All of the recipes on this site are plant-based and ultra low fat and designed to  fit with the diet shown to reverse heart disease in the Ornish and Esselstyn studies.  They contain no added oils, dairy, or high fat fruits and vegetables. Many traditional recipes can be modified to meet this diet, but cooking can be challenging at first.

The following kitchen tips may help prevent sticking:

1. Use a nonstick skillet on the stovetop.

2. Keep a cup of water on hand to splash small amounts of water into skillet to prevent burning

3. Braise in vegetable stock, water, wine, or lemon juice (depending on the recipe) instead of sautéing with oil.

4. Use parchment paper to line bakeware.

We have provided some supplemental recipes on the posts within this site. More recipes can be found in Healthy Heart, Healthy Planet.

Bon Appétit!



Ornish D, Scherwitz L, Billings J, et al. Intensive lifestyle changes for reversal of coronary heart disease Five-year follow-up of the Lifestyle Heart Trial. Journal of the American Medical Association. 1998; 280: 2001-2007

A Strategy to Arrest and Reverse Coronary Artery Disease: A 5 -Year Longitudinal Study of a Single Physician’s Practice
Esselstyn CB Jr. et al: The Journal of Family Practice 1995 December; 41(6): 560-68

Updating a 12 -Year Experience With Arrest and Reversal Therapy for Coronary Heart Disease (An Overdue Requiem for Palliative Cardiology)
Esselstyn CB Jr. The Am J of Cardiology 1999 August 1; 84:339-341