The sudden surge in cooking shows around the world has proven, once again, that people enjoy cooking for themselves, their family and friends. However, cooking becomes a laborious task for the working professionals of today, but it is a labour of love for those who prefer eating healthy. Regular meals outside, apart from being a massive drain on your finances can also be a very unhealthy routine. Cooking, despite looking like a complex alchemical progression, is something everyone can do.

Creating your own meals that are both healthy and delicious gives you both, the satisfaction of a filling and delicious meal as well as a therapeutic, unwinding routine post work.

The internet throws up hundreds of healthy recipes that anyone can cook with the help of basic simple ingredients. Using whole grains and beans can help your body acquire more soluble fiber which helps in reducing the LDL cholesterol. Include as many fruits and vegetables in your diet. High in fiber, vitamins, minerals and essential nutrients, fresh greens and fruits can help you create healthy and appetizing snacks and meals. Using fish, nuts, dry-fruits and seeds can also help you make your meals delicious and healthy.

Here are some heart healthy meals that anyone can cook at home:

Omelette with tomatoes, herbs and cheese

Making an omelette is one of the first things anyone learns to cook. A perfect and wholesome breakfast, heart healthy omelettes can be cooked in a variety of ways. For this one the ingredients are:

3 egg whites and one whole egg

Diced tomatoes, one or two if large, a handful if you are using cherry tomatoes

Fresh basil and coriander, you can even add fresh spinach and other vegetables if you so desire

Half a diced onion

A clove of garlic

Olive oil

Black pepper

A little more than half a cup of skimmed milk

First take the garlic and mince it up, add a tablespoon of olive oil to it in a pan and sweat under medium heat. Go on to add the onions and cook them until they are nice and translucent, add to this mix the diced tomato and basil. If you are using vegetables it would be a good idea to add them to this mix along with the appropriate amount of olive oil;if you are using additional veggies then it would be a good idea to add more onion. Take the eggs, skimmed milk and pepper in a bowl and go on to scramble it thoroughly. Spread it out on a pan greased with olive oil and go on to cook like any other omelette. Cover it with grated cheese of your choice, parmesan and cheddar are the healthier options, and when it has melted enough, add the onion,garlic, tomato and herb mix. Garnish with fresh coriander and basil and your heart healthy omelette is ready.

Caprese Panini

Eight slices of whole wheat bread

Non sticky olive oil

Two heirloom tomatoes, thinly sliced

Four ounces of mozzarella cheese cut in four slices

Half a cup of basil leaves

Balsamic vinegar for additional acidity (if required)

Coat four slices of bread with olive oil and cover it with cheese, tomato slices and basil and the remaining four slices on top. Grill them, or heat them on a pan on medium heat using olive oil. Your indication to stop would be the cheese beginning to run down the side and the bread turning a beautiful golden yellow. You can top it off with fresh coriander and in fact work around the stuffing for the sandwich to make it according to your tastes.

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