Top 20 Heart-Healthy Recipes

Health-conscious readers picked their favorite online heart-healthy recipes and we've culled the top 20 from their favorites. From dessert, to a breakfast cookie, chicken recipes, or vegetarian dishes, there is a heart-healthy recipe that fits any occasion.


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    • Linguine with Fresh Veggies

      Packed with plenty of crunch, this heart-healthy recipe satisfies all your texture cravings in one hearty dish.

    • Fajita-Ranch Chicken Wrap

      Chicken, peppers, and cheese fill these yummy wraps. With a bit of light ranch dressing and some easy-to-make salsa, you'll heighten the flavor without the fat.

    • Zucchini-Banana Squares

      Shh... they'll never know these tasty squares have bits of fruit and veggies hidden inside these favorite bars!

    • Garlic Chicken with Sweet Potatoes

      Roasted garlic becomes mellow in flavor and buttery-soft, a fine accompaniment to a gorgeous roasted bird.

    • Healthy Caesar Salad

      The dressing for traditional Caesar salad has approximately 160 calories and 16 grams of fat in a 2-tablespoon serving. But the dressing in this Caesar salad has just 17 calories and virtually no fat.

    • Beef and Barley Stew

      This power-packed beef stew brims with colorful, nutritious veggies (including carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, roma tomatoes, mushrooms, and peas) and comfort-food flavors.

    • Banana Oat Breakfast Cookie

      There's no need to feel guilty, as these tasty treats are a healthy substitute for a sugar-filled pastry. Enjoy one at breakfast or as a sweet treat in the evening.

    • Spaghetti with Tomatoes & Shrimp

      Enjoy this light, shrimp-filled pasta dish, complete with tasty spices such as basil, oregano, and red pepper flakes.

    • Slow Cooker Chicken & Wild Rice Soup

      Wild rice adds an earthy note to this low-fat soup, which gets a flavor boost from fresh lemon and rosemary.

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      Honey-Ginger Crusted Chicken

      A crunchy cornflake topping tips the scales in favor of this easy dinner favorite. You'll need just a few basic ingredients that you likely already have in your pantry.

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      Chocolate Ricotta Mousse

      This heart-smart chocolate treat is oh-so-creamy and ready in flash.

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      Pear Walnut Salad

      Toss fresh, sweet pears with crunchy walnuts for a great-tasting salad that is high in fiber and antioxidants and has a unique texture.

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      Restaurant-Worthy Ziti

      Pour in the pasta, veggies, and sauce, then let the Dutch oven do its magic. This dish is quick and satisfying, with little cleanup.

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      Potato Wedges

      Love french fries but want to avoid fried foods? Try these low-fat potato wedges. Just 1 tablespoon of oil coats the garlic-seasoned potatoes, and the grill adds a rich, smoky flavor.

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      Grilled Lemon Chicken

      Instead of using oil to prepare the chicken, the oil-free marinade used in this recipe cuts down the fat while keeping the chicken moist and juicy.

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      Stuffed Peppers

      Sweet peppers make a tasty container for this heart-healthy version of Spanish rice. The rice also works as a yummy standalone side dish.

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      Chicken Salad Sandwiches

      Typical chicken salad is loaded with fat, so most people avoid it when trying to eat healthfully. But this version uses low-fat yogurt and light mayonnaise, which cuts the fat significantly.

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      Asian-Style Chicken & Pasta

      Feeling like Chinese food but don't want the calories? This Asian-inspired pasta dish is full of flavor and low on fat. And for even fewer calories and less fat, use soba noodles in place of the egg noodles.

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      Southwestern Black Bean Cakes & Guacamole

      Southwestern flavors inspired these spicy bean patties. You'll get a great amount of heart-healthy fiber along with a zesty kick from all the fresh toppings.

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      Chicken Supreme Casserole

      Frozen stir-fry veggies and chicken make this a quick dish to prepare (and frozen veggies are usually cheaper than fresh). Sweet peppers also make it high in vitamin C.

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      Quick and Easy Healthy Dinner Recipes

      With 30 minutes, you have enough time to make a healthy dinner that's tasty, too. Our quick and healthy recipes are a snap to make, and each easy recipe features lean protein with creative ways to cook fruits and vegetables so the whole family will eat them. With delicious ideas for easy chicken recipes, healthy salads, and quick stir-fries, these simple recipes make meal planning a cinch.
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