J.A. asks from San Jose, CA on October 18, 2008
Help! Need Tasty Recipes for High Cholesterol DH
DH was just called regarding returned blood work with high cholesterol. We don't know how high or anything, as they just left a message at our house & he has an appointment at the end of next week. I need tasty recipes that are healthy ~ anything tried & true with your family? Good cookbook recommendations? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
J.W. answers from San Francisco on October 20, 2008
One fast change that works well....stop using butter and replace it with olive oil. There are several levels of flavor strength. When stir frying or satueing I may use one with more flavor. I use a very light on for baking. No one can tell the difference and it is healthier. When baking you can use applesauce in place of oil or fat the baked goods come out very moist. When I started doing this my chelesterol count came way down.
M.M. answers from San Francisco on October 19, 2008
it's a wonderful recipe site that has an "advanced search" option that will let you search for recipes by low cholesterol content among many other options. i've used their recipes many times with great success!
S.B. answers from Sacramento on October 19, 2008
Check out the South Beach Diet cookbooks. The "diet" was actually started out for high cholesterol and heart disease and has evolved into a weight loss diet. Look at your local bookstore for some ideas. Good luck to you and your husband and congrats on the addition to your family
T.A. answers from Sacramento on October 19, 2008
We went through a similar situation about 3 years ago. My husband's cholesterol was 286 and his Dr. wanted to prescribe medication. We are not proponents of meds, so went looking for a more natural solution. We stumbled on a company called Wildtree. They advertised no MSG, which attracted me immediately because my Mother is very sensitive to MSG. Their products also contain no artificial anything and are a healthier choice. So, we started cooking with Wildtree. Within 3 months, my husbands cholesterol went down 80 points and since then, even more. His cholesterol is safely under 200 now and I am a representative for Wildtree. You can take a look at our products at www.trudyanderson.mywildtree.com and let me know if you have any questions. I am a firm believer of eating naturally. What we put into our bodies is what we can expect in return. We have since found that Wildtree is great for diabetics, ADHD and many other food related problems. Congratulations on your new little Rookie!
R.S. answers from Sacramento on October 19, 2008
Hi, go on eBay and buy The New McDougall Cookbook, or The McDougall Quick and Easy Cookbook. You can also get free recipes at his website www.drmcdougall.com. Look in the newsletter archives (each newsletter has five or so recipes). Ive lost 70 pounds and my cholesterol is down to 150. These recipes really work!
J.S. answers from San Francisco on October 18, 2008
trade in those steaks for lean meats, low fat cheeses and COMPLEX carbs. Balance everything and get out and move the body!
R.Y. answers from San Francisco on October 19, 2008
My husband had an angioplasty a few years ago and we switched to ground turkey (white meat only, which is more expensive of course) which is 99% fat free. I use it for everything we previously used ground beef (or even regular ground turkey). Spaghetti, enchiladas, meat loaf, etc. He also uses fat-free cheese (I would rather not!) and fat-free sour cream.
When we're not eating some version of ground turkey, we're eating chicken (he eats breast only) or turkey. Occasionally we have lean pork chops and rarely we'll have a very lean cut of beef. You may have noticed no mention of fish! My husband doesn't like any kind of seafood, otherwise fish would be a good choice. Of course lots of salad and vegies, whole grain breads, brown rice. All with fat-free or low fat margarine and salad dressing.
You'll find some of these substitutes easy to make and others just unacceptable. Your hubby's doctor may refer him to a dietitian. Oh, Cooking Light is a great magazine with delicious recipes that usually aren't too complicated.
K.S. answers from San Francisco on October 19, 2008
South Beach diet does a great job of working on cholesterol. I found it hard to keep the ingredients on hand and the recipes were very involved for a busy mom. I switched to their South Beach quick and easy: 200 30 minute meals. They are still fabulously low in all the bad stuff and high in the good stuff, but it's easy to make, five ingredients or less and fast. You can get the fast and easy recipe book at Barnes & Noble or on Amazon.com for really cheap.
E.C. answers from San Francisco on October 18, 2008
even though the title of the book seems quite out of date in the post-Atkins diet culinary world, "Jane Brody's Good Food Book-Living the High Carbohydrate Way", which my MIL gave me as a gift several years ago, has a lot of tasty low-salt, low-fat recipes that incorporate a lot of vegetables and whole grains. I also find it to be a handy reference for things like cooking times for dried beans, recipe substitutions, etc.