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American Heart Association Low-Fat, Low-Cholesterol Cookbook, 3rd Edition: Delicious Recipes to Help Lower Your Cholesterol Paperback – September 13, 2005
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About the Author
The American Heart Association is the nation’s most trusted authority on heart-healthy living and diet. Its bestselling library of cookbooks includes The New American Heart Association Cookbook, Seventh Edition; American Heart Association Low-Calorie Cookbook; American Heart Association One-Dish Meals; and American Heart Association Quick & Easy Cookbook. The American Heart Association has affiliates that serve the entire United States. For more information, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 (1-800-242-8721) or visit americanheart.org.
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You probably know that a diet low in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol is good for your body, but do you know how delicious it can be? Let the third edition of the American Heart Association Low-Fat, Low-Cholesterol Cookbook show you how to make heart-healthy foods a part of your lifestyle. With tantalizing choices such as Crab Spring Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce, Zesty Potato Skins, Chicken and Spinach Enchilada Soup, Peppery Beef with Blue Cheese Sauce, and Chocolate Custard Cake with Raspberries, preparing healthful meals full of flavor and style is a snap.
This book is more than just tasty recipes. The American Heart Association, a long-trusted authority on heart health, provides information on how cholesterol affects the body, how diet and exercise affect your cholesterol levels, and how “good” and “bad” cholesterol are different. You’ll also learn how to plan meals and dine out healthfully. With this book in hand, you can take charge of your cholesterol and love every bite along the way.
Try this recipe for Spinach, Chick-pea, and Olive Pasta to see just how easy it is to eat well and take care of your heart.
Spinach, Chick-pea, and Olive Pasta
This one-dish meal is an eye-pleasing and satisfying combination of texture and flavor. It’s also a great way to enjoy the many benefits of iron- and calcium-rich spinach.
4 ounces dried radiatore or rotini pasta
2 cups coarsely chopped fresh spinach (about 2 ounces)
15 ounce can no-salt-added chick-peas, rinsed if desired and drained
1 cup coarsely chopped bottled roasted red bell peppers, rinsed and drained (about 6 ½ ounces)
12 Kalamata olives, drained and chopped
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 tablespoon dried basil, crumbled
2 ounces Feta cheese, crumbled (about ½ cup)
Prepare the pasta using the package directions, omitting the salt and oil. Drain in a colander and run under cold water until completely cooled. Drain well.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, stir together the remaining ingredients except the feta. Add the pasta to the spinach mixture, tossing gently yet thoroughly to coat. Add the feta and toss gently.
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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. I did add some stationary cycling in January so I'm sure that helped, but it's not like I'm doing it 7 days a week. This book has definitely helped improve our diet and saved us some money on our health insurance since I'm now in the company's preferred group.
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!!!