Tomato, Cucumber and Mint Gazpacho

Cool, refreshing and easy to make, this tasty summer soup is packed with heart-healthy nutrients. Tomatoes contain the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to reduced risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and some forms of cancer. Cucumbers are an ideal food to stay hydrated on hot days since they are 95 percent water. They also contain compounds …

Grilled Vegetable Kabobs with Chimichurri Sauce

Perfect for a Father’s Day barbeque or a summer cookout for family and friends, this easy recipe pairs colorful, heart-healthy vegetables with zesty Argentine flavors. For a tasty variation, try it with other fruits and vegetables, such as pineapple, sweet or new potatoes, eggplant, leeks, or slices of corn on the cob. Chimichurri sauce is also delicious with grilled fish, …

Lemon Chicken with Thyme

Quick and easy to prepare, this zesty dish is low in calories but rich in flavor, with no oil or butter used. For a delicious variation, substitute rosemary or oregano for the thyme. The American Heart Association recommends chicken, fish and beans as good sources of lean protein because they’re lower in saturated fat and cholesterol than red meat. Citrus fruits are …

Rainbow Fruit Kebabs with Lemon-Lime Dip

Eating a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables every day is one of the easiest and most delicious ways to get a full spectrum of the nutrients you need for vibrant heart and systemic health. In fact, “eating the rainbow” of fresh produce has been linked to lower risk for heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes and several forms …

Chicken Breast with Mole Sauce and Citrus Thyme Salad

Ready in less than 30 minutes, this easy dinner recipe abounds in heart-healthy ingredients. Mole (pronounced mo-LAY) sauce derives its rich, zesty flavor from dark chocolate, which has so many cardiovascular benefits that the BaleDoneen Method prescribes 7 grams daily (one small square) for heart attack and stroke prevention. A diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables lowers risks for …

Cinnamon-Spiced Moroccan Chicken

Ready in less than 30 minutes, this easy, flavorful North African recipe is sure to delight your family and friends. Zesty, heart-healthy spices provide some much appreciated heat during chilly weather, while the apples lower levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol and inflammation. Serve this savory dish with brown rice, couscous or quinoa. For a flavor variation, substitute raisins or dried …

Gluten-Free Vegan Stuffed Acorn Squash with Kale, Quinoa and Cranberries

This hearty, delicious recipe is sure to delight your family and friends. A gluten-free grain, quinoa is high in protein, heart-healthy fiber, disease-fighting antioxidants and a bounty of essential minerals and nutrients. A recent study suggests that quinoa supports metabolic health, while also helping to lower blood sugar and triglycerides. Nutrients in cranberries help lower blood pressure, while kale is …

Curried Turkey Carrot Soup

This quick, easy, tasty recipe is a great way to enjoy leftover turkey. An excellent source of heart-healthy vitamins and minerals, turkey can help lower cholesterol and keep insulin levels stable, research suggests. A diet high in fresh fruit and vegetables lowers risk for stroke. For a vegetarian option, replace turkey with tofurkey or tofu and use vegetable broth. Ingredients …

Savory Pumpkin Turkey Chili

Rich in nutrients and low in calories, pumpkin has a wide range of benefits for cardiovascular health. It’s high in potassium, which has beneficial effects on blood pressure, and it’s also an excellent source of beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant that has been linked to reduced risk for heart disease. What’s more, the tasty orange fruit is packed with fiber, which …

Curry-Orange Rub Grilled Salmon

Ready in just 25 minutes, this easy recipe is packed with flavor, using a simple, but savory rub with just three ingredients. Turmeric, the spice that gives curry its yellow hue, is sometimes called “the golden spice of life,” due to its rich array of health benefits. Its active ingredient, curcumin, has powerful anti-inflammatory effects that have been shown to …