Finding healthy meals the whole family will love can be tough. It’s also important that these meals are easy to make after a long day, right? The pressure to prepare the healthiest, tastiest dinner can be too much for some. But rest assured! We teamed up with a very special brand, LVNGbook, to provide you with five incredibly simple and delicious meals that offer amazing heart-health benefits. LVNGbook helps people living with chronic conditions eat to manage their health and create lasting lifestyle change. Click here for the printable recipe cards.
01 Cuban black beans and rice
Sometimes a little fiesta-themed dinner is just what the family needs. This delicious and affordable meal is also vegetarian-friendly! Olive oil is high in monounsaturated fat, which is the healthy fat to keep our HDL, or “good” cholesterol, up. Black beans are a good source of fiber and have protein. There’s no sodium here, and that’s a perfect way to keep blood pressure down and have a healthy heart. You can also rinse a can of beans underwater to take out any remaining sodium. If you’re feeling like some spice, add a couple (or a lot) of dashes of your favorite low-sodium hot sauce!
02 Moroccan chicken with couscous
Let’s take dinner across the Atlantic tonight and enjoy the flavors of Morocco with this chicken and couscous dish! Morocco is known for its robust flavors, and this recipe has nothing short of that. The chicken is flavored with coriander and heart-healthy cinnamon. Cinnamon is associated with a statistically significant decrease in levels of fasting plasma glucose, total cholesterol, LDL-C, and triglyceride levels, and an increase in HDL-C levels. In summary, it helps increase heart health. You get some sweet and savory with every bite of this dish with the saltiness of the olives balancing out the sweetness of dried apricots.
03 Seared shrimp salad
Seared shrimp salad. Say that 10 times fast! All jokes aside, this makes a delicious and quick dinner for those busy nights. In less than 30 minutes, you’ll have a salad bursting with flavor. The fennel, orange, and red onion mixture is the perfect amount of salty and tangy. Vinegar and white wine dressing add flavor without the added calories, sodium, fat, or sugar.
04 Chicken lettuce wraps with mango salsa
We’re redefining your taco night with these chicken lettuce wraps and mango salsa! Chicken is a lean protein source that helps to lower the saturated fat in our bodies, which helps keep our hearts healthy. Add some mango salsa to top it off for a low-calorie sweetness, and if you’re feeling spicy, slice some jalapenos up for a finishing touch.
05 Pork tenderloin with chimichurri
Pork tenderloin is an easy, healthy, and economical way to feed your family! The pork tenderloin is a very tender and mild cut of meat, which makes it great for sauces like this chimichurri sauce! Serve it with a side of broccolini, which is a good source of Vitamin A. This mostly helps with vision and preventing degenerative eye diseases for a hearty and heart-healthy meal.