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American Heart Association Healthy Family Meals: 150 Recipes Everyone Will Love [Hardcover]

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Book Description

Aug. 4 2009
Are you stressed out over how to feed your family a nutritious meal at the end of a long, busy day without turning to convenience foods or the drive-through? Now, the nation’s most trusted authority on heart-healthy living presents a cookbook bursting with nourishing, flavorful recipes to please the palates of family members of all ages. Since the main dish is usually the starting point of meal planning, more than half the recipes in this book are for entrées.

Here’s how they’re organized:
• Everyday Dinners
• Busy Nights
• Plan-Aheads
• Cook Once, Eat Twice

To help you incorporate additional vegetables, fruits, and grains into your family’s diet, we’ve included Make It a Meal, a special feature that suggests accompaniments–salads and soups, vegetable and grain side dishes, and even desserts–for many of the main dishes.

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The AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION is the nation’s premier authority on heart health. Its bestselling library of cookbooks and guides includes American Heart Association Low-Fat, Low-Cholesterol Cookbook, Fourth Edition; The New American Heart Association Cookbook, Seventh Edition; American Heart Association No-Fad Diet; American Heart Association Low-Salt Cookbook, Third Edition; American Heart Association Meals in Minutes Cookbook; American Heart Association Low-Calorie Cookbook; and American Heart Association Quick & Easy Cookbook.

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Shrimp Tacos
Serves 4; 2 tacos per serving
Start to Finish: 25 minutes

Tasty seafood tacos are all the rage, and since you can buy peeled and deveined shrimp either fresh or frozen, these are super-easy to prepare.

1/2 cup fat-free sour cream
2 tablespoons snipped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon canola or corn oil
13 to 14 ounces peeled raw shrimp, rinsed and patted dry
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 medium garlic cloves, minced
8 6-inch corn tortillas
2 cups shredded lettuce, such as romaine or iceberg
1 small tomato, diced
2 tablespoons sliced black olives

In a small bowl, stir together the sour cream and cilantro. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat, swirling to coat the bottom. Add the shrimp to the pan. Sprinkle the chili powder and cumin on the shrimp. Sprinkle with the garlic. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes if using large shrimp, or 2 to 3 minutes if using small, or until the shrimp are pink on the outside, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat. Using the package directions, warm the tortillas. Put the tortillas on a flat surface. Sprinkle with the lettuce, tomato, and olives. Spoon the sour cream mixture on each. Top with the shrimp. Fold 2 opposite sides of the tortilla toward the center. If you prefer a dramatic presentation instead, place 2 unfolded tacos side by side on a dinner plate. Fold each in half. Push a 6-inch wooden skewer through both tacos near the tops to hold them together. Repeat with the remaining tacos. Your family will be able to remove the skewers easily before eating the tacos.

Nutrition Analysis (per serving)
Calories 206
Total Fat 3.5 g
Saturated Fat 0.5 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.5 g
Cholesterol 173 mg
Sodium 308 mg
Carbohydrates 21 g
Fiber 2 g
Sugars 4 g
Protein 22 g
Dietary Exchanges
11/2 starch
3 very lean meat

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Recipes! And oh, so tasty! Sept. 11 2009
By s'wonderful s'marvelous - Published on
I actually came across this book at the library. I love to check out cookbooks at the library to try out before purchasing them. There have been more times that I've purchased cookbooks that turned out to be a flop. But in this case, every recipe I tried was great!

Our whole family loved the recipes. I have picky kids and they were content with the recipes I tried. The Chicken Parmesan was so easy and so tasty. So was the Blueberry Crisp.

One of the things I liked about this cookbook was that not only did it include the nurtrition facts per serving (calories and fat content) but it also included ideas as to how to make it a meal. How many times have you made something and tried to figure out what to pair with it? For example, on the chicken parmesan, the book suggested to pair it with whole wheat spaghetti and a spinach salad. For the fiesta cobb salad, the book said to make it with whole wheat breadsticks, and bananas combined with unsweetened frozen peaches. What great ideas!

I loved this cookbook so much that I ended up buying it. It's great to have a cookbook dedicated to making families healthier. And it actually has recipes that families would love. You won't be disappointed!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A heart-healthy godsend! Dec 9 2010
By Skylur - Published on
This is such a wonderful cookbook! I originally found it at the library, thinking to pick up some cooking tips and a few recipes. Now, after combing through it many times, there's so much in it that I like I have to add it to my cooking library! The oven-baked sweet potato fries is a sure winner--best recipe for it I've ever found. My husband asked me to make more just for him because they vanished so quickly at dinner!

What this book lacks in volume it makes up for it in quality. It may have only 150 recipes, but just about everyone of them is tasty, healthy, a little adventurous, and widely appealing. It is everything I would wish for in every cookbook I pick up. There is more traditional fare that has pared down on fat, there are fusion-type dishes, healthier spins on more newly popular recipes (like the Shrimp Tacos on the cover). The sides section has many easy, quick, and appealing recipes. There are smoothie recipes, some very tasty looking salad recipes that I believe will appeal to salad-creating newbies. On many recipes they suggest sides to serve with the main dishes that are *drum roll please* NOT TIME-CONSUMING!!! Many cookbooks assume you have limitless hours to cook, and after spending time prepping for a main course suggest an additionally time-sucking side dish, which is not great if you have young children, like me. The cook book suggestions are quick, and healthfully round out the meal. Even if it does suggest a side dish in the book, it is usually very quick. The pictures are gorgeous and really got me revved up to make these meals!

The ONLY reason I gave it four stars is for a personal reason: I have to cook around my family's food sensitivities and there are things like fat-free sour cream and plain nonfat yogurt that are used quite often that I can't use. It's possible for me to cook around that, but I wish there were some alternatives or that they didn't use those ingredients quite so often. Even so...I'm still going to try that Chop Chop Salad! Yum!

I've been trying to come up with meals to make during the week that are easy and healthy and I think this book with a little supplementation from another American Heart Association book American Heart Association Around the World Cookbook:: Healthy Recipes with International Flavor has saved my cooking life! I feel in control of my kitchen again. Thank you AHA!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Healthy Meals that taste good too! July 13 2010
By TjP. - Published on
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I initially checked this cook book out of our library and loved the simple yet tasty recipes. Lots of color pictures of food is great too. My family has enjoyed the new recipes and I love the wholesome ingredients used!! Purchased it from Amazon so I can have my own copy to keep. I use it often.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Recipes April 3 2012
By DSB - Published on
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I had this book out from the library for a month, trying it out before buying it. It is full of delicious, nutritious, and easy recipes. I love that it uses fresh ingredients, nothing worse than a cookbook that calls for pre-packaged ingredients. The recipes are not super complicated, meaning you can get dinner on the table in a reasonable amount of time.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice family cookbook March 24 2011
By Reviewer 101 - Published on
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I use this cookbook all the time. It has nice color photos of the recipes which I really like. The meals are things my family will eat and that I know are good for them. I'd recommend this cookbook.

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