Overnight No-Cook Refrigerator Oatmeal

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Oatmeal is one of the heart-healthiest ways to start your day, but I’ve failed for years to make it my go-to breakfast because even when it’s hot, oatmeal just leaves me cold.

Until now.

Anna Stockwell’s excellent post on epicurious.com’s, How To Make Overnight Oats Without a Recipe (aka in a jar) inspired me to try oatmeal again. Her recipe involved NO cooking, no cleaning, cute mason jars, and she said the healthy chia seeds lend it a tapioca-like texture.

Intriguing.

Especially the chia seeds. First of all, I found it fascinating that they change texture;

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Book Available Today!

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Today is publication day!

My new book, The Low Cholesterol Cookbook and Action Plan: 4 Weeks to Cut Cholesterol and Improve Heart Health, is now available in bookstores!

Callisto Media hired me to write about cholesterol based on this blog: I wrote all the cholesterol content (including what cholesterol is, why it’s a problem, and how to lower it with diet and exercise) and the recipes were written by a cardiac dietician. What’s it about, exactly? Well, here’s the description included on the Barnes & Noble and Amazon sites:

“With an easy-to-follow 4-week program,

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Cauliflower and Broccoli Tots – with Indian Style Spices

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This recipe is adapted from my book, The Low Cholesterol Cookbook and Action Plan. If you are cooking for picky eaters or kids, give the original recipe in the book a try.  For more flavor, try either this version, which is amped up with Indian-style spices, or my Cauliflower and Broccoli Tots – Italian Style version.

Whichever spice profile fits you, these ‘tots’ are a great way to feel like you’re eating a starch but really, you’re snacking or side-dishing on heart-healthy veggies.

Two notes:

  • Unseasoned, Whole Wheat Breadcrumbs can be hard to find,

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Cauliflower and Broccoli Tots – Italian Style

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This recipe is adapted from my book, The Low Cholesterol Cookbook and Action Plan. If you are cooking for picky eaters or kids, give the original recipe in the book a try.  For more flavor, try either this version, which is amped up with Italian-style spices, or my Cauliflower and Broccoli Tots – with Indian Style Spices version.

Whichever spice profile fits you, these ‘tots’ are a great way to feel like you’re eating a starch but really, you’re snacking or side-dishing on heart-healthy veggies.

Two notes:

  • Unseasoned, Whole Wheat Breadcrumbs can be hard to find,

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Whole Wheat Vegetarian Pizza

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Healthy, easy and delicious, 2 slices of this vegetarian whole wheat pizza delivers 13 grams of cholesterol-lowering dietary fiber, and is loaded with flavor. As long as you remember / have time to bring the pizza dough to room temperature, prep will take no more than 30 minutes. We always make 2 pizzas as it’s great left over.

My personal favorite toppings are broiled eggplant, broccolini sauteed with garlic, and sauteed mushrooms. But feel free to substitute any vegetables you like—as long as you pre-cook them a bit so they’re not raw, they should be delicious.

This recipe is flexible and adaptable: if someone wants meat,

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