Dinner recipes that are heart healthy and easy to make

By: Health Local Staff Feb 19, 2014
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Dinner recipes that are heart healthy and easy to make

These quick and easy heart healthy favourites are great for the entire family.

Quick and easy dinner recipes do not have to be bad for your health. They can taste delicious and provide nutritious ingredients to your body. These quick and easy heart healthy favourites are great for the entire family.

Skillet Stir Fry

This new twist on comfort foods and stir-fry is a wonderful way to slim down and provide nutritious foods for your heart and body. Swap out the old and make room for the new heart healthy ingredients in your life.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless and skinless chicken breasts, cut into small bites
  • 3 tsp olive oil
  • 2-3 slices of turkey bacon, chopped
  • 1 sweet potato, washed and peeled, cut in cubes
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 large apples, peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup of chicken broth

Preparation
Season the chicken with salt and pepper and place in a heated pan with olive oil. Cook the chicken until lightly browned. Transfer the meat to a plate.

Add olive oil to the pan and reheat. Stir in the bacon and cook until done. Add the vegetables and onion. Stir in apples, garlic, and cinnamon. Cook for contents for about three minutes. Pour in half of the broth; bring to boil. Add the remaining broth. Season the contents with salt and pepper. Cook for another two to three minutes until it is hot. Serve. 300 calories per serving.

Sweet and Tangy Pork Chops with Barley

A lighter approach to pork chops and applesauce is the sweet and tangy pork chop casserole with chops, barley and mushrooms.

Ingredients

For the chops:

  • ½ c apple juice or cider
  • 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 4 bone-in pork chops
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the barley:

  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup barley
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley, chopped

Preparation
Boil together the apple cider or juice, apple cider vinegar, and maple syrup in a mid-sized saucepan. The boiling process takes about 10 minutes.

Prepare the barley while the juice is boiling. Add water and salt to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the barley and cook as directed on the package. Approximately 10-12 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed. Let the barley sit for about 5 minutes.

Saute the onions and mushrooms in a fry pan while the barley is cooking. Let the onion mixture saute for about eight minutes. Add the garlic, pepper, salt, and tomatoes. Let the mixture cook for three more minutes. Turn off the heat and stir in parsley if desired. Cover the pan.

Season the pork chops with salt and pepper and place on a cookie sheet. Brush on the glaze and broil for about two minutes. Turn the chops and glaze the other side and broil for another two minutes, or until the chops are done. Remove from the oven and serve with cooked barley. 405 calories per serving.

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