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American Heart Association Low-Fat, Low-Cholesterol Cookbook, 4th edition: Delicious Recipes to Help Lower Your Cholesterol Paperback – April 6, 2010

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About the Author

The American Heart Association is the nation’s premier authority on heart health. Its bestselling library of cookbooks and guides includes:

The New American Heart Association Cookbook
American Heart Association No-Fad Diet
American Heart Association Low-Salt Cookbook
American Heart Association Low-Calorie Cookbook
American Heart Association Quick & Easy Cookbook


For more information, please visit americanheart.org
or call 1-800-AHA-USA1 (1-800-242-8721).

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

Slow-Cooker Tuscan Chicken
Serves 8


Effortless meals like this one are perfect for serving either guests or family members.

   • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
   • 1 teaspoon dried basil, crumbled
   • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled
   • 1 14.5-ounce can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
   • 1 9-ounce package frozen artichoke hearts, thawed
   • 1 cup fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth
   • 1 2.25-ounce can sliced black olives, drained
   • 1/2 teaspoon salt
   • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
   • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)


Discard all visible fat from the chicken. Sprinkle both sides with the basil and oregano. Put the chicken in a 3 1/2 to 4-quart slow cooker.

Stir in the remaining ingredients. Cook, covered, on high for 3 to 4 hours or on low for 7 to 8 hours.
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Product Details

  • Series: American Heart Association
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 4 Reprint edition (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030758755X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307587558
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book has come in so handy since we have had to make lifestyle changes due to high cholesterol. The best thing about this book is that it uses pretty basic ingredients that you can find at any grocery store. Other books I have with low cholesterol recipes had odd ingredients that I just won't keep in stock normally. The recipes offered by the AHA cookbook identify with "real", everyday people making the lifestyle transition much easier than I originally thought. The final outcome: Palate tantalizing dishes appropriate for the whole family.
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My husband was put on a low-fat diet so I picked up this cookbook because I liked that it was by the American Heart Association. Every recipe I've made has been delicious! (with the exception of one dessert which was just okay, but low-fat desserts are tough) I will say though, that this cookbook can't be called quick and easy. As someone else mentioned, I have to plan in advance so I can pick up all the ingredients at the grocery store. You also have to make sure to allow plenty of time for cooking the meal. Nothing has been very fast, although it's nothing overly complicated for this basic chef.

All-in-all, I would recommend this cookbook to anyone trying to eat healthier as I think it's an easier transition when the food tastes good, and these recipes definitely do!
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I first bought an earlier edition of this book a few years ago when I decided it was time to lose weight. It made cooking for a family of 4 super easy. The meals are delicious and healthy...although there are a few recipes that didnt fit my taste.

At first, you do end up spending more at the grocery store to buy all the new spices & a few new ingredients, but eventually, the cost tapers down. Our weekly grocery bill averaged around $150.00 for a family of 4 adults which included 3 meals a day with snacks. So, I have to say that it is pretty cost efficient as well.

By cooking directly from this book, eating about 1600 claories a day, and walking on the treadmill 20 minutes a day, I went from 286 lbs down to about 215 lbs in 3 months. At that point, I got a gym membership and cut back on my calories just a little bit more (down to 1500). I am now 138 lbs and have been able to keep it off so far.

This book definately gave me a good kickstart to to getting my weight down (and giving my heart a break). I would recommend it in a heartbeat!!!
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Grrreat!! New diagnosis for my husband and I with slightly elevated cholesterol -- rethinking our eating a bit and these recipes fit into our lifestyle and choices very, very well. Great pics too!
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My only caution to people considering purchasing the book - if you have high blood pressure, you will have to make some adaptations to the recipes. For example, olives and smoked salmon are very high in sodium. I couldn't believe they listed the sodium content for smoked salmon as 82mg when every package of smoked salmon (and not lox as they indicate) has at least 550mg of sodium per 2 slices, and I don't believe washing it in cold water will reduce it to 82 mg. Smoked salmon many times is soaked in brine (lots of salt). With olives you may get away with washing them off, but I am always leary. I have hypertension, and if I eat olives, capers or even roasted peppers or anything with vinegar, I spike. I always wash everything off, and it still doesn't help.
My fear is that a lot of the ingredients in here, I don't use (like creamy sauces or mayonnaise), and I think it might elevate my cholesterol higher. I cut those ingredients out to reduce it to begin with, so adding them back in my create a surge. I found one of the best ways to naturally reduce cholesterol are with plant sterols and plant stanols (in benecol spread or more preferably the benecol chews as they don't have the partially hydrogenated soybean oil the margarine does). Plant stanols work better on menopausal women than plant sterols do (you can get plant sterols in any health food store but the benecol chews can only be purchased on line through amazon or drugs.com).
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I bought this book for my father-in-law after he had bypass surgery. I gave him the book and made two recipes out of it for a dinner party with him. My husband liked the dishes so much he wanted us to buy it--so I did! We have been very pleased with the recipes in this book. They are simple, yet flavorful, and span many cuisine types. Bravo, AHA!
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I needed some new recipe ideas when my husband and I found out we both have high cholesterol. It's not so bad that we're taking medication, but we thought that eating healthier was necessary to avoid it in the future. This book came highly recommended, and it hasn't disappointed me yet. I highlighted all of the recipes that had ingredients we would eat and was pleasantly surprised to find that we had plenty of options.

So many healthy cookbooks are filled with items that we don't like, or use random ingredients for every recipe so I would constantly be buying a million ingredients for a week's worth of meals. This book is great because a lot of the recipes use the same types of ingredients, so as long as I make sure I keep those items stocked, I'm good to go. (I'm talking broth, some packaged salmon, fresh meat, tomatoes, bell peppers, etc. - nothing crazy.) I did have to restock my spices and herbs because I never used many before. That was a little costly, but almost all of the recipes use them so they won't go to waste and they provide a lot of flavor. The recipes are really simple and pretty quick too, so I don't mind making dinner after a long day. We've really enjoyed everything so far, except for the slow cooker chicken meal they have listed here. We're not big fans of artichokes, so it was a risk going in. Anyway, this is now my everyday cookbook. We'll see if it helps our numbers!

Edit 6-6-15: I've been cooking from this book (and using some other low cholesterol recipes too) for about 9 months, and I've seen a great improvement in my cholesterol numbers. My labs were actually drawn in April and all of my numbers improved. HDL improved from 46 to 61, LDL improved from 170 to 121, and the ratio improved from 5.0 to 3.48.
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