Chicken & Fruit Pasta Salad

Chicken & Fruit Pasta Salad

Kidney Disease, recipes
Not in the mood for a hot cooked meal on a hot summer day?  Try this light and refreshing all in one pasta salad.   For anyone watching their potassium intake, you’ve probably been advised to avoid oranges due to their high potassium content.  This recipe calls for mandarin oranges, which happen to be lower in potassium than fresh navel oranges. A ¼ cup of canned mandarin oranges provides approximately 64mg of potassium as opposed to 119 mg in a ¼ cup of fresh oranges.   So enjoy a little bit of (mandarin) orange in your diet with this cool, summertime recipe.   Ingredients 2 cups (8oz) uncooked small shell pasta 3 cups cooked chicken, cubed 1 ½ cups celery, sliced 1 ½ cups seedless red grapes, halved 1 fresh apple, sliced…
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Easy Summer Fruit Dip

Easy Summer Fruit Dip

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Want to add a little pizzazz to your summer fruit platter this year?   Try this kidney friendly, fluffy dip that everyone will be sure to love.   It’s as easy as 1…2! Easy Summer Fruit Dip Ingredients 1 (7oz) jar marshmallow cream1 (8oz) package low fat cream cheese Suggestion Mix it up and make different flavors of this tasty dip by whipping in ½ cup frozen raspberries or strawberries! Preparation Blend marshmallow cream and cream cheese together thoroughly, using an electric mixer.  Serve with kidney friendly fruits for dipping like grapes, pineapple, apples, and strawberries. Makes 15 servings. Nutrition Information (per 2 Tbsp. serving): 90 kcal, 55mg sodium, 19mg potassium, 17mg phosphorus Recipe used with permission from ARA   
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Watermelon Summer Cooler

Watermelon Summer Cooler

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Beat the heat this summer with this cold, refreshing drink!    Watermelon is lower in potassium than other melons like cantaloupe and honeydew, which makes it a better fruit choice for anyone with kidney disease.   Watermelon is also packed with antioxidants like vitamin C and lycopene making this tasty drink a healthy choice for anyone this summer! Watermelon Summer Cooler Ingredients 1 cup crushed ice 1 cup seedless watermelon cubes 2 tsp. lime juice  1 Tbsp. sugar (or sugar substitute) Preparation Place all ingredient in a blender and blend for 30 seconds.  Pour, serve and enjoy! Makes 2 servings. Nutrition Information (per serving): 52 kcal, 1mg sodium, 96mg potassium, 9mg phosphorus Recipe used with permission from ARA  
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Lemon Herbed Pasta Salad

Lemon Herbed Pasta Salad

low potassium, low-salt, recipes, Renal Diet
Need a kidney friendly side dish for all your grilled food this summer?  This colorful pasta salad goes great with whatever meat or poultry you are serving.   Make this low sodium, lower potassium side dish the next time you grill out or go to the next picnic! Lemon Herbed Pasta Salad Ingredients 1 pound rotini or penne pasta, cooked according to package directions 1 medium red pepper, chopped 1 medium green pepper, chopped ¼ cup red onion, chopped 1 medium cucumber, chopped ½ cup red wine vinegar ¼ cup olive oil 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced 2 tsp. Italian seasoning 1 tsp. black pepper 1 tsp. lemon zest ½ fresh lemon Instructions: Combine cooked pasta, peppers, red onion, and cucumber in a large bowl.In a small bowl, combine vinegar, oil,…
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Basic BBQ Rub

Basic BBQ Rub

low-salt, recipes, Renal Diet
Basic BBQ Rub Grilling season is upon us!  Aside from being a quick & easy way to cook meats, grilling is a very heart healthy cooking method.  If you have kidney disease, this versatile spice mix is perfect to flavor up all kinds of meats & poultry without any salt.   Kidney Friendly Tip:  Use this spice mix when you make chili in the fall! Ingredients 1 ½ tsp. chili powder1 tsp. garlic powder½ tsp. oregano¼ tsp. ground cumin Preparation Combine all the ingredients.  Before cooking, rub and cover meat or poultry with the seasoning mixture.  Do this the night before if you want a more intense flavor. Store extra in an airtight container. Makes enough to season 2 pounds of meat.   Recipe used with permission from ARA Photo…
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Chicken Asparagus Feta Pasta

Chicken Asparagus Feta Pasta

Kidney Disease, recipes, Renal Diet
One of the sure signs that spring has sprung is the sight of asparagus shoots! Asparagus is low in calories and a great source fiber, folate and vitamins A, C and K.  It’s a great CKD friendly vegetable due to its low potassium, phosphorus and sodium content. Using a small amount of feta is a great way to add a punch of flavor without adding too much sodium to the dish.   Next time you make this recipe, try shrimp instead of chicken! Chicken Asparagus Feta Pasta Recipe Ingredients 1 pound asparagus spears, cut into 1” pieces (approx. 2 cups)8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into cubes16 ounces penne pasta, cooked, drained5 tablespoons olive oil1/4 teaspoon black pepper1/4 teaspoon garlic powder1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth1 garlic clove, chopped1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese Preparation Warm…
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Strawberry Delight

Strawberry Delight

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Is your sweet tooth craving a tasty, fruity dessert?  Try this light and fluffy strawberry cream pie! This dessert is perfect for anyone needing to watch potassium and/or phosphorus in his or her diet.  The base of this treat does contain 1/3 cup of nuts (high in potassium and phosphorus) but only enough to give it some crunch and some great flavor. Each serving only has 132mg potassium and 37mg phosphorus per serving! Mix it up and use raspberries or blueberries instead of strawberries the next time you make this recipe! Ingredients 1/2 cup all-purpose flour1/4 cup butter1/4 cup brown sugar1/3 cup chopped pecans1 tbsp. lemon juice7 ounces marshmallow cream16 ounces thawed frozen strawberries1 cup whipped toppingFresh strawberries for garnish Preparation Preheat oven to 325° F. Mix the flour, butter, brown sugar…
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Strawberry Spinach Salad

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Kidney Disease, recipes, Renal Diet
Double your antioxidant buck with this light side salad.  Strawberries are a great source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory vitamins and minerals.  They are lower in potassium — a great CKD friendly addition to salads, desserts or just eaten by themselves as a snack!   Spinach is rich in beta carotene and is a good source of many vitamins and minerals, including potassium.  If you have CKD, this recipe, when eaten in the suggested serving size is a perfect addition to your meal. If you’d like to reduce the amount of potassium in the suggested serving size, substitute 1 ½ cups of spinach in the recipe with 1 ½ cups of iceberg lettuce.   Strawberry Spinach Salad Ingredients 3 cups fresh spinach1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced¼ cup red onion, sliced1 tbps.…
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Shrimp with Basil Lemon Butter

Shrimp with Basil Lemon Butter

Kidney Disease, recipes, Renal Diet
Including shrimp into your CKD diet is a great way to get very lean, good quality protein in your diet.  Not only is it naturally low in saturated fat and calories, it is a great source of selenium, vitamin D and  omega-3 fatty acids (great for the heart!). Ingredients 1/2 cup butter 3 tbsp. finely chopped shallots ½ fresh lemon 1 lb. raw, peeled shrimp 2 tbsp. fresh snipped parsley 2 tbsp. fresh chopped basil 2 tbsp. grated lemon peel Preparation In a saute pan, melt butter over medium heat.  Add in shallots and cook until soft.Add in shrimp and cook until done.  Approx. 5-7 minutes.Add juice from ½ lemon, parsley, basil, and lemon peel.  Stir until hot.Serve with cooked pasta. Nutritional Information (per 4oz serving): 248kcal, 275mg sodium, 175mg…
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Spritz Cherry Limeade

Spritz Cherry Limeade

Kidney Disease, recipes, Renal Diet
Spritz Cherry Limeade Let’s celebrate National Nutrition Month & National Kidney Month — make a toast to your kidneys with this refreshing Spritz Cherry Limeade!   Cherries are a great source of antioxidants!  They are known to have anti-inflammatory properties that may promote health as well as help control blood sugars, blood pressure, arthritis and other health issues. Learn about some other superfoods you can incorporate in your daily life. Ingredients ½ cup sugar 1 cup water 5 limes (juiced) 1 1/2 cups frozen (or fresh pitted) dark cherries 3 cups ice 2 cups unflavored seltzer Preparation: In a small saucepan, combine sugar and water to make a simple syrup.  Heat mixture until it comes to a boil, turn off heat and allow to cool.  Puree frozen cherries in a…
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