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    Okay ya all .. here goes .. Hubs was just diagnosed with Heart disease after have a precurser to a heart attack ( a block happened and mimicked a heart attack); he just spent 8 LONG days in the hospital; but the absolutely good thing is they put in 3 stints after removing the calcium blockage in his main right artery and he will be good as new as soon as the body resets itself and heals ..

    IF you have any tried and true heart healthy recipes (YES I am looking on the internet); but I am asking for a recipe or recipes that may have been tried by you or your family and found it very good. So if you have one, could you please, share with my Hubs and myself ?

    Thank you very much !!
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    I' m glad the DH is getting along OK. I use ground turkey instead of hamburger for spaghetti sauce,chili,tacos,meat lof. Works fine,has much less fat that is less saturated. I use turkey ham and sausage and bacon.
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    Chia seeds are high in Omega 6 - good for the heart. We use them in almond milk and it thickens to a sort of pudding. I sweeten with agave syrup. I also use Turkey and chicken more, rare to have any beef. Salmon of course and other fish are good for you. My husband had his first heart attach at 50 due to stress. Glad we have such good doctors to take care of us, but we also need to eat healthier. Best wishes to both of you.
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    We all cook with different styles, tastes and needs in mind. What one person/family thinks as being the ultimate, another will say, huh?

    Honestly, the best recipes are your own tried and proven recipes that are your own family's favourites. Learn what is important to change in your own style of cooking, and switch up those old favourites, accordingly.

    Eg. butter is still "heart healthy". What is not, is gobs of it. Often time we can stick with the old recipe, just use less butter, and everyone will still like it.

    Eg. salt is commonly accepted as not so heart healthy. Again, moderation is key. Salt is not the only way to get flavour in food. Look at other enhancers, particularly herbs, spices, etc.

    Eg. more veggies are good when thinking heart healthy. The same old recipes can often be made, by doubling the veggies.

    As a suggestion, you could request to meet with a dietitian who could help you understand your new concerns and how to adapt your cooking and menus.

    Good Luck! to you and your husband.
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    Check out the book Wheat Belly, there's also a blog: http://www.wheatbellyblog.com/

    Interesting reading, the book is written by a cardiologist who has seen remarkable results in patients when they gave up wheat, sugar and 'junk' carbs.

    Hope he's feeling better soon.

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    I just tried a recipe called "Low Fat Chocolate Cookies" that is AWESOME. Tastes like brownies. There is some butter in it, though. Don't know if it will meet your requirements.

    http://laughinglemonpie.com/low-fat-chocolate-cookies/

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    My mom did a lot of tinkering with favorite recipes after my dad had a heart attack. You can substitute unsweetened apple sauce for some/all of the oil in a lot of baking recipes. Also, I try to use as much whole wheat in most baking as I can get away with - biscuits, pancakes, everything. You can buy ground flax seeds (which have Omega 3's, I think) to add to baked goods.

    When I cook things like casseroles, I usually add more veggies than they call for, and less meat. My family isn't on a low fat diet, exactly, I just like to try and keep things moderately healthy NOW so we don't have to go through what my family did when my dad had his heart attack.

    If a recipe calls for cream, you can usually use milk without hurting it too much.
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    I just made this fish recipe with tilapia this week, and my husband really liked it.

    Baked Fish With Mushrooms
    1 lb. fresh or frozen fish fillets, 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick
    2 tbsp. margarine or butter
    1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
    1/2 c. sliced green onions (optional)
    1/2 tsp. dried tarragon or thyme, crushed
    paprika

    Thaw fish. Rinse and pat dry with paper towlels. Cut into 4 serving-size pieces, if necessary. Arrange in a 2-qt. rectangular baking dish, turning under thin edges. Sprinkle with salt.

    In a saucepan, melt butter. Add mushrooms, onions, and tarragon. Cook over med. heat until tender. Spoon mushroom mixture over fish. Sprinkle w/paprika.

    Bake, covered, at 450 degrees for 12-18 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

    Makes 4 servings.

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    I find that Weight Watchers is a good source for recipes. I used to use ground turkey but watch when buying it as some of it has more fat than ground beef. I mostly use 90% lean ground beef. I skip all or most of the butter or oil in recipes. My family is so used to skim milk in recipes they say it tastes funny with anything else. You can add FF half and half to make things creamier. Also the American Heart Assoc and Hungry Girl are good places for inspiration. My DH has extremely high cholesterol so I have been playing with recipes for 30years. I saute veggies in sodium free chicken boullion with a little water. It actually gives them a buttery taste. Laughing cow cheese added to sauces will make them creamier.
    Glad to hear you DH is doing OK. Good that he paid attention to his symptoms and went to the doctor before things got worse. Saying prayers for a full and speedy recovery.

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    Thanks ya all .. and I agree what one may like another may not .. but that is why I asked for recipes if you have any that are tried and true. We try recipes and hold it against no one if we don't like it .. LOL Love the Hungry Girl site and already subscribed to the American Heart Association.

    Hubs is on day 3 of being home and just enjoying it immensely .. Thank you everyone for all your thoughts and prayers.. AND especially recipes !!!
    Thank you ever so much .....
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    Amanda: Thanks for the recipe we will give that one a try .. Hubs looked at it and said mmmmmmmm.... sounds good .. Again .. thank you !!!

    Thanks everyone else for the Turkey/chicken idea .. may have to try all the ground turkey/chicken for hamburger. Thanks again !!!
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    Since you want tried-and-true recipes, I submit this recipe that I just recently tried. I've made it three times now. It makes a lot, and I love it. My DH is a bit of a picky eater, and he likes it, too. Best wishes to you and your DH. [I have two vegetarian DDs, so I don't add any chicken. I think dark chicken meat as suggested might be more "Moroccan", but chicken breasts would be healthier of course.]

    Moroccan Red Lentil Soup
    6 servings
    2 T. olive oil
    2 large onions cut into medium dice
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    2 tsp. ground coriander
    1 tsp. ground cumin, preferably ground from fresh whole seeds toasted in a dry skillet
    1 tsp. ground turmeric (or dry mustard)
    ½ tsp. paprika
    ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
    1 ½ tsp. kosher salt
    ½ tsp. ground black pepper
    7 cups vegetable broth
    1 can (about 20 oz.) crushed tomatoes
    2 cups dried red lentils, washed and rinsed
    Pinch red pepper flakes
    Juice of 1 lemon
    3 T. fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
    1 T. chopped fresh cilantro
    Heat olive oil in large skillet on medium high heat. Add onions and cook until tender, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic, coriander, cumin, turmeric, paprika cinnamon, salt and pepper and cook for another minute. Add the broth and tomatoes and heat to boiling. Pour into a 5-6 quart slow cooker. Stir in lentils, cover the cooker and cook for 4 to 5 hours on high, or 8-10 hours on low, until lentils are tender. Stir in the pepper flakes, lemon juice, parsley and cilantro. Cover and cook on high for 10 minutes.

    Option: Before sautéing the onion, sauté 1 pound boneless, skinless dark chicken meat cut into ½ inch pieces, in the oil until browned. Add the onion to the pan and proceed with the recipe.

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    Here is a healthy tried and true recipe. It is my own concoction from a couple different recipe sources. I'm linking to my blog. http://theterrycookbook.blogspot.com...casserole.html I've had rave reviews from several friends and neighbors. It's one I'll take to a sick friend or pot luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Murphy1 View Post
    Chia seeds are high in Omega 6 - good for the heart. We use them in almond milk and it thickens to a sort of pudding. I sweeten with agave syrup. I also use Turkey and chicken more, rare to have any beef. Salmon of course and other fish are good for you. My husband had his first heart attach at 50 due to stress. Glad we have such good doctors to take care of us, but we also need to eat healthier. Best wishes to both of you.
    Where do you purchase chia seeds? I haven't seen them in stores.

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    Buy the $25 version of the Ninja food processor, you can put eggplant/mushrooms/ whatever veggies you like, mix it with ground turkey and make fabulous meatballs. You cut the amount of meat way down. My hubby had to give up all red meat and I've learned to use veggies in all kinds of new ways.. Good luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ View Post
    Since you want tried-and-true recipes, I submit this recipe that I just recently tried. I've made it three times now. It makes a lot, and I love it. My DH is a bit of a picky eater, and he likes it, too. Best wishes to you and your DH. [I have two vegetarian DDs, so I don't add any chicken. I think dark chicken meat as suggested might be more "Moroccan", but chicken breasts would be healthier of course.]

    Moroccan Red Lentil Soup
    6 servings
    2 T. olive oil
    2 large onions cut into medium dice
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    2 tsp. ground coriander
    1 tsp. ground cumin, preferably ground from fresh whole seeds toasted in a dry skillet
    1 tsp. ground turmeric (or dry mustard)
    ½ tsp. paprika
    ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
    1 ½ tsp. kosher salt
    ½ tsp. ground black pepper
    7 cups vegetable broth
    1 can (about 20 oz.) crushed tomatoes
    2 cups dried red lentils, washed and rinsed
    Pinch red pepper flakes
    Juice of 1 lemon
    3 T. fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
    1 T. chopped fresh cilantro
    Heat olive oil in large skillet on medium high heat. Add onions and cook until tender, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic, coriander, cumin, turmeric, paprika cinnamon, salt and pepper and cook for another minute. Add the broth and tomatoes and heat to boiling. Pour into a 5-6 quart slow cooker. Stir in lentils, cover the cooker and cook for 4 to 5 hours on high, or 8-10 hours on low, until lentils are tender. Stir in the pepper flakes, lemon juice, parsley and cilantro. Cover and cook on high for 10 minutes.

    Option: Before sautéing the onion, sauté 1 pound boneless, skinless dark chicken meat cut into ½ inch pieces, in the oil until browned. Add the onion to the pan and proceed with the recipe.
    Oh thank you DJ: Printed and on the recipes for this week. We love Red lentils .. thank you very much !!
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    Quote Originally Posted by saveaquilt View Post
    Here is a healthy tried and true recipe. It is my own concoction from a couple different recipe sources. I'm linking to my blog. http://theterrycookbook.blogspot.com...casserole.html I've had rave reviews from several friends and neighbors. It's one I'll take to a sick friend or pot luck.
    Thank you very much .. Saveaquilt. We will be looking at all the recipes on that site and seeing what we can come up with .. Again-Thank you very much !
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    Quote Originally Posted by patski View Post
    Buy the $25 version of the Ninja food processor, you can put eggplant/mushrooms/ whatever veggies you like, mix it with ground turkey and make fabulous meatballs. You cut the amount of meat way down. My hubby had to give up all red meat and I've learned to use veggies in all kinds of new ways.. Good luck
    Thanks for the idea Patski I truly appreciate it .. Again thank you very much !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Murphy1 View Post
    Chia seeds are high in Omega 6 - good for the heart. We use them in almond milk and it thickens to a sort of pudding. I sweeten with agave syrup. I also use Turkey and chicken more, rare to have any beef. Salmon of course and other fish are good for you. My husband had his first heart attach at 50 due to stress. Glad we have such good doctors to take care of us, but we also need to eat healthier. Best wishes to both of you.
    Thanks Murphy1 I will get some chia seeds, have tried Agave and DH doesn't like it; but he will learn to like it !LOL I bought Ground Chicken and Turkey along with Turkey Sausages and Patties (Jimmy Dean) Thank you very much !
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    Quote Originally Posted by francie yuhas View Post
    I' m glad the DH is getting along OK. I use ground turkey instead of hamburger for spaghetti sauce,chili,tacos,meat lof. Works fine,has much less fat that is less saturated. I use turkey ham and sausage and bacon.
    Thank you very much Francie, I bought the ground turkey and chicken today .. We had Fajita tacos with it tonite and he loved the chicken ones. Saved the turkey for another day .. Again- Thank you very much
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    Regardless of what receipe you use, avoid trans fats and you will be surprised at what they are in and cut down on saturated fats to almost zero ( you need a little but not much) and cut the red meats. Keep the cholesterol count low and walk, walk, walk if your hubby is able, at least 30 min a day. It doesn't have to be speed walking but out and moving, or ride a stationary bike. I have had 4 stents and a valve repair (which hasn't lasted) have two other valves leaking, but they won't do surgery again unless it gets to be on almost an emergency basis, as I could wind up in worse shape than I am now. Surgery would be AT LEAST 5 hours or longer, so until I have to do it am not going to. Don't relish being opened up again if I can avoid it.

    I find margarines are the worst culprits. I don't like them to begin with but have found a butter spray that does suffice up to a point. I grew up on the real butter and I still like it but of course it is a no=no.

    Good luck and you can modify a lot of your present receipes.

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    Hi you mite try www.lowsodiumcooking.com there's some really good low sodium recipes.

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    You have got some good tips there- that lentil soup sounds great! Just want to repeat my mantra- avoid sugar. Your body converts it into fat. If your husband doesn't like agave, that's fine- it has fructose and glucose in it anyway, which his body converts into fat if he is not burning it off. It is not a healthy food in my view, the healthy thing is to train your palate to enjoy less sweet foods!
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    Diabetics can not have Agave syrup-it will raise blood sugar a lot-so just watch out for this-doctor said it is too sweet-and so I don't think it is good for a heart person-sugar are carbs-carbs are bad on the heart

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    I make beef veg soup this way.Simmer small amount of a lean roast in 2-3" of water until very tender.Remove the meat & dice.Refrigerate the broth over night.Check the broth,removing any solid fat.Heat the broth adding low salt canned broth,low salt crushed tomatoes.Bring to a boil,them simmer on low,adding celery,carrots,onion & seasonings of your choice.

    I use bay leaf,thyme,rosemary,garlic,along with 1 Tbl sugar.After a couple hrs,add fresh or frozen veggies.We like shredded cabbage,turnips peeled & diced,mixed frozen veggies & your choice of beans.I usually use Great Northern from a can,we'll drained & rinsed.

    You can make it in a slo cooker.It freezes well in zip lock bags.
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