Recipes for Cholesterol Management

Updated:Jul 5,2017

Recipes to live by
Discover how easy it is to avoid excess saturated and trans fat while enjoying mouth-watering dishes. These recipes are brought to you exclusively online by the American Heart Association’s Patient Education program.

Breakfast and Fruits

Creamy Apricot Oatmeal
Warm, comforting, and healthy, too—a bowl of oatmeal is all those things. You won’t want to add sugar and milk once you’ve tasted how good the apricots and yogurt make this quick-and-easy breakfast dish.

Potato and Egg Scramble
A topping of stewed tomatoes adds a zesty zip to this hearty potato and egg breakfast dish.

Banana Mini-Muffins
Banana isn’t the only fruit to contribute flavor and moistness to these muffins—they also include fresh orange juice and applesauce or strawberries. Bake a batch to have handy for quick 100-calorie snacks, to pack in lunch boxes or brown bags, and to grab when you’re on the run.

Strawberry Breakfast Mousse Creme
No more skipping breakfast! This breakfast treat, even creamier than the typical mousse, is a fabulously cool way to begin the day. You can even make it up to 24 hours in advance.


Chicken Rotini Salad with Rosemary
The combination of bright green spinach, rich red tomatoes, and shiny black olives makes this salad pop with color as well as taste.

Tuscan Tuna and Cannellini Bean Salad 
When it’s hot outside and you don’t want to use your oven, turn to this tuna salad with an Italian twist. It’s colorful and easy to prepare—and it won’t make the temperature rise!

Salad with Curried Chicken and Fruit
Make a chicken salad with creamy apricot-curry sauce, spoon it over crisp salad greens, and top it all with crunchy sliced almonds for a delightful lunch or dinner entrée.

Artichoke, Red Bell Pepper, and White Bean Salad on Fresh Spinach Leaves
A sprinkling of feta cheese enhances this quick-to-fix red, white, and green salad.


Chilled Asian Asparagus Spears
A cool and tangy change from the usual cooked asparagus, this dish is perfect as a complement to an entrée or as an elegant party appetizer.

Black Bean and Brown Rice Salad
Fresh cilantro adds its clean taste and lime juice provides a tangy zing to this fiber-rich salad.

Green Beans with Mushrooms and Onions 
Crisp, vibrant green beans and earthy mushrooms were meant for each other, as you’ll experience when you taste this simply flavored side dish.

Lemon Green Beans with Parsley and Almonds
The lively taste of lemon and the wonderful crunch of dry-roasted almonds add the perfect accents to fresh green beans.

Marinated Vegetable Salad
The vibrant colors and flavors of this salad add pizzazz to any meal.

Savory Sweet Potato Fries
Savory seasonings provide zesty flavor to vibrantly colored, nutrition-rich oven-fried sweet potatoes.

Main Dishes

Greek Meatball and Orzo Soup
Shredded carrot adds moistness to these meatballs, which are the stars of this satisfying soup.    

Mediterranean Seafood Stew
It doesn’t take long to prep and cook this comforting stew, so it’s a great choice for dinner after a busy day. The stew’s very mild fish flavor should appeal even to people who usually aren’t seafood lovers.

Crunchy-Crusted Salmon Fillets
Buttermilk helps tenderize the salmon and keep it moist as it bakes. The coating of whole-grain oats and almonds adds a nutritious crunch.

Lemony Tilapia and Asparagus Grill
Dinner is so quick and easy when you grill tilapia and asparagus side by side. A combination of chili powder and lemon pepper enhances the mild flavor of the fish, and a seasoned vinegar and oil mixture adds flair to the asparagus.

Bunless Beef-and-Bean Burgers
Hearty, bunless burger recipe that calls for less ground beef which adds up to less cholesterol and saturated fat.

No-Bake Veggie Lasagna Stacks
A delicious lasagna recipe that doesn't require hours in the kitchen.  You can make these lasagna stacks up to five days in advance and just heat them up in the microwave when you are ready to eat.

Layered Mexican Casserole
A spritz of fresh lime juice is the perfect finishing touch to this casserole, which is a handy way for using up leftover chicken breasts.

Lettuce-Wrap Tacos with Black Beans and Corn
These tacos don’t require any cooking, which makes it easy for you to put together a quick lunch and be on your way.

Chicken Pizza Sauté
Opt for this creative one-dish meal when you crave the flavor of pizza but want less cholesterol, fats, sodium, and calories than you get with traditional pizza.

Dijon Chicken with Broccoli and Noodles
A rich-tasting, creamy mustard sauce blankets savory chicken tenders and a mixture of broccoli and noodles—everything you need for an all-in-one meal.



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