Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Heart-healthiest Recipe Chosen for 2011

(SALT LAKE CITY) – The Utah Department of Health’s search for the state’s healthiest and tastiest recipes for the “Heart-Healthiest 2011” contest is over, and the UDOH Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program (HDSPP) has named Marie Thatcher of Salt Lake City its grand prize winner.

Thatcher’s recipe for curried yams and chickpeas was selected because it was not only delicious, it also emphasized key ingredients of a healthy diet, with little or no saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, or salt and added sugars.

“Marie proved that a recipe can not only taste delicious, it can also be good for you,” said Tania Charette, HDSPP Media Coordinator. “We want to thank all of our participants this year for their nutritious recipes.  It was very tough to pick the winner.” Charette added, “We’re grateful for the help the contestants gave us in educating Utahns about the importance – and ease – of eating healthy for a healthier heart.”

The public was asked to submit their recipes on the contest’s Facebook page, A “Healthful Recipe of the Week” was selected each week. Those winners received a Papa Murphy’s gift certificate for a free deLITE pizza, and were included in a competition for the grand prize.  All who submitted recipes will receive “Heart-Healthiest 2011,” a cookbook featuring all the submitted recipes.

The contest culminated with three overall winners who each received a J.A. Henckles International Fine Edge Synergy two-piece Santoku Knife Set, kitchen towel, and a “Meals In Minutes – Everyday Grilling Quick, Easy & Delicious” cookbook.
Contest runners-up were Carolyn Lund of Salt Lake City for her ‘Feta and Sun-dried Tomato Meatloaf’ and Sarah Robinson of Salt Lake City for her ‘Strawberry Banana Breakfast Bars’.

The recipes from “Heart-Healthiest 2011” will be available on HDSPP’s Web site at and on the program’s Facebook page.

For more information about HDSPP, visit, or call 1-866-88-STROKE.

Media Contact:
Tania Charette
HDSPP Media Coordinator