28-Days of Heart:
February 28, 2022
We’re wrapping up our 28-Days of Heart with a few favorite recipes, featuring a Roasted Salmon with Pesto Vegetables for dinner. Did you know the American Heart Association advises that eating salmon and other omega-3-rich foods twice a week can have benefits that even extend beyond your heart? Treat yourself to a yummy Broccoli Salad with Chopped Walnuts snack and we never forget about dessert. How about Grilled Peaches with Yogurt and Honey instead of the more calorie laden ice cream after dinner? We hope you enjoy these recipes as much as we do. Bon Appetit!
Roasted Salmon with Pesto Vegetables
Try this simple and easy dish.
- 2 bell peppers, thinly sliced
- 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 4 6-oz skinless salmon fillets
- Kosher salt
- Black pepper
- ¼ cup pesto
Heat oven to 450°F. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the peppers and onion with the olive oil. Nestle salmon fillets in the mixture. Season with ¾ tsp salt and ¼ tsp black pepper. Roast until the salmon is opaque throughout and the vegetables are tender, eight to 10 minutes. Serve topped with the pesto.
Broccoli Salad with Chopped Walnuts
The walnuts bring antioxidants and a satisfying crunch, the broccoli brings vitamins and fiber -which can help lower cholesterol, the poultry packs protein and the dressing adds a delightfully creamy finish.
- ¼ cup plain low-fat yogurt
- ¼ cup bottled light ranch salad dressing (make it even more heart-healthy by subbing lemon juice and olive oil)
- 1 ½ cups coarsely chopped cooked chicken or turkey
- ½ cup coarsely chopped broccoli
- ¼ cup shredded carrot
- ¼ cup chopped walnuts
In a small bowl, combine yogurt and salad dressing. In a medium bowl combine chicken, broccoli, carrot and nuts. Pour yogurt mixture over chicken mixture and toss to coat. For individual lunches, divide chicken mixture among four plastic cups. Cover and chill for up to 24 hours.
We Heart Dessert
How many of us want to beat a hasty path to the freezer for a few scoops of ice cream after dinner? While it’s nice to treat yourself from time to time, it’s important to keep the decadent desserts as a special treat, rather than an every-night occurrence. Luckily for your sweet tooth, some desserts are healthier than others, like this recipe for Grilled Peaches with Yogurt and Honey. When peaches aren’t in season, try swapping them for some heart-healthy blueberries or raspberries.
- ¼ cup fat-free vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- 2 large ripe peaches, cut in half (pit removed)
- 2 tbsp honey
Combine yogurt and cinnamon. Grill the peaches, covered on low or indirect heat until soft (about 2-4 minutes on each side). Drizzle with honey and serve each slice with 1 tbsp of the yogurt mixture.