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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White Bean Quinoa Burgers

These burgers get protein from quinoa and beans without falling short on flavor. In fact, they’ll be your new weeknight staple and perfect for Meatless Mondays. Consider making a double batch so there’s extra to freeze. On a busy night, just remove them from the freezer and thaw them.

Roasted Beet and Citrus Salad

This magnificent magenta salad is filled with the tartness of ruby red grapefruit and the earthiness of beets. It isn’t just gorgeous to look at, but also tasty to eat. Pair with grilled or broiled fish, if desired.

Southwestern Quinoa & Egg Breakfast Bowl

Liven up the breakfast routine with this Southwestern quinoa bowl. Quinoa contains a hefty amount of protein, making this a great morning option. Add other items to turn this into your own creation—cucumber, radishes, black beans, and more. The eggs can also be cooked however you prefer—over-easy, poached, or even scrambled.

Better Breakfast Tostada

These tostadas—with corn tortillas that can be made a day in advance—are delicious enough for a weekend breakfast, but come together easily enough for a weekday one, too.

Pasta Salad with Asparagus, Snow Peas and Avocado

This Asian fusion pasta salad bathes crunchy vegetables in a sweet, tangy dressing.

Quick-Pickled Vegetable Sushi Rolls with Avocado

Who says that making your own sushi rolls needs to be complicated? These rolls, filled with avocado and lightly pickled veggies, are both easy and nutritious—and perfect for an afternoon snack.

Cajun Jambalaya

This dish, based on a staple of Louisiana cuisine, swaps smoked sausage for chicken and shrimp—turning this into a flavor-filled weeknight dish. Consider using already-cooked packaged brown rice if you're in a pinch for time.

Tailgate Chili

Try this classic Simple Cooking with Heart chili recipe that's good for your heart. It's ready in 30 minutes!

Rockfish Fajita-Stuffed Tomatoes

You’ll be a rockstar when you serve this rockfish seafood meal to the family! Get the kids involved by letting them help stuff the tomatoes.

Zesty Avocado and Wild Blueberry Smoothie Bowl

A light, cool and fruity treat perfect for adding color to your diet.

Velvety Avocado Pesto Dip

Guac lovers won’t be able to resist this creamy avocado dip with flavorful accents of basil and pine nuts!

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.
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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?

Is high-fructose corn syrup worse than other added sugars?

High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is one of the most common added sugars. HFCS can be used instead of common table sugar and in the 1970s started being used by the food and beverage industry. But is it worse than other added sugars?

7 Springtime Peak Fruits & Vegetables to Enjoy

Starting in mid-to-late spring, lots of fruit and vegetables are coming into season. Here are a few tasty options.

You Can't Outrun a Bad Diet

A common misconception is that as long as you are physically active you can eat anything you want — “What’s another slice of pizza, I’ll walk it off tomorrow!”
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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.