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Heart Healthy Recipes for Super Bowl Sunday

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In an interview with Rachael Ray which is scheduled to run on February 2, 2012, the First Lady Michelle Obama said her favorite Super Bowl food was nachos.

Finding a heart healthy recipe for nachos isn’t impossible. Here are a few tips for healthier nachos.

Use blue corn tortilla chips instead of the regular white corn chips. If you can, omit the cheese and sour cream on your nacho platter.

Make a fresh pico de gallo. This Mexican salsa is simple to make and uses only eight fresh ingredients.

Pico de Gallo Recipe

• 1 medium tomato, diced
• 1 onion, finely chopped
• 1/2 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
• 2 sprigs fresh cilantro, finely chopped
• 1 green onion, finely chopped
• 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1/8 teaspoon salt
• 1/8 teaspoon pepper

1. In a medium bowl, combine tomato, onion, jalapeno pepper (to taste), cilantro and green onion.
2. Season with garlic powder, salt and pepper.
3. Stir until evenly distributed.
4. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

For those who are looking for additional heart healthy recipes for this Sunday, the “Forks over Knives” website provided several plant-based recipes. The following recipes are provided by “Forks over Knives” and Julieanna Hever, R.D.

These plant-based recipes are easy to make. For a filling Super Bowl meal, try the corn muffins and lentil chili.

Whole-Grain Corn Muffins

• 1 1/2 tablespoon ground flaxseed
• 1 cup unsweetened plain almond milk
• 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
• 1/2 cup 100 percent pure maple syrup
• 1 cup corn meal
• 1 cup oat flour
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 tsp. baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed

1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2. In a small bowl, combine flaxseed with almond milk and set aside to allow it to gel for 5 minutes.
3. In a large mixing bowl, stir applesauce and maple syrup together and add in flaxseed/almond milk mixture. Then sift in corn meal, oat flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir until well-combined, but avoid over-mixing. Add in the corn kernels.

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