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.
Kosher Cream of Mushroom Soup Garlic and Jalapeno Collard Greens Basic Omelet Cottage Cheese Clam Dip California Wrap Zesty Cauliflower Apple and Spice Pork Roast Three Pepper Dipping Oil Mustard Green Beans Japanese Chicken Salad
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