18 Heart Healthy Dinners We Keep Going Back To

Wellness: Nutrition
18 Heart-Healthy Dinners We Keep Going Back To

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January 24 2022


Whether you're trying to lower your cholesterol or blood pressure, or you're just looking for healthier options for family dinners, we suspect you'll find a few new favorites here. Each of these recipes has been reviewed by a Hy-Vee Registered Dietitian to make sure calories, sodium, and saturated fat are in check. Plus, many of these recipes are a good source of heart-healthy fiber and omega-3 fats.

Remember, if you ever have questions about meal planning for a heart healthy diet, you can always reach out to your local Hy-Vee Registered Dietitian. Find one near you.

  1. Winter Salad with Cranberry Walnut Croutons

    Now, this is a salad you can get excited about! This recipe features healthy and flavorful ingredients that make eating a salad delicious! This salad contains goodies like homemade croutons, candied walnuts, and blueberries!

  2. Fiesta Lime Pork Chops

    This recipe included a tender pork chop and roasted veggies that will not disappoint. The red cabbage contains 45 percent of your daily recommended vitamin C with can lower your risk for cardiovascular disease. 

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  3. Tandoori Chicken with Spicy Melon Salad

    This recipe is packed full of flavor and goodness! You will want to start making the spicy melon salad to put on everything!

  4. Honey-Sriracha Sockeye Salmon

    Just because it's heart-healthy salmon, doesn't mean you can't bring the heat. We love serving this fillet with a side of cauliflower rice tossed with lime and cilantro.

  5. Sausage Bean and Pasta Stew

    We asked one our dietitians to makeover one of our favorite soups: sausage and bean. This is what she came up with, plus pasta!

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  6. Tangy Citrus, Fennel, and Avocado Salad

    Salad doesn't have to be boring. Use fresh citrus and avocado to make heart-healthy greens something to look forward to.

  7. Slow Cooker Swedish Meatballs

    Yes, meatballs can be on a heart-healthy menu. This healthier version uses ground chicken and turkey and whole wheat bread crumbs.

  8. Walnut-Crusted Salmon Winter

    This recipe packs in the heart-healthy omega-3s, from both the walnuts and the salmon.

  9. Pear Fennel Salad

    Adding a small amount of blue cheese, or any strong-flavored cheese, to salad is a great way to add a punch. We like these bold cheeses because you can get away with using less.

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  10. Grape, Fennel, Chicken and Quinoa Salad

    So apparently we use a lot of fennel. Probably because it's a great way to keep salads interesting. It has an anise- or licorice-like flavor that adds a bright, fresh taste.

  11. Hass Back Hustle Chili

    We always thought chili would be too high in sodium to be part of a heart-healthy diet. But if you use no-salt-added diced tomatoes and beans, you can get it within a healthy range.

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  12. Salmon, Kale, and Grains Salad

    Versatile is what this is. You can use any kind of lean meat or fish, vegetable, and whole grain to prepare this protein- and fiber-packed bowl.

  13. Cast Iron Pork Loin with Romesco Sauce

    Romesco sauce is a secret weapon for adding rich flavors to lean meats. It's a blend of toasted almonds, roasted red peppers, olive oil, and seasonings. Pro tip: Make a double batch.

  14. Dukkah-Crusted Salmon

    Dukkah is an Egyptian spice blend that includes toasted nuts and spices such as coriander and cumin seeds, so if you're in the mood for something a little more adventurous, but still heart-healthy, this is it.

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  15. Garden Veggie Quinoa Bowl

    We love how filling this lemony quinoa bowl is. With 11 grams of fiber and 16 grams of protein, this is the kind of dinner (or lunch) that prevents late-night snacking.

  16. Feta Chicken with Veggies and Farro

    Whole grains, lean meat, veggies, fruit, cheese—tackle all the food groups in one healthy and delicious meal.

  17. Baked Chicken Caprese

    When you need something really easy that's packed with Italian flavors, remember this simple 4-ingredient recipe.

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  18. Pork Tenderloin Salad

    Now this is our kind of salad. The pork cooks in the slow cooker so all you really have to do is whisk together a simple vinaigrette.

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