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.

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Asian Marinated Vegetable Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

This Simple Cooking with Heart Asian salad is a really delicious way to eat more vegetables and may become your new favorite salad!

Texas Caviar

This Simple Cooking with Heart recipe is a classic and traditional Southern-American black-eyed pea salad that’s full of flavor and fresh vegetables.

Open-Faced Italian Vegetable Sandwich with Ham or Turkey

Simple Cooking with Heart offers this great-tasting decked-out sandwich that fits into a healthy eating plan.

Tex-Mex Black Bean and Chicken Wrap

This delicious Simple Cooking with Heart Sandwich not only tastes amazing, but it's also a good way to get some veggies into your day.

Creamy Chicken Broccoli Casserole

Our Simple Cooking with Heart version of this American family favorite is creamy and delicious but is lower in fat, higher in fiber and much more heart healthy.

Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Marinara and Turkey Meatballs

This Simple Cooking with Heart Italian recipe is an upgrade from the classic - it has more fiber and vegetables, less saturated fat and sodium but it sure delivers on taste.

Crockpot Pulled Orange Chicken Tacos with Pickled Vegetables

Here is a fantastic American/Southern, Simple Cooking with Heart barbecue beef recipe that you can make a ‘set-it-and forget-it' feast of chicken tacos.

BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders with Homemade Potato Chips

Here is a great American, Simple Cooking with Heart dish to make on a game day, a weekend or when you have a little extra time.

Slow Cooker Sauerbraten

Here is a great Simple Cooking with Heart comfort food recipe! Sauerbraten is a German-style beef stew that’s cooked in a vinegar sauce with warm spices.

Cheese and Vegetable Frittata with Fruit Salad

This Simple Cooking with Heart, Mediterranean recipe is a versatile, flavorful and heart-healthy meal for any time of day.

Green Bean Casserole

Check out this great Simple Cooking with Heart, heart-healthy version of an American holiday favorite!

Mediterranean Salad

Foods like olive oil, low fat feta cheese, dark leafy greens, beans, onions and tomatoes are all basic Mediterranean ingredients and are featured in this Simple Cooking with Heart salad!

‘Tis the Seasonings

Herbs and spices are at the heart of most of the world’s best cuisines. There’s no better way to add excitement and depth to your healthy at-home dishes. Whether you use them dried or fresh, these flavor boosters will take your recipes to a new level.

Knife Skills 101

Most cooks will agree that your knife is the most important tool in the kitchen. With just a few tips and practice, you can become more comfortable with using knives to prepare foods for healthy and delicious recipes.

Chickpea Salad with Tomatoes and Cucumber

This American Simple Cooking with Heart recipe is a terrific vegetable side dish that goes well with just about any main dish you are serving. Or this can be your main dish for a meatless meal or when you want a light meal.
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Seasons of Eating Infographic

Your heart-healthy recipes will taste even better with seasonal produce. Print this handy infographic for your fridge and share it with friends and family.
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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.

Get Healthier One Cup at a Time

“If you’re trying to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, fruits and vegetables can help fill you up. It’s almost impossible to overeat fruits and vegetables,” said Rachel Johnson, Ph.D., R.D.

Tips for Eating Out: Breakfast and Fast Food

Dinner is not the only meal you may eat away from home. These tips can help you choose healthier breakfasts and prepared take-out foods.

Eating More Whole Grains Linked with Lower Risk of Death

Although dietary guidelines around the world have included whole grains as an essential component of healthy eating patterns, people aren’t eating enough, according to the analysis. In the United States, average consumption remains below one serving a day, despite the long-time recommendation of three servings a day.

Helping People With Type 2 Diabetes Control CVD Risk

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form, accounting for up to 95 percent of diagnosed cases in adults. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the most common cause of death among adults with diabetes.

Be Spicy, Not Salty

There are plenty of seasonings out there to bring out the best in what you’re eating without reaching for the salt shaker. Here is a list of foods along with seasonings that complement them. Give them a try!

Healthy Eating Away from Home

Eating out doesn’t have to be a health dilemma. Many restaurants offer tasty meals that are low in saturated fat, trans fat, sodium and added sugars.

How Meat-eaters Can Reduce Saturated Fat in Their Diet

When you do occasionally indulge, there are things you can do to reduce the amount of saturated fat from the meat you eat.

‘Tis the Seasonings

Herbs and spices are at the heart of most of the world’s best cuisines. There’s no better way to add excitement and depth to your healthy at-home dishes. Whether you use them dried or fresh, these flavor boosters will take your recipes to a new level.

Knife Skills 101

Most cooks will agree that your knife is the most important tool in the kitchen. With just a few tips and practice, you can become more comfortable with using knives to prepare foods for healthy and delicious recipes.

Packing a Healthy Lunch

Packing the kids’ lunches for school allows you to know which nutritious foods they are eating. Here are some budget-friendly, creative ideas to keep kids happy and healthy at lunchtime.

Conquer Cravings with these Healthy Substitutions

We have all experienced food cravings, and often those cravings have to do with texture - like something creamy or crunchy.

Do I Need to Worry about Gluten?

Many people who do not have conditions that make them sensitive or allergic to gluten are trying to eat gluten-free because they believe it will help them lose weight or give them energy. But will it?
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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.