Because packaged food is higher in sodium, I feel it is better to cook your own meals. Here are a few recipes that are low in sodium that I enjoy making. Give them a try and see if you miss the sodium. I am betting that you won’t.
Low Sodium Quinoa Meatballs
- ½ C quinoa (washed)
- ½ lb ground pork
- 2 Eggs (lrg)
- Handful of shiitake mushrooms (finely chopped)
- 1 T green onions (minced)
- 1 tsp Chinese five spice
- 1/4 tsp granulated garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp allspice
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- just a splash of molasses
- Have your oven preheated to 450 degrees
- Have your baking sheet lined with foil and sprayed
- Add the quinoa and 1 cup of water into a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover and continue to heat on low until all of the water is absorbed. This will take anywhere from 12-15 minutes. When done remove from heat and transfer to a bowl and let cool.
- Meanwhile, add the remaining ingredients to the bowl and mix until all ingredients are combined. I like to use my hands to mix.
- Now you’re ready to make golf ball sized meatballs. Place them on the baking sheet and off they go into the oven to bake for 12-15 minutes. Pork should reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
Candied Sweet Potatoes
- 2 pound sweet potatoes
- 1/4 C butter
- 1/4 C maple syrup
- 1/3 C brown sugar (packed)
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- Put the potatoes in a pan, cover with water and bring them to a boil.
- Reduce the heat and simmer until tender.
- Cut cooled and peeled potatoes into chunks and place in a baking dish.
- In another pot combine the remaining ingredients and cook until the mixture boils.
- Pour mixture over potatoes and bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes.
- 2 med zucchini
- 2 T butter (melted)
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1/4 C Parmesan cheese (grated)
- Salt and Pepper
- Slice the zucchini into pieces about 1/4 of an inch
- Toss them with the melted butter and oregano
- Layer them on a sprayed cookie sheet
- Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on top
- Bake them for 35-40 in a preheated oven at 350 degrees
- Sprinkle the salt and pepper according to your taste
You can find an endless amount of recipes on the internet that will be low in sodium or what ever your diet restrictions are. Be creative and keep you diet interesting.