Did you know February is Heart Health Month? And although heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in America, it’s also one of the most preventable diseases. In the spirit of heart health month, let’s raise awareness together – make healthy choices day-to-day, get to know your family health history and get regular check-ups to give yourself the best chance of staying healthy, longer.
February is Heart Month, a time to raise awareness for the leading cause of death in Americans: heart disease. Healthy eating can lower your risk for heart problems, so for this edition of Food for Thought, we’re sharing a recipe from the American Heart Association. Give this Thai chicken soup a try — it’s is both heart-smart and tasty.
Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Soup
2 lb. boneless large chicken breasts
14.4 oz. packaged onion and pepper stir-fry mix
16 oz. packaged white mushrooms
1/2 (13.5-ounce) can lite coconut milk
4 cups low-sodium chicken stock
2 Tbsp. lime juice
1/4 tsp. red hot chile flakes
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
10 oz. packaged frozen peas
1/2 cups fresh basil or cilantro leaves
4 oz. raw rice vermicelli noodles, roughly chopped or broken
Asian hot sauce like Sriracha, to serve, optional
Place chicken into a large slow cooker. Add stir-fry mix and mushrooms. Pour coconut milk and chicken stock over the mixture. Cover and let mixture cook on high heat for 4 hours or on low heat for 8 hours until chicken is tender.
Before serving, turn the heat to high if it’s on low. Use tongs to transfer chicken to a bowl. Stir lime juice, chile flakes, salt, pepper, peas, basil, and vermicelli noodles into slow cooker, making sure the noodles are mostly submerged in the liquid. Cover with lid and cook until noodles have softened, about 20 minutes.
Carefully transfer hot chicken to a cutting board and cut into bite-sized pieces. Stir back into the soup. Ladle soup into bowls and serve with hot sauce, if desired.
Did you know that heart disease kills more women than all cancers combined? And that it’s largely preventable?
Now you do – and there’s something you can do about it. Participate in National Wear Red Day® tomorrow, February 3, 2012. Better yet, get your friends and co-workers to dig into their closets as well. Together, you can make a vibrant, high-impact statement with your sea of red.