30-Minute Heart Healthy Cookbook: a review

by Carolyn Thomas      @HeartSisters

One of the first places that a cardiac diagnosis starts to change the lives of women who have it is in the kitchen. Suddenly, it can seem that everything you now choose to eat will either help your heart, or kill you dead. After my daughter Larissa flew home after my own heart attack, for example, she created a hand-written list (still up on my fridge door, by the way) sternly dictating, among many, many other food rules, things like: “From now on, only low-fat cheese, <20% fat!”

This was a problem for me at the time. Have you ever actually tasted low-fat cheese? It is a hideous food-like product. I pictured a dreary future learning to live on lentils and kale smoothies and other foods I do not want to eat. . .     . Continue reading “30-Minute Heart Healthy Cookbook: a review”

My favourite recipe for heart-healthy lasagna

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by Carolyn Thomas @HeartSisters

Is there anything better on a nippy evening than a pan of cheesey, gooey homemade lasagna bubbling away in the oven? For many of us heart attack survivors, however, lasagna may now seem but a dim memory of past high-fat, high-carb, low-fibre dinners.

But thanks to Bonnie Stern and her wonderful cookbook, HeartSmart™ Cooking For Family and Friends, even those wanting a heart-healthy version of this family favourite can rejoice, especially when fresh veggies are so plentiful in our markets.  I’ve made some minor changes here and there to suit our own family’s preferences, but I think you’ll be amazed at how deceptively healthy – and easy – this casserole-style vegetarian version is. You can make this up to two days ahead of time and refrigerate, or a few weeks ahead and freeze it.  And if you have any leftovers (you won’t!) – you can follow the frittata recipe at the end to create one more hearty meal.  Continue reading “My favourite recipe for heart-healthy lasagna”

My favourite recipe for heart-healthy Sushi Pizza

by Carolyn Thomas

When my daughter Larissa flew home to ‘babysit’ me after my heart attack, I could tell that she meant business.  No mother of hers was going to put her through this kind of stressful drama ever again, and the kitchen was where she decided to start in reorganizing my entire life.  The first thing the darling child did was to go through the big pile of printed material about heart-healthy lifestyles that they send you home with from the cardiac ward.  She underlined, she took notes – and then she went to work. keep reading