Heart-Healthy Soups and Starters

A great array of spreads, dips, soups, and salsas to start off any dinner -- and all are heart-healthy, too.

Chilled Lemony Pea Soup

This cold Lemony Pea Soup is a light and refreshing starter made for sipping. It's great when peas and mint are fresh and local, but works well with frozen peas, too.

Onion and Mushroom Soup

This hearty Onion and Mushroom soup combines the natural sweetness of caramelized onions with the nutlike flavor of wild rice.

Sweet Potato Chowder

Curry paste, coconut milk, and lemongrass give this soup an Asian twist. Look for all three ingredients in the Asian food section of your supermarket or at an Asian market.

Roasted Pepper Roll-Ups

The spinach and roasted red peppers combine for a bright, colorful filling. The high-fiber and high-protein beans create a very nutritious snack or starter.

Chevre and Tomato Spread

Goat cheese, with its intense flavor, is a delightful complement to dried tomatoes and fresh basil. Together, they make an ideal spread for entertaining or everyday snacking.

Colorados (Red Bean Soup)

The smoky flavor of ham teams with a medley of vegetables to make this low-fat bean-and-beef soup a standout.

Spicy Tofu Triangles

Tofu is right at home wrapped into wonton skins with intriguing Asian ingredients such as shiitake mushrooms and water chestnuts.

Fresh Tomato Salsa

If you like a mild salsa, use the banana peppers in this Fresh Tomato dip or topper. For a hot version, opt for one of the other pepper choices.

Chunky Minestrone

Minestrone is Italian for "big soup," and this one is big indeed -- full of zucchini, onion, and carrot.

Cream of Roasted Fennel Soup

The perfect balance of vegetable flavors in this creamy rich Roasted Fennel Soup (with just a hint of grapefruit) will have your guests asking for the recipe.

I-Can't-Believe-I-Like-My-Veggies Dip

Take the plunge with carrots, celery, green pepper strips, broccoli flowerets, cherry tomatoes, or cucumber rounds. They're all yummy with this ranch dressing inspired dip.

Quick Hamburger Soup

Combine extra-lean beef and turkey breast for low-fat, but beefy, satisfying flavor.

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