'Top Chef' cooks up heart-healthy meals

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  • He’s got a new healthy recipe for you to try -– BouillaBlais!
  • Offers tips for boosting flavor without adding fat, calories
  • Talks about how to stretch your dollar on healthy ingredients

Celebrity chef Richard Blais has plenty to dish about. The winner of Bravo’s “Top Chef: All Stars” is working on a new campaign to help you cook up delicious meals at home that are healthy for your heart. And if you're thinking less salt and less fat equals bland and tasteless, Chef Blais is here to show you that healthy food doesn’t have to be boring. 

If anybody knows about the challenges of eating right while being surrounded by decadent food, it’s Blais. In recent years, Blais lost about 60 pounds and ran his first New York City marathon last fall. He partnered up with the Campbell's Soup’s “Address Your Heart” campaign to help spread the word about heart-healthy meals. 

Blais stopped by the HLN studios to share cooking tips with "Weekend Express" anchor Natasha Curry and whip up a new dish he calls BouillaBlais that’s both yummy and good for your ticker. One trick: He uses low-sodium tomato juice for the sauce. Get the full recipe here: facebook.com/campbellskitchen.

Blais also shares tips for eating healthy without breaking the bank. He says to buy what you can afford, and beef it up with things you already have in your pantry. He's also a big fan of using every part of fresh produce you can afford, including stems. 

Another tip: Don’t peel every vegetable. Blais says if you wash vegetables really well, you can eat some vegetables with their skins on. For him, it all comes down to maximizing the ingredients you can afford, and thinking like a chef -– at home.  

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