Whether you have had a renal transplant, or are just looking to maintain good kidney health, these tasty recipes are tasty enough for everyone to enjoy. Boasting lower protein levels and decreased or obsolete salt, cooking up one of these yummy renal diet recipes can make dealing with renal diet restrictions less of a burden, and more of a tasty chow down.
1. The appetizer: Make a cucumber and carrot salad by combining ¼ cup unseasoned rice vinegar, a teaspoon of sugar, ½ a teaspoon of olive oil and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper into a bowl and whisk. Add a cup of sliced carrots, ½ of a seeded and sliced cucumber, 2 tablespoons finely chopped red bell pepper, and ½ teaspoon of Mrs. Dash Italian Medley seasoning. Toss everything together and refrigerate for 30 minutes before enjoying. Who knew renal diet recipes could be so tasty?
2. The Main: Prepare a pasta primavera that will engage and delight. Following package directions, cook ½ cup frozen baby onions, ½ cub frozen broccoli / cauliflower / carrot mix, and ¼ c. frozen chopped red bell pepper. In a bowl, mix 2 teaspoons of olive oil, 2 teaspoons of unseasoned rice vinegar, and ½ teaspoon Mrs. Dash. Separately, cook 1 cup of tri color spiral pasta. Toss the pasta and the cooked vegetables in the seasoned oil and vinegar. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve with a lemon wedge.
3. The dessert: A renal failure diet should not have to include skipping dessert, and this baked pineapple recipe is sure to please and round out your meal of renal diet recipes. To prepare, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Empty a can of crushed pineapple with juice into a bowl, and add 2 beaten eggs to your pineapple. Add 2 cups of sugar or sugar equivalent, 3 tablespoons of tapioca, and 1/8 teaspoon salt to your concoction. Pour everything into an 8X8 baking dish. Before placing in the oven, top with 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter, and sprinkle with ½ teaspoon cinnamon. Bake for 30 minutes, and serve either warm or chilled.
Dealing with renal failure symptoms doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy your meals. Talk to your health care provider about your specific dietary restrictions, and ask about renal diet recipes. It is likely that while eating most meals that are kidney aware, you won’t realize that you’re eating anything other than delicious food.