Maybe heart disease runs in your family, or you were recently told you have high cholesterol. Or maybe you or a loved one recently had a heart attack and are now trying to eat healthier. Whatever the reason, you’ve found yourself here looking for heart-healthy dinner recipes you can try.
According to US Department of Healthsome of the foods you’ll want to incorporate into a diet that’s good for your heart are fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, lean proteins, and healthy fats (like omega-3s).
They also recommend that you drastically reduce your intake of saturated fat, which is typically found in high-fat dairy products, red meat, processed meats, and foods high in sodium like processed and packaged foods.
To help you get started on a heart-healthy diet, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite healthy dinner recipes that meet these guidelines. And for more heart-healthy tips, check out The Best Foods to Eat for Your Heart.
Dishes like these make great heart-healthy dinners. Not only can scallops be used to replace higher fat meat, they can also provide you with a helpful dose of omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to be good for your heart health.
Get our Chimichurri Scallop recipe.
If you’re watching your heart health carefully, you’ve probably tried to limit your intake of red meat and saturated fat. These healthy chicken burgers can be a great alternative to try when you’re craving a cheeseburger after a long day.
Get our Chicken Burger recipe.
Salmon is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids you can find, making it a hassle-free dinner option. This particular recipe strikes the perfect balance between sweet and savory, and it’s easy to cook even if you’re new to salmon.
Get our honey mustard salmon recipe.
Creamy salad dressings can often be sneakily high in saturated fat. This recipe calls for your own homemade Caesar dressing, giving you more flexibility in what you include. Although this recipe calls for regular mayonnaise, you can find olive oil-based mayonnaise to help keep your saturated fat levels low.
Get our Chicken Caesar Salad recipe.
Another great alternative to a normal burger, this tuna burger is full of flavor and high in healthy fats. You can also boost the heart-healthy benefits of this meal by choosing a whole-grain, fiber-rich bun.
Get our Tuna Burger recipe.
Americans have turned Mexican food into huge plates of nachos, cheese burritos and quesadillas, but authentic Mexican food is full of flavor and generally much lower in saturated fat, like these traditional mole chicken enchiladas.
Get our chicken mole recipe.
If you’re missing your traditional beef-based chili recipe, this turkey alternative is for you. Not only is turkey a much healthier and lower fat meat choice, but the two different types of beans will also give your body plenty of heart-healthy fiber.
Get our turkey chili recipe.