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Cook up a heart healthy meal this Valentine's Day

Women's Heart Disaese

What are your plans this Valentine’s Day? Whether you plan to ignore the holiday or go all out, we want you to keep it healthy. “Eating too much or not enough of the nutrients may contribute to various diseases,” says Weiss dietitian Paulette West. Check out some recipe ideas below, as well as a list of foods sure to get you in the mood.

--Roasted Beet and Grapefruit Salad with Belgian Endive and Candied Pecans: Mix sweet beets with sour greens for this deliciously romantic salad from Vegalicious.

--Pomegranate Duck: Served with broccoli and couscous, Eating Well offers this quick, 45-minute recipe that may seem too fancy for the average weeknight. On Valentine’s Day, though, the red pomegranate sauce adds a special touch.

--Sour Cherry Sorbet: At less than 200 calories per serving, this refreshing dessert from Taste of Home is the perfect end to a long day and the ideal start to a romantic evening.

And in case none of these recipes fit your needs, try one of the American Heart Association’s red recommendations:

--Frozen Watermelon Bites: Freeze watermelon cubes and then serve frozen on a skewer with alternating mint leaves

--Red Pasta: Top whole wheat pasta with low-sodium marinara sauce and diced tomatoes for a classic romantic dish

--Stuffed Red Bell Peppers: Core a red bell pepper, and stuff it with ½ cup of cooked brown rice, ¼ diced red onion, ¼ cup cooked ground turkey, parsley, salt and pepper. Then bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, and enjoy!

Finally, whatever you make, be sure to involve some classic aphrodisiacs (such as carrots, cucumber, oysters or dark chocolate), named for the Greed Goddess of love, Aphrodite. Bon appétit!

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