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Heart Healthy Easter and Passover Dishes

Posted by Deanna Kidd on Mon, Apr 18, 2011

WebMD.com has lots of options to make your Easter and Passover dishes heart healthy. First, they have tips for substitutions to make your traditional dishes healthier. 

Overall:

  • Holiday heart healthy recipesSubstitute reduced-fat dairy products for regular versions.
  • Use lean meats, light sausages, and skinless poultry instead of regular or full-fat versions.
  • Exchange egg substitute or egg whites for half of the eggs called for in recipes (1/4 cup of egg substitute or two egg whites is equivalent to one whole egg).
  • Substitute olive or canola oil for vegetable oil, and you can usually cut the amount of oil in half. For baking recipes, nonfat ingredients like fruit juice, nonfat sour cream and pureed fruit should be substituted for the missing fat.
  • Cut the amount of butter in half, for most recipes. For baked goods, other somewhat-solid ingredients such as nonfat sour cream and nonfat cream cheese, can fill in for the fat you leave out.

Then they offer specific suggestions for:

  • Brunch dishes like Blueberry Muffins and Coffee Cake;
  • Dinner dishes like Twice-Baked Potatoes, Cream of Asparagus Soup, Potato Casseroles and Green Salads;
  • Passover favorites like Chicken Matzo Ball Soup, Beef Brisket, Kugel, and Passover Rolls, and
  • Desserts like Cheesecake, Lemon Cake, Apple Cake and Sponge Cake.

Then they offer full recipes for

  • Honey Wheat Buttermilk Bread or Rolls
  • Hashbrown Casserole
  • Green Bean Casserole
  • Matzo-Lemon Sponge Cake
  • Potato Latkes
  • Spinach and Mushroom Bake
  • Roasted Garlic Potatoes
  • Red Leaf, Pear and Walnut Salad
  • Roasted Garlic & Sage Pocket Rolls
  • Light Broccoli and Turkey Sausage Brunch Casserole

And if that doesn’t cover all of your needs, there is another whole treasure trove of healthy holiday recipes at EatingWell.com

You can still enjoy your holidays and keep your family heart healthy too!

Topics: healthy recipes, heart healthy, Holiday Heart

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