Heart Healthy Meal Plans – Comfort Foods

Comfort Foods remind us of childhood

Each month we feature a book or magazine or a theme as the inspiration for creating our Heart Healthy Menus and Meal Plans.  For the month of June we created our own recipes that remind us of our favorite Comfort Foods made healthier, of course.  As always, our Mission is to make meal planning that is fun, easy, and stress free.  Be sure to click the “Menus” button to get this months recipes and the “Weekly Meal Plan” button to get great ideas for make-ahead meal options.


What is Comfort Food?

What is “Comfort Food”?  Well, that depends on where you live, how old you are, and what foods you loved growing up.  According to Wikipedia the definition of Comfort Food “is food that provides a nostalgic or sentimental value to someone, and may be characterized by its high caloric nature, high carbohydrate level, or simple preparation. The nostalgia may be specific to an individual, or it may apply to a specific culture.”  That definition is pretty accurate.  Most of us will agree that there is nothing better than homemade fried chicken, Sunday pot roast, or biscuits with sausage gravy.  We can probably also agree that none of these are really healthy for us, right?  That’s where CookingHeartSmart comes in to make those beloved favorites into healthier versions so we can still enjoy the foods we love.

I always have fun when creating or adapting vintage recipes that remind me of my childhood favorites.  The challenge is getting those classic, high fat, high sodium recipes to follow the foundation for CookingHeartSmart.  However, it can be done!  Therefore, all of our Recipes and Heart Healthy Meal Plans featured this month are Low in Saturated Fat, Low Cholesterol, and Low Sodium.

We hope you enjoy the recipes we chose for this month’s meal plans.  Be sure to let us know what you think – the good, the bad, or the ugly so we can continue to improve and provide you with the tools and information you want.

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