Christmas Cookbook review — The Organic Heart

Heart disease has been called the silent killer, but it’s also the sudden, often unexpected killer. You can be feeling perfectly fine one moment and have a heart attack or stroke the next without any warning, or at least without any warning you recognize. Believe me, I know, having had two stents implanted in my clogged arteries in the past five years.

So any cookbook that starts with a tale of heart disease is sure to get my attention and The Organic Heart is just such a book. The author’s husband was a seemingly healthy young man when heart failure struck. She determined to aid in his recovery by creating new gluten-free, dairy free, “clean food” recipes to cook for them both are the result is this cookbook and its website.

If you know anyone who is worried about gluten and/or dairy, this would be worth a look for you, it could be a great Christmas gift.  Continue reading “Christmas Cookbook review — The Organic Heart”

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More low-salt, low-fat Thanksgiving side dishes

Turkey day is almost here and lots of you already have come to our site searching for low-salt turkeys and low-salt stuffing recipes. We also have recipes for low-salt side dishes, but went looking for more and found some that sound tasty in a big Thanksgiving roundup done by Bon Appetit magazine.

Roasted carrots with red onions, fennel and mint is the first. I’m not usually a giant mint fan, but here I might make an exception…or I might just leave out the mint along with leaving out the added salt recommended here to make this a low-salt recipe.

Here’s what you’ll need:

2 pounds small carrots (about 2 bunches), peeled, cut into 3-inch pieces
2 large red onions, each cut through root end into 8 wedges
1 fennel bulb, cut into ½-inch wedges
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper  [leave out the salt]
2 tablespoons raw sunflower seeds
1 teaspoon coriander seeds, coarsely chopped
½ teaspoon Aleppo pepper or a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
½ teaspoon Hungarian hot paprika
2 tablespoons Sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons torn mint leaves

I normally link to the original page but some readers have complained about that, so here’s the instructions as well: Continue reading “More low-salt, low-fat Thanksgiving side dishes”

Know what a paillard is? Me neither, but this one sounds tasty

It sounds incredibly simple and quick, plus now you have a new word for your cooking vocabulary.

Chicken has become my go-to meat choice now that I’ve had two stents put in during the past five years. And I’m constantly searching for more ways to cook it, as you can see on my recipe page. I recently saw this recipe for chicken paillard and I thought, what is a paillard and is it tasty?

Bon Appetit magazine seems to think it is, and for the record, a paillard is simply a piece of meat pounded flat, usually between two pieces of wax paper. Continue reading “Know what a paillard is? Me neither, but this one sounds tasty”

Salmon so simple anyone can make it

Some people shy away from cooking fish at home because they think it too complicated. But eating fish at restaurants often means getting more salt and fat added than you want or need. So check my recipe page for a variety of fish recipes I think you can handle. Or start with this simple yet tasty way to make salmon at home.

My lemon salmon. I used leek instead of scallions and it came great. I loved the garlic flavor.
My lemon salmon..

Salmon is a great fatty fish, with what’s being called good fat these days, so enjoy it in place of steak or other meats you once ate but are giving up now because of “bad” fat concerns. Continue reading “Salmon so simple anyone can make it”

A year of no salt, no sugar, no fat recipes just for you

We’re getting more than 5,000 views a month this year, on average, and January was an all-time record month for us, so thank you, thank you, thank you. And keep coming back for more, we’ll be searching out and modifying recipes to get out the salt, fat and sugar this year as well, continuing our mission to improve how people eat.

Our no salt, no fat, no sugar recipe page is by far the most popular items on our blog. People who search for no salt, no sugar recipes (fat doesn’t seem as important for many given all the recent debates on good and bad fat), find us as the No. 2 unpaid search result!

One of our many no salt, no sugar recipes. We cut the salt and sugar to a minimum, along with the fat.

So, in the interest of giving everyone more of what they want, we just added a year’s worth of recipes to our no salt, no fat, no sugar recipe page. We’ve also segmented the page so you can zero in our poultry recipes, seafood recipes and vegetarian options.

And then scroll down to our side dishes and special holiday meals. Continue reading “A year of no salt, no sugar, no fat recipes just for you”

Let’s talk heart attacks for a minute…just a minute

The WebMD list has 16 triggers, as if the AARP list isn’t worrisome enough, that starts with lack of sleep and moves on to migraines (also on the AARP list), cold weather, air pollution and strong emotions!

Regular readers of my blog know I began this after having angioplasty to open an 80% blocked artery very close to my heart. Doctors told me I did not have a heart attack but had come very, very close on the day when I felt the pressure on my chest and it seemed like air had stopped reaching my lungs.

A graphic view of angioplasty
A graphic view of angioplasty

So while this blog is about eating no salt, no sugar, no fat recipes and no salt, no sugar, no fat restaurant meals, if you can find them, I continue to watch news about heart disease. Recently two different e-mails came to me listing heart attack triggers, one from AARP and the other from WebMD. Continue reading “Let’s talk heart attacks for a minute…just a minute”

Happy 2017! Here are food trend predictions for the year

Happy 2017 low-salt, low-fat, low-sugar eating everyone, I’ll be writing about more predictions in coming days, so check back.

A new year always brings with it a bevy of new food predictions. It’s difficult to read anything food-related this week without seeing some prediction or another. I’ll be reviewing some of those here with an eye toward salt, fat and sugar, since most food outlets never do that.

MY matzo pizza...the matzo has no salt, no or sugar in it, a great base for salt-free tomato sauce and fat-free cheese.
My matzo pizza…the matzo has no salt, no or sugar in it, a great base for salt-free tomato sauce and fat-free cheese.

First to focus on, Bon Appetit’s Charcoal, Old-School Pizza, and Every Other Food Trend You’ll See in 2017.

The headline says most of it, old-school pizza is coming back. That means high-fat and high-salt pizza. I’d say skip it in favor of my two low-salt, low-fat pizza recipes, you can find by clicking here and here.

The same article says cauliflower will be the new “It” veggie. I hope not, I can’t stand it. Also, watch for something called nutritional yeast.  Continue reading “Happy 2017! Here are food trend predictions for the year”