A fall chicken recipe, modified — chicken braised in two vinegars

I keep on eye on the New York Times for recipe ideas, but usually what they feature has too much salt, fat or sugar for my needs. Such was the case when I recently received a Times email entitled 72 Recipes You Should Make This Fall.

The Times suggests serving this chicken over polenta, I’d do it with a side of green beans or asparagus.

 

Looking through them, I didn’t see many heart-health choices until I came across this chicken braised in two vinegars recipe. The Times uses thighs, high in fat, so I’d substitute breasts and leave off the salt mentioned as something you can add for serving.

The ingredients (with my changes): Continue reading “A fall chicken recipe, modified — chicken braised in two vinegars”

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Mustard-crusted salmon, a quick, tasty dinner option

Salmon really has become like steak once was for me, a satisfying, relatively quick main course that I now have at least once and often twice a week. My recipe page has a variety of ways to prepare it, many involving salt-free Mrs. Dash and other brands of marinades as well.

But as I was getting ready to make dinner recently, I recalled an old favorite I hadn’t made in years, mustard-crusted salmon. Mustard is a condiment I can eat without worries since it usually does not include salt, saturated fat or sugar. I grew up in New York eating, more often than not, a spicier brown mustard, the  Gulden’s brand to be specific.

So I still look for brown mustard today and used it in this recipe from Rachel Raye instead of Dijon mustard. Another substitution I made was using a slat-free spice mixture from a local spice story instead of herbes de Provence which I did not have handy. I also served it with asparagus instead of rice.

Cooking it was easy in the oven and it came out flaky and moister than when I’ve done it on the stove top in a  frying pan.

Here are the details from Rachel’s site, she is the queen of quick meals, nice to see such a healthy one:

Ingredients
1 1/3 pounds center-cut salmon fillet
1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill or 1-1/2 tablespoons dried dill
1 1/2 tablespoons herbes de Provence
1/4 cup Dijon mustard

Baking it:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Rub the salmon with the olive oil. Place on a foil- or parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover with the dill and herbes de Provence. Spread the mustard over the top, using a table knife or rubber spatula to cover completely.

Bake the salmon until no longer translucent, about 15 minutes.

 

 

Top 10 No Salt, No Fat, No Sugar recipes for 2017

It’s top 10 year-in-review list time again and we’ll join the trend by writing about our Top 10 Most Viewed No Salt, No Fat, No Sugar Recipes for 2017. Our No Salt, No Fat, No Sugar Recipe Page, featuring scores of recipes we’ve found and/or tried ourselves, was far and away the most viewed thing on our site in 2017, drawing 14,101 views.

Baked mostaccioli, gotta love it, and it’s low salt and low fat.

But I wanted to drill down a little deeper to see which recipes on the page visitors were clicking on most. The results :

  1. Clean Eating Crock Pot Chicken: tried it, loved it.  Unfortunately the source blog for this disappeared, so you’ll have to wing it from the pictures I posted.
  2. Low-sodium Thanksgiving stuffing: here’s how to make it. The secret’s in the bread you start with; you can find sodium-free bread!
  3. Simple can be delicious, try this no-salt chicken recipe.  It’s called Sheet Pan Chicken with Roasted Baby Potatoes.
  4. 5 low-sodium meals to consider. This links to five recipes on Cafemom.com and thankfully those are still there for you to try.
  5. A Chinese food recipe that actually works as low-sodium? This is a broccoli beef stir-fry recipe form the American Heart Association.
  6. How to make a low-fat, low-salt turkey meatloaf. I love this recipe and make it at least once a month.
  7. Chicken parmigiana for everyone: here’s a low-salt recipe. The secret, again is in the bread, or breadcrumbs in this case. Go with panko, they are generally much lower in salt than other breadcrumbs.
  8. Ahi tuna on the grill, with a lime twist. How can you not love Ahi tuna?
  9. Low-fat mashed potatoes — here’s how. This time, the secret is in the milk and fat used.
  10. Low-salt, low-fat baked mostaccioli. A holiday favorite for me, it’s a splurge but still a lot lower in fat and salt if you use this recipe.

Happy New Year, and check our recipe page for lots more you can cook up in 2018!!!

 

12 days of no-salt, no-sugar Christmas recipes — Chicken with strawberry & pineapple salsa

We’re bringing back a site favorite this holiday season, our 12 days of no-salt, no-sugar Christmas recipes to help you come up with a fun and healthy menu for this busiest time of year.

I’ll be linking to and discussing recipe favorites every day for the next 12, starting today with a recipe I wrote about recently and just made myself this past Sunday, grilled chicken with strawberries and pineapple salsa.

I suggested when first reviewing this recipe that you could substitute Mrs. Dash salt-free taco seasoning for the salt-free steak seasoning called for in the recipe. That worked out really well for me, giving the chicken a nice flavor. I rubbed the seasoning on both sides of each breast I made. Continue reading “12 days of no-salt, no-sugar Christmas recipes — Chicken with strawberry & pineapple salsa”

Another low-salt chicken recipe — Grilled chicken with strawberry and pineapple salsa

The American Heart Association has a recipe page that’s a great place to get ideas for low-salt, low-fat, low-sugar recipes. I sometimes think the recipes they post could be even lower in all of the evil three, but I’m not going to quibble with them today. I found this fun recipe for chicken with strawberry and pineapple salsa that I intend to try out.grilled-chick-with-strawberry-and-pineapple-salsa

I’m thinking it would be really great in the summer with freshly harvested strawberries, but these days you can get strawberries in winter months too, so you can make it as a Christmas season surprise for family and friends too.

The ingredient list from the Heart Association site:

Continue reading “Another low-salt chicken recipe — Grilled chicken with strawberry and pineapple salsa”

A Low-salt chicken recipe —Tomato & basil chicken with zoodles

With the holiday season in full swing, it’s a sure bet you’ll be cooking more for the various people who will be showing up on your doorstep this time of year. So I’ve been busy clipping recipes that are low-salt, low-sugar and low-fat, are quick to make, and sound pretty tasty too to share with you.

This post is about a recipe for something called tomato & basil chicken with zoodles.

I saw this in a magazine but it’s also on the Foster Farms (a poultry brand) site.

Ingredients you’ll need are:

4 chicken breasts seasoned with salt and pepper
2 tbsps olive oil, divided
1 tsp chopped fresh garlic
½ cup balsamic vinegar
2 cups cherry or golden tomatoes, quartered
2 tbsps fresh basil, chopped
salt and pepper [leave out the salt]
¾ lb zucchini, cut into spirals

Continue reading “A Low-salt chicken recipe —Tomato & basil chicken with zoodles”

Cookbook reviews have arrived on the No Salt, No Fat, No Sugar Journal

Expect to see more cookbook reviews here in coming weeks and months. We’re planning to add a cookbook section to our recipe page to further help you find low-salt, low-fat, low-sugar recipes.

Regulars to our blog may read a recent cookbook review we featured for a book called The Organic Heart. Expect to see more cookbook reviews here in coming weeks and months. We’re planning to add a cookbook section to our recipe page to further help you find low-salt, low-fat, low-sugar recipes.

We'll soon be reviewing this cookbook from the American Diabetes Association.
We’ll soon be reviewing this cookbook from the American Diabetes Association.

Already on the way for us to review is THE SUPER CARB DIET: Shed Pounds, Build Strength, Eat Real Food by Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper and The Complete Month of Meals Collection from the American Diabetic Association.

We also already have a copy of The Dirty Vegan Cookbook which I’ve asked noted vegetarian food blogger Jenny Frank [ok, she’s my daughter too] to review for us. Check out Jenny’s food blog, Maplehood Kitchen, for vegetarian and vegan recipes.  Continue reading “Cookbook reviews have arrived on the No Salt, No Fat, No Sugar Journal”