Blistered Shishito Peppers Instead of Cheese and Crackers

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A heart-healthy, delicious hot appetizer, Blistered Shishito Peppers are often on restaurant menus—but did you know they are a cinch to make at home? (And if you’re like me and don’t care for bell peppers, know that shishitos are delightfully different: a mild, ‘sweet’ pepper, their flavor is not at all like bell peppers.)

At your next dinner party (or just for fun on a weeknight—they are that easy) serve blistered Shishitos as an amazingly easy, delicious, and far heart-healthier alternative to high-fat cheese and crackers.

Available at local farmers markets, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s,

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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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