It’s National Heart Health Month! Today I shared heart healthy tips and three meal planning recipes on affiliates across the country.
Starting with breakfast. My customizable egg cups are easy to make and great to have for busy weekday mornings. Simply whisk together—eggs, cheese and almond milk—then cook your vegetables with corn oil, add to the batter and bake in your muffin pan. In addition to having a great neutral taste, corn oil has naturally occurring plant sterols. Clinical studies have shown that eating foods with plant sterols can help lower your cholesterol by blocking bad cholesterol from being absorbed. Plant sterols can also be found in produce, nuts, seeds, cereals, and legumes.
For lunch, I shared a make ahead chicken burrito bowl. In a large skillet, cook chicken and bell peppers with lime juice, seasonings and oil, and transfer to a serving bowl with cilantro, salsa, guacamole and brown rice.
For dinner, we have taco-stuffed peppers. Many home cooks may not realize that all cooking oils have a smoke point that, once exceeded, negatively affects the food’s flavor. Choosing an oil with a high smoke point is great when cooking different ingredients for long durations of time. For this recipe, in a large skillet, sauté chicken, onion, garlic, tomatoes, black beans, rice and corn. Once cooked through, divide the mixture among each bell pepper and top with cheese.