American Heart Association cookbook focuses on delicious, healthy meals

The latest American Heart Association (AHA) cookbook to hit the shelves serves up a new twist: 175 recipes organized by 12 healthier cooking methods — including baking, broiling, braising, poaching, grilling, roasting, microwaving, blending, slow cooking, stewing, stir-frying and steaming-to bring versatility to your home-cooked meals, and better health to your menu.

Grill It, Braise It, Broil It…and 9 Other Easy Techniques for Making Healthy Meals explains the benefits of each cooking method, main tools and equipment necessary, and the best foods to use for each cooking technique.

“Good nutrition is key to heart health and these cooking methods are key to healthier recipes. This new cookbook features tasty recipes that follow the dietary recommendations of the American Heart Association,” said Carolyn Torella, AHA spokesperson, “Using healthy ingredients and prepping them in smart ways can help you improve your heart health, reduce your cholesterol and blood pressure levels.”

“By cooking at home, you’re able to control the amounts of sodium, added sugars and saturated fats you put into your meals, which can reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke,” she said.

The cookbook also includes information on food safety practices, grocery shopping, how to stock and keep a heart healthy pantry and healthy lifestyle guidelines. For more information, visit deliciousdecisions.org.

Recipe from Grill It, Braise It, Broil It

Mediterranean Tuna Kebabs

Serves 4, 1 kebab per serving

A fresh tomato-saffron sauce doubles as a marinade to give the kebabs twice the flavor. Serve them with brown rice or whole-wheat couscous.

1/4 cup hot water

Pinch of saffron (optional)

2/3 cup chopped Italian plum (Roma) tomatoes (about 2 small)

2 teaspoons olive oil (extra virgin preferred)

1 teaspoon red wine vinegar

1 small garlic clove

1 pound tuna steaks, rinsed, patted dry, and cut into 12 1-inch cubes

1 medium onion, cut into 12 1/2-inch wedges

1 medium red or yellow bell pepper, cut into 12 strips

1 medium zucchini, cut crosswise into 12 slices

Cooking spray

Soak four 12-inch wooden skewers for at least 10 minutes in cold water to keep them from charring, or use metal skewers.

In a small glass bowl, whisk together the hot water and saffron. In a food processor or blender, process the saffron mixture, tomatoes, oil, vinegar, and garlic for 1 minute, or until smooth. Transfer 1/3 cup of the mixture to the bowl. Cover and refrigerate until 10 to 15 minutes before serving time.

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s leading killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit www.heart.org or call any of our offices around the country.

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Mediterranean tuna kebabs

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