When it comes to summer dining, it’s easy to focus on the meats you’ll be putting on the grill. But for cooking healthy you want to balance that out with a healthy serving of vegetables.
At this time of year it’s easy to find a huge number of delicious fresh veggies in the grocery store and local farmer's markets. Not only do vegetables provide valuable antioxidants, they’re low in calories and a good way to keep your summer meal balanced.
Here Are My Top 5 Heart Healthy Vegetable Recipes
Heart Healthy Recipe #1: Slice cauliflower or turnips into quarter-inch pieces. Place in a single layer in lined pan, spray with olive oil, sprinkle with garlic or Italian seasoning, salt and pepper, and roast for 20 minutes at 400 degrees F. Sprinkle lightly with parmesan cheese before serving.
Heart Healthy Recipe #2: Pan-fry bite-sized pieces of broccoli, onions, and sliced mushrooms in olive oil, spray with butter, and sprinkle with parmesan cheese before serving. Or, season with a drizzle of low-sodium soy sauce and sesame seeds for an Oriental flavor. Or, for a third flavor combination, season with sesame-ginger sauce.
Heart Healthy Recipe #3: Boil butternut squash until tender, add dried unsweetened cranberries, a drizzle of maple syrup, and a hefty sprinkle of cinnamon.
Heart Healthy Recipe #4: Boiled Yukon gold potatoes, add a sprinkle of frozen peas part way through cooking. Add sliced black olives (drain well to remove salt) and add a small amount of butter or olive oil before serving.
Heart Healthy Recipe #5: Steam kale about 10 minutes, drain. Add a tad of butter and parmesan or feta cheese before serving.
Now it’s your turn: Do you have an easy, heart healthy recipe for cooking healthy?