Recipes That Are Heart-Healthy

January 16, 2012

Celebrate American Heart Month this February with 25 recipes that say "I love you" to your heart.

Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn

Though there is no one magic food that will prevent heart disease, there are certain foods that will definitely help promote heart health. Foods rich in omega-3s—like salmon and walnuts—low-fat proteins like turkey and dried beans, plus fruits and veggies and whole grains are all part of not only a healthy diet, but a heart-healthy one.

Here are 25 dishes that are delicious with known heart-protective properties—try any or all during February, American Heart Month. It’s a perfect time to re-commit yourself to eating habits that are good for you from the outside in and say “I love you” to yourself in the best possible way.


Healthy Makeover Chocolate-Chip Oatmeal Cookies

At only 80 calories each (with a gram of healthy fiber per cookie) these cookies are still ooey-gooey.


Walnut-Blueberry Oatmeal Energy Bites

Walnuts and blueberries take center stage in this nutrient-dense mini energy bite.


Oatmeal Breakfast Cake

Sneak the benefits of oats into a sweet coffee cake.


Heart-Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

Low in calories and fat, these cookies are a perfect snack.


Heart-Smart Sweet Potato Muffins

Get your daily servings of whole grains—deliciously.


Biscotti with Apricots

Hazelnuts and dried apricots, together, in a crunchy Italian cookie.


Apple-Balsamic Salmon

A delicious way to prepare salmon.


Beef and Black Bean Burgers

Canned black beans + lean ground beef = one delicious lower-fat burger.


Tangy Barbecue Lentils

Make-ahead lentils are loaded with fiber and antioxidants.


Pear and Cherry Crumble

This is a good way to “sneak” heart-healthy whole grains and nuts into the diet via an irresistible dessert.

Turkey Chili

Turkey Chili with Cilantro and Green Onion Pesto

A simple pesto made with pistachios, cilantro and green onion deliver so much flavor, you’ll never eat chili without it again.

grilled apples

Grilled Apples with Parmesan Cheese and Honey

Cheese and fruit are a natural marriage, here consummated on the summer grill.

chicken spinach meatballs

Chicken and Spinach Meatballs

A Mediterranean-style meatball with big flavor.

Rec Beans and Rice with Kielbasa

Red Beans and Rice with Kielbasa

Turkey sausage updates a traditional New Orleans recipe.

kidney bean salad

Warm Kidney Bean Salad

Try this tart bean salad as a side with barbecue pork, chicken or beef at your next grill-out.


Black Beans with Chiles

Turn the bag of hard little black pebbles into a side -- or filling -- for just about any Mexican-style dish.


Feijao (Brazillian Black Beans)

Tender, savory and succulent, these vegetarian black beans are a daily staple in Brazil and never fail to satisfy.

blueberry farro salad

Blueberry Farro Salad

Blueberries brighten this classic farro (wheat berry) salad.


Harvest Wheat Berry Salad

Chewy wheat berries are studded with bits of fruit and laced with a slightly sweet dressing.

Bran Muffins

Heart-Smart Refrigerator Bran Muffins

Get a jump-start on breakfast two ways, first with this make-ahead muffin, then with the nutritious energy of the delicious finished product.


Shrimp, Sausage and Quinoa Jambalaya

For a healthy boost, quinoa replaces rice in this jambalaya.


Thai-Style Peanut-Cabbage Salad

Peanuts play an integral role in Thai cooking and in this sprightly salad.


Ruby Grapefruit and Avocado Salad

Creamy avocado finds its ideal foils in tangy citrus, crunchy nuts and buttery lettuce.


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