Eating healthy doesn't take as much time, effort, and funds as it does simple research, awareness, and willingness to make lifestyle changes. As you may (or may not) know, February is National Heart Healthy Month, (also known as Red Month) and we're encouraging everyone to "eat red" by choosing foods that are low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium in order to greatly reduce the risk of heart disease.

So where do we go from here?

We'll start with The Truth about Heart-Healthy Eating. We debunk five myths about heart-healthy diets and give you truths you can "take to heart."

Now you may be asking yourself: Exactly how much effort goes into eating "heart healthy?" Fortunately, not much at all. These 20-minute Heart-Healthy Meals will be good to your heart as well as your appetite in just 20 minutes or less. With each recipe, we give you serving suggestions for rounding out the meal, plus tips for shortcuts and substitutions.

Here are some of my favorite heart-healthy recipes:


This Chicken and Barley Stew is flavorful but rich in fiber, which is incredibly good for you when it comes to nuking that bad cholesterol! With only 6 main ingredients, including cooked chicken and frozen vegetables, this recipe is perfect for a busy weeknight and will easily feed a family of four.


Our version of Sesame Pork Rice is much healthier (and faster!) than your typical sodium-enriched take-out. With minimal prep and cook time, another tasty, simple, and heart-healthy meal can quickly become the shining star after a long day of work when laziness kicks in.