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Heart Healthy Recipe from Food Network Host, Ellie Krieger

As you know, February is Heart Month. This month (but it really should be all year) is a time that we focus on heart health.  I recently wrote a post titled, Go Red and Spread the Word about Heart Health for Women that covered the alarming statistics of heart disease. Heart disease is the number one killer of women! This recent post also covered the symptoms of a heart attack in women and medical testing that is available to help women determine their risk factors.

But today I am here to expand on what we can all do today to live a heart healthy life. Exercise and healthy eating are easy steps that we can take today! I was very excited to speak with Ellie Krieger the host of Food Network’s, Healthy Appetite. Ellie is a registered dietitian and author of three books including So Easy: Luscious Healthy Recipe for Every Meal of the Week.  I love Ellie’s show and her recipes! So it was a thrill for me to get the chance to speak with her. Oh, and I totally love that kitchen she was cooking in! I love the colors – especially the red!

Ellie Krieger on Positively Stacey

While Ellie and I chatted about heart disease and what we can do to live a heart healthy life, she prepared a delicious recipe called Chicken with White Bean and Vegetable Simmer. Yes, I can tell you it is delicious because I prepared it, and my family and I just gobbled it all up for dinner. It was yummy! It really was dinner in one pan and in 30 minutes – even with me stopping to snap my photos! I love the fresh vegetables mixed with the white beans simmered in Campbell’s tomato soup. So easy! Making a sauce out of tomato soup was a first for me, so I was a bit hesitant. I thought it might be a little on the sweet side. But Ellie made it look so good that I just had to try it. Well, the sauce was perfect! The blend of onion, garlic, and thyme was a perfect melding of flavors. The white beans added a bit of creaminess that perfectly complements the tender vegetables. This is going to be a go-to recipe in our household.

Heart Healthy Recipe from Food Network Host, Ellie Krieger

Listen to what Ellie has to say about heart health –

And here is the recipe…Chicken with White Bean and Vegetable Simmer


  • 5 pieces thin-cut skinless boneless chicken breast (The recipe actually calls for 4 or about 1 1/4 pounds, but with two active teenagers I cooked up 5. Next time I will make 6, they loved it that much!)
  • ¼ teaspoons salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 large zucchini, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • One 10 ¾-ounce can Campbell’s Healthy Requests Condensed Tomato Soup
  • One 15.5-ounce can no salt added white beans, such as cannellini, drained and rinsed



  1. Season the chicken with the salt and pepper.
  2. Heat the one tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, add half the chicken and cook until browned on both sides, and cooked through, 2-3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining 3 pieces of chicken.
  3. Add the remaining tablespoon oil to the pan, reduce the heat to medium, then add the onion and carrots and cook until it is soft and translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the zucchini, garlic and thyme and cook, stirring, until the carrots are firm-tender, 5 minutes. Stir in the soup, along with ¼ cup water. Add the beans and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, about 4 minutes.
  4. To serve, spoon the bean-vegetable mixture onto serving plates and top each with a piece of chicken.

Makes 4 servings

Taking care of you heart has never tasted so good! Thank you, Ellie Krieger, for this amazing recipe! Visit Campbell’s Kitchen to explore their collection of heart healthy recipes certified by the American Heart Association®. They meet the heart healthy criteria and can be part of an overall sensible eating pattern. See for yourself how scrumptious healthy can be!

Chicken with White Bean and Vegetable Simmer Ellie KriegerEnjoy!

(26) Comments

  1. I agree that heart health is so important – I’d love to try this recipe without the beans (not a fan) because it looks amazing!

    1. Stacey says:

      I get that! I have come to love beans – especially the white beans because they add a creaminess. But it took me some time 🙂

  2. Chicken is so much better when cooked in a skillet! I love the seasonings that you used.

    1. Stacey says:

      Thanks – it was yummy!

  3. This looks so good. I’m glad you are raising awareness for heart health. Having had a stroke making sure women know about potential risks is so important.

    1. Stacey says:

      Karissa, yes I read about you recovering from a stroke. We need to be aware of all the warning signs. I hope you are healing!

    1. Stacey says:

      Easy too!

  4. This dish looks amazing and you’re right, heart health is so important! I feel like so many of us don’t recognize the risks we take on a daily basis until it’s too late or it impacts someone close to us. Education on the matter is so important, especially at a young age!

    1. Stacey says:

      You are right! Education is key.

  5. This chicken recipes looks delicious. I think I’m even going to try it for dinner tonight! Heart disease is definitely something everyone needs to be more aware of. On Father’s Day, my uncle started having a heart attack and we rushed him to the E.R. Long story short, it turned out he had 2 arteries to his heart 100% blocked and the third one was 99% blocked. He had to have immediate triple bypass surgery. It was very scary and I am so thankful he went to the hospital when he did because he was literally holding on by a thread.

    1. Stacey says:

      I am so glad to hear that your uncle made it to the hospital and into surgery in time. That sounds so very scary! It is so easy to forget to take care of what we cannot see. I have to constantly remind myself of why healthy eating is important to so much more than fitting into a favorite outfit. I hope you enjoy the dish when you make it – we loved it!

  6. This looks amazing! I love when things are healthy and delicious too!

    1. Stacey says:

      Yes, that is the best – isn’t it?

  7. YUM! This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing- can’t wait to try it, I think my kids would even eat it #winwin

    1. Stacey says:

      My kids loved it 🙂

  8. Sounds yummy! I’m always on the hunt for new chicken dishes 🙂

    1. Stacey says:

      This was a new one for me as well – and it quickly became a favorite. Chicken is such a staple in our life – it’s so nice to find new ways to make it.

  9. This dish looks amazing and it’s always such a great feeling to eat a healthy meal. This has some great ingredients, too, that I love!

    1. Stacey says:

      We love whet beans and zucchini so it was great to put them together. The white beans lends a creaminess to the dish.

  10. This dish looks delicious. I can imagine the flavor combinations taste really good and I like the vegetables too. Definitely want to try this recipe!

    1. Stacey says:

      We love this recipe! Let me know if you try it.

  11. That looks so good. Chicken is my go-to. My husband hates it. LOL. Before I had my daughter, I would just sit and watch the Food Network ( I’m still obsessed with Chopped!) and I remember watching her show.

    1. Stacey says:

      Oh wow, I don’t know what I’d cook if my hubby didn’t each chicken!

  12. This looks absolutely delicious! And I couldn’t agree more…hearth health should be something we think about all year long. I lost two grandparents to heart problems so it is definitely something I am aware of in regards to my own health.

    1. Stacey says:

      I am glad to hear that you are taking care of your health. It’s important to know all of our risk factors.

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