Heart Healthy Recipes
Spring is nearly here, and so I am craving light salads with fresh ingredients! This broccoli and asparagus salad is healthy, really easy to make and it is delicious too! This is perfect for making ahead and bringing in lunches, or as a side for a protein. It would even be perfect as an Easter side dish you can make a little ahead of time (just add the nuts at the last minute). If you are craving something fresh, give this a try!
One of my favorite quick and easy pasta recipes, is to make a fresh arugula pesto and toss it with cooked pasta. It is so simple and so good, plus you can get dinner on the table in about 20, minutes which is perfect for a weeknight! I use a gluten free lentil pasta, so it also contains protein and fiber as well as being gluten free. This pesto is made without dairy, so it is also totally vegan! This is a pasta dish that will leave you feeling good and energized after eating it, not heavy and weighed down.
You may not have ever thought to use the vegetable celeriac in anything, but it is actually really delicious and healthy! It may look odd with its gnarly root appearance but it has a mild savory celery flavor. I love using it in finely chopped as a grain free substitute for rice, but it is also delicious in soups! The one I am sharing with you today is simple but so good! I combine the celeriac with apple and the flavors are a match made in heaven! This is perfect for a light dinner with a salad on the side or as a first course.
Hearty, warming soups are essential this time of the year! Although you can easily just buy soup already made, there is just something wonderful about making it yourself and having an aromatic warming soup simmering away on the stove for dinner. I like to make a batch of soup on the weekend, then eat it for a few days to make it easier during the week. Plus it always tastes even better the next day! The recipe I am sharing with you today features root vegetables, which are perfect this time of the year. This soup is hearty, and rich tasting comfort food, but it is actually healthy! It happens to be dairy free and vegan, is packed with plenty of veggies and fiber, but it is really satisfying and delicious!
If you are looking for an easy to make, hearty comfort food recipe to make on a week night, a curry is the perfect choice! The recipe I am sharing with you today combines protein rich tofu and nutrient dense kale for a satisfying and healthy meal. I make a simple but flavorful coconut milk based sauce for it and it is so good served over rice! It is cheaper than ordering takeout but just as good!
For those who are allergic to dairy or just trying to cut back on it for health reasons, nut milk can be an essential part of your shopping list. Although there are many delicious varieties at the store, I like to make my own to make sure there are no refined sugars, additives or thickening agents. It is quick and easy to make your own at home if you have a blender! The recipe I am sharing with you today if for brazil nut milk. Almond milk and cashew milk may be the most common but brazil nuts make great milk too! Brazil nuts are high in selenium, iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium, all important for your body to function well. This milk has only 5 ingredients, and I use dates to sweeten it, which not only add sweetness but also fiber as well (if you don’t strain it, as I usually don’t). This is good on cereal, or to drink, or in your morning coffee!
People often times don’t think of eating raw vegetables in the Winter, but it is still good to eat them once and a while because they are packed with nutrients that our bodies need. I like to still try to use vegetables that are in season, so heartier greens like brussels sprouts and bok choy are perfect! And those are what I have used in the salad I am sharing with you today. I combine them with an Asian citrus vinaigrette, orange slices and sesame seeds, and it is healthy, refreshing and delicious! This is perfect to make ahead of time for including in lunches too, because it is even better the next day when the flavors have combined.
Hearty, healthy soups are the best kind of comfort food for the Winter months! They leave you feeling full, but energized instead of heavy. One of my favorite kinds is the bean or pea based soups. The recipe I am sharing today is made with mung beans, and the texture is almost like a lentil or split pea soup. It is delicious, because it is packed with flavor thanks to the curry spices, and the coconut milk I add gives it richness without adding any dairy. I stir in greens at the last minute to boost the nutritional value as well. This soup has plenty of fiber and protein and is an awesome comfort food dinner to enjoy on a chilly night, not to mention it is quick and easy to make!
Warming soups are essential this time of the year when it is so chilly outside. One of the keys to making a really flavorful soup is good vegetable stock to start out with. It is really simple to make at home, and you can use veggie scraps so that you waste less. I should note though that the amounts listed below are for if you don’t have scraps, but otherwise use about the same amounts of the ingredients. I like to save my veggie trimmings though in a bag in the freezer, and use them later to make stock when I have enough. Vegetable stock made this way is a light and healthy way to add flavor to your soup without any extra fat, and it has much less sodium than most store bought brands.
If you are looking for a quick way to get vitamins in, fresh veggie juice is a great way to do so. It may sound like something that would taste not so good, but it is actually quite delicious when you use the right combination of ingredients! The recipe I am sharing with you today contains broccoli which is rich in vitamins K and C, potassium and folic acid, as well as celery which reduces bloating and improves digestion, and apples for sweetness, plus lemon which has a detoxifying affect. Lastly a bit of kale, because this is a green juice after all, and greens are nutrient power houses. This juice is not only delicious but It will help you feel energized and refreshed too!