By VICTOR E. SASSON
In northern New Jersey, food shoppers enjoy an embarrassment of riches.
Fresh fish are abundant, such as Atlantic cod from Iceland and salmon from the U.S., both wild caught and available at Costco Wholesale for $7.99 a pound and $8.99 a pound, respectively.
Organic eggs, spring mix and whole-wheat pasta are three more components of a heart-healthy diet.
When mashing sweet potatoes, always choose extra-virgin olive oil over butter, and don't stint on fresh California garlic.
With ingredients like these, assembling heart-healthy meals at home is a snap.
Wild sockeye salmon can be prepared on a preheated grill pan with spray oil. For medium rare in the center, cook serving portions for 6 minutes.
A wedge of frittata and two small baked sweet potatoes with nothing on them make for a hearty breakfast.
Costco's smoked wild sockeye salmon is from Alaska. It is sold under the Kirkland Signature label and comes pre-sliced in two half-pound pouches for $15.99.
Finish the frittata under a broiler on a low setting for about 15 minutes or until it browns on top.
A 3-pound net bag of sweet potatoes from ShopRite in Paramus is $2.99, but bags often weigh more.
Garlicky mashed sweet potatoes with an egg-white omelet (stuffed with reduced-fat Swiss cheese, smoked wild salmon and Kirkland Signature Organic Salsa, plus a pesto finish).