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Cholesterol-Friendly Herbs and Spices: Cloves

Ideas for Adding Spices: Cloves Recipes


Updated June 07, 2011

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Cloves are a cholesterol-friendly spice.

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Looking for an easy way to add cholesterol-lowering nutrients to your diet? Try adding fresh and dried herbs and spices to your dishes. For example, ground cloves contains cholesterol-friendly phytosterols and adds fabulous flavor.

Cloves work well in Indian dishes, masala chai tea, Vietnamese pho broth, and baked goods, such as pumpkin and apple pie.

Starters and Sides

  • Easy Mexican Rice: Tomatoes, onion, garlic, and pepper add zest to this easy dish.

    (Tip: Use brown rice and a sodium substitute to make this dish even more heart-healthy).

  • Roasted Chestnut Soup: Here's a recipe that your guests probably haven't tried before! This soup has a rich nutty flavor and is best served in fall or winter.

    (Tip: Use low-sodium broth instead of standard vegetable broth, and plant sterol spread, such as Benecol, instead of margarine).



  • Crustless Pumpkin Pie: Pumpkin pie can be surprisingly healthy if prepared the right way. Skipping the crust is one of the first steps to a healthier pie.

  • Vegan Pumpkin Pie With Cloves: Fiber, beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium are just some of the nutrients this pie delivers. Cloves provide you with even greater antioxidant nutrients.

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