A strong cardiovascular system will keep your skin better nourished and ward off wrinkles longer. There are lots of ways to a healthier heart, but one of the most fun tactics is building a repertoire of really good eats. Treat your body, and your skin to this healthy and flavorful vegan dish.

What: Colorful Chickpea Stew

Why it’s great: Olive oil promotes arterial health.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 can (14 ½ oz.) diced red tomatoes, drained, skin on
  • 1 Tbs sun-dried tomato bits
  • 8 oz. mustard greens, torn
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • ¾ cup (4 oz.) cooked chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • Onion salt, to taste

How to make it:
Over medium heat, heat oil in a large, deep nonstick skillet. Add carrot, onion, pepper flakes and garlic. Stir occasionally for three minutes. Add canned tomatoes and sun-dried tomato bits. Simmer for three minutes. Stir in mustard greens. If desired, add onion salt and pepper to taste. Cover and cook 15 to 20 minutes, or until greens are tender. Add chickpeas and heat through. Makes two servings.

Nutritional Info Per Serving:
Calories 241
Fat 8 grams
Aging fats 1 gram
Fiber 9.7 grams
Carbs 33.4 grams
Sugar 10.4 grams
Protein 9.7 grams
Sodium 380 milligrams
Calcium 173 milligrams
Potassium 675 milligrams

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