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Heart Healthy Recipes

Are you tired of preparing and/or eating the same old meals?  Are you looking for new recipes, or would you like to share a favorite recipe with other members?  If you answered YES to any of these questions, you are in the right place!

We all need to eat and it's always fun to try new things, so I thought it would be fun to put together a list of members' favorite recipes. Since we have members across the U.S. and worldwide, it could be a great opportunity to try dishes from a variety of places.  

If you have a recipe you would like to share, please send me a private message and I will add it to the list. Let me know if the recipe has a special origin, a story behind it, etc.  Where possible, please try to include healthy substitutions for those members looking for a healthier lifestyle.  For example:

"salt" (optional)
ground meat (substitute with ground turkey)

This is a new idea, so it might take a little time to work out any glitches  (better than "bugs" since we're talking about food...lol.  I'm not sure if the recipes will be listed in this format, or if it would be better to provide a link on the Health Pages?  Can anyone help with this?  

I'll keep you posted as to how the idea is moving along.  In the meantime, try an excellent pasta dish found below.  It's also on the Health Pages!  My family really enjoys it and it's SO easy that my son makes it for his friends!

Sausage and Pepper Bake

1 lb. Sweet Italian sausage, cut into ½” pieces (substitute turkey sausage for a healthier meal; it’s great!)
1 large green pepper, cut into 1” squares
1 large red pepper, cut into 1” squares
2 cups penne pasta, uncooked (no salt added to the water)
1 jar (26 oz) spaghetti sauce (prepare your own sauce, or when using store-bought, choose a healthy sauce with herbs/spices)
1 – 1 ½ cups of mozzarella or parmesan cheese (I use the cheese made with 2% milk)

Spray bottom of 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish with non-stick spray.  Place sausage and peppers into dish and bake at 350º for 20-25 minutes or until sausage is thoroughly cooked and peppers are tender.

Meanwhile, cook pasta as directed on package, drain.

Add pasta to baking dish.  Pour spaghetti sauce over pasta; top with cheese.  Bake additional 15-20 minutes, or until heated through.  You can also bake the dish without the cheese and add the cheese once the pasta has been heated through.  It's great for leftovers or in your lunch the next day!

If anyone is interested, feel free to post one of your favorite recipes on this thread!  
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21064 tn?1309308733
THANK YOU so much for the contribution to the thread!  I'll be sure to check out the site!  I'm not a coffee drinker, but I'll bet a lot of people around here would LOVE a way to enjoy their morning coffee with a heart-healthy twist!  Please let me know if you try it, and if it's good, will you please post the recipe on the thread?  I'll see if I can find something interesting to add to our collection too : )

I am kind of bummed that no one is adding to the thread, but maybe some more will see it if it gets bumped up.  Thanks a lot!
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hi I found a website with great recipes that are heart healthy.  I found one on coffee now if that is not a great thing for me.  A heart healthly way to drink coffee.  The name of the site is www.mayoclinic.com.  Key in heart healthy and they have recipes for deserts too:)
I have not tryed it let but i think I am going to try the coffee drink.  
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Thanks!!  Any recipes you'd like to share?  I'm really trying to bring a sense of community to those interested in support and friendship.  Of course, medical information, suggestions, ideas, testimonials are great too!!  

It's SO good to see you!!  I've missed your posts : )

What's going on?  Still in school?  We need an update!


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Great idea for a thread :)
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I'am glad you liked them. Your recipe was great!!! Thanks
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The burgers turned out great!  They were a hit!  Thanks so much!

Anyone else?  Maybe you have a favorite dessert recipe you want to share....something with chocolate  perhaps....LOL.  Remember to keep 'em heart healthy wherever you can. I know several CHF'ers and diabetics who are always looking for new ideas.
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The poultry seasoning gives thema bit of a thanksgiving flavor! I hope you like them.
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21064 tn?1309308733
Thanks for the contribution!!!  I really hope this takes off.  I love trying new recipes and can't wait to try this one.  I haven't tried ground chicken burgers, so it will be fun to see what the guys think. We do like traditional hamburgers and turkey burgers, so I'll bet this will also be a hit.  Thank you again!

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I love burgers but I don't like beef. turkey or chicken burgers can be just alright. I came up with a very simple chicken burger, I use ground chicken(perdue) but ground turkey works fine.

1lb ground chicken
1/2 tsp poultry seasoning, (you can add more if you like it zesty! not more than 1 tsp)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 Tbs veggie oil

mix all together, let marinate in the refrig. for about an hour. Shape into patties grill in a stove top grill pan, or sautee in a fry pan.  Since its chicken it has to be well done. You can top it with barbecue sauce or anything you like. I add cheese to mine.
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