Heart Healthy French Recipes

Whether you're under doctor's orders to eat healthier, or simply want to slim down a bit before swimsuit season, these heart-healthy French recipes are just as delicious as they are nutritious. You won't find heavy cream sauces on this list, but there is dessert!

  • 01 of 08

    Traditional French Ratatouille


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    The ultimate French recipe to make your heart sing is this beautiful stew stacked with fresh vegetables. Just looking at the rainbow of colors in this traditional French Ratatouille, it is possible to see how good this is, a rainbow in a dish. 

  • 02 of 08

    Fresh Fig Spread Recipe

    Fig Tart
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    No matter what you do with fresh figs, you are on the right track. Figs are high in fiber and a rich source of several essential minerals, including magnesium, manganese, and calcium. This fresh fig spread recipe is marvelous with goat cheese and French baguettes.

  • 03 of 08

    White Bean Puree Recipe

    White Bean Puree
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    If you’re short on time and need a sophisticated appetizer, this herbed white bean puree recipe is wonderful. It takes less than five minutes to prepare and the herbes de Provence accent the silky white beans with understated elegance.

  • 04 of 08

    Honeyed Fruit Salad Recipe

    Bowl of fruit salad
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    Accompany this luscious honeyed fruit salad recipe with a baguette, assorted cheese, and a bottle of spicy-sweet sparkling dessert wine for a lovely Bastille Day picnic.

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  • 05 of 08

    Marinated Tomatoes Recipe

    Tomato Tartin
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    This delicious marinated tomatoes recipe sparkles with fresh flavor. Try adding the marinated tomato salad to tartines and spreads, or chop it up and use it in sauces or as a soup garnish.

  • 06 of 08

    Herbed White Bean Soup Recipe

    White Bean Soup
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    White beans sometimes carry the connotation of being boring. I prefer to view them as a delicious, blank culinary canvas, though. For one, I think their creamy texture is nothing short of addictive; it adds a velvety mouth-feel to any dish, without adding any fat. Combine that with the fact that they’re a great source of inexpensive protein and they’re almost impossible to cook wrong. This herbed white bean soup recipe is punched up with classic Provencal spices to delicious effect.

  • 07 of 08

    Roasted Carrot Soup Recipe

    French Carrot Soup
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    This nourishing roasted carrot soup recipe is an easy and elegant way to cut costs at dinnertime. Carrots are inexpensive and available year-round, yet they’re tasty and packed with vitamin A, potassium, lutein, and fiber. Roasting the carrots gives extra depth to the flavor, removing the need for rich stock or cream, so it’s both low fat and vegan–a perfect offering for a variety of dinner guests.

  • 08 of 08

    Blackberry Sorbet Recipe

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    For a taste of summer, no matter what the season, make this blackberry sorbet recipe. It uses a bit less sugar than most other versions, so the resultant flavor is one of pure, fresh-picked blackberries.