Chinese recipes are known for their use of ingredients that boost heart health, but did you know that certain Chinese recipes are particularly good at it?
Here are our top five recipes that will improve your heart health and reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke.
1) Sautéed shrimp with broccoli
Sautéed shrimp with broccoli is an easy, delicious, and healthy dish to make any night of the week.
The shrimp are cooked in a flavorful sauce with garlic and ginger, while the broccoli cooks in the same pan.
This dish is perfect if you want a light dinner that will leave you feeling energized rather than weighed down.
Sautéed shrimp with broccoli also goes well over rice or noodles as a main course.
If you’re feeling extra ambitious, add some steamed green beans or bok choy on the side to round out your meal.
2) Chicken and vegetable stir-fry
A simple and nutritious recipe that’s perfect for the coming winter months.
3 tbsp olive oil, 2 cups diced cooked chicken breast, 3 cups chopped bok choy, 1 large peeled and chopped carrot, 1 cup snow peas, salt to taste.
Heat the olive oil in a wok or frying pan over high heat until it starts to smoke slightly.
Add the chicken and cook until browned on all sides.
Add the bok choy, carrot and snow peas and stir fry until they’re just tender-crisp but still bright green. Season with salt if desired before serving.
Serves 4 people as a main dish or 8 people as a side dish.
3) Beef and snow pea stir-fry
- Make beef and snow pea stir-fry: Slice beef into thin strips, saute in a wok with olive oil until brown. Add snow peas, water chestnuts, bean sprouts and seasoning to taste.
- Stir-fry shrimp with snow peas: Slice onions and garlic and cook in a wok with oil or butter until soft. Add shrimp, soy sauce, salt and pepper. Stir in snow peas after the shrimp are cooked. Serve over rice or noodles of your choice.
4) Eggplant in garlic sauce
This dish is one of my favorite ways to eat eggplant. It’s a little more complex than some other recipes, but it’s worth the effort.
The garlic sauce is flavorful and meaty, and goes well with just about anything, but it really complements the mild flavor of the eggplant. If you’re not an eggplant fan, this might be a good recipe to start with!
– Peel and cut eggplants into 1/4 inch thick rounds or half-rounds (I like to cut them into rounds). Set aside.
– In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sugar and garlic cloves. Set aside.
– Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add eggplant slices and fry until they are tender on both sides and turn golden brown, flipping as needed. Remove from pan and set aside on paper towels to drain any excess oil.
– Place fried eggplant slices in a 13×9 baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Pour soy sauce mixture over the top of the eggplant slices evenly; cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed by the vegetables.]
– Cut up sausage links into 1/2 inch pieces.
– Spread breadcrumb mixture evenly over eggplant slices.
– Spoon cooked ground pork over eggplant slices evenly.
– Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the top of the dish evenly.
– Bake uncovered at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes or until heated through and cheese starts to melt on top.]
– Serve warm with a side salad and roasted sweet potatoes.
5) tofu and vegetable stir-fry
This simple and healthy dish is a great source of protein, fiber and iron.
The ginger in this recipe will help increase circulation to the heart, while the soy sauce will help decrease high blood pressure.
Add some heat with chili peppers if you’d like a little more spice.
Start by heating up your oil in a large frying pan on medium-high heat.
Add your tofu and fry it until browned on all sides.
Remove from the pan and set aside. In the same frying pan, add your onions, garlic, carrots and celery (fry them until tender).
Add the soy sauce to deglaze the pan before adding the tofu back in with your vegetables; let it all cook together for 3-5 minutes.
Serve over rice or noodles as desired!