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Cooking for Your Heart

Healthy cooking that is good for your heart and good for your taste buds.*

What do you think of when you hear the words, “heart-healthy diet?” Is it bland, tasteless food? Well, think again! Adopting a heart-healthy diet is an important step to reducing your risk for coronary artery disease (CAD), the most common type of heart disease and the leading cause of death in the United States in both men and women.1

1 U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM). A services of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Available at: Accessed March 2018.

* Some of the recipes may not be right for everyone. You may want to talk to your doctor before making any changes to your diet. You should follow your doctor’s guidelines or dietary restrictions for heart disease.



Heart-Healthy Cooking Swaps

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Whip up delicious recipes without sacrificing flavor with help from The Cooking Cardiologist Dr. Richard Collins. By making heart-healthy ingredient swaps, you can make a popular dish better for your heart and potentially reduce your risk of developing CAD. Here are some of Dr. Collins’ favorite swaps:

Think green Think green

Think green

Try plant-based recipes using plant proteins rather than meats to get more vegetables in your diet.

Integrate fresh fruit Integrate fresh fruit

Integrate fresh fruit

When craving something sweet, add fresh fruit into meals to satisfy cravings! You can also use extracts such as almond, vanilla, orange or lemon instead of adding sugar.

Choose avocado Choose avocado

Choose avocado

Avocado is a great healthy fat to use in place of mayonnaise and can be used in many different recipes, even desserts.

Use whole grains Use whole grains

Use whole grains

Rather than eating refined grains, which are processed, incorporate whole grains into recipes that are heavy on carbohydrates.


What is CAD?

Learn more about Coronary Artery Disease, common symptoms and treatment options.

Talk to a Patient Educator

Contact a trained PCI patient educator to help answer questions you may have about CAD.


Recipe Library

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Looking for tasty recipes with a heart-healthy twist? More recipes from Dr. Collins are available below for download. 

Do you have your own favorite recipe with a healthy twist? Share it with us and your recipe may be featured on this website.


Guiltless Flourless Chocolate Torte

Many desserts are full of fat and carbohydrates with little fiber or protein. By using black beans instead of flour, this torte has more protein and fiber with fewer carbohydrates.

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Rutabaga Pasta

Craving a hearty pasta without the carbohydrates? Try this vegetable pasta with rutabaga, with the same color and texture of real pasta!

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Watermelon Gazpacho

Integrating fresh fruit into meals helps satisfy cravings for sugar, making this watermelon gazpacho the perfect late spring or summer cold soup!

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Vegetarian “Crab” Cakes

Crab cakes are a great appetizer or meal, but if you do not like the seafood taste, try a vegetarian version using hearts of palm. While keeping the texture of crab meat, this recipe is sustainable and cheaper.

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Meet Dr. Richard Collins


Meet Dr. Richard Collins

Richard Collins, MD, FACC (a.k.a. The Cooking Cardiologist) believes everyone—regardless of illness or wellness—should enjoy their food, enjoy their lifestyle and take care of their bodies. As Medical Director of the Heart Disease, Reversal and Prevention Program in Omaha, Dr. Collins began teaching patients how to make their food healthier—while maintaining the taste they love. Over the years, Dr. Collins’s audience has shifted from people who have already had a cardiac event to people who want to prevent one.