Heart Healthy Recipe: Eggplant Cannelloni‏

With heart disease as the leading cause of death and a major cause of disability, it's important to foster a diet that is low in saturated and trans fats and high in fiber and good fats such as omega-3s. To further maintain a healthy heart, keep a close eye on calorie consumption and engage in moderate exercise at least three times a week for 30 minutes or more.  
Before we share a delicious heart healthy recipe with you, here are a few nutrition basics from the Heart Association that will help benefit your mind, body and spirit. Make sure to read to the bottom of the recipe where we include a link to a recording of the recent webinar we hosted in conjunction with Cleveland Clinic heart experts!
• Eat nutritious foods from all of the food groups, including fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fat-free or low-fat dairy products and fish.
• Limit foods high in calories but low in nutrients; decrease your consumption of foods high in fat and limit cholesterol, sodium and sugar.
• Try baking, broiling, or grilling lean meats and fish, as these are healthier than frying or sautéing.

Eggplant Cannelloni

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 large shallots, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 jars (12 ounces each) roasted red peppers, drained
  • Juice of 1 orange (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 medium eggplants, cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch slices
  • Cooking spray
  • 4 ounces goat cheese
  • 4 kalamata olives, pitted and minced
  • 1 teaspoon capers, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Cook shallots and garlic until soft, about 1 minute. Reduce heat. Cook until golden, 3 to 5 minutes. Add peppers and juice; bring to a boil. Lower heat; simmer until peppers are soft, about 5 minutes. Cool. Puree in a blender. Pour into a 9" x 13" baking dish. Coat eggplant slices with cooking spray and broil on a baking sheet until golden on both sides, about 15 minutes. Heat oven to 400°F. Mash cheese, olives, capers and 1 tablespoon of the parsley in a bowl. Place 1 tablespoon of filling at the end of each eggplant slice; roll up. Lay seam side down in dish. Bake 10 to 15 minutes. Top with remaining 1 tablespoon parsley.
For more heart healthy food tips and other practical information that you can apply in your daily life to achieve healthy longevity, listen to a recording of our February 17th Heart Health 101 Webinar that featured Dr. Steve Nissen and Dr. Marc Gillinov, renowned Cleveland Clinic heart experts and authors ofHeart 411-The Only Guide to Heart Health You'll Ever Need.

Heart Health 101 kicked off the Home Care Assistance Healthy Longevity Webinar Series, an ongoing educational series that will bring experts from a diverse spectrum of health and wellness fields to our clients and the wider community in an engaging and informative format. The webinars are offered free to the public as part of our broader education initiative, through which we will actively provide information and resources around topics related to aging, wellness and quality of life. 
Stay tuned for more details on our next webinar which will be on Caregiver Burnout!

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