Heart-Healthy Instant Pot Pork Carnitas

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I’m always on the lookout for heart-healthy recipes that are easy to make and yield leftovers…and nutritionist Dana White’s Sweet and Spicy Pork Carnitas recipe, from her Healthy Instant Pot cookbook, really delivers.

It may not be the most appealing photo (because of course I forgot to take a shot of the finished meal) but here’s an off-center pic I took in the early stages of cooking, showing 1 tenderloin cut into 3 pieces, topped with sliced red onion.

This recipe produces a full flavor, meaty, satisfying dinner with only 1 gram of saturated fat per serving. 

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Cooking During Covid Quarantine

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I. Am. Sick. Of. Cooking. Every. Day.

There, I said it. And I feel sure you feel the same way. It has been a very long March and April for all of us. At this point, I do not have my usual zest for trying new recipes. At all.

That said, I am very grateful for Alison Roman’s One-Pot Chicken recipe and Melissa Clark’s myriad of pantry recipes, and have had some success testing out several. So I thought, as we continue to quarantine, now might be a good time to  highlight some meals I’ve tried that are heart-healthy,

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Easy and Delicious Sheet Pan Salmon

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I roast Arctic Char (a great substitute for salmon) and Brussels Sprouts often, and always use two separate sheet pans. But it can be a hassle to trim and then halve fresh Brussels Sprouts and sometimes there’s not enough room in the oven. So a New York Times recipe for Roasted Salmon and Brussels Sprouts with Citrus-Soy Sauce caught my attention because the thinly sliced Brussels Sprouts roast along with (and under) the fish, all in one pan.

As I am not familiar with the recipe author, Ali Slagle, I was a little leery. Especially because I (daringly…brazenly…stupidly?) decided to try it for the first time when friends were coming for dinner.

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Adventures In Plant-Based Eating

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Have you heard of Veganuary?

No? I hadn’t either. So here’s a definition, from the Collins Dictionary: “Veganuary. (Noun) An annual event that encourages non-vegans to adopt a vegan diet during the month of January.”

Since its inception in 2014, more than half a million people in 178 countries have signed up for Veganuary, pledging to eat vegan in January. Why? In their post, Why Veganuary Is the Perfect New Year’s Resolution for Reducing Your Impact in 2020, Greenmatters explains that, “Eating plant-based has a significantly lower environmental impact than any other diet, including a vegetarian,

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Pre-Order my NEW Low-Cholesterol Cookbook!

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I’m excited to announce that I have a new cholesterol book coming out in 2019!

The 30-minute Low-Cholesterol Cookbook: 125 Satisfying Recipes for a Healthy Lifestyle is available NOW for pre-order on Amazon!  It will be officially be available for purchase in bookstores everywhere on September 24th.

Here’s a peek at what’s in store:

  • In the first chapter, I explain what cholesterol is and and how food and exercise can help lower it naturally.
  • I’ve included TIPS for how to stick with healthy-eating.
  • There are POINTERS for how to select heart-healthy dishes when dining out.

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