A no-salt Easter side dish — asparagus with balsamic tomoatoes

Easter is almost upon us, so you’re likely looking for some no-salt, no-sugar, no-fat recipes to put on your holiday table. We’ve written about Easter dinner before, simply click here to see that lineup. And here’s another dish we just came across, asparagus with balsamic tomatoes, courtesy of Cooking Light and Myrecipes.com

Asparagus with balsamic tomatoes.
Asparagus with balsamic tomatoes.

The ingredient list is fairly basic, leave out the salt though (as usual): Continue reading “A no-salt Easter side dish — asparagus with balsamic tomoatoes”

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Low-salt, Low-fat recipes for Super Bowl

The Big Game is almost upon us, that day when everyone else is eating fried, greasy, salty, fatty snacks. But if you’re on a  low-salt, low-fat, low-sugar diet as I am, my first suggestion would be you host the party so you can control the menu.

These mini cups are low in fat and salt and sugar-free. Fill them with salt-free treats for Super Bowl munching.
These mini cups are low in fat and salt and sugar-free. Fill them with salt-free treats for Super Bowl munching.

If that’s not possible, bring your own food along. Pack up everything from salt-free potato chips to a main dish like swordfish steak.

I’ve written extensively on low-salt, low-fat, low-sugar items you can create for the game, here’s a quick rundown: Continue reading “Low-salt, Low-fat recipes for Super Bowl”

Holiday eating tips — the rush has begun, read them caerfully

The rush of articles and blog posts about how to eat healthy around the year-end holidays already has begun, I’m getting tons of advice in various feeds I follow. But most of it is not worth the time to read, really. Tips like eat smaller portions make me want to stuff the writer’s face into a bowl of high-salt salsa.

Getting ready for holiday cooking? Check back here often for no-salt, no-sugar, no-fat recipes.
Getting ready for holiday cooking? Check back here often for no-salt, no-sugar, no-fat recipes.

That goofy tip is in this article I found in the Harlan Daily Enterprise, which I discovered is in Kentucky. But there are some others you might find useful, such as:

• Gradually reduce the amount of salt used in cooking.

• Cut the amount of salt in recipes by half.

• Rinse canned vegetables before using or choose low-salt versions.

• Replace solid fats such as butter, lard, stick margarine, and shortening with oils when you are cooking.

• Replace half of the fat or oil in recipes with unsweetened applesauce.

• Use cooking spray in place of oil when cooking.

Continue reading “Holiday eating tips — the rush has begun, read them caerfully”

An arctic char recipe for Christmas time, or any time

Fish of all types has become a bigger part of my eating routine since my 2012 angioplasty, so I’m always open to new varieties. Arctic char is a fresh water fish that started making its way here in the 1990s from northern climes in Europe and Iceland.

Slow roasted char, as featured ina  Bon Appetit recipe. Click the link to it in my post to get details.
Slow roasted char, as featured ina Bon Appetit recipe. Click the link to it in my post to get details.

It’s a bit of a cross between trout and salmon, with less fat than salmon, although it has a resemblance in terms of its somewhat pink color. It reminds me a bit of the steelhead trout I’ve blogged about here in the past. Continue reading “An arctic char recipe for Christmas time, or any time”

Watermelon and berries pizza, a fun dessert

I had written a post for Pi Day this year about a non-traditional type of pie, a pizza made with watermelon as the base and covered with berries and other fruits. It looked good enough in a picture a friend posted on Facebook, that I decided to give it a try when we were having guests for dinner recently.

I started with personal-sized watermelons, because they happened to be on sale at my local supermarket. A round cross-slice of one also fit nicely on the dessert plates we have, so it worked out nicely. It I had bought a regular watermelon, I would have needed dinner plates and that large a piece of watermelon might have seemed over-whelming to some after a big dinner.

Or just serve it for summer cookouts, watermelon slices covered with other fruits.
The photo a friend posted of a watermelon pizza.
My version of a watermelon pizza.
My version of a watermelon pizza.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also let sales guide my decision on what to top my watermelon with. Strawberries happened to be on sale that week as well, at a different store, as were raspberries and blueberries. It’s rare to find all these on sale at the same time, at least in our area, but I could have easily used other fruits. I thought about pieces of apple but decided they might be too hard compared with the other fruits, so passed them up. I could have sliced bananas to get something white on there to approximate cheese. The original had used shaved white chocolate. Continue reading “Watermelon and berries pizza, a fun dessert”

Super Bowl low-salt, low-fat snacks: try filling these mini-puff pastry cups

The Big Game is coming this Sunday but if you’re on a low-salt, low-fat, low-sugar diet, most traditional game-day munchies are out for you. I’ve written before about looking for low-salt potato chips and salt-free taco chips, but even with those you still have to worry about fat content.

But recently I came across these mini puff pastry cups. Two shells have only half a gram of fat and 15 mgs of salt, so you can actually eat a bunch and not consume all that much fat and salt. Fill them with salt-free treats like cut-up tomatoes or pieces of shrimp. Or make something hot (watch for a recipe for my low-salt salsa, tomato, mushroom filling later this week).

These mini cups are low in fat and salt and sugar-free. Fill them with salt-free treats for Super Bowl munching.
These mini cups are low in fat and salt and sugar-free. Fill them with salt-free treats for Super Bowl munching.
puff pastry cups nutrition information
Puff pastry cups nutrition information

The ones I bought at a Safeway are already cooked and sold frozen. Thaw them to eat. If you fill with anything wet, like salsa, eat them the same day or they get a bit soggy in the frig over night.

John

New Year’s Eve: what can you eat to ring in the New Year?

New Year’s Eve during my childhood meant a big family party at my grandmother’s house. Those events stayed with me in such a profound way that I eventually wrote and produced a play about them called New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House. Food was a major part of those parties but many if not all of those treats are off my eating list since having a angioplasty done in 2012.

My low-salt, low-fat Super Bowl treats. Try them for New Year's Eve too.
My low-salt, low-fat Super Bowl treats. Try them for New Year’s Eve too.

If you’re in a similar boat, take some heart, there are low- and no-salt treats you can still munch on this New Year’s Eve. You’ll still have to watch the fat in many of them, but it’s better than sitting home alone waiting for the clock to strike 12 by yourself.

My suggestion would be to host your own party so you can pick the menu and control what’s available. If you go out instead, check ahead. My wife and I plan to have dinner and go dancing at a place with a menu of fish and lean beef, perfect for me to ring in a New Year.

Happy New Year everyone!
John

Rosemary chicken, a nice change of pace

My 12 days of Christmas low-salt, low-fat, low-sugar recipes have been heavy on Italian accented dishes so far, you can see my heritage at work in those. So here’s a change of pace today, a simple rosemary chicken dish that can be served with a side of green beans or even a peppers and onion mixture to add some additional flavors.

Chicken rosemary skewers were wonderfully flavorful and easy to make.
Chicken rosemary skewers are wonderfully flavorful and easy to make.

The original recipe comes from the Food Network, but I’ve left out the salt to reduce the sodium content. I made this as a summer outdoor recipe this past year, but you can just as easily make it in the oven inside, or grill the skewers on your stove should you have a grill top there.

Enjoy as we start the second week of the holiday season and our holiday low-salt, low-fat, low-sugar recipes.
John

Low-salt Easter dinner: how to enjoy the holiday meal

Easter dinner traditionally means one of two main courses — either ham or lamb. But neither is an acceptable choice if you’re on a low-salt, or a low-fat, or a low-salt, low-fat diet as I am. That can make being a guest at someone else’s Easter feast a problem for you.

So do what I did this year. Invite family and/or friends to your house where you control the menu. Then assemble a low-salt, low-fat meal that everyone will enjoy, even if some guests are missing the ham (they can buy some at their houses).

My low-salt, low-fat Easter dinner
My low-salt, low-fat Easter dinner
Continue reading “Low-salt Easter dinner: how to enjoy the holiday meal”

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