Five Quick & Easy Heart-Healthy Recipes
Always on the go and don’t have much time to prepare meals or snacks? Here are five recipes that only need 11 or fewer ingredients and will not take more than 15 minutes to make. These recipes are also from the American Heart Association, developed and reviewed by nutrition experts and meet specific criteria and guidelines for a healthy diet.
The recipes below have ingredients that may already be in your pantry. And all these recipes take so little effort to make. Give them a try!
1. Tomato and Ricotta Toast
Up your breakfast game with this recipe using ricotta and tomatoes. And it takes less than 5 minutes to prepare. You can also make this as your snack in the afternoon or whenever you crave some toast. It’s that easy!
2. Spicy Asian Salad Cups
Using the lettuce leaf as a wrap is something you see in food magazines, cooking shows and restaurant menus, but you can now do it in the comfort of your home. It may seem tricky to make, but all it takes is a little bit of mixing and spooning into the lettuce cups. Try this recipe and impress your family or your partner with a fancy lunch or dinner at home.
3. Creamy Tomato Fettuccini
Who says you can’t make your own tomato sauce in less than 15 minutes? We’ll let you in on a little secret: it’s just sautéing onion and garlic, mixing the other ingredients and breaking up the tomatoes with a spoon. Plus, you can customize this dish by adding your choice of veggies once the pasta and sauce are tossed.
4. Caramel Kettle Popcorn
Store-bought popcorn a little boring? Plain popcorn is known to be a healthy snack, but you can add flavor to your popcorn and experience the perfect blend of sweetness and saltiness in every bite. You just need sea salt, stevia and olive oil for this recipe.
5. Triple Berry Protein Shake
The triad of berry flavors is here as an alternative to a typical banana protein shake. With a slight hint of nuttiness, it can be enough to brighten your day. For this recipe, you can use frozen mixed berries if you don’t have the three types of berries available.
Some of these recipes may be suitable for people who have high blood pressure, heart disease and/or other conditions. But if you do have these conditions, please consult your healthcare provider for any change in diet.
American Heart Association