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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Spicy Oven-Fried Chicken

Seaside Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo

Ham and Greens Quiche

Old-Fashioned Vegetable-Barley Soup

Three-Cheese Macaroni Bake

Moroccan Chicken with Brown Rice and Lemon Sauteed Spinach

Try this Simple Cooking with Heart special dish featuring the spices of Morocco!
Try this Simple Cooking with Heart special dish featuring the spices of Morocco!

Conquer Cravings with these Healthy Substitutions

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. Food textures play a big role in whether we like or dislike certain foods. For example, while you may not like mushy canned peas, you may be surprised that you like fresh or barely cooked peas.

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Smoothies

The protein in this drink will give you a healthy energy boost as either a breakfast meal or a midafternoon pick-me-up.
The protein in this drink will give you a healthy energy boost as either a breakfast meal or a midafternoon pick-me-up; the chocolate and peanut butter flavors are a classic combination that can’t be beat.

Garlicky Greek Salad Pizza

Salad and a slice? Why not combine them and enjoy your pizza and greens in the same bite?
Salad and a slice? Why not combine them and enjoy your pizza and greens in the same bite? We top our honeywheat pizza crust with a cool, fresh chopped Greek salad, complete with kalamata olives and feta.

Chinese Chicken Stir-Fry

It takes just a few minutes to prepare your own delicious, healthful stir-fry. Our version combines juicy chicken with plenty of veggies.
It takes just a few minutes to prepare your own delicious, healthful stir-fry. Our version combines juicy chicken with plenty of veggies.

Pork and Green Onion Tacos

Grilling lean pork chops and thinly slicing them is a fast way to get that classic pork flavor found in many Mexican dishes.
Grilling lean pork chops and thinly slicing them is a fast way to get that classic pork flavor found in many Mexican dishes. Grilling the green onions gives them a charred, smoky taste that contrasts with the earthy spinach and sweet tomato.

Acorn Squash with Dried Apricots and Plums

Sweet, nutty acorn squash halves cradle a rich mixture of dried fruits and spices bound together with a juicy sauce.
Sweet, nutty acorn squash halves cradle a rich mixture of dried fruits and spices bound together with a juicy sauce, providing a beautiful and festive touch for a holiday table or a Sunday dinner. But they’re so easy to prepare, they can make any night seem special.

Stuffed Mushrooms with Ham and Vegetables

Every bite of these mushroom morsels boasts a burst of flavor from juicy ham, shredded carrot, and minced green onion. The crunchy walnuts add texture and the chili sauce lends a hint of spice.
Every bite of these mushroom morsels boasts a burst of flavor from juicy ham, shredded carrot, and minced green onion. The crunchy walnuts add texture and the chili sauce lends a hint of spice.

Mexican-Style Stuffed Bell Peppers

In this Latin twist on stuffed bell peppers, black beans replace the traditional rice and salsa stands in for the standard tomato sauce.
In this Latin twist on stuffed bell peppers, black beans replace the traditional rice and salsa stands in for the standard tomato sauce.

Cranberry-Pecan Baked Peaches

Fresh peaches are halved and baked with a tantalizing blend of dried cranberries and finely chopped pecans.
Fresh peaches are halved and baked with a tantalizing blend of dried cranberries and finely chopped pecans. Serve this dessert, with its roasted, concentrated flavors, for a round of applause at the end of your 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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Is Fruit Juice Healthy for Kids?

An easy way to get kids to get more fruit in their diet is to throw one of those convenient fruit juice boxes into their lunch bag—or is 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.