February is National Heart Month says the CDC and National Heart Association. It’s nice that it coincides with Valentine’s Day, which is a holiday of the heart in another way! We’re all about hearts and romance and good health here at Distinctive Inns of New England. Our 12 inns not only offer up the perfect getaway of the heart, but also love to feed the heart with healthy goodness each morning at breakfast and afternoon at tea. Next time you need a vacation, make it a heart-healthy one with outdoor adventure in DINEcountry. Feed the heart and your soulmate with time together and we promise to feed you with our “hearty” breakfasts and big helpings of romance too.
The Distinctive Inns of New England are celebrating National Heart Month by bringing you these heart-healthy recipes.
GLUTEN-FREE ZUCCHINI BREAD from Rabbit Hill Inn
Low in sugar and also gluten free, this recipe features fresh zucchini for a nice treat. Best of all, it’s easy too!
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups grated zucchini
3 tsp cinnamon
3 cups rice flour
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp baking powder
Mix well sugar, eggs, and vegetable oil. Add zucchini and continue to mix. Add in dry ingredients and mix again. Pour into a greased bread pan and bake at 325°F for approximately 50 minutes.
SPINACH, TOMATO AND GOAT CHEESE FRITTATAS from Cliffside Inn
The spinach and tomoatoes, paired with a small amount of goat cheese make this not only heart healthy but delish. You can substitute Fat free to make it a little lower in fat too.
2TBSP Half and Half
1 TBSP goat milk cheese
1/2 C fresh spinach
1/2 C red tomatoes sliced
½ tsp sautéed garlic
1 tsp onion
Sauté spinach until wilted. Beat egg – salt and pepper to taste. Add to spinach and cook for about 2 minutes. Layer goat cheese and sliced tomatoes on top. Transfer pan to oven and broil on high for 2 minutes.
PUMPKIN AND APPLE SOUP from Captain’s House Inn
Pumpkin is a rich source of vitamin A and one of the best-known sources of anti-oxident beta-carotene. The potassium contained in pumpkins can have a positive effect on keeping blood pressure right where it should be!
2 onions, peeled and chopped
1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
1 tbsp olive oil
500g/1lb 2oz pumpkin, skinned, seeded and cubed
2 baking apples, peeled, cored and chopped
570ml/1 pint vegetables stock
½ pint dry cider or apple juice
2 sprigs fresh sage
salt and freshly ground pepper
Heat the oil in a large saucepan and add the onions and the garlic. Cook for 2 minutes and then add the pumpkin, chopped apples and sage. Cook for another 2 minutes, season well and add the stock and the cider or apple juice. Bring to the boil and simmer for 15-20 minutes until the ingredients are tender. Liquidise and serve piping hot with crusty bread. Serves 6.
When ever it comes to matters of the heart, innkeepers at Distinctive Inns of New England are on board to help! Visit each of the Distinctive Inns of New England by clicking below on links that will take you directly to each of their websites. Better yet, visit them in person for your next romantic winter getaway or singles celebration in DINE country.
In Rhode Island: Cliffside Inn in Newport
In Connecticut: Inn at Harbor Hill Marina in Niantic.
Zucchini photo: OnceUponAChef.com