Heart Healthier Orange Chicken

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While ‘Orange Chicken’ is a delectable take-out choice, it’s not particularly heart-healthy. So I was thrilled to read Genevieve Ko’s New York Times article, In This Roasted Orange Chicken, Every Part of the Fruit Shines, and the accompanying heart-healthier recipe.

Ms. Ko’s Roasted Orange Chicken preparation calls for a whole chicken, which is great if you’re into carving, but that’s a great big NO for me, especially on a weeknight. Luckily, this recipe works really well with a ready-to-go  package of chicken thighs. I made it even easier on myself with boneless, skinless chicken thighs. Here it is,

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Roasted Char Glazed with Brown Sugar and Mustard

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Recently, I came across an incredibly easy & delicious way to bake my favorite fish, Arctic Char (similar to salmon). The New York Times’ Sam Sifton apparently published this salmon recipe in 2015 but I only found it in late 2023…and have now roasted both Arctic Char and wild-caught salmon this way a half-dozen times to rave reviews.

It could not be more simple:

  • Heat oven to 400-425 (I do 425; depends on your oven)
  • Mix together roughly equal parts Dijon mustard and light brown sugar — mix well so no sugar clumps.

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Fiber to Lower Cholesterol and Improve Health

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A recent New York Times article, You Probably Aren’t Getting Enough Fiber…Here’s why that’s a problem, and how to fix it, caught my attention. It’s been a long time since I wrote about fiber and I was intrigued because fiber is a key tool for naturally lowering cholesterol and improving health.

The author, Alice Callahan, notes in the article that “…just 4 percent of men and 12 percent of women met fiber recommendations — at least 21 to 38 grams per day, depending on a person’s age and sex.”  So, many of us are likely fiber-deficient, which is a shame because it’s really not that hard to add fiber daily.

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Coconut Caramel Braised Tofu

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So…tofu. It’s high in protein, low in saturated fat: a big thumbs up for heart-healthy nutrition.

But it’s low in taste—which can be both a plus and a minus. AND ALSO, for me, the biggest minus of all: How on earth do you cook it?  I have always found tofu intimidating. There’s that ‘press’ thing that you have to do. And I just find it confounding: do you bake it, grill it, sauté/stir-fry it?  About the only thing I knew I didn’t want to do heart-health-wise was to deep fry it (though air-frying is probably great but I’m not there yet.)

A few weekends ago,

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How To Exercise For Heart Health

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It’s mid-January: cue the exercise blues.

First of all, it gets dark WAY too early.  Plus, at least here in the northeast, it’s cold outside baby (not even mentioning the torrential rain and snow plaguing many states).

Which means the exercise ‘goals’ (OK, they were more like exercise ‘good intentions’) that I ‘set’ (OK, flirted with) for the New Year have fallen by the wayside.

Not good. But it’s not too late.

In fact, it’s not even that difficult to get back on the exercise-for-better-heart-health bandwagon! Because the amount of exercise you need to boost heart health is not that,

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