Heart Healthy 30 Minute Dinners Meal Plan (March 18)

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For this week’s Heart Healthy 30 Minute Dinners meal plan, we’re making speedy dinners that are packed with spring flavors. They’re easy to make and perfect for March. This week’s treat may surprise you as it’s rather decadent but oh-so-delicious!

Salmon with Lemon Herb Orzo for Heart Healthy 30 Minute Dinners Meal Plan (March 18)

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The Easy Way to Eat Heart Healthy

A healthy eating pattern is about smart choices.  The American Heart Association suggests these daily amounts.

What to Eat

  • Vegetables – canned, dried, fresh & frozen; 5 servings
  • Fruits – canned, dried, fresh & frozen; 4 servings
  • Whole grains – barley, brown rice, millet, oatmeal, popcorn and whole wheat bread, crackers & pasta; 3-6 servings
  • Dairy – low fat (1%) and fat-free; 3 servings
  • Proteins  – eggs, fish, lean meat, legumes, nuts, poultry & seeds; 1-2 servings
  • Oils – polyunsaturated and monounsaturated canola, olive, peanut, safflower & sesame oil; 3 Tbsp

Foods to Avoid

  • Limit – sugary drinks, sweets, fatty meats, and salty or highly processed foods
  • Avoid – partially hydrogenated oils, tropical oils, and excessive calories
  • Replace – highly processed foods with homemade or less-processed options
  • Enjoy – a variety of nutritious foods from all the food groups, especially fruits & veggies
  • Keep – healthy habits even when you eat from home

Heart Healthy 30 Minute Dinners Menu

Monday’s dinner is a vegetarian, spring-inspired chickpea meal served over your favorite whole grain, like brown rice, and is ready in 20 minutes. Easy to make in a pressure cooker or stovetop. Add a large green salad to the meal.

Tuesday’s dinner is a simple skillet dish that’s all about lean protein and bright spring flavors. Add your favorite green, I’m sauteeing spinach with a pinch of red pepper flakes for a quick addition to this tasty meal.

Wednesday’s dinner is a lean beef stir-fry with one of my favorite spring vegetables: bokchoy. Packed with flavor it’s a simple dish ready in no time. Add a spring green salad and experiment with spring lettuces like arugula or kale!

Thursday’s dinner is a rice noodle bowl that’s easy to make and packed with spring veggies, like carrots, and delicious flavors like lime and ginger.

Friday’s dinner is a beautiful one pot salmon dish (very heart-healthy) with a spring herby orzo and broccoli. It’s easy cleanup for Friday!

The Treat is decadent chocolate, easy to make… and heart-healthy!

Have a beautiful and healthy week!

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Heart Healthy 30 Minute Dinners Meal Plan (March 18)

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