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7 heart-healthy dinners

Posted on Feb. 5, 2016 ( comments)
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A heart-healthy diet is one of the best things you can do to fight cardiovascular disease, still the leading cause of death in Americans.

The MultiCare Center for Healthy Living — and the American Heart Association — recommends a diet with a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, poultry and fish, nuts and legumes and plant-based oils. Limit your intake of saturated fat, trans fat, sodium, red meat, sweets and sugar-sweetened beverages.

Here are seven heart-healthy dinners full of nutrients — and flavor.

Chipotle-loaded sweet potatoes

Chipotle-loaded sweet potatoes with avocado, black bean and kale: Full of vegetables and flavor, this satisfying weeknight meal is full of nutrients.

Winter panzanella salad

Winter panzanella salad: Butternut squash and artisan bread are the main ingredients in this hearty salad.

Curried chicken salad pita pockets

Curried chicken salad pita pockets: This quick family dinner is easy to prepare and comes out tasting sweet and creamy. It’s also easy to sneak in extra vegetables.

Wild rice and quinoa stuffing

Wild rice and quinoa stuffing: This hearty stuffing replaces bread with wild rice and quinoa, making it a tasty gluten-free main dish or side.

Pasta e fagioli soup

Pasta e fagioli soup: Soups are a great way to incorporate lots of vegetables, and give you more control over sodium when you add salt to taste at the end of the cooking process.

Almond-breaded chicken

Almond-breaded chicken with cauliflower puree and piquillo pepper sauce: This is a healthier take on chicken parmesan, replacing bread crumbs with almonds and mashed potatoes with cauliflower puree.

Butternut squash soup

Butternut squash soup: Sweet apple combined with savory onion and creamy butternut squash round out this versatile soup, which can be paired with salad or whole-grain bread on the side.

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