Are you looking for healthy recipes to add to your weekly meal plan?\nThese heart-healthy recipes focus on reducing your overall fat and sodium intake, which can \u00a0help reduce your risk for heart disease. Use these three recipes to kick-start your new diet.\nFor more information on improving your heart health, talk to a doctor at the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute.\n\nHeart-Healthy Chili\n\nOne of the best ways to reduce the amount of fat you eat is by switching up your meat choices. That’s why this heart-healthy take on classic chili uses ground turkey instead of beef and loads up on other delicious spices instead of defaulting to sodium-packed canned veggies for flavor.\nIngredients:\n\n1 medium onion, diced\n2 large garlic cloves\n1 pound ground turkey\n2 15-ounce cans (no added salt) kidney beans, rinsed\n14.5 ounces (no added salt) tomatoes, diced\n6 ounces canned (no added salt) tomato paste\n1 tablespoon chili powder\n1 teaspoon black pepper\n1 teaspoon ground cumin\n1 tablespoon smoked paprika\n\u00bd teaspoon cayenne pepper\nDiced green onions (for garnish)\n\nCooking instructions:\nCoat your pan with cooking spray and heat to medium high. Cook the diced onion and garlic for several minutes. Reduce heat to medium, add turkey, and cook until browned, stirring frequently.\nThen stir in beans, tomatoes, tomato paste, and spices. Simmer on low for 10 minutes. Garnish with green onion.\n\nChicken Basil Spaghetti Squash\n\nLike turkey, chicken is better for your heart than red meats like beef or steak. The spaghetti squash in this dish also serves to lower the carbohydrate content. Enjoy the hearty Italian flavor of this meal without any guilt!\nIngredients:\n\n2 boneless skinless chicken breasts\n\u00bd teaspoon pepper\n\u00bd teaspoon oregano\n\u00bd teaspoon garlic powder (divided into \u00bc teaspoons)\n1 spaghetti squash, halved and seeded\n2 teaspoons olive oil (divided into teaspoons)\n\u00bd cup baby spinach\n\u00bc cup grape tomatoes, halved\n2 tablespoons chopped onion\n2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil\n2 ounces goat cheese\n\nCooking instructions:\nPreheat your oven to 400 degrees. Season the chicken breasts with pepper, oregano, and half of the garlic powder. Then place the spaghetti squash halves cut side up on a baking sheet. Drizzle with one teaspoon olive oil and remaining garlic powder. Bake the chicken and squash for 30 to 45 minutes, turning the chicken halfway through.\nDuring the last 10 minutes, add the spinach, tomatoes, onion, basil, goat cheese, and the remaining olive oil. Using a fork, scrape the insides of the spaghetti squash, creating stringy “noodles.”\nDice the chicken into small pieces. Mix the spaghetti squash and chicken. Finally, you\u2019re ready to serve.\nAsian Lettuce Cups\nThese tasty lettuce cups are another great way to cut unnecessary carbs and calories while packing in more healthful vegetables. The avocado and sesame oil provide some healthy fats that will help keep your heart happy.\nIngredients:\n\n1 teaspoon sesame oil\n2 chopped garlic cloves\n\u00bc cup chopped shallots\n2 teaspoons ginger, minced\n\u00bc teaspoon dried chili flakes\n\u00bd cup water chestnuts, finely chopped\n1 cup carrots, thinly sliced\n1 pound ground turkey\nBlack pepper to taste\n1 teaspoon reduced-sodium soy sauce\n\u00bc cup peanuts or cashews, chopped (optional)\n1 head Bibb lettuce, washed and dried\n1 small avocado, diced\n\nFor sauce:\n\n\u00bc cup lime juice\n1 teaspoon honey\n1 teaspoon water\n2 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce\n2 teaspoons fish sauce\n\nCooking instructions:\nHeat a frying pan sprayed with cooking spray over high heat, and add 1 teaspoon of the sesame oil. Add garlic, shallots, ginger, and chili flakes and saut\u00e9 for two minutes. Add the water chestnuts and carrots, and stir-fry for two to three minutes.\nRemove the vegetables. Reduce heat to medium. Spray your pan with cooking spray, add the ground turkey, and season with pepper. Cook over medium heat until browned. Add soy sauce and nuts (if using), and stir-fry for one to two more minutes. Return vegetables to the pan and mix well.\nCombine sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Fill lettuce cups with the meat\/vegetable mixture, and top with avocado and sauce.\nYou can make many favorite recipes heart-healthy by choosing turkey, chicken, or fish instead of red meat. And use herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor your food.\nFor more information on improving your heart health, talk to your doctor or call the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute.