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Monthly Archives: March 2011

Delicious Blueberry French Toast Bake

This was another easy and awesome recipe !!  If your not cooking low sodium you can use regular sourdough or french bread.  You make this the night before and the next morning while the oven is pre heating make the topping.  Sprinkle on the blueberries and topping, bake and you have breakfast for six people !!!  This was sweet but not overwhelming.  We drizzled maple syrup over it and it was  DELICIOUS !!!! Yes, I love blueberries, I can’t wait to have them fresh from the garden. 

Recipe by: 500 Low Sodium Recipes

6 slices low sodium bread or enough to fit into 9 x 13 pan.

3 eggs

3 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 1/4 cups milk

1/2 cup all purpose flour

6 tablespoons brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 cup unsalted butter

1 cup fresh blueberries

Cut bread into 1 inch thick slices and place in a greased 9 x 13 inch baking dish. In a medium bowl, lightly beat eggs, sugar and vanilla.  Stir in the milk until well blended. Pour over bread, turning pieces to coat well.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl combine the flour, brown sugar and cinnamon.  Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Turn bread over in baking dish.  Scatter blueberries over bread. Sprinkle evenly with crumb mixture. Bake for about 40 minutes until goleden brown.  Serves 6

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Balsamic and Maple Salmon

WOW !!!  I will definitely be making this again!!  The pictures don’t do it justice.  The balsamic vinegar and maple syrup definitely balance each other out.  I used 1 tsp more maple syrup than the recipe calls for because I wanted the sweeter flavor.  This was WONDERFUL.  Light, flaky and a lot of flavor which is difficult to acquire when cooking without salt.  I do a lot of cooking in the evening so I don’t have a lot of natural light for taking photo’s, this is definitely better than it looks. 

 Recipe by: 500 Low Sodium Recipes by Dick Logue

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup water

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp maple syrup

1/4 tsp garlic powder

3 – 4 small salmon fillets

Heat all ingredients except salmon in a large skillet.  Stirring to combine.  Add Salmon fillets. Cover and cook until salmon is done turning once. About 10 minutes total.

Greek Style Skillet Supper

This was very easy to make and did not tast like it was low sodium.  This has been hands down One of my Favorites, and we found the recipe in one of the coupon sections of the Sunday paper.  The recipe was from McCormick.  The cinnamon definately adds a distinct flavor to this as does the feta cheese. While the Feta and Low Sodium Beef Broth both have sodium, the amount of sodium per serving is still only around 250 mg.  Not a bad sodium content  for a meal, serve with homemade low sodium bread and some unsalted butter and yum, you have supper !!!

1 lb ground beef

1/2 cup chopped onion

2 tsp Oregano Leaves

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1 can (14 1/2 oz) low sodium beef broth

1 can (14 1/2 oz) diced no salt added tomatoes

2 tbsp no salt added tomato past

1 1/2 cups uncooked penne pasta

1 1/2 cups frozen leaf spinach thawed and drained

3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese divided

Cook ground beef and onion in large skillet on medium-high heat until beef is no longer pink, stirring occasionally.  Drain fat. Add oregano, cinnamon, and garlic powder, mix well. 

Stir in broth, tomatoes and tomato pase.  Bring to boil. Stir in pasta.  Reduce heat to medium; cover and cook 10 minutes or until pasta is nearly tender.  Stir in spinach and 1/2 cup feta cheese.  Cover and cook 5 minutes longer or until pasta is tender.  Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup feta cheese. Cover and let stand 5 minutes before serving.  Makes 6 Servings.

Easy Blueberry Muffins 17mg sodium

These were very good and easy to make !!!  I used fresh blueberries which I think made a big difference.  Great for breakfast or a light snack.  This recipe is from the  “500 Low sodium recipes” cookbook. 

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1/4 cup sugar

2 1/2 teaspoons sodium free baking powder

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3/4 cup skim milk

1 egg

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup blueberries

For Topping

2 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Stir together first 4 ingredients. Make a well in the center. Stir together milk, egg and oil, add all at once to dry ingredients. Stir until just moistened. Stir in blueberries.  Spoon into greased or paper lined muffin pans.  Mix together cinniman and sugar.  Sprinkle over top.  Bake at 400 F for 20 min.

Makes 12 Muffins

Basic White Bread

This low sodium bread was great with unsalted butter and blueberry jam !!! This may just be considered plain white bread, but the difference is that it is homemade and tast yummy.  It makes the kitchen smell wonderful !

Basic White Bread

From: Dick Logue’s 500 Low Sodium Recipe’s cook book

1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons water

2 Tablespoons unsalted butter

3 cups bread flour

3 Tablespoons nonfat dry milk powder

2 Tablespoons sugar

2 Tablespoons yeast

Place ingredients in bread machine in order specified by manufacturer. Process on large white loaf cycle.

Bowtie Pasta with Asparagus and Feta

This too was a wonderful recipe !  When you serve this, to some it may seem a little dry, I added olive oil and vinegar and that made it perfect.

Recipe

2/3 pound bowtie pasta

1 cup asparagus

1/2 cup cherry tomatoes halved

1/2 Tbsp dried basil

2 cloves garlic chopped

3 green onions finely choped with half of the greens

1/4 tspn dried rosmary

1/4 tspn ground black pepper

4 ounces crumbled Feta

Cook pasta per  box directions or till al dente. Cut asparagus into 1 inch pieces and steam till just tender.  Drain pasta and chill slightly with running cold water while still in drainer.  In a seperate bowl combine the cherry tomatoes, basil, garlic, rosemary green onions and pepper.  Add the asparagus, feta and pasta, toss and mix well.  Refrigerate and serve chilled.

Awesome Chili

Yes this is a low sodium blog and I said Awesome Chili !!!! It is not often I find recipe’s like this one.  I only say that about the recipe’s that are worth the time, effort and money to prepare.  This is one of those recipe’s ! It has a lot of flavor from the spices and peppers.  If you are like me and not a real fan of peppers, no worry, these just add enough flavor to give the chili a little kick and flavor.  For those of you who like peppers, by all means double the amount and it won’t hurt at all.  I found this recipe from Dick Logue’s 500 Low Sodium Recipe’s book and made some revisions.  Turned out great.

Chili Recipe

1 16oz can of kidney beans no salt added

1 pound ground chuck

1 white or vidalia onion chopped

1 clove of garlic

1/2 green bell pepper

1 tsp onion powder

1/2 jalapeno pepper, chopped

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1/2 tablespoon of chili powder

1/2 tablespoon of cumin

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon white pepper

1 can no salt added diced or fireroasted tomatoes

14 oz  can of  no salt added tomatoe sauce

Brown ground beef, peppers and onion until ground beef is lightly browned.  Add spices and saute for another 5 min. , pour into a slow cooker and add remaining ingredients.  Cook on low for 4 to 5 hours.  Makes 4 servings.

Honey Wheat Bread only 4mg sodium per slice

The bread making was a success !!  We decided to make honey wheat, I say we because my husband helped with a couple of today’s cooking projects.  I will share the recipe and the photos below !  I could not tell that this was a low sodium bread, it turned out very good.  The bread machine worked great and took a lot of the work out of making homemade bread, we are anxious to try different kinds. 

Honey Wheat Bread Recipe

Recipe By: Dick Logue , 500 Low Sodium Recipe’s Cook Book

Baked and Tested in Cheryl’s Kitchen

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons water

1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/4 cup honey

1 1/2 cups bread flour

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1 tablespoon nonfat dry milk powder

1 teaspoon yeast

Place ingredients in bread machine pan in order specified by the manufacturer. Process on whole wheat cycle.

Homemade Bread

The bread machine that I ordered is here !!!!!  Tomorrow I am making low sodium whole wheat bread.  I hope I get it right the first time. I will take pictures and give the recipe once I have tried it out.  I am anxious to try all the low sodium breads including sweet breads, I am also going to try to make homemade jams in it.  Wish me luck, I have never been the best at baked goods and pastries so this will be a new adventure for me.  I do remember making bread with my mother, the smell of fresh baked bread was wonderful and I think that is when I began my love of butter !

Barbecue Sauce was Very Tasty !!

This BBQ sauce was great over country ribs cooked on low in the slow cooker for 8hrs.  I will say that I think it would be good on chicken wings also !!!  Gotta love those chicken wings !

Low Sodium BBQ Sauce Recipe:

Mix all ingredients below with a wisk and refrigerate.  The flavors blend better if you leave it in the refrigerator overnight.  You can put in a sealed jar or I used a rubbermaid container since I was using it all the next day.

1/2 low sodium ketchup (Heinz makes a no salt added)

1/2 cup vinegar

1/2 cup honey

1/4 cup molasses ( I used brown sugar)

1 tsp chili powder

pinch of ground cloves

1 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon corriander

1 tsp dry mustard

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper