Help! Need ideas…..


something beside boring broccoli

My good friend Shirley had heart valve surgery last week and just got home from the hospital.  I want to take her dinner tonight, but having a hard time coming up with a menu.  She isn’t allowed sodium or sugar – along with obvious other stuff like cheese, eggs and butter.

I had bought all the stuff to make a delicious chicken tortilla soup yesterday, but was appalled by all the sodium packed into that innocent looking soup.  The Ranch Beans alone contained more sodium that she is allowed in a month – not to mention the Rotel tomatoes and picante sauce… So I took it to my Super Bowl party last night instead. (I guess we’ll all be having by-passes after eating that salt laden soup and cheesy Mexican cornbread.)

Well, what in the world is there left?  Since I can’t cook without salt, butter, cheese and eggs, I’m at a loss of what to take her other than a big bowl of steamed broccoli, hold the parmesan!  Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.  Thought about a marinated pork tenderloin, but pork just sounds mean for someone who just had heart surgery!

Idea anyone – especially if you’ve been cooking for a heart patient?

6 thoughts on “Help! Need ideas…..

  1. Some grilled chicken with a bit of seasoning might be good, or any kind of grilled fish. I personally recommend some fresh fruit like apples or bananas — good for you and sweet enough to enjoy!

  2. Emily, I have been looking for a Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe. Would you share yours? Blessings Dear One, Christ’s Peace and Boomer love, pris

  3. Thanks Brian – went with the chicken – Believe it or not, she can’t have fruit either. Apparently the kind of surgery she had induces temporary diabetes. This was Shirley Carley in case you didn’t know – but she’s going great.

    Priscilla – here’s the Tortilla Soup – recipe ripped out of an old issue of American Profile which our paper includes with Sunday edition:

    Incredible Chicken Tortilla Soup

    2 T. Olive Oil
    1 large onion, chopped
    2 medium carrots finely chopped
    2 T minced garlic
    3 cups low – sodium chicken broth (I make my own with a few celery leaves and onion tossed in with the chicken while it boils – no salt)
    1 can diced tomatoes (I use Rotel)
    1 cup mild picante sauce
    1 can Ranch-style beans undrained
    1 can black beans rinsed and drained
    1 cup frozen whole kernel corn
    1 tsp ground cumin
    1/2 tsp. black pepper
    1/2 tsp. dried oregano leaves
    1/2 tsp. chili powder
    1/8 tsp paprika
    2 cups chopped cooked chicken breasts
    1/4 chopped cilantro
    Tortilla chips, optional
    Slices Avocado, optional
    Shredded Cheddar cheese, optional
    sour cream – It says optional but I think its crucial

    Cook onion in olive oil til transparent, increase heat to high and add broth, tomatoes, picante sauce, beans, corn and spices. Bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 30 minutes. Add chicken and cilantro and cook until thoroughly heated. Ladle into soup bowls and top with other goodies. Serves 6 easily.
    (310 calories, 8 g. fat, 23 h. protein, 31 grams carbs, and 8 g. fiber. (1250 grams sodium!)

  4. Mirepoix sauteed in olive oil or canola along with some basil or thyme makes a great seasoning for chicken and fish. JPaul was on low sodium for our entire marriage and now I have Daddy. No soy sauce, worchestershire, Dale’s or any canned foods and most frozen entrees! You can use a bit of soup for seasoning… a tablespoon or so of mushroom soup is a good sauce base as is crem of chicken. Once you get going, it’s not too hard. Lemon juice is good too, especially on broccoli!

  5. If anybody knows chicken – it should be you! Forgive my lack of sophistication, but what is mirepoix. I love the sound of it – just kind of rolls off your tongue. Is it plant or animal and where do you get it. I swear, I’ve heard that term before but thought it was some kind of clothing.

    Fill us in….

  6. It the classic Cajun trinity, onions, bellpepper and celery. You can buy it already chopped and frozen at your local Kroger! I hate chopping onions. Someone told me it was originally carrots instead of bellpepper, but that must have been the French version…as in France, not Louisiana!

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