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The weather is warming up—why not the menu? Just in time for spring, here are three delicious and easy-to-prepare recipes straight from Brenda Watson’s Love Your Heart Eating Plan that are sure to add a little exotic flavor to your table!

indian_garbanzosIndian Spiced Garbanzos
Serves 4
Ingredients:
2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil or canola oil
½ medium onion, diced
1 tbsp. garam masala (or substitute a high-quality curry powder)
2 tbsp. tomato paste
One 15-oz. can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 cup cauliflower florets
One 14-oz. can low-sodium vegetable stock
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
¼ cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt

Directions: Heat oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garam masala; sauté for 2 to 3 minutes until onion is softened and seasonings are aromatic. Add tomato paste and sauté for an additional minute. Add chickpeas, cauliflower and vegetable stock. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes, until cauliflower is tender and a sauce is formed. If sauce appears too thick, add a little water or additional stock. Garnish each serving with cilantro and a dollop of yogurt; serve and enjoy!

Garlic-n-Lemon Shrimp
Serves 2
Ingredients:
12 whole cloves garlic, peeled
1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 pound large shrimp (21 to 25 count), peeled and deveined
½ tsp. smoked paprika
¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped

Directions: Preheat oven to 375°. Combine garlic and oil in a small ovenproof skillet and bake, uncovered, for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until golden brown. Remove from oven and set aside; separate garlic from oil and set aside. Transfer remaining oil to a large sauté pan and heat over medium-high heat. Add shrimp, paprika, and red pepper; sauté shrimp for about 3 minutes per side, until they turn pink. Add baked garlic and sauté for an additional minute. Remove from heat; toss with lemon juice and parsley and serve.

Lemongrass Chicken
Serves 4
Ingredients:
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 large shallot, minced
1 tbsp. curry powder
1 fresh chili pepper (such as serrano or jalapeño), seeds removed, minced
2 fresh lemongrass stalks, outer layer removed, minced
1½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 2-inch chunks
1 tbsp. reduced-sodium tamari
1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp. fresh ginger, minced
1 bunch (about 1 pound) Swiss chard, chopped
4 scallions, thinly sliced

Directions: In a medium bowl, combine garlic, shallot, curry powder, chili and lemongrass. Add chicken and tamari and stir to coat well; set aside to marinate. Heat half the oil in a large sauté pan or wok over high heat. Add marinated chicken and stir-fry, turning every few minutes, until well browned on all sides. Add 2 tbsp. water and continue to cook until chicken is fragrant, appears glazed, and is cooked through when pierced with a fork or knife. Remove from pan and set aside. Wipe pan clean and heat remaining oil in same pan. Add ginger and stir-fry for an additional minute. Add chard and stir-fry for 2 minutes, or until chard is wilted and ginger is fragrant. Place chard on a serving plate and top with chicken pieces. Garnish with scallions and serve.

Remember, the Love Your Heart Eating Plan is a simple and heart-healthy way to eat that focuses on reducing your daily sugar intake and increasing the amount of lean protein, healthy fats, non-starchy vegetables, and low-sugar fruits in your diet to help you stay satisfied throughout the day. Enjoy!

Written by ReNew Life

Established in 1997, ReNew Life is the leading natural digestive care and cleansing company in America and the recipient of numerous industry awards for product quality, purity and efficacy. Led by co-founder and renowned digestive care and nutrition expert Brenda Watson C.N.C., the ReNew Life community of health-minded educators is committed to empowering consumers with knowledge necessary to achieve and maintain vibrant, lasting health. Sign up today to receive Brenda’s Healthy Living eNewsletter full of do-it-yourself tips, recipes, and exclusive offers!

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