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Cooking at home can be a daunting task, but a rewarding one for your diet and lifestyle (and your wallet). Making small changes in your diet is important to your heart health. Here are simple, healthy and affordable recipes and cooking tips.

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Roasted Balsamic Roasted Vegetables

Roasting vegetables, like Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, carrots, turnips, etc. with a favorite herb like rosemary and a sweet hint of balsamic brings out the nutty flavors.

Salmon En Papillote

The name of this dish may not be familiar to you, but it simply means that the fish is cooked enclosed in a cooking parchment packet. With this method, not only are the flavors of the fish and vegetables locked inside but serving and cleanup are a breeze.

Avocado-Chimichurri Steak with Grilled Asparagus

This chimichurri sauce is packed with herby flavor and pairs especially well with smoky charred meat from the grill.

Greek Frittata with Spinach Goat Cheese and Roasted Red Bell Peppers

Surprise! You can make brunch in a slow cooker. This veggie-packed frittata is infused with Mediterranean flavors. Invite your friends over, toss a fresh fruit salad, toast some whole-grain country bread, and you're ready for an almost effortless get-together.

Kale and Red Quinoa Soup

This protein-packed soup is an ideal dinner for busy days. Herbes de Provence lend a flavor of the French Riviera and the smoked paprika harmonizes nicely with the pepperiness of the kale.

Beef Stew with Fresh Mango

Fresh mango and cilantro add the perfect balance to this beef stew with its full-flavored complements of Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, and just a bit of cinnamon. Serving it over whole-wheat couscous is an easy way to boost your fiber intake.

Slow Cooker Panang Curry with Chicken and Cauliflower Rice

This rich curry dish that marries chicken and loads of vegetables with coconut milk, only takes 20 minutes of prep. Four hours later your entire home will be smelling exotic. Riced cauliflower creates a nutrient rich addition to this dish to soak up the curry sauce.

Curry-Stuffed Bell Peppers

Stuff any color bell with a mix of onion, ground turkey or chicken, zucchini, curry powder, quinoa or brown rice, and cilantro.

Asian Cole Slaw

This Simple Cooking with Heart recipe shows you how to put an Asian spin on traditional coleslaw. Toss our soy sauce dressing with vegetables and enjoy!

Zippy Southwest Chicken Fajita Salad

This Simple Cooking with Heart, American Southwest salad is a terrific lunch or dinner option when you have leftover chicken in your refrigerator.

Blackened Fish with Strawberry Kiwi Salsa

Simple Cooking with Heart offers this tasty fish with a kick in under 10 minutes. This recipe combines a delicious seasoning that's perfect with our strawberry kiwi salsa.

Mango, Avocado and Black Bean Salad

This Simple Cooking with Heart recipe is a colorful, festive and flavorful vegetarian dish that’s easy to make!

Butternut Squash Soup

This golden soup soothes and comforts after a busy day. Many grocery stores now sell the squash already peeled and cubed, so preparation is even easier.

Pork and Butternut Squash Chili

With a lean cut of pork and a massive amount of nutrients from winter squash, this chili delivers on all levels. Make a batch for a sports viewing party; no one will be the wiser of its health benefits.

Ginger-Pumpkin Bisque

Fresh ginger adds a delightful kick to this bisque that delivers on richness without the fat of heavy cream. To turn this into an appetizer for the holidays, consider adding a mound of fresh crabmeat to the center of each soup.
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Popcorn as a snack: Healthy hit or dietary horror show?

Prepared properly, popcorn can be the feel-good nutritious hit of summer. Done wrong, it can get bad reviews.

Are there health benefits from chocolate?

Every year, Americans spend $22 billion on chocolate. While a box of chocolates may seem like the opposite of healthy, experts say it’s less about the occasional small indulgence and more about making good everyday food choices.

Are eggs good for you or not?

The egg is standard breakfast fare, but is it healthy?

Is coffee good for you or not?

Just a couple of calories a cup, good old black coffee packs a punch. It wakes you up, boosts your metabolic rate and decreases the risk of some diseases. The real question is, “How do you take it?”

Protein quality is more important than quantity

High-protein diets are everywhere, but not all protein is created equal.

How much water do we need for a healthy life?

Our bodies crave water. There’s no way to live without it. But just how much do we need every day to stay healthy?

Am I getting enough potassium?

Potassium helps us eliminate sodium through our urine. It also helps ease the tension or pressure in the walls of our blood vessels. So, are you getting enough? If you are an average American, probably not.

Salty Science

Extensive research has shown that too much sodium can cause high blood pressure, a primary cause of heart disease and stroke, the two leading causes of death in the world. Interestingly, the salt shaker is not the culprit. Learn about the science of dietary sodium.

Is Fat Good for Us or Bad? Yes.

Some fat is good for us, some is bad. Here's the skinny on fats.

12 Ways to Couple Up for Heart Health

Choosing to be heart-healthy together may help both of you meet your goals.

A Diet Soda a Day May Raise Risk of Stroke & Dementia

One or more artificially sweetened drinks a day was associated with higher risk of stroke and dementia, a study suggests.

Temptation may be Stronger in Social Settings

According to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health 2017 Scientific Sessions, the temptation to overeat for people trying to lose weight or maintain a lower body weight is stronger when eating in a social setting.

Does When and How Often I Eat Matter?

There are plenty of ways to eat, and they are not equal in their effect on your weight and heart health. Recently the American Heart Association investigated this topic and published a scientific statement about meal planning and the timing and frequency of eating.

Don't Be Had By Diet Fads

Many of these diets restrict certain food groups or promise unrealistic results. They’re hard — or unhealthy — to sustain over time. They don’t help you develop a healthy relationship with food.

Kids and Sugar

When you’re a child, life should be sweet. Unfortunately, life may be too sweet for today’s children.
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Simple Cooking

Cooking at home can be a daunting task, but a rewarding one for your diet and lifestyle (and your wallet). Making small changes in your diet is important to your heart health. Here are simple, healthy and affordable recipes and cooking tips.