Heart Healthy Dish

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It can be hard finding healthy dishes that are also good, which is why we have put together a list of some of our favorite heart healthy dishes. These tasty recipes include chicken and waffles for one, and almond crusted tilapia for another. We have also had a look at vegetarian dishes too.

If you enjoy heart healthy food and do not know how to cook, this article is for you! Here you will find a few easy-to-cook dishes with a few advices on how to prepare them properly.

Easy Heart-Healthy Dinners to Make This Spring

Take care of your heart with these seasonal meals that are low in saturated fat and sodium. We use fresh spring produce like lemons, asparagus, spinach and mushrooms to bring lots of seasonal flavor to every bite of these dinners, from easy pastas to bright salads and sheet-pan roasts. Recipes like our Lemon-Garlic Pasta with Salmon and Apricot Glazed Chicken with Potatoes & Asparagus require just 25 minutes of active prep, so you can have a delicious meal on the table fast.

One-Pan Chicken & Asparagus Bake
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One-Pan Chicken & Asparagus Bake

In this chicken and asparagus recipe, we use one baking sheet to whip up dinner quickly, veggies included. Pounding the chicken thin helps it cook quickly alongside the carrots and potatoes, with asparagus rounding out the meal. This is one quick dinner recipe you’ll be returning to again and again.

Lemon-Garlic Pasta with Salmon
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Lemon-Garlic Pasta with Salmon

Wondering what to do with leftover salmon? This is a delicious and easy way to turn it into another weeknight-friendly, quick dinner. Don’t forget to reserve some pasta water–its starch thickens the lemon-garlic pasta sauce and makes it silky-smooth.

Easy Pea & Spinach Carbonara
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Easy Pea & Spinach Carbonara

Fresh pasta cooks up faster than dried, making it a must-have for fast weeknight dinners like this luscious yet healthy meal. Eggs are the base of the creamy sauce. They don’t get fully cooked, so use pasteurized-in-the-shell eggs if you prefer.

Baked Fish Tacos with Avocado
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Baked Fish Tacos with Avocado

Instead of deep-frying, the fish fillets in this quick-and-easy 5-ingredient recipe are coated with a flavorful seasoning blend and baked. Several varieties of flaky white fish can be used for these tacos. When you go to the market to purchase fish, the best strategy is to be flexible and choose the variety that looks freshest that day.

Chicken & Spinach Skillet Pasta with Lemon & Parmesan
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Chicken & Spinach Skillet Pasta with Lemon & Parmesan

This one-pan pasta that combines lean chicken breast and sautéed spinach for a one-bowl meal is garlicky, lemony and best served with a little Parm on top. I call it “Mom’s Skillet Pasta” and she called it “Devon’s Favorite Pasta.” Either way it’s a quick and easy weeknight dinner we created together and scribbled on a little recipe card more than a decade ago, and it remains in my weekly dinner rotation to this day. It’s a simple dinner the whole family will love.

Mâche & Chicken Salad with Honey-Tahini Dressing
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Mâche & Chicken Salad with Honey-Tahini Dressing

If fresh peas aren’t available, thawed frozen peas make an excellent substitute. Look for tender mâche at farmers’ markets and natural-foods stores.

Apricot Glazed Chicken with Potatoes & Asparagus
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Apricot Glazed Chicken with Potatoes & Asparagus

Curry powder is a powerhouse ingredient because it combines a medley of flavorful spices—usually turmeric, fenugreek, coriander and peppers—all in one jar. Increase the heat in this dish by using a hot or red curry powder.

Orange-Mint Freekeh Salad with Lima Beans
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Orange-Mint Freekeh Salad with Lima Beans

This salad is loaded with colorful produce: fresh mint, snap peas, radishes and oranges. For pretty snap pea slices, cut them into long, thin strips.

White Bean Soup with Pasta
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White Bean Soup with Pasta

We use mirepoix—a combination of onion, celery and carrots—to flavor this soup. Keep a store-bought bag of the mixture in your freezer to ensure you always have some on hand without worrying about it going bad.

Vegan Mushroom Bolognese
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Vegan Mushroom Bolognese

This Bolognese sauce recipe is adapted from Marcella Hazan’s Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking. We swap out the beef and pork for button mushrooms to keep this traditional comfort food vegan yet weighty with umami flavor. And while some recipes call for red wine, this recipe sticks with Hazan’s white wine selection.

Anti-Inflammatory Dinners in 25 Minutes

These dinners are so quick, you can make them on just about any night. In just 25 minutes, whip up anything from a loaded frittata to a plate of creamy pasta. Whatever you choose will include plenty of nutrient-dense ingredients like salmon, broccoli and beans that can help you reduce chronic inflammation. Getting a handle on inflammation can help digestive distress, weight management and even mental clarity. Recipes like our Salmon Rice Bowl and Kale & Quinoa Salad with Lemon Dressing are delicious ways to shake up your routine in the kitchen.

Salmon Rice Bowl
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Salmon Rice Bowl

Inspired by the viral TikTok trend, this tasty bowl makes for a satisfying lunch or dinner. With a handful of healthy ingredients, like instant brown rice, heart-healthy salmon and lots of crunchy veggies, you’ll have a filling and flavorful meal in just 25 minutes. Looking to cut down on carbs? Try swapping in riced cauliflower in place of the brown rice.

Frittata with Asparagus, Leek & Ricotta
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Frittata with Asparagus, Leek & Ricotta

Serve this spring-vegetable-loaded frittata with an arugula salad and a hunk of crusty bread. Tip: This recipe cooks quickly, so be sure to have all your ingredients prepped and ready to go.

Kale & Quinoa Salad with Lemon Dressing
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Kale & Quinoa Salad with Lemon Dressing

This kale-quinoa salad pops with different flavors and textures. Massaging the kale helps break down its fibrous nature, while add-ins like toasted almonds, feta and cucumber add crunch and saltiness.

White Bean & Sun-Dried Tomato Gnocchi
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White Bean & Sun-Dried Tomato Gnocchi

Sun-dried tomatoes are the star of this recipe— providing texture and umami. Combined with the spinach, they make this dish a great source of vitamins C and K.

Winter Greens Bowl
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Winter Greens Bowl

This one-pan meal packs in lots of plant-based protein and flavor thanks to beans and quinoa, while a creamy lemon-garlic dressing completes the dish. 

Orange-Mint Freekeh Salad with Lima Beans
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Orange-Mint Freekeh Salad with Lima Beans

This salad is loaded with colorful produce: fresh mint, snap peas, radishes and oranges. For pretty snap pea slices, cut them into long, thin strips.

White Bean Soup with Pasta
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White Bean Soup with Pasta

We use mirepoix—a combination of onion, celery and carrots—to flavor this soup. Keep a store-bought bag of the mixture in your freezer to ensure you always have some on hand without worrying about it going bad.

Chickpea Tuna Salad
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Chickpea Tuna Salad

This chickpea tuna salad with capers, feta and cucumber makes for the perfect lunch to pack for work or school. You can prep the salad the night before (just be sure to keep the spinach separate and dress the salad right before serving).

One-Pot Chicken & Broccoli Pasta
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One-Pot Chicken & Broccoli Pasta

This creamy chicken and broccoli pasta makes for a quick and easy weeknight dinner. We opt for small shells in this recipe, but any other small pasta, like orecchiette, would work, too.

Chicken & Spinach Skillet Pasta with Lemon & Parmesan for Two
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Chicken & Spinach Skillet Pasta with Lemon & Parmesan for Two

In this easy weeknight dinner, we combine lean chicken breast and sautéed spinach for a flavorful meal that is simple and quick. This recipe was adapted from our popular Chicken & Spinach Skillet Pasta with Lemon & Parmesan to serve two instead of four.

Easy Dinners You Can Make in 25 Minutes

These recipes make it easy to enjoy a healthy, delicious meal even on your busiest days. Store-bought shortcuts like microwaveable grains and quick-cooking proteins like chicken tenders or scallops make these meals satisfying and simple. You’re sure to find something for whatever you’re in the mood for, whether it’s a bowl of creamy pasta or a fresh, flavor-packed salad. Recipes like our One-Skillet Bourbon Chicken and Spinach, Lima Bean & Crispy Pancetta Pasta are tasty ways to end the day.

Garlic-Anchovy Pasta with Broccolini
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Garlic-Anchovy Pasta with Broccolini

Here, we sprinkle the final pasta dish with crumbled goat cheese for nice tangy bites throughout. But if you prefer a creamy sauce, stir the cheese into the pasta in Step 3 along with the reserved cooking water.

One-Skillet Bourbon Chicken
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One-Skillet Bourbon Chicken

Coating the chicken in cornstarch might seem like an extra step, but the reward is twofold: it gives the chicken a crispy exterior and also thickens the sauce. Legend has it that bourbon chicken was originally named after Bourbon Street in New Orleans; it can often be found on menus at Chinese American restaurants.

One-Pot Creamy Chicken & Mushroom Pasta
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One-Pot Creamy Chicken & Mushroom Pasta

This creamy chicken and mushroom pasta recipe makes for an easy weeknight dinner. Using store-bought rotisserie chicken saves time when cooking, and leftover chicken would work just as well.

Lemon-Garlic Steak & Green Beans
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Lemon-Garlic Steak & Green Beans

For a steak that’s deliciously tender, flavorful and not too fatty, we reach for strip (also known as New York strip or shell steak). It has less than half the saturated fat of a rib-eye but is more tender than leaner sirloin. Here, we cook green beans in the same pan used to sear the spiced steak. All those delicious drippings add richness to the beans—plus there’s one less pan to wash!

Crispy Cod with Charred Snow Peas & Creamy Herb Sauce
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Crispy Cod with Charred Snow Peas & Creamy Herb Sauce

This crispy cod recipe shows you how to make golden fish that’s not deep-fried, to put a healthy twist on a classic. Pat it dry and dredge it with a bit of flour before sautéing in a hot pan.

Spinach, Lima Bean & Crispy Pancetta Pasta
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Spinach, Lima Bean & Crispy Pancetta Pasta

We opt for fresh spinach pasta here–it cooks quickly and adds a pop of color. Cooking lima beans in pancetta drippings infuses them with flavor.

Lemon Crab Pasta
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Lemon Crab Pasta

Earthy, savory miso complements the flavor of the sweet crab perfectly in this quick and easy lemon crab pasta dish. A punch of garlic adds depth, and lemon adds some sunshine, while parsley refreshes and brings a pop of color. While you could substitute whole-wheat pasta for added fiber, regular pasta allows the flavors of the crab and lemon to shine.

Cod Fish Tacos
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Cod Fish Tacos

Let your oven do the work for these quick and simple cod fish tacos. Broiling the cod allows the fish to stay moist and flake easily once finished. Hot sauce adds a punch of acidity and mild heat, while sour cream makes a creamy slaw that adds crunch to the taco.

Seared Scallops with Green Goddess Slaw
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Seared Scallops with Green Goddess Slaw

Avocado, yogurt and buttermilk lend creaminess to the herbaceous dressing coating this salad.

Chicken Caprese Sandwich
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Chicken Caprese Sandwich

This chicken caprese sandwich has all the classic flavors of a caprese salad with an added boost of protein from grilled chicken. Using store-bought grilled chicken makes assembly quick and easy. This sandwich for one is made in a skillet, but would work equally well in a panini press if you have one on hand.

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