Maybe heart disease runs in your family, or you’ve recently been told you have high cholesterol. Or perhaps you or a loved one recently suffered a heart attack and are now trying to eat healthier. Whatever the reason is, you’ve found yourself here looking for heart-healthy dinner recipes you can try.
According to the US Department of Health, some of the foods you’ll want to incorporate into a diet that is good for your heart are fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, lean proteins, and healthy fats (like omega-3s).
They also recommend you significantly lower your consumption of saturated fats, which are usually found in high-fat dairy, red meat, processed meats, and high-sodium items like processed and packaged foods.
To help you get started with some heart-healthy eating, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite healthy dinner recipes that meet these guidelines. And for more healthy heart tips, check out The Best Foods to Eat For Your Heart.
Dishes like these make for great heart-healthy dinners. Not only can the scallops be used as a replacement for fattier meat, but 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 recipe for Chimichurri Scallops.
If you’ve been carefully monitoring your heart health, then you’ve probably been trying to limit your consumption of red meat and saturated fats. These healthy chicken burgers can be a great alternative to try when you’re hankering for a cheeseburger after a long day.
Get our recipe for Chicken Burger.
Salmon is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids that you can find, which makes it a no-brainer dinner option. This particular recipe is a perfect balance of sweet and savory, and it’s easy to cook even if you’re new to salmon.
Get our recipe for Honey Mustard Salmon.
Creamy salad dressings can oftentimes sneakily pack in a lot of saturated fat. This recipe calls for your own homemade caesar dressing, which gives you more flexibility in what you include. Although this recipe calls for normal mayonnaise, you can find an olive-oil-based mayo to help keep your saturated fat levels low.
Get our recipe for Chicken Caesar Salad.
Another great alternative to a normal hamburger, this tuna burger is full of flavor and high in healthy fats. You can also increase the heart-healthy benefits of this meal by choosing a whole-grain, high-fiber bun.
Get our recipe for Tuna Burger.
Americans have turned Mexican food into huge plates of nachos, cheesy burritos, and quesadillas, but authentic Mexican food is full of flavor and usually much lower in saturated fat, as these traditional chicken mole enchiladas.
Get our recipe for Chicken Mole.
If you’re missing your traditional chili recipe made with beef, this turkey alternative is just for you. Not only is the turkey a much healthier and less fatty choice of meat, but the two different types of beans will give your body plenty of heart-healthy fiber as well.
Get our recipe for Turkey Chili.