Meats, sweets, and a change of heart (attack!)

By : | 0 Comments | On : August 4, 2015 | Category : Nutrition News, Our Daily Bread, Pasta, Uncategorized, Vegetarian, Wall of Fame, Your Daily Bread

After suffering a massive heart attack, Kevin Hallberg is cooking his way to a healthier heart.  He makes it look so easy!

He’s cooking his way to a healthier heart!After a severe heart attack, Kevin Hallberg changed his diet completely.
After a severe heart attack, Kevin Hallberg changed his diet completely. 


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Kevin's One Pot Wonder
Kevin’s Heart Healthy One Pot Wonder

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Kevin’s Heart Healthy One-Pot-Wonder

Make sure you have a pan & lid large enough to lay your raw spaghetti flat on bed of veggies before pasta cooks soft. 


  • 3 cloves sliced garlic

  • 1 small chopped onion

  • 1 sweet red pepper

  • 1 sweet yellow pepper

  • 1 bag of your favorite mixed frozen vegetables

  • 1 long pour of extra virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 pound dried DeCecco #11 spaghetti

  • 2 C. water

  • pinch of salt


  1. Coat bottom of pan with olive oil

  2. Heat oil, garlic, onion, peppers 5 minutes on medium heat 

  3. Add bag of frozen veggies, stir, and cook 3 more minutes.

  4. Turn heat to high

  5. Lay dried DeCecco spaghetti right across all veggies, pour water on top, cover with lid.

  6. Cook 15 minutes or until pasta is soft. 

  7. Stir all together, season with a pinch of salt, lots of freshly grated black pepper, and any chopped herbs you may have.

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Kevin's new diet is full of heart-healthy vegetables.
Kevin’s new diet is full of heart-healthy vegetables.

After a lifetime of eating mainly meats and sweets, Kevin Hallberg landed in the ER with a 97% aortic blockage that nearly ended his life.  

59-year-old Kevin turned white, began to shake violently, and would have dropped dead if his wife, Lisa Hallberg, hadn’t driven him to the ER within three minutes for emergency surgery and medication.  

After recovering from surgery, Kevin decided a change of heart about the way he thinks about food was just what the doctor ordered.

Kevin isn’t the first person to change his diet when his health was suddenly impaired. The following five famous people switched to a more vegetable-laden diet to help treat their bodies.

5 Healthy, Wealthy, Food Foraging Folks

  • Bill Clinton changed to a mostly vegan diet after a quadruple bypass surgery.

  • David Letterman eats a low fat, high vegetable diet to manage heart disease.

  • Toni Braxton swapped salty meats and fried foods for vegan salads and bean soups to treat heart problems.

  • Venus Williams eats a vegan diet to treat symptoms of a rare autoimmune disease.

  • Madonna eats a macrobiotic diet, possibly to avoid dying–ever (evidence pending on this endeavor).

But managing our diets to eat like a rock star is difficult, expensive and time consuming.  Or so I thought, until I saw Kevin Hallberg whipping up a vegetable-laden, large pan of vegetables in the family kitchen when I visited the other day.

“Kevin!” I said.  I was surprised.  Before I took these photos, the only place I had seen Kevin choose vegetables was the red hot chili peppers that adored his post-surgery recovery pajamas.

His new commitment to slicing red and yellow peppers was going right to his skin.
“You look wonderful!” I said to him, and I meant it. The color he was chopping was lighting him up from the inside out.

“I didn’t like it!” he told me with a big grin when he told me about the first  vegetables he ate coming home from the hospital.

“Well what do you have here? You are cooking the raw spaghetti on top of the vegetables? How do you know how much water to add?”

” I just know.  I’ve got a system!” He said, with a resolution that made me think his dish, and his life would continue to be fantastic. (It looked like about 2 cups of water to me!)

Kevin and his wife Lisa sat down and enjoyed a bowl of pasta that was thickened not by cream, but by the starches released into the water which was flavored by peppers, garlic, onions, peas, carrots, corn and freshly ground black pepper.

Kevin’s “One-Pot-Wonder” only took about 30 minutes to prepare, was relatively inexpensive, and used only one, large pot with a lid.

Life is different now that Kevin takes the time to chop the vegetables that give him new color.  His wife is joyful that her best friend is taking the time to take care of himself.

That’s a change of heart that will heal the whole family.

Pepper adds kick to a low-salt meal.
Pepper adds a good beat of heat to a low-salt meal.


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A friend is what the heart needs all the time.

-Henry Van Dyke

BFFs for life and Kevin's #1 fans.
BFFs for life– and Kevin’s #1 fans.


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