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.

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    Traditional French Ratatouille

    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. 

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    Fresh Fig Spread

    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.

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    Honeyed Fruit Salad

    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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    Herbed White Bean Soup

    White Bean Soup

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    White beans sometimes carry the connotation of being boring. We prefer to view them as a delicious, blank culinary canvas, though. For one, we 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.

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    Blackberry Sorbet

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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.