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Healthy recipes straight from the heart

Cheese Cake (Heart Healthy)

Susan Kennen, R.N. - Cardiac Rehab

Crust:

6 Nabisco graham crackers

1 tablespoon Promise Ultra non-fat butter

1/8 cup sugar

Filling:

2 packages (8-ounces each) Healthy Choice fat-free cream cheese

4 egg whites

1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

Topping:

8 ounces Knudsen fat-free sour cream

1/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Make crust by grinding graham crackers and place in a 9-inch pan. Melt butter. Combine all three crust ingredients and mix with hands to form a pie crust. Mix filling ingredients until creamy. Pour filling into crust. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove pan from oven and let cool for 30 minutes.

Mix sugar, sour cream and vanilla. Pour on cake and spread. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Makes 10 servings. Optional: Place fruit on top for a healthy dessert. 145.45 calories per cake and .07 percent fat.

Special Green Salad (Heart Healthy)

Cindy Rawlinson, Echo Sonographer

1 head romaine lettuce, washed, drained and broken into bite-size pieces

1 cup roasted pine nuts

1 cup feta cheese, crumbled

1 cup currants

Mix and toss with Gerard's Champagne salad dressing (available at grocery stores).

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Eleanor Glass, Echo Sonographer

1/2 cup butter

3/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 eggs

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 pint (1 cup) sour cream

6 tablespoons soft butter

1 cup brown sugar, packed

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 cup chopped pecans

Cream 1/2 cup butter, sugar and vanilla thoroughly. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda and baking powder. Add to the creamed mixture, alternately with the sour cream, blending after each addition. Spread half of the batter in a 10-inch tube pan that has been greased and lined on the bottom with wax paper.

Cream 6 tablespoons butter, brown sugar and cinnamon together. Add nuts. Dot cake batter in pan with half the nut mixture. Add remaining batter and top with the rest of the nut mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 to 45 minutes. Cool 10 minutes and remove sides of pan. Remove the center post in approximately 1 hour. To make in a 9x13x2-inch pan, bake for 25 to 30 minutes.

Barbecued Pork (Heart Healthy)

Zenne Babcock, Secretary — Cardio Pulmonary

1/4 cup soy sauce

2 tablespoons dry red wine

1 tablespoon packed brown sugar

1 tablespoon honey

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 green onion with top, cut in half

1 clove garlic, minced

2 whole pork tenderloins (about 12 ounces each), trimmed

Combine soy sauce, wine, sugar, honey, cinnamon, onion and garlic in a large bowl. Add meat and turn to coat completely. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour or overnight, turning meat occasionally.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drain meat, reserving marinade. Place meat on wire rack over baking pan. Bake 45 minutes or until no longer pink in center, turning and basting frequently with reserved marinade.

Remove meat from oven. Cool. Cut into diagonal slices. Garnish with green onion, if desired.

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