This is my way of dealing with my husband’s new low sodium diet – by coming up with new ways to eat without using salt or high sodium ingredients. Macaroni and cheese was out, because cheese has too much sodium unless it’s something a little on the bland side like lower sodium Swiss. So, I kicked it up with a Hot Sweet Pepper Relish and Kapow it was tasty without much sodium. This casserole had plenty of veggies, the creaminess of a good mac n cheese, and a nice kick to it. My husband had trouble backing away from the bowl even after eating two plates of it.
This is a much lower calorie version since we can’t use a lot of cheese, and it’s not as thick as a lot of other macaroni and cheese recipes. I like to add a veggie to my mac and cheese too, so this one had sauteed cabbage and leeks. I found a low sodium brown rice bread. The bread was too dry and bland for a sandwich, but toasted, ground up and sauteed in a little butter …Diana
Borscht, a winter stew, has a long tradition in Russia and Ukraine. This recipe is from Cook Wild: Year-Round Cooking on an Open Fire by Susanne Fischer-Rizzi. I made this dish for dinner, and it was very delicious. It is vegetable dense, with lots of red beets turning everything a bright red, and very pretty. This stew has a lot of steps to it, so you will be close to the fire cooking for a good amount of time to prepare, but it’s worth the time you put into it. Though it serves 6 – 8, there are only 3 of us, so we had it for two meals, Yay for leftovers!
Borscht – Winter Stew Print Prep time 1 hour Cook time 2 hours 30 mins …
This stew is one of the best combinations for using up the veggies in your garden. The cabbage, potatoes and tomatoes all came from the vegetable garden. I would have had onions too, if my daughter hadn’t pulled them and thrown them into the composter with the weeds. The garlic, onions and sweet italian sausage (bison) all came from the farm market. The rest I had in the cabinet. It didn’t take long to prepare and was ready as soon as the cabbage was wilted enough. Lots of great flavor in this meal, you’ll love it.
- 1 lb sweet Italian sausage
- 1 onion sliced in half and then into slivers
- 2 cloves garlic smashed
- 8 small potatoes scrubbed and sliced in half
- 1 /3 head of cabbage rough chopped
- 2 cups whole tomatoes and juice – smooshed
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 1/4 tsp basil
Spray a skillet with cooking spray, and cook the sausage with onions and smashed garlic. Halve potatoes and boil in a small pot of water until al dente, not soft. Throw rest of the ingredients …