Don't know about specific recipes, but I can give cooking tips
- Cook with olive oil, extra virgin is best.
- Reduce your use of salt, replace salt with spices and peppers.
- Saute or bake, no deep frying.
- Marinate with fat free Italian dressing and/or with lemon juice (fresh lemons squeezed work best).
- Lean cuts of meat (but reduce red meat as much as possible), chicken breast (boneless, skinless) is versatile, fish is also good. Supposedly pork is also good (according to my husband).
- Add veggies to everything, or try to make grains and veggies the focal point of the meals, rather than having meat as a main dish.
- Read up on the Mediterranean Diet - very heart healthy.
- Smart Balance is a good butter substitute, and has Omega-3 (a fish oil) and other heart-healthy ingredients, and is very versatile. We haven't used butter in many years. We used to use ICBINB, but have switched to Smart Balance.
- Stock up on garlic bulbs and chop up at least a whole bulb or two to keep minced and refrigerated in water for ease of "tossing in" when cooking. Then the water also takes on the garlic flavor and you can use the water in cooking
- Drink lots of water. Our Brita pitcher is emptied and refilled a few times every day.
- Cut down on - or eliminate - soda and other sugary junky drinks. Drink herbal teas, regular tea (antioxidants, along with green tea), and water.
- Periodically review your work and family schedules, and also extracurricular activities. If there are activities (or people) that add a lot of unnecessary stress to your lifestyle, consider eliminating or reducing your contact or involvement. This includes internet forums (I had to do this with a few forums also). It's not worth the stress and heart troubles these situations can cause.
- If you start feeling like you're having heart problems, palpitations, fibrillations, etc. -- increase your water intake. I learned that sometimes when we're feeling really tired or having heart symptoms, it's due to exhaustion, stress, and low blood volume. Increase the blood volume by increasing your fluid intake, and that may ease the symptoms.
- Review your meds periodically as well to double check interactions and/or side effects that may crop up sometimes. I take two herbal supplements periodically as needed (Valerian and St. John's Wort), but I do review these supplements from time to time to make sure there is no interaction with my heart med. Also be sure there is no interaction between your diet and your meds (foods and medicines do interact, sometimes badly).
Just speaking from personal experience here. I'm on Inderal LA to manage my heart problems and I am mostly asymptomatic as a result. But sometimes I still have trouble (tired, stress, overworked, diet, etc.) so I have to be careful and monitor my stress, exhaustion, workload, diet, lifestyle, fluids.