your Halloween party or fall gathering, give this a try! It is delicious served with cinnamon crackers, or apple or pear slices!
If you are a fan of Indian food and looking for a quick and easy weeknight meal, then this chickpea curry is for you! It is hearty and flavorful, but also healthy and will leave you feeling good after enjoying it. It is packed with fiber and protein, especially when served over brown rice! Instead of getting takeout next time, give this a try!
When most people think of pumpkin recipes, they think pumpkin pie. But it is actually really delicious in savory recipes as well! It is really packed with nutrients so it is perfect for adding to recipes to get your nutritional bang for your buck. I especially like it in soups, like this one that combines it with chickpeas for a filling hearty dinner. This is quick and easy to make, and cooks up in about 30 minutes so it is perfect for weeknights!
These crackers are not only delicious but healthy as well! They are loaded with heart healthy omega 3 rich seeds, as well as fiber and they are the perfect thing to serve with hummus, on the side of a soup, or just for snacking! They are made in the dehydrator, but if you don’t own one, you can bake them in the oven at a very low temperature with good results as well. I like to keep a container of these on hand at all times!
Pears are in season right now and at their most flavorful, so I like to use them in a lot of recipes, savory and sweet in addition to snacking on them. The recipe I am sharing with you today happens to be savory, and combines the sweet pears with roasted squash for a hearty fall salad. I also include crunchy walnuts for a bit of protein and heart healthy oils! This is perfect for a light dinner if you make it 2 servings, or in addition to your meal as a healthy side.
I love a good hearty salad in the Fall. Especially one involving kale, a more sturdy green packed with nutrients. The recipe I am sharing with you today is so simple to make but so good and good for you! It combines the kale with apples, which are at their peak of season right now locally, and toasted pumpkin seeds for a little bit of protein and crunch. I toss it all in an oil free tahini lemon maple dressing and it is wonderful! This is perfect for making ahead of time to include in your lunches!
If you have leftover rice, and are looking for something quick and easy to make for dinner, veggie fried rice is a great option! It comes together in about 15 minutes, is filled with veggies and fiber and I add in a bit of baked tofu for protein!
If you are looking for a quick and easy delicious salad to serve at your Labor Day BBQ this Caribbean corn and black bean salad is a great choice! It is packed with flavor, and goes well with grilled proteins as a healthy lighter side dish. Also, it happens to be vegan and gluten free, and could be served as a main dish salad. It is filled with protein, fiber and nutrients, so you can also feel good about enjoying it!