Heart Healthy Recipes
In the summer it is always nice to have desserts that don’t heat up the house to make. Ice cream is good, but if you want to go a bit healthier route, chia pudding is a great option! It has a texture similar to tapioca pudding, but doesn’t require any cooking and the chia seeds give you a good nutritional bang for your buck! This one has all of the flavors of German chocolate cake, but it is much better for you. Also, it is delicious and easy to make!
I love a good potato salad in the summer! But sometimes I like to switch it up and make something with a non-mayo based dressing. This potato salad has a light flavorful dressing with a bit of spice, and colorful veggies. It is the perfect side dish for a summer picnic!
A smoothie is the perfect breakfast to enjoy on a hot summer day when you don’t have a lot of extra time in the morning. This one is packed with fresh flavors of this season, with sweet blackberries, fresh basil, and anti-inflammatory ginger which gives it a little kick! I add in some protein powder to make it a bit more substantial, but you can leave it out if you want it to be more of a snack than a meal. This is really delicious and good for you as well!
Tempeh is an ingredient that you may not know how to cook, I know I didn’t when I first heard of it years ago. But it is a delicious and healthy source of protein when prepared properly! This Thai Peanut Tempeh Sautee comes together in under 20 minutes and it is great for serving on top of a salad, or with rice and steamed veggies with the extra sauce for drizzling!
I love sauerkraut! I used to always buy it at the store, but I decided to start making my own a while back and it is so easy and kind of fun, because you can add your own flavors to it! One of my favorites is to combine red cabbage and beets, like in this recipe here. I add ginger and garlic to give it loads of flavor, and it is good on sandwiches, as a side dish, on top of salads or Buddha bowls, or just to snack on!
In the summer, I love a good fruit salsa! Although mangoes and pineapple are used often, I like to switch it up a bit and use things like stone fruits sometimes. Peaches, nectarines, apricots and pluots go into this delicious salsa! It has a bit of a kick to it, and it goes perfect with corn chips, spooned over salads, or over things like grilled tofu or tempeh!
I love a good refreshing slaw in the Summer! Old fashioned coleslaw is good, but I like to switch it up sometimes and make this Thai Peanut Slaw! It is beautiful thanks to all of the healthy veggies included, it is fast to make, and this could even be a full light meal thanks to the protein rich edamame I included. This is the sort of thing I love having for lunch in the summer, and you can even make it ahead of time and bring it along to work, or on a picnic!
We are into strawberry season, and although I love featuring them in desserts, they are delicious in savory recipes as well! This quinoa salad combines them with black beans for protein, fragrant basil and jalapeno and lime for a southwest flavor! This salad is easy to make, healthy and so good!
Sometimes you end up with a lot of over ripe bananas on your counter. You could make banana bread, but I like to freeze them for use in smoothies later! Like these key lime pie smoothies! They are easy to make, and they taste like key lime pie, but are much healthier! I even snuck some veggies into this one, but you won’t even notice! These are perfect for when the weather gets warmer!
When spring rolls around, I like to enjoy more raw fresh food. This kale salad is just that! You don’t need to blanch the kale, you just massage the dressing into it, and it retains the nutrients. I combine it with asparagus and blackberries for a spring twist, and the combination is so good together! This is good as a side dish with something like a tempeh steak on the side, but I even like to make this ahead of time to include in my lunches for the week!