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Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States, and we want to do something about it. Whip up one of these heart-healthy recipes that the American Heart Association recommends and stay active this month!

Better Breakfast Tostada with Avocado and Eggs

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Ingredients:

Cooking spray

4 6-inch corn tortillas

1 tablespoon canola oil or 1 tablespoon corn oil

1 medium red bell pepper or 1 medium green pepper

½ cup diced red onion

1 medium tomato (diced)

2 ounces fat-free cream cheese (cut into pieces)

2 large eggs

2 large egg whites

1 medium avocado (halved, pitted, mashed with a fork)

¼ cup chopped, fresh cilantro

2 teaspoons chopped pickled jalapenos (drained)

 

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Honey and Spice Pears

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Ingredients:

1 cup light cranberry juice cocktail

½-¾ tsp. Ground cinnamon

⅛-¼ tsp. Ground allspice

4 small firm pears (about 6 ounces each), peeled, halved, and cored

2 tbsp. Sweetened, dried cherries or cranberries

1 tbsp. Honey

1 ½ tsp. Honey (divided use)

 

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Ginger-Pumpkin Bisque

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Ingredients:

½ tbsp canola oil

1 onion (finely chopped)

¾ tbsp minced, fresh ginger root

1 tbsp fresh or jarred minced garlic

½ tsp dried thyme

¼ tsp ground cinnamon

¼ tsp ground black pepper

⅛ tsp salt

1 tbsp all-purpose flour

1 14.5 ounce can low-sodium vegetable broth

1 cup water

2 15 ounce can pumpkin puree

1 cup skim milk

¼ cup fat-free sour cream

2 tbsp chopped chives

 

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Baked Mozzarella Cheese Bites

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Ingredients:

For the Easy Marinara Sauce:

1 ½ cups coarse-grain, no-salt-added, no-sodium strained tomatoes or low-sodium jarred crushed tomatoes

2 ½ tsp salt-free Italian seasoning

¼ tsp ground black pepper

 

For the Baked Mozzarella Bites:

2 ½ tbsp cornstarch

1 ½ cups whole-wheat panko

2 large egg whites

2 tbsp water

¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper

6 1-oz sticks fat-free mozzarella string cheese (each one cut into 4 pieces)

 

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Kale Avocado Salad with Roasted Carrots

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Ingredients:

2 ripe, fresh avocados (peeled, pitted, cubed)

1 pound bag baby carrots

1 tbsp olive oil

½ tsp salt

¼ tsp black pepper

1 15.5-oz can chickpeas (drained)

⅓ cup coarsely chopped walnuts

1 large bunch kale, stalks removed, leaves coarsely chopped

2 tbsps lemon juice
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