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Eat Your Heart Out

By Res-Q editor 3 years ago 2342 Views

Did you know February is American Heart Month? Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Although that’s a scary fact, the good news is you can control many of the risk factors associated with developing heart disease. A diet rich in a variety of vegetables and fruits, lean proteins, healthy fats and whole grains is your first defense against the onset of high cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart disease. Check out some of the recipes below and be on your way to better heart health. Bon appetite!

Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

½ cup Res-Q 1250 Liquid

1 cup balsamic vinegar 

1½ tsp. granulated roasted garlic

1/3 cup honey

1 tsp. Dijon mustard

Sea salt and pepper to taste

Mix together and drizzle over your favorite mixed greens. Make fresh and dress salad right before serving.

Spinach-Stuffed Baked Salmon

1 tsp. olive oil, extra virgin preferred or 1 tsp. Res-Q 1250 Liquid

2 oz. spinach

1 tsp. grated lemon zest

¼ cup chopped, roasted red bell peppers, rinsed and drained if bottled

¼ cup fresh basil, coarsely chopped

2 Tbsp. chopped walnuts

Cooking spray

4 salmon fillets (about 4 ounces each), rinsed, patted dry

2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard, lowest sodium available

2 Tbsp. plain dry bread crumbs, lowest sodium available

½ tsp. dried oregano, crumbled

½ tsp. garlic powder

1/8 tsp. pepper

In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat, swirling to coat the bottom. Cook the spinach and lemon zest for 2 minutes, or until the spinach is wilted, stirring constantly. Transfer to a medium bowl. Stir in the roasted peppers, basil, and walnuts. Let cool for 5 minutes. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Lightly spray the foil with cooking spray. Cut a lengthwise slit in the side of each fillet to make a pocket for the stuffing. Be careful to not cut through to the other side. With a spoon or your fingers, carefully stuff a scant 1/2 cup spinach mixture into each fillet. Transfer to the baking sheet. With a pastry brush or spoon, spread the mustard over the fish. In a small bowl, stir together the remaining ingredients. Sprinkle over the fish. Lightly spray the top with cooking spray. Bake for 12 to 13 minutes, or until the fish is the desired doneness and the filling is heated through. (Recipe courtesy of The American Heart Association)

Fresh Fruit with Honey Poppy Seed Dressing

¾ cup Res-Q1250 Liquid or blended oil

1 cup grenadine

1 cup honey

½ cup red wine vinegar

¼ cup poppy seeds

Add all ingredients and whisk together. Drizzle over fresh pineapples, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, or any fresh fruit of your choice. Make fresh and dress fruit right before serving.