prevent and reverse heart disease cookbook

Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, MD rose to prominence a decade ago with the publication of his New York Times bestselling book, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease. It documented research and science behind his advocacy of whole food, plant-based nutrition. Thousands of heart patients owe their lives to his groundbreaking findings.

Patient compliance with Dr. Esselstyn’s dietary protocols remains the critical factor in the success of his program. To that end, Dr. Esselstyn’s wife and daughter – Ann Crile Esselstyn and Jane Esselstyn – took to the kitchen to create a series of recipes that prove as delightful for the taste buds as they are to the blood vessels that sustain heart function. The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook makes their culinary expertise available to the general public.

Although my husband and I (mercifully) do not suffer from heart disease, we adopted a principally whole foods plant based diet in October 2016. I’ve really enjoyed sampling Ann and Jane’s creations and found their instructions really easy to follow. Their commentaries about each recipe brought a smile to my face!

If you’ve adopted the whole food plat-based diet or plan to do so, this cookbook would be a worthy addition to your bookshelf.

I’ve noticed that quite a few fitness experts recommend good old fashioned oatmeal for breakfast. If you follow that advice – or simply love oatmeal – this cookbook has quite a few variations on that theme that will start your day with a bang!

Breakfast Bowl
Esssy’s Breakfast Bowl
Oats with Grapes
Ann’s Oats with Grapes
Banana Steel-Cut Oats
Banana Steel-Cut Oats
Cinnamon Stick Oatmeal
Cinnamon Stick Oatmeal
Chickpea Omelet
Chickpea Omelets
Sweet Pancake Puffs
Adorable Pancake Puffs – Sweet
Savory Pancake Puffs
Adorable Pancake Puffs – Savory
Breakfast Hash
Breakfast Hash
All-Oat Waffles
All-Oat Pancakes
Savory Smoky Oats
Savory Smoky Oats

I’m still getting used to preparing somewhat “traditional” lunch for myself. (Our usual fare involves leftovers from the prior night’s dinner.) I found the sandwiches in this cookbook quite tasty. My favorite lunch turned out to be the Lettuce Wraps with Creamy Marinated Vegetables. They’re easy to prepare, and I love the crunch of the veggies combined with the tang of the hummus-vinegar sauce.

Cucumber and Kale Open-Faced Sandwich
Cucumber and Spinach Open-Faced Sandwich
Spinach Bruschetta
Kale Bruschetta
Thick Heirloom Tomato Open-Faced Sandwich
Thick Heirloom Tomato Open-Faced Sandwich
Lemon and Kale Open-Faced Sandwich
Lemon and Kale Open-Faced Sandwich
Kale and Sauerkraut Sandwich
Kale and Sauerkraut Sandwich
Dagwood Sandwich
Dagwood Sandwich
Carrot Dog
Carrot Dogs
Lettuce Wraps with Creamy Marinated Vegetables
Lettuce Wraps with Creamy Marinated Vegetables
Lovely Collard Sushi
Lovely Collard Sushi
Wraps: Spinach and Mushrooms, Italian, Tex-Mex
Wraps: Spinach and Mushrooms, Italian, Tex-Mex
Veggie and Cheeze, Dal, Rainbow, Asian
Wraps: Veggie and Cheeze, Dal, Rainbow, Asian
The Berlin, The Matthew, Hot Stuff, Parallel Universe
Wraps: Berlin, Matthew, Hot Stuff, Parallel Universe
Plain Jane, Carmelized Onion, Emergency, BBQ
Wraps: Plain Jane, Carmelized Onion, Emergency, BBQ
Spring Roll
Rockin’ Spring Rolls
Lunch on the Road
Lunch on the Road

I really like homemade soup. Ann and Jane’s recipes did not disappoint. For no particular reason, I saved the Big Bean Soup for last. It turned out to be my favorite – especially with lima beans cooked al dente.

Red Lentil and Dill Soup with Mint
Red Lentil and Dill Soup with Mint
Tarrazan Soup
Tarrazan Soup
Endothelium-Enhancing Beet Soup
Endothelium-Enhancing Beet Soup
Georgies Soup
Georgie’s Soup
Oberlin Corn and Shallot Chowder
Oberlin Corn and Shallot Chowder
Lentil Soup
Polly’s Lentil Soup
Citrus Gazpacho
Citrus Gazpacho
Light Spring Pea Soup
Light Spring Pea Soup
Middle Eastern Chickpea Stew
Middle Eastern Chickpea Stew
Seminar Soup
Seminar Soup
Big Bean Soup
Big Bean Soup

Part of what makes the whole food plant based diet tasty are the sauces and spreads that give life to various dishes. Ann and Jane give you lots of options with which to experiment. I found several that I’ll repeat, and quite a few that gave me ideas for my own versions.

Our Hummus
Our Hummus
Green Onion, Carmelized Onion, Sweet Potato, and Pesto Hummus
Variations on Hummus: Green Onion, Carmelized Onion, Sweet Potato, Pesto
Pear-Apple Chutney
Pear-Apple Chutney
Cherry Tomato Chutney
Cherry Tomato Chutney
Shiitake Mushroom and Onion Gravy
Shiitake Mushroom and Onion Gravy
Mushroom Gravy
Mommy’s Mushroom Gravy 2.0
Pico de Gallo
Pico de Gallo
Mango-Lime Salsa
Mango-Lime Salsa
Down Under Cranberry Salsa
Down Under Cranberry Salsa
Roasted Tomatillo Salsa
Roasted Tomatillo Salsa
Show-Off Peach Salsa
Show-Off Peach Salsa
Pomegranate Salsa
Pomegranate Salsa

Not Pictured: Cannellini Bean Sauce, Sweet Corn Sauce, Lemony Cheese Sauce, Raspberry Sauce, Enchilada Sauce, Shiitake Mushroom and Onion Gravy, Mommy’s Mushroom Gravy 2.0, Light and Easy Marinara, Besto Pesto, and Basil and Leek Marinara.

We had good success with these dishes. I’ve made the “Enlightened” Dr. Seuss Stacked Polenta and Smoky Little Devils for social gatherings and gotten rave reviews. The Jalapeño and Salsa Corn Muffins make appearances regularly on our breakfast menu and as accompaniments to soup recipes.

Stacked Polenta
“Enlightened” Dr. Seuss Stacked Polenta
Smoky Little Devils
Smoky Little Devils
Jalapeño and Salsa Corn Muffins
Jalapeño and Salsa Corn Muffins
Stuffing
Brian’s Stuffing
Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Garlicky Mashed Potatoes with Shiitake Mushroom and Onion Gravy
Potato Salad with Fresh Dill
Jen’s Potato Salad with Fresh Dill
Roasted Red New Potatoes and Gravy
Roasted Red New Potatoes and Gravy
Zucchini Au Gratin
Zucchini Au Gratin
Roasted Butternut Squash
Zeb’s Roasted Butternut Squash
Tex-Mex Kale Chips
Tex-Mex Kale Chips
Philly-Style Soft Pretzels
Philly-Style Soft Pretzels
Cheezy Rounds
Cheezy Rounds
Tatties and Neeps
Tatties and Neeps
Indian Tortillas
Aloo Paratha-Stuffed Indian Tortillas

The Hearty Salads came to the rescue on multiple occasions to serve as our contributions for summer potlucks. My Favorites: Gorgeous Black Rice Salad, Quinoa Tabbouleh, and Light Asian Slaw.

Ann and Jane also provide several salad dressing recipes. (I didn’t photograph them because they’re just not visually captivating.) They’re all oil-free and quite tasty. We use them all the time in lieu of bottled dressing.

Fresh Fig and Arugula Salad
Fresh Fig and Arugula Salad
Black Rice Salad
Gorgeous Black Rice Salad
French Lentils with Grapes and Mint
French Lentils with Grapes and Mint
Beets and Beet Greens
Beets and Beet Greens with Dijon Drizzle
Kale Waldorf Salad
Kale Waldorf Salad
Reboot Salad
Reboot Salad
Black Bean Succotash Salad
Black Bean Succotash Salad
Quinoa Tabbouleh
Quinoa Tabbouleh
Light Asian Slaw
Light Asian Slaw
Kale Salad
Massaged Kale Salad with Mango and Lime
House Salad
Ted’s House Salad

This cookbook provides LOTS of options for the evening meal. There’s so much variety that you hardly notice that meat, poultry, and fish never make an appearance. If pressed to choose my top 5 recipes, I’d go with Eat Loaf (which I’ve made several times), Red Thai Curry Veggies (good and easy to prepare), Sandra’s Chili (my favorite chili recipe to date), Shrapnel Burritos (another quick and tasty dish), and Chili Rellenos (because I just love ‘em).

Triple-Decker Lasagna
Triple-Decker Lasagna
Eat Loaf
Eat Loaf
Triple Pepper-Crowned Risotto
Triple Pepper-Crowned Risotto
Red Thai Curry Veggies
Red Thai Curry Veggies
Roasted Roots
Roasted Roots
Pacific Rim Soba Noodles
Pacific Rim Soba Noodles
Kale-Stuffed Tugboats
Kale-Stuffed Tugboats
Chili
Sandra’s Chili
Tortilla Azteca-Mexican Lasagna
Tortilla Azteca-Mexican Lasagna
Tomato-Onion-Pizza
Tomato Chutney over Caramelized Onion Hummus Pizza
Salad Pizza
Salad Pizza
Asparagus Mushroom Pie with Lemony Cheezy Sauce
Asparagus Mushroom Pie with Lemony Cheezy Sauce
Polenta Pie
Polenta Pie
Five-Star Rice and Beans
Five-Star Rice and Beans
Rice, Beans, and Greens
Rice, Beans, and Greens on the Go Go Go
Sofrito Black Beans
Matt’s Sofrito Black Beans
Black Bean and Sweet Potato-Collard Burrito
Black Bean and Sweet Potato-Collard Burrito
Shrapnel Burrito
Shrapnel Burrito
Singapore Dal
Singapore Dal
Noru Noir-Black Rice-Filled Nori Rolls
Noru Noir-Black Rice-Filled Nori Rolls
Chili Rellenos
Chili Rellenos
Stuffed Portobello Caps
Stuffed Portobello Caps
Smoky, Oat, Bean Burger
Smoky, Oat, Bean Burgers (a.k.a. S.O.B. Burgers)
Kale Burger
Kale Burger
Beet Burgers with Broiled Pineapple
Beet Burgers with Broiled Pineapple
Sloppy Joes and Tidy Janes
Sloppy Joes and Tidy Janes
Cauliflower Steaks
Cauliflower Steaks
Cauliflower Buffalo Wings
Cauliflower Buffalo “Wings”
BBQ Portobellos, Rice, and Greens
BBQ Portobellos, Rice, and Greens
Ginger Sauce over Chickpeas and Greens
Mellow Ginger Sauce over Chickpeas and Greens
Fast Pasta and Greens
Fast Pasta and Greens
Mushroom Ragout
Magnificent Mushroom Ragout
Hot Sweet Potato
Hot (Sweet) Potato!
Piccadilly Bowl
Piccadilly Bowl

We still go easy on dessert to preserve our waistlines and minimize sugar consumption. So we tend to favor desserts that feature fresh fruit – Fruit Mélange, 4th of July Fireworks, and Chocolate-Filled and Lime-Kissed Strawberries. I highly recommend use of the Yonana machine to make frozen banana soft serve desserts. They’re tasty, healthy, and really easy to whip up. Chocolate lovers should find satisfaction with the Minty Frozen Chocolate Balls.

Fruit Mélange
Fruit Mélange
4th of July Fruit Fireworks
4th of July Fruit Fireworks
Minty Frozen Chocolate Balls
Minty Frozen Chocolate Balls
Mango Magic with Raspberry Sauce
Mango Magic with Raspberries
Chocolate-Filled and Lime-Kissed Strawberries
Chocolate-Filled and Lime-Kissed Strawberries
Chocolate Raspberry-Mango Parfait
Chocolate Raspberry-Mango Parfait
Lemon Cupcakes with Lime Frosting
Lemon Cupcakes with Lime Frosting
Kale Cake with Blueberry Frosting
Kale Cake with Blueberry Frosting
Chocolate-Mint Swirled Pudding
Chocolate-Mint Swirled Pudding
Lime Custard Tart with Fresh Fruit
Lime Custard Tart with Fresh Fruit
Gingerbread Biscotti
Gingerbread Biscotti
Banana Soft Serve
Strawberry-Banana Soft Serve