Vegetable Recipes

Lemon Lavender Asparagus

Asparagus drizzled with lemon lavender dressing and lavender bunches in background along with grated lemon zest.

Delicious, steamed asparagus drizzled with appetizing lemon-lavender dressing is beneficial to the heart as well.  The asparagus contains large amounts of antioxidants which may help reduce inflammation.  In addition, the culinary lavender provides the heart with many benefits including the ability to also reduce inflammation.  Prolonged inflammation has been shown to be a factor in many chronic diseases, including heart disease.  The culinary lavender in this recipe also benefits the heart by helping to regulate the heart rate and reduce high blood pressure.  Click Here for Recipe

Sweet Potato Quiche

Sweet Potato Quiche slice garnished with oregano sprig and leaves.

The antioxidant-rich sweet potatoes help make the crust in this sweet potato quiche recipe gluten-free.  Also, this is an egg-free quiche flavored with fiber-rich spinach. The heart healthy spinach may help to reduced high blood pressure, along with helping to maintain a healthy blood pressure level. Click Here for Recipe

Sautéed Brussels Sprouts 

Brussels sprouts garnished with dill weed sprigs.

Celebrate fall with a side dish of delicious, sautéed Brussels sprouts. Brussels sprouts are heart-healthy with an abundance of antioxidants helping to decrease inflammation. Inflammation has been linked to many diseases including heart disease. Also, Brussels sprouts are very high in the immune boosting vitamin C.  Click Here for Recipe

Sweet Carrot Dish

Cooked sliced carrots garnished with parsley and lemon wedges in background.

Carrots are very low in cholesterol making this a basic heart healthy dish that is also a wonderful addition to any meal especially for occasions such as Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. This dish is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, and a very good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin K. The blending of sweet orange juice and tangy lemon juice bring special flavor and "zippiness". In addition, the simplicity of the carrots stand out beautifully with a dash of fresh green parsley making it a truly attractive entrée to serve. Click Here for Recipe

Stuffed Delicata Squash

Two stuffed Delicata squashes with rosemary bunches in background.

Stuffed Delicata Squash with walnuts is heart healthy due to the high omega-3 fatty acids, especially in the walnuts. Omega-3 fatty acids help prevent dangerous heart rhythms that can lead to heart attacks. In addition, Delicata Squash is a an excellent source of vitamins A and vitamin C; a very good source of enzyme-promoting manganese and digestion-promoting dietary fiber; a good source of folate, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, magnesium, potassium, copper and vitamin K. Click Here for Recipe

Asparagus Peas Veggie Dish

Mixed vegetables of asparagus, peas, broccoli and more with dill weed sprig in foreground also in background.

This attractive, heart healthy veggie dish is so, due to the vitamin packed asparagus, peas, broccoli and zucchini as the main ingredients.  These vegetables are considered superfoods.  The broccoli in this recipe has the ability to lower cholesterol and give overall support to the cardiovascular system.  The zucchini and green peas are an excellent source of folate which helps reduce homocysteine levels that may contribute to heart attack and stroke if too high. The potassium found in zucchini also helps lower blood pressure.  Click Here for Recipe

Spicy Corn

Corn sprinkled with green and red chilies topped with parsley along with more corn and a salad in background.

Lowering hypertension and preventing heart ailments are some of the many health benefits of this spicy corn recipe. In addition, the "burrito like" taste of this spicy corn side-dish is especially good with couscous or rice, while the main ingredient corn also provides a rich source of vitamins A, B, E and many minerals. Click Here for Recipe

Broccoli with Pine Nuts

Broccoli with pine nuts and raisins along with a salad and pine nuts sprinkled in the background.

Experience the health and nutritional benefits of broccoli, considered to be a "super food" by many.  This broccoli with pine nuts recipe is a festive and attractive side dish for entertaining.  The strong anti-inflammatory, cholesterol lowering and immune boosting ingredients of both the broccoli and pine nuts help make this recipe a heart-healthy diet choice. Click Here for Recipe 

Stuffed Acorn Squash

Stuffed acorn squash of raisins and walnuts with basil in background.

Celebrate the bounty of the harvest with this appealing, stuffed acorn squash. Heart healthy recipes include this popular fall vegetable, which is a rich source of vitamin A, beta-carotene and omega-3 fatty acids. Acorn squash also contains vitamin C, potassium, manganese, and 15% of the omega-3 fatty acids necessary for good health. In this recipe the dried fruit or dates add a delicious alternative to sweetening, instead of the classic filling of brown sugar and maple syrup, which only add too much sugar. Also, the dates or raisins provide more nutritional value than brown sugar. Click Here for Recipe

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