Heart Healthy? Me? Uh-Oh - Rae's Kitchen Blog at Allrecipes.com - 324044

Rae's Kitchen

Heart Healthy? Me? Uh-oh 
Mar. 20, 2014 10:52 pm 
Updated: Mar. 24, 2014 10:25 pm

I have to admit when I first learned I had to write a blog about “heart healthy” lifestyles I winced. I’m probably not the best person to write this kind of blog. Mostly because while I do consider myself a healthy cook I’m pretty sure not everyone would agree. I mean I use lard. Yes lard. I don’t cook with it constantly or in large amounts but yes I have a slab of it in my fridge. So yeah I don’t think I’m qualified here.

So I took myself to the internet to see what foods are considered heart healthy. No big surprises there. And most of them are staples in my cooking. We do like our veggies. Things like nuts, oatmeal, spinach and such. But then there’s the other side, bad fats, salt and on. Moderation is really the way to go. We do eat the “bad” things on occasion. I by no means fry everything or drench everything in salt. And I’d say we are pretty active.

So a perfect healthy lifestyle?  Far from it. I guess a healthy lifestyle to me is enjoying life, being active, good homemade food, and enjoying the people you love.

I can’t say if Mazola Corn Oil is better for you or not. I’m not a doctor and have no qualifications to recommend one oil over another. They did do a study and here is some info about corn oil http://www.mazola.com/products/corn-oil.aspx< . And there’s a coupon!

I did try the Pork Carnitas with Cilantro Tomatillo Sauce.

We really enjoyed these. Except for the salsa. Wasn’t a fan, and out of my family and my cousins family only one liked it. I’d make them again.

Next I’ll be trying the Sweet and Spicy Salmon with Grapefruit Salsa. I’m having a ladies lunch next week. Should be fun! See good food, and people I love. What could be more Heart Healthy than that?


I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a voluntary position) and I’m not compensated for my work with Allrecipes.com.

Products received from advertiser are only used for experienced-based reviews on Rae’s Kitchen. The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are purely the sole opinions of Rae.

Mar. 22, 2014 9:05 pm
I just rendered about 10 pounds of tallow from a grass fed cow that we purchased a short while ago. Some people actually say that it is better for you than many vegetable oils because it has a good amount of omega-3 fatty acids. I don't know about that, but I do know that the potatoes I fried in a couple of tablespoons of the tallow were better than any I've ever had before. I mean dead tasty! I use a lot of corn and peanut oils for frying, and olive oil for low temp frying and for salads. Your point on moderation is so true. Thanks for a nice blog.
Mar. 24, 2014 9:48 am
Hi Doc :) I bet those taters were delicious. Sounds great to me. Thanks for stopping by :)
Mar. 24, 2014 10:25 pm
I use lard in pie crust and it makes the flakiest crust ever!
Click to Change your Profile Picture

Living In
Sierra Vista, Arizona, USA

Member Since
Aug. 2006

Cooking Level

Cooking Interests
Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy

Sewing, Reading Books, Music

Subscribe Today!

In Season

Cool As A Cucumber Salad
Cool As A Cucumber Salad

We have over 100 cucumber salads to help you keep your cool.

Classic Meatloaf
Classic Meatloaf

Meatloaf is the hearty, family-pleasing meal that makes the greatest leftovers ever.

Subscribe Today! Only $7.99
Subscribe Today! Only $7.99

Delicious recipes, party ideas, and cooking tips! Get a year of Allrecipes magazine for $7.99!

About Me
I am a stay at home mom with three beautiful kids. I love cooking and I am always looking for something new to cook for my family. My husband was thrilled when I found this website cause I have a tendancy to buy any cookbook I see!
My favorite things to cook
I love baking. Fall and winter are my favorite seasons because I can always have something in the oven. I also love crockpot dinners as well.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Holiday cooking is the best. I love cooking the dessert my grandmother taught me how to make when I turned 14. Every year at Christmas and Thanksgiving I can hear her telling me what to do and how to do it, I can also feel her smack when I stirred the wrong way! Hehe.
My cooking triumphs
I have always been afraid of frying foods after a couple disastrous attempts at it when I was younger, my fingers always seemed to go into the oil, I have finally started trying frying foods. I am just a lot more cautious. Now I am trying to figure out muffins and pies, and different types of deserts. I think I have finally figured out cheesecake (yay!me).
My cooking tragedies
One Thanksgiving I was making Ham in the Slow Cooker. About an hour before we were supposed to eat my son asks "Mom did you want the Crockpot plugged in?" Whoops! We had a bunch of yummy sides though :) Now every time I make something in the slow cooker my family asks if I plugged it in :)
Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States