Simple Cooking

Cooking at home can be a daunting task, but a rewarding one for your diet and lifestyle (and your wallet). Making small changes in your diet is important to your heart health. Here are simple, healthy and affordable recipes and cooking tips. 


 

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Simple Cooking Recipes

Better Breakfast Tostada with Avocado and Eggs

These tostadas - with corn tortillas that can be made a day in advance - are delicious enough for a weekend breakfast, but come together easily enough for a weekday one, too.

Southwestern Quinoa and Egg Breakfast Bowl

Liven up the breakfast routine with this Southwestern quinoa bowl. Quinoa contains a hefty amount of protein, making this a great morning option. Add other items to turn this into your own creation cucumber, radishes, black beans and more. The eggs can also be cooked however you prefer over-easy, poached, or even scrambled.

Coconut Curry Halibut with Green Beans and Roasted Red Bell Peppers

The harmony of sweet, sour, and spicy flavors in this Asian-inspired dish stimulates the appetite. The halibut, whose velvety texture will melt in your mouth, rests on a fluffy bed of jasmine rice.

Chicken Shawarma

Chicken Shawarma is a garlicky Middle-Eastern dish. While it’s often served in a pita, it‘s equally delicious served on a bed of romaine and topped with cucumbers, tomatoes, and feta. This easy-to-make dish will become a favorite go-to on those extra-busy nights.

Spiced Brisket with Cranberries

Plan to prepare and cook the brisket the day before you serve it. This way it’ll give the beef time to release its juices so you can use them to make the sauce. Also, once the juices have cooled, you can easily skim off the fat. Refrigerate the brisket overnight, then the next day, before the meal, finish it up.

Apples with Almond-Apricot Sauce

Baked apples are always a treat but coring whole apples can be a hassle. Just buy larger apples and cut them in half! Then all you have to do is scoop out the easily accessible core, add the sweet topping, and let your slow cooker take it from there.

Blackberry Cobbler

This American dessert recipe with nutrient-dense blackberries is perfect for family gatherings.

Steamed Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin, dried cranberries, walnuts and spices update a traditional steamed brown bread recipe. The result is moist and delicious.

Texas Caviar

This Simple Cooking with Heart recipe is a classic and traditional Southern-American black-eyed pea salad that's full of flavor and fresh vegetables.

Asian Marinated Vegetable Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

This Simple Cooking with Heart Asian Salad is a really delicious way to eat more vegetables and may become your new favorite salad.

Crunchy Cucumber-Dill Salad

Add this vegetable salad bursting with flavor to your next meal.

Quick-Pickled Vegetable Sushi Rolls with Avocado

Who says that making your own sushi rolls needs to be complicated? These rolls, filled with avocado and lightly pickled veggies, are both easy and nutritious - and perfect for an afternoon snack.

Asian-Inspired Pasta Salad with Asparagus, Snow Peas, and Avocado

This Asian fusion pasta salad bathes crunchy vegetables in a sweet, tangy dressing.

Salmon En Papillote

The name of this dish may not be familiar to you, but it simply means that the fish is cooked enclosed in a cooking parchment packet. With this method, not only are the flavors of the fish and vegetables locked inside but serving and cleanup are a breeze.

Avocado-Chimichurri Steak with Grilled Asparagus

This chimichurri sauce is packed with herby flavor and pairs especially well with smoky charred meat from the grill.
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Cooking Tips

Sneaking More Vegetables into Meals

If corn and baby carrots are the only veggies your family eats, you may want to try a more sneaky approach.

Conquer Cravings with Healthy Options

Luckily, eating healthy includes foods of all sorts of textures and flavors. Here are some suggestions on satisfying your cravings with nutritious snacks of a variety of textures.

Save Money by Making Beans from Scratch

Dried beans are an affordable, pantry staple.

Slow-cooker Savvy

Whether you're tight on time or cash, one of the best cooking tools is a slow cooker.A brand new 5-quart slow cooker can cost about $30. The basic appliance hasn’t changed much in years, so even an older model from a resale shop will do.
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AHA-ASA Resources

The Support Network

When faced with challenges recovering from heart disease or stroke, it’s important to have emotional support. That is why we created a network to connect patients and loved ones with others during their journey.

Caregiver Guide to Stroke

The Caregiver Guide to Stroke is meant to help caregivers better navigate the recovery process and the financial and social implications of a stroke.

Stroke Support Group Finder

To find a group near you, simply enter your ZIP code and a mile radius. If your initial search does not pull up any groups, try

Tips for Daily Living Library

This volunteer-powered library gathers tips and ideas from stroke survivors, caregivers and healthcare professionals all over the country who’ve created or discovered adaptive and often innovative ways to get things done!

Stroke Family Warmline

The Warmline connects stroke survivors and their families with an ASA team member who can provide support, helpful information or just a listening ear.

Let's Talk About Stroke Patient Information Sheets

Let's Talk About Stroke is a series of downloadable patient information sheets, created by the American Stroke Association, that presents information in a question-and-answer format that's brief, easy to follow and easy to read.

Request Free Stroke Information Packets

Fill out this online form to request free information about a variety of post-stroke topics.
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Departments

Stroke Notes

Stroke-related news you can use about new scientific findings, public policy, programs and resources.

Readers Room

Articles, poems and art submitted by stroke survivors and their loved ones.

Life Is Why

Everyone has a reason to live a longer, healthier life. These stroke survivors, caregivers and others share their 'whys'. We'd love for you to share yours, too!

Everyday Survival

Practical tips and advice for day-to day living after stroke.

Life At The Curb

A unique perspective on survival by comedian and stroke survivor John Kawie.

Simple Cooking

Cooking at home can be a daunting task, but a rewarding one for your diet and lifestyle (and your wallet). Making small changes in your diet is important to your heart health. Here are simple, healthy and affordable recipes and cooking tips.

Helping Others Understand

Stroke affects people differently and many of the effects of stroke can be complicated. Helping friends and family understand how a stroke is affecting a survivor can help everyone involved.

Support Showcase

Our new department highlighting the good work being done by stroke support groups from around the nation. If you are part of a successful support group we should consider featuring, let us know!