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Good food is one of life’s great joys. And good meals are a shared pleasure at the heart of African American family life and special celebrations. This recipe book brings together many African American favorite recipes, prepared in a heart-healthy way lower in fat, especially saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium! It shows how to prepare dishes in ways that help protect you and your family from heart disease and stroke. This is important because heart disease is the first and stroke is the third leading cause of death for African Americans. So, by making small changes in the way you and your family eat, you can help reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke. So make a start today. Give those old favorites a new, tasty, hearthealthy makeover. And help keep the heart of your family strong! The cookbook was developed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the Office of Research on Minority Health, both part of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

GOOD-FOR-YOU CORNBREAD 1 cup cornmeal 1 cup flour 1/4 cup white sugar 1 tsp baking powder 1 cup buttermilk, 1% fat 1 egg, whole 1/4 cup margarine, regular, tub 1 tsp vegetable oil (to grease baking pan) 1. Preheat oven to 350˚ F. 2. Mix together cornmeal, flour, sugar, and baking powder. 3. In another bowl, combine buttermilk and egg. Beat lightly. 4. Slowly add buttermilk and egg mixture to the dry ingredients. 5. Add margarine and mix by hand or with a mixer for 1 minute. 6. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in an 8 by 8-inch greased baking dish. Cool. Cut into 10 squares.

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