Two heart-healthy twists on classic recipes provided by the American Heart Association are Sweet Potato Nachos and Mango, Avocado and Black Bean Salad. Both options are full of flavor, easy to prepare and healthy for hearts.
To prepare Sweet Potato Nachos, preheat an oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Drape foil over a baking pan, and cover it with non-stick cooking spray. Peel and cut 3 medium-size sweet potatoes into quarter-inch rounds. Combine the rounds with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of chili powder, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder and 1 1/2 teaspoons of paprika. Layer the mixture evenly on a prepared pan, and bake for 10 minutes. Flip the potato rounds, and bake for an additional five to 10 minutes.
After removing the dish from the oven, sprinkle with 1/3 cup rinsed black beans and 1/3 cup shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese. Bake again until the cheese is melted, then cover with 1/3 cup chopped tomato and 1/3 cup sliced avocado.
For the bean salad, chop 1 head of Romaine lettuce into 2-inch slices. Separately combine a 15-ounce can of rinsed low-sodium black beans with 1 can of drained whole kernel low-sodium corn, 2 cups of cubed mangoes, 1 cup of cubed avocado, 1/2 sliced onion, 1 sliced red bell pepper and 1 finely chopped jalapeño pepper.
In a different bowl, mix together 3 tablespoons of lime juice, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 2 tablespoons of chopped cilantro, 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Shake the dressing in a jar to combine well, and then pour over other ingredients.