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25 Low-Cholesterol Recipes That Truly Taste Delicious

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    Tips for Lowering Cholesterol

    First things first: Your body needs cholesterol to function. But it becomes a problem when it builds up in your artery walls, putting you at risk for heart disease and stroke. We talked to registered dietitian Carol Meerschaert to get advice on what to look for in low-cholesterol recipes.

    1. Eat high-fiber foods such as oats, seeds, nuts, whole grains, and beans.
    2. Limit animal products because of the saturated fat.
    3. Switch to olive or canola oil instead of butter or animal fat.
    4. Make plants the focus, followed by whole grains, then protein.
    5. Cut back instead of cutting out. Meerschaert's advice is "you can have a burger or steak but keep it small and serve with lots of fresh veggies and fruit."
  • Southern in Law

    Baked Banana Bread Oatmeal

    Oats are a great cholesterol-lowering ingredient to add to your diet. Meerschaert suggests replacing the egg with 1 tablespoon of flaxseed stirred into 3 tablespoons of water in Southern in Law's baked banana bread oatmeal.

    Get the recipe: Baked Banana Bread Oatmeal

  • Imma Eat That

    Flaxseed Pizza Crust

    Flaxseed is high in fiber and can help lower LDL (bad cholesterol) levels. Make a heart-healthy pizza with flaxseed crust like Imma Eat That.

    Get the recipe: Flaxseed Pizza Crust

  • Sweet Potato Soul

    Sweet Potato Falafel Sandwich

    Having meatless meals is a great way to cut back on fat. Don't sacrifice flavor with these sweet potato falafel sandwiches from Sweet Potato Soul.

    Get the recipe: Sweet Potato Falafel Sandwich

  • Recipe Runner

    Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quinoa Bowl

    Beans are rock stars when it comes to lowering cholesterol. Add black beans to a quinoa bowl like Recipe Runner does.

    Get the recipe: Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quinoa Bowl

  • Spoonful of Flavor

    Three-Bean Vegetarian Chili

    Spoonful of Flavor's vegetarian chili is the perfect example of a low-cholesterol recipe. Lots of vegetables, beans, and no meat is a winning combination when it comes lowering cholesterol.

    Get the recipe: Three-Bean Vegetarian Chili

  • Gimme Some Oven

    Mediterranean Farro Salad

    This Mediterranean farro salad from Gimme Some Oven is the perfect heart-healthy summer salad. Meerschaert cautions to watch how much feta you add—or switch it out for tofu.

    Get the recipe: Mediterranean Farro Salad

  • Foxes Love Lemons

    Slow Cooker Barley and Chickpea Risotto

    Eating whole grains instead of processed white grains is an easy diet swap, suggests Meerschaert. This barley and chickpea risotto from Foxes Love Lemons is chock-full of fiber and protein.

    Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Barley and Chickpea Risotto

  • Keepin' It Kind

    Orange Ginger Tofu Bowl

    Soy protein, like that found in tofu, lowers cholesterol says Meerschaert. Try it with an orange-ginger marinade like Keepin' It Kind.

    Get the recipe: Orange Ginger Tofu Bowl

  • Amuse Your Bouche

    White Bean Mash with Vegetables and Pesto

    Amuse Your Bouche's white bean mash with vegetables and pesto is a healthier spin on comfort food.

    Get the recipe: White Bean Mash with Vegetables and Pesto

  • The Cookie Rookie

    Salmon with Avocado Salsa

    Omega-3 fats like those found in salmon raise HDL (good cholesterol) levels, says Meerschaert. The Cookie Rookie's recipe also has avocado salsa—loaded with good fat—to top the fish.

    Get the recipe: White Bean Mash with Vegetables and Pesto

  • Petite Allergy Treats

    Quinoa Sloppy Joe

    Regularly having meals that don't contain meat is a habit that will help lower cholesterol. Petite Allergy Treats gives you an alternative with her quinoa sloppy Joe.

    Get the recipe: Quinoa Sloppy Joe

  • The Foodie Dietitian

    Loaded Sweet Potato

    Sweet potatoes have more fiber and fewer carbs than white potatoes, making them a heart-healthy and filling dinner option. Kara Lydon from The Foodie Dietitian makes a vegan loaded sweet potato that is anything but ordinary.

    Get the recipe: Loaded Sweet Potato

  • Yummy Healthy Easy

    Watermelon Granita

    Meerschaert recommends a water-based dessert (instead of cream based), and Yummy Healthy Easy delivers with her three-ingredient watermelon granita.

    Get the recipe: Watermelon Granita

  • Peas & Crayons

    Zucchini Noodle Soup

    One of Meerschaert's tips for low-cholesterol recipes? "Make plants the center of your plate." Peas & Crayons does just that in this zucchini noodle soup recipe.

    Get the recipe: Zucchini Noodle Soup

  • Two Peas and Their Pod

    Egg Muffins with Sausage, Spinach, and Cheese

    For a healthy take on breakfast muffins, try this recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod. "Using turkey sausage instead of pork, and egg whites instead of whole eggs, does cut cholesterol and saturated fat," says Meerschaert.

    Get the recipe: Egg Muffins with Sausage, Spinach, and Cheese

  • Green Evi

    Green Summer Soup

    This soup from Green Evi is filled to the brim with fresh veggies and herbs, making for a healthy meal. This summertime dish will keep you cool, even as temperatures rise.

    Get the recipe: Green Summer Soup

  • Minimalist Baker

    Vegan Meatballs

    You may think it's the beef and sausage that make meatballs taste so great—until you try Minimalist Baker's meatballs. Her vegan meatballs are heart healthy and so good you may forget how much you like the originals.

    Get the recipe: Vegan Meatballs

  • Whole & Heavenly Oven

    Steel-Cut Oatmeal

    Steel-cut oats are another whole grain to work into your diet to lower cholesterol. Whole & Heavenly Oven gives you the oatmeal base; choose mix-ins to make it your own!

    Get the recipe: Steel-Cut Oatmeal

  • It's Yummi

    Turkey Meatballs

    Heart-healthy oats aren't just for breakfast. Meerschaert advises mixing some into burgers, meatballs, and meatloaf. Ask and you shall receive with It's Yummi baked turkey meatballs.

    Get the recipe: Turkey Meatballs

  • Peanut Butter & Peppers

    Lentil-Stuffed Peppers

    Maintaining a healthy weight also keeps cholesterol levels in check, says Meerschaert. These lentil-stuffed peppers from Peanut Butter & Peppers have only 233 calories each.

    Get the recipe: Lentil-Stuffed Peppers

  • Your Cup of Cake

    Thai Peanut Pasta

    Peanuts have monosaturated fats—the heart-healthy kind of fat—making them a great addition to your next meal. You can make Your Cup of Cake's Thai peanut pasta low carb by switching to spiralized veggie noodles.

    Get the recipe: Thai Peanut Pasta

  • Gluten Free Vegan Pantry

    Beet Hummus

    Beets have been shown to promote heart health—and Gluten Free Vegan Pantry's hummus is chock-full of them.

    Get the recipe: Beet Hummus

  • The Clever Carrot

    Spiced Eggplant, Chicken, and Chickpea Salad

    Bulgur is a whole grain and a great substitute for pasta or white rice. The Clever Carrot mixes hers with chicken, eggplant, and chickpeas for a complete meal.

    Get the recipe: Spiced Eggplant, Chicken, and Chickpea Salad

  • Naturally Ella

    Quinoa, Fennel, and Cherry Salad

    "High-nitrate vegetables, including fennel, help lower blood pressure," says Meerschaert. This quinoa, fennel, and cherry salad from Naturally Ella is a great introduction to the herb.

    Get the recipe: Quinoa, Fennel, and Cherry Salad

  • Pinch of Yum

    Sofritas Veggie Bowls

    Pinch of Yum's spicy veggie bowl tastes just like a Chipotle burrito bowl—a very, very good thing.

    Get the recipe: Sofritas Veggie Bowls