Decadent Low-Fat Recipes
Appetizer: Roasted Garlic, Tomato, and Basil Squares
Instead of beginning a feeding frenzy with fatty, cholesterol-loaded foods, indulge in delicious heart-healthy cooking. This menu is so rich-tasting, no one but the cook will know it's good for your heart.
Start hungry guests off with this warm and filling appetizer. Using low-fat mozzarella and a variety of herbs, the topping has a savory creamy texture with scant artery-clogging saturated fat. The tomatoes contain the antioxidant lycopene, which may reduce the plaque that causes clogged arteries.
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Salad: Mixed Greens With Dried Plums and Toasted Pecans
Get your fill of antioxidants with the sweet and salty combination of prunes and pecans in this cholesterol-free winter salad. The sweetness of the prunes balances the bitter flavor of the escarole, which is full of heart-healthy fiber. Sherry vinegar, honey, and Dijon mustard make a tangy topping with just as much flavor as creamy dressings, but with only one-quarter of the saturated fat.
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Entree: Citrus-Glazed Salmon
The best part of this recipe isn't the fresh citrus flavor or nutrient-rich fish. It's also easy and ready in under 20 minutes, which means you'll actually have time to enjoy the holiday festivities outside the kitchen. Omega-3 fatty acids in the salmon may improve your HDL (aka good cholesterol), and it has other cardio benefits as well. Bonus tip: Look for orange marmalade that includes real orange rind. The rind contains polymethoxylated flavones, which may lower LDL (bad cholesterol).
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Side dish: Nutty Brown Wild Rice
With fast-cooking long-grain and wild rice, this side dish is ready in no time. Low-sodium chicken broth gives a flavor boost to the pine nuts, without adding excess sodium. Cherries add a tart flavor and a boost of melatonin, a natural hormone credited with slowing the aging process and fighting insomnia. Top it off with grated lemon rind to bring out the citrus flavor in your salmon.
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Dessert: Double Apple Crumble
Death by chocolate isn't an option for those watching their weight, but this double apple crumble won't disappoint. Baked in the oven, this dish's mixture of brown sugar and cinnamon will capture the flavor of the season, while satisfying the need for a sweet end to a large meal. The recipe calls for butter, but don't fret: Its fiber-rich apples, cholesterol-lowering cinnamon, and fiber-packed whole-grain oats could help reduce LDL levels.
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