Second Annual Heart Healthy Roundup!

Just one year ago, the Husby, Fruitaholic and I had just gotten home from dinner when my phone rang.  “It’s time,” said my mom on the other line.  We quickly packed a bag for the Fruitaholic, dropped him off at my in-laws and drove to the hospital.

Just one year ago, my entire family and I sat overnight in a waiting room, anxiously, nervously, excitedly waiting for good news from the surgical team, and the collective sighs of relief and our sleepy smiles when we were told the procedure was a success.

Just one year ago, my mom was given another chance at life.  This past year of Mom’s recovery has been full of challenges, but we wouldn’t change a thing about it.

Last year, I had the idea to honor Mom by starting a blog event focusing on heart healthy recipes.  Since I was still somewhat new to the blogosphere, I didn’t have a ton of participation, but I was still able to raise $28 for the American Heart Association.  Now that I’ve made my presence known and formed some awesome friendships with fellow bloggers, I’m so happy to say that I blew last year’s total out of the water!!

This year, on the one year anniversary of Mom’s transplant, I received 19 amazing entries for this event.  Combined with the private donations of some friends and family who don’t have blogs, I was able to raise $69 for a great cause!

So without further adieu, I present to you 19 heart healthy recipes from some amazing blogs.  Be sure to check them out, as I couldn’t have done this without their awesome support.  And remember, it’s never too early to start thinking about next year! 😉

Cori from Momma Needs a Margarita made a super tasty Zucchini Bread.  I love that it uses pineapple and applesauce as the sweetener!

Patty over at Comfy Cuisine made a drool-worthy Edamame Stew.  I’m a huge fan of edamame (as is the Fruitaholic), so I know we’ll be trying this soon!

Amy from Amy’s Cooking Adventures proved those who said pasta with alfredo sauce couldn’t be healthy wrong with her Vegetable Alfredo with Pan Seared Chicken

Brady of Branny Boils Over, whose Souper Bowl event was the inspiration for this event fed her oatmeal obsession with Cranberry Orange Steel Cut Oats.

Sally over at Bewitching Kitchen made a Chickpea and Fire-Roasted Tomato Soup.  I love that she substituted yogurt in place of sour cream for that cool contrast against the warm soup!

Veronica from Veronica’s Cornucopia‘s version of a mock tuna salad had me counting down the minutes to lunchtime.  Check out her Chickpea Salad Wraps!

Ammie at Adventures In My Kitchen knows the key to my heart is not having to wash a ton of dishes.  Her One-Pot Rosemary Chicken and White Beans is a super simple, well balanced meal!

Kim from Feeeeed Me Seymour created some oven baked, crispy goodness with her Sweet Potato Fries.

Allison of The Imitation Chef has me dreaming of summer with her Grilled Chicken with Pineapple and Strawberry Salsa.

Heather from It’s Yummy To My Tummy made Popovers, one of my favorite sides!

Angie over at Successful Together submitted two delectable breakfast recipes:  Banana Nut Baked Oatmeal and Apple Cranberry Almond Oatmeal Pancakes.

Jessy from Gourmet Day to Day made a Chimichurri Sauce that I can’t wait to slather over some chicken!

Yudith of Blissfully Delicious submitted two tasty breakfast treats:  Berry Smoothies and Brown Sugar Carrot Bread with Almonds.

Kimberly from Rhubarb and Honey made Chicken Picadillo, a vibrant dish with a mix of sweet and savory flavors.

Heather at Southern Pink Lemonade made a super refreshing Pomegranate Sorbet.

Sarah from The Pajama Chef submitted Turkey, Spinach and Kale Stuffed Shells, a meal full of healthy, lean ingredients.

Elly of Elly Says Opa made a cripsy, citrusy fish straight from the oven, not the fryer!  Check out her Super-Crisp Oven Baked Fish.

Special thanks go out to Kim and to my parents for making a donation to the cause.  If you didn’t get a chance to participate but would like to make a donation, you can do so HERE and make a tribute in the name of Linda Vittenson.

And lastly, Mom wouldn’t have gotten this second chance if her donor hadn’t expressed their wishes to be one.  Become an organ donor by signing the back of your driver’s license or registering in your state by clicking HERE.  Who knows?  You could save someone’s life!

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9 responses to “Second Annual Heart Healthy Roundup!

  1. congrats on a great donation for an awesome cause!

  2. So glad you were able to beat last year’s fundraising amount by so much! Great round-up of recipes, I’m especially loving the rosemary chicken with white beans!

  3. What an awesome cause Jey, and thank you for your friendship! It was my pleasure and honor to participate in this event with you. Delicious round-up! Have a great weekend.

  4. I am so, so glad that your mom is doing so wonderfully. And so happy to be a part of raising awareness for such an amazing cause. Thanks so much for hosting such a fabulous event, it was a honor to contribute something! And congrats on beating last year’s record! Yahooooo!

  5. What a fabulous post, Jey! You are a wonderful daughter! Congrats on beating last year’s total … you rock!

    And my goodness, what great recipes … there are so many here I want to try! Congrats, again … and have a great weekend!

  6. Fabulous Jey! Everything look just delicious! What a great group you have here! Congrats!!

  7. This is so great! What amazing look recipes, and for such a great cause. I can’t wait to try some of them:). Congrats on beating last years donation amount. I’m looking forward to be ale to participate next year as well!

  8. I just tweeted, liked and shared on FB :) Awesome thing you have done here <3

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