You might think that low cholesterol diet recipes are boring and flavorless. Not true. Low cholesterol diet recipes, in addition to garnering you the healthy benefits of fresh vegetables, fruits, grains, fish and lean meats, can be deliciously flavorful and also very slimming.
Low cholesterol diet recipes focus on vegetables, fruits, lean meats, seafood and low fat dairy. When using seafood for your low cholesterol diet recipes, it's important to remember that even though shrimp might be lower in calories, it is relatively high in cholesterol.
Let's start with some vegetarian low cholesterol diet recipes first:
Low Cholesterol Spicey Bean – Pineapple Salad
1 ripe pineapple, peeled and diced into small pieces (2 cups)
1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 can chick peas, drained and rinsed
1 can green beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup red onion
1/2 cup green pepper
1/2 cup red pepper
1 diced cucumber
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
juice from 1 lemon
In large bowl, combine pineapple, beans, celery, onion, peppers and cucumber. Add lemon juice and balsamic and gently mix. Season with garlic powder, salt and fresh ground black pepper. Chill salad until it's ready to serve.
Low Cholesterol Fresh Tangy Apple Cole Slaw
1 head of green shredded green cabbage or 1 bag of coleslaw mix
1/2 large carrot, shredded
2 small apples, diced
1 cup shredded radishes
1 stalk celery, diced
4 green onion, diced
1 cup red wine vinegar
juice from 1 lemon
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper.
1/2 teaspoon celery seed.
In a large bowl, mix veggies. Combine vinegar, lemon juice, salt, pepper and celery seek and mix into coleslaw mixture. Chill until ready to serve.
Low Cholesterol Marinaded Chicken
1 whole fryer chicken with skin removed
1 cup low sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
Mix soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, pepper and parsley. Pour over chicken and let it marinate for approximately 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, remove the chicken from marinade. Do not re-use marinade on cooked chicken. Discard marinade after use. Bake chicken at 375 degrees until internal temperature (taken with meat thermometer) reaches 180 degrees. Do not touch bone of chicken when taking temperature.
As you can see, low cholesterol diet recipes don't have to be tasteless and boring. There's no better time than summer to create your own low cholesterol diet recipes, when intensely flavorful vegetables, especially tomatoes are in abundance.