So what about Sodium Restriction.

Posted: January 17, 2011 in Recipes

I am my dad’s in home caregiver (unpaid) and have been since 2003.  My dad has a lot of medical challenges, the largest being he likes all the foods that are not good for you if you have heart disease, diabetes, COPD.  I am responsible for making sure he gets what he needs, but also he enjoys what he is eating.

The Challenge is to make foods that do not  have to much sodium, sugar or  unnecessary ingredients that are just not good for a person.  In the last year it has been very difficult to find good recipes online or in books with low sodium, low sugar and not a lot of  fat that taste good all in one recipe.

Don’t get me wrong, their are some good ideas for recipes from vegetarian diet sites, but I need to be able to make regular food.  We shouldn’t have to become vegetarians to be able to eat food that is healthy and not full of salt, sugar and fat.

When I say low,  my dad’s sodium intake has to be 2000mg or less a day.  An example of a meal that doesn’t meet these criteria would be a dinner at a  restaurant, ex.  hamburger and fry’s contains up to 1500 mg or more depending on sauce, cheese and seasoning.  So you can see the dilemma. That meal contains 3/4ths of his whole days requirement for sodium.

The only thing I can do is make everything from scratch.  I scour the internet for recipes that I can modify.  I recently found a great recipe for Cheesy Chicken Parmigiana Casserole.  I had to make some changes to meet the low sodium requirement, my dad loved it, and the recipe was enough to make for dinner and also put some in the freezer for another meal as well as being budget friendly.

Lower Sodium Cheesy Chicken  Parm

2 cup cooked Rotini/ or any noodle you like

12 oz of chicken ( I used premade chicken nuggets cut into 1/4ths )

3 cups tomato sauce (you can use a bottled sauce if need be)

1 cup shredded Mozzarella

Preheat oven to 350, cook noodles, coat noodles with sauce, add in 1/2 cup mozzarella and chicken pieces and coat as well, sprinkle top of casserole with remaining cheese and bake for 15 to 35 minutes, till cheese is melted and brown.

I hope you enjoy this, let me know:)

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