By Carl Hanson

Heart-healthy recipes don't need to go light on flavor. These healthy recipes simply skip the saturated fats in favor of lean proteins, healthy olive oil, nutty whole grains and fresh vegetables, while going all-in on big flavor.

This quick chicken stew stars heart-healthy olive oil, fresh ginger root, minced garlic, and low-sodium chicken broth. It also features loads of fresh veggies. "This is one of my favorite 30-minute weeknight recipes," says Stephanie. "Turmeric adds exotic color and flavor."

Healthy Turmeric Chicken Stew
Photo by Buckwheat Queen

It doesn't get much simpler than this. Salmon fillets, olive oil, and a pinch of sea salt -- that's all it takes. The key is to dry the salmon before sliding it into the olive and, and cook the fish skin-side up until the flesh is beautifully golden brown. Dinner's ready in mere minutes.

Pan-Fried Wild Salmon
Photo by Deb C

A splash of vinegar adds bright flavor to this hearty lentil soup. It's chock full of healthy veggies, including spinach and crushed tomatoes.

Lentil Soup
Photo by larkspur

Choose ground turkey breast for this recipe, which is leaner than ground dark meat. These turkey meatloaf cups are baked in muffin tins. Delicious for dinner, the single-serving aspect makes them great as grab-and-go lunches, too!

Here's a spicy and sweet tropical salsa starring colorful chile and bell peppers, corn kernels, and black beans seasoned with cilantro, cumin, and a splash of orange juice. Serve over grilled or baked chicken or fish.

Pineapple Salsa
Photo by BrooklynKyler

This is a hearty Chinese congee, featuring brown rice, sliced cabbage, and snow peas. Big flavors come from fresh ginger, jalapeno pepper, soy sauce, and sesame oil. The recipe calls for chicken thighs. But if you like, substitute leaner chicken breast.

Chicken Jook with Lots of Vegetables
Photo by Linda T
| Credit: Linda T

You'll marinate cubes of lean chicken breast in olive oil, fresh lime juice, cumin, and cilantro. Then thread the cubes onto skewers with zucchini, onions, cherry tomatoes, and bell peppers. Enjoy with fresh salsa in warm tortillas -- or on a bed of salad greens.

Chicken Kabobs Mexicana
Photo by CookinBug

For more, check out our collection of Heart Healthy Recipes.