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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Turkey and Pepper Fajitas — Christmas leftovers

Turkey and Pepper Fajitas — Christmas leftovers

low-salt, recipes, Renal Diet
Turkey and Pepper Fajitas Try a new take on turkey. With no-salt-added, onions and peppers (low in potassium) bring flavor to this dish. This recipe no longer resembles the turkey dinner you ate yesterday, so there is no danger of your family becoming tired of leftovers with this jazzed up Tex-Mex fare. Ingredients: 1 tbsp vegetable oil ½ red onion chopped 1 c green pepper cut in strips 1c red pepper cut in strips 1 clove garlic, minced 16oz turkey cut in strips 1 tsp. chili powder Flour tortillas Salsa Sour cream Preparation: 1. Heat oil in a frying pan. 2. Add red onion, green and red bell pepper,  minced garlic and sauté until very soft. 3. Add turkey strips and cook until heated through. 4. Stir in chili powder to taste. 5. Roll…
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Leftover Turkey Pot Pie — Ten Steps to a Delicious Meal

Leftover Turkey Pot Pie — Ten Steps to a Delicious Meal

Kidney Disease, low potassium, low-salt, recipes, Renal Diet
Looking for a renal-friendly way to use up that turkey from the holidays?  Try this recipe for Leftover Turkey Pot Pie — it's low in potassium, sodium, and phosphorus. Leftover Turkey Pot Pie Ingredients: 5 TBSP margarine 5 TBSP all-purpose flour ¼ cup chopped onion ¼ tsp pepper 1 ¾c low salt chicken broth 2/3 c milk 3c cooked diced turkey 1 ½ cup frozen peas and carrots, thawed 2-9inch pie crust, ready to bake Preparation: 1. Heat margarine in 2-quart saucepan over low heat until melted. 2. Stir in flour, onion, and pepper. 3. Cook, stirring constantly until mixture is bubbly; remove from heat then stir in broth and milk. 4. Place back on the heat, until boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute. 5. Stir in turkey and…
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Sweet Dijon-Glazed Turkey

Sweet Dijon-Glazed Turkey

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Want to season up your holiday turkey without using salt?  Try this sweet and tangy glaze recipe to give your turkey some kidney-friendly flavor! Serve with Old-fashioned Bread Stuffing or Festive Cranberry Stuffing. Sweet Dijon-Glazed Turkey Ingredients One 15 pound turkey 9 cup crushed pineapple 6 teaspoons Dijon mustard 4 cloves garlic, chopped 3 teaspoon lemon juice 2 Tbsp. olive oil Preparation 1. Place turkey in a roasting pan, breast side up; cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350° for 3 hours 45 minutes (approximately 15 minutes per pound--170° internal temperature using a meat thermometer) 2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients and stir to blend 3. Remove turkey from oven and brush glaze over the top 4. Return turkey to oven and cook uncovered for 30 minutes 5. Remove…
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Gourmet Green Beans

Gourmet Green Beans

low potassium, low-salt, recipes, Renal Diet
Green beans are naturally low in potassium and make an excellent kidney diet-friendly side dish at the holidays.  Just season them up with some fresh onion and sodium-free herbs and spices! Gourmet Green Beans Ingredients: 1 pound fresh (wash and snip off the ends) or frozen green beans 4 teaspoons margarine ¼ cup onion, chopped 2 cloves fresh garlic, chopped ½ cup red pepper, chopped 1 tsp. red pepper flakes Black pepper to taste Juice from ½ lemon Preparation: 1.Cook green beans in boiling water until tender, drain. 2. Melt margarine in skillet over medium heat. Sauté onion, garlic, red pepper, and red pepper flakes until soft. 3. Add green beans to skillet and heat until green beans are hot. 4. Sprinkle black pepper and squeeze fresh lemon on top…
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Festive Cranberry Stuffing — A Twist on Tradition

Festive Cranberry Stuffing — A Twist on Tradition

low potassium, low-salt, recipes, Renal Diet
This colorful, fresh, and sweet tasting stuffing is a great addition to any holiday meal.   Fresh cranberries and apples make this flavorful side dish low in potassium and sodium. Festive Cranberry Stuffing Ingredients: 3 cups soft, stale bread crumbs 1 cup diced peeled tart apple ½ cup fresh cranberries, diced ½ cup celery, chopped ¼ teaspoon poultry seasoning ¼ cup apple juice 2 tablespoons margarine, melted Preparation: 1. Preheat oven to 350°. 2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and toss to mix. 3. Place in a lightly greased casserole dish. 4. Bake for 30 minutes. Nutritional Information: Per ½ cup serving: 150 calories, 4 gm protein, 79 mg potassium, 45 mg phosphorus Source: This recipe is used with permission from  
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Low Sodium Holiday Cheese Ball

Low Sodium Holiday Cheese Ball

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Low Sodium Holiday Cheese Ball What’s a holiday party without appetizers?   Kidney patients — think you can’t enjoy a cheese ball?  Think again!  This appetizer low in phosphorus, potassium, and sodium will fit perfectly into your diet during the holidays! Ingredients: 8 ounces light cream cheese, softened ¼ cup Catalina or Russian salad dressing 1 teaspoon onion powder 1/3 cup finely ground walnuts Apple slices Low sodium crackers Preparation: 1. Combine cream cheese, salad dressing, and onion powder in a medium bowl. 2. Place in refrigerator for 30 minutes to chill. 3. Form cheese mixture into a ball. 4. Place ground walnuts and a plate and roll cheese ball to cover. 5. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill until ready to serve. Serve this holiday cheese ball with low sodium crackers,…
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Old Fashioned Bread Stuffing

Old Fashioned Bread Stuffing

low potassium, low-salt, recipes, Renal Diet
Packed with bold, savory flavors, this stuffing will satisfy your desire for a flavorful holiday side dish.  The recipe uses low potassium vegetables and a variety of herbs & spices to enhance the taste of the stuffing without using any salt.  A perfect side dish for the kidney patient! Be sure to check out Marika Wamback's (BSc. R.D.) article for more ways to enjoy the holidays as a CKD patient. Old Fashioned Bread Stuffing Ingredients: 1 cup chopped onion 1 medium carrot, diced 2 medium stalks celery, chopped ¼ tsp oregano ½ tsp dried rosemary, crushed ½ tsp each marjoram, basil, and thyme 1/8 tsp tarragon 1 large bay leaf 2 tsp parsley, chopped 1 lb loaf, sliced, firm-type white bread (dry the slices by placing in low heat oven) 1…
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Beyond the Basics: Tools to Limiting Sodium in the Diet for Individuals with CKD (Part II)

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Beyond the Basics: Tools to Limiting Sodium in the Diet for Individuals with CKD (Part II) -- Stephanie Legin, RD, LDN Renal Dietitian -- This article helps to add to the knowledge acquired from the article, “Basics to Limiting Sodium in the Diet for Individuals with CKD (Part I).”   For the most accurate measure of sodium amounts in food, it requires knowledge of how to read and understand the nutrition facts label, ingredient lists, and food label claims. Nutrition Facts Label A Nutrition Facts label is required by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on most packaged foods and beverages.   On the back of a product, the Nutrition Facts label provides detailed information about a food's nutrient content, such as the amount of fat, sugar, sodium and fiber it has.   It…
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Basics to Limiting Sodium in the Diet for Individuals with CKD (Part I)

Kidney Disease, low-salt, Renal Diet
Basics to Limiting Sodium in the Diet for Individuals with Chronic Kidney Disease (Part I) -- Stephanie Legin, RD, LDN Renal Dietitian -- Limiting Sodium Sodium is an essential nutrient needed by the human body in relatively small amounts.  It is important for many body processes, such as fluid balance, muscle contraction, maintaining pH balance, and nervous system function; however, diets high in sodium can increase the risk of developing high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.  High blood pressure makes the heart work harder causing the high force of the blood flow to harm arteries and organs.  This can lead to heart attacks, heart failure, stroke, blindness, and kidney disease.   Chronic high blood pressure can further damage the kidneys and contribute to the progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD).   It…
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