Five Favorite Fast Meals (continued)
4. SOUP. Soup is a new favorite meal for me because it's a one-pot meal that can be made a variety of different ways and can definitely be heart-healthy. Black bean, white bean and lentil soups are full of heart-healthy fiber and also fill you up more than a plain broth-based or noodle soup. They can be prepared in less than 30 minutes and freeze well too. Check out the recipe on page 4 for a great black bean soup.
5. STIR-FRY. Stir-fry can be made quickly and tailored to your family's preferences. You can make a stir-fry with lean beef, pork, chicken, or shrimp and add your favorite veggies. I love zucchini, carrots, broccoli, peppers, and mushrooms. Water chestnuts add nice texture and are easy because they come canned. You can also add some chopped almonds or peanuts for a little extra heart healthy crunch.
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Years before I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, The Other Half came out of a doctor's appointment with a diagnosis of "borderline diabetes" and an ADA exchange diet sheet. His health insurance agency followed up on the diagnosis with a glucometer and test strips. After a year or so of trying to follow the diet plan and test his glucose levels, things appeared to be back in "normal" range, and stood there until a couple of years after my own diagnosis. Shortly...