Heart Healthy Recipe: Slow Cooker Turkey and Black Bean Chili

Slow Cooker Turkey and Black Bean Chili This chili recipe is packed with black beans rich in soluble fiber, which may help lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. It also utilizes no-salt-added canned items and dried herbs that are not only affordable but heart-healthy as well. Ingredients 2 lbs. ground, skinless turkey breast 2 cans no-salt-added black beans (rinsed, drained) 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes 1 can no-salt-added, diced tomato (undrained) 2 cans no-salt-added tomato sauce 1 cup frozen whole kernel corn 1 Tbsp cumin 1 Tbsp chili powder 2 tsp dried oregano (crumbled) 2 tsp ground coriander 4 medium garlic cloves (minced) Directions Place ingredients in crockpot. Cover and cook over low setting for 8-10 hours, or over high setting for 3-4 hours. Dietitian Tips Pair this meal with a serving of veggies and a whole-grain roll or brown rice to create a balanced meal. Can’t find no salt or sodium added beans? Rinse the [...]

Try a New Food: Comforting Black Bean Veggie Soup

Comforting Black Bean Veggie Soup January is National Soup Month! There is nothing better than cozying up with a hot bowl of soup on a cold winter’s day. You might be tempted to reach for your favorite canned variety. But many canned soups are loaded with sodium. Excessive sodium intake may elevate blood pressure and increase your risk of heart disease. The worst canned soup offenders pack over half a day’s worth of sodium into a single 90 calorie serving. Not to mention, you’ll probably finish an entire two-serving can as a quick meal, exceeding daily sodium recommendations from the American Heart Association—in just one meal! We prefer preparing our homemade favorites in large batches, then freeze leftovers in single portions inside Ziploc bags. All it takes is a quick thaw and reheat in the microwave to enjoy our favorite [...]

Try a New Food: Fruit Salad with In-Season Citrus

Fruit Salad with In-Season Citrus We may have only been chasing winter’s fleeting daylight for about a month, but if you’re anything like us, you could use a dose of in-season sunshine. For those who aren’t getting any, the Cara Cara orange offers a little taste of summer in the winter, when it conveniently comes to harvest December through May. From the outside, Cara Caras may look like a run of the mill citrus, but don’t judge a book by its cover. Beneath its easy-to-peel skin, you’ll find deep, pink-grapefruit colored flesh that’s super juicy, low in acid, and seedless. Flavor-wise, imagine a cross between a naval orange and tangerine but throw in a hint of berries. Not to mention, Cara Cara oranges are nutrient-dense, just like other citrus fruits. One medium Cara Cara orange provides 1 ½ days’ worth [...]