There is nothing more comforting than a hearty bowl of soup on a cold winter night. Especially one that is packed with seasonal veggies to fill you up and chase the chill away. One of my favorite heart-smart soups is this Curried Squash Soup that pairs seasonal butternut squash and carrots with Mediterranean spices that adds a hint of spiciness to warm you from the inside out. I love using this versatile winter squash in soup because it adds a sweet and nutty flavor to the dish and brilliant color to brighten up your winter blues. Studies show that brightly colored veggies like butternut squash contain antioxidants that may have a powerful impact on heart health. Now that is something to sip on!
Plant-powered pasta is an easy way to serve up a comfort meal filled with your family’s favorite veggies. One of my favorite 1-pot pasta dishes is this chicken pesto skillet that is bursting with flavor and color. This delicious dish uses a plant-forward chickpea pasta as its base to boost the protein and fiber content of the dish. Adding colorful broccoli, grape tomatoes, and green and red peppers enhances the flavor, texture and ensures that you and your family are eating a variety of nutrients that promote digestive, heart and immune health. I also love that this dish uses a basil pesto sauce made with heart healthy olive oil and pine nuts instead of traditional marinera or alfredo sauce to change up your pasta night. Your taste buds and heart will thank you!