Archive for March 2019

Fish Tacos

Fish tacos are one of the many new dishes we discovered after learning that our recommended sources of protein were primarily poultry and fish. We adapted this recipe from one in the Diabetes & Heart Healthy Cookbook shown on our Products we love page. The crispiness of the shells and cabbage, combined with the rich…

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Chicken Salad

This dish is great for lunches and for using up chicken left from other meals. You can serve it on whole grain bread or a wrap, but we have also enjoyed it in cucumber “cups” and on wedges of sweet peppers. As with all our recipes, you can choose from many different no-sodium seasonings to…

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Life after heart surgery: grumpy patient, defensive caretaker

Sometimes your loved one/patient is just going to feel like real life sucks. It might be the aftermath of their heart surgery, and maybe it’s also some of their accumulated life disappointments and shattered dreams. Whatever it is, having the best-tasting, healthiest food options for them might not help as much as you hoped. We…

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Grief, depression and heart disease

The impact of grief and depression on patients with a new diagnosis of heart disease, and on their loved ones who are caretakers, might vary, but it is likely to affect most on some level. It could be experienced as just a slight sadness for the loss of the carefree years when you could eat…

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Cooking solidarity and patience for your patient

If you have never been diagnosed with diabetes or heart disease yourself, you might think the lifestyle changes apply only to your loved one (spouse, parent, etc.). After all, if you didn’t have a heart attack, or develop diabetes, why should you have to eat as if you did?  We would encourage you, especially if…

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Addictions, recovery and diabetic, heart-healthy eating

If your main problem when it comes to health is maintaining discipline around food, consider yourself very blessed. You might be thinking “How am I blessed when I can’t have salt, sugar, starchy things or fats? And especially if I am overweight?” The answer is, if you’re not struggling with cigarettes, alcohol or drugs, you’re…

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Willingness to Change

The classic joke asks this: “How many psychologists does it take to change a light bulb?” Answer: just one, but the light bulb has to be willing to change. The very serious issue is that successfully changing eating habits requires much more than just a list of groceries and some new recipes. A new diagnosis…

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Sauteed Chicken Thighs

We love chicken thighs because it is hard to mess them up. This is a simple recipe for preparing them that can be used as a foundation for several other recipes, like Chicken Fried “Rice,” Vegetable Soup with added chicken, Chicken Tacos, and Chicken Salad. Print Recipe Sauteed Chicken Thighs This dish can be a…

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Chicken fried “rice”

We were shocked when we looked at how much sodium is in most soy sauce. Between that and the reliance on white rice, we decided to remake one of our favorite dishes to use a low-sodium soy sauce and “cauliflower rice” instead of the traditional kind. The very small amount of sodium in Chinatown Soy…

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All-purpose sauce

In the old days, before we knew heart disease was an issue in Wayne’s life, we topped our fresh, steamed vegetables with a little butter, a dash of lemon juice and Penzey’s seasonings (our favorite was Fox Point, which includes salt). It’s easy to cook great meals when you have no limitations, right? This easy…

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