If you have high blood pressure or kidney disease, reducing salt and sodium intake is a must. The best way to be in control of your salt consumption is to eat at home.
That may be easier on the weekends, but Monday to Friday is hectic so how do you pull it off? How do you manage cooking from scratch in the limited amount of time that most of us have at the end of a workday?
For many of us, use of some convenience food coupled with a limited amount of scratch cooking is a great way to get a meal on the family table with limited time and energy. But finding low sodium and salt-free convenience foods has been difficult. They are not readily available in your local grocery store.
As a Registered Dietitian (RD) with a goal of preparing healthy meals for myself and my family, I look for foods that are both low in sodium and easy to prepare. I learned many years ago that frozen vegetables are usually processed without salt or sodium, so I have used frozen vegetables as a dinner base.
Convenience Foods In A Slow Cooker
And for some meals, I want even more convenience so I pull the slow cooker out of the cabinet.
Slow cookers make healthy eating during the week so much easier by offering a way to prep meals in the morning prior to work or even in the evening before.
Recently, I discovered a group of products that offer convenience for the slow cooker along with great taste, variety and no salt. And many of the products are organic and gluten free!
Additionally, the boxes have recipe suggestions for added variety using the ingredients as a base. This line of Purely American products can be one answer for eating kidney-friendly and hypertension-friendly with great taste.
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Here is one super-easy and tasty slow cooker meal to get you started . . .
Southern Style Pork Chop
- Slow cooker gourmet Memphis Blues Pork Chop Dinner Mix
- 1 lb boneless pork chops (cut into ¾ inch pieces)
- 15 ounce can no salt diced tomatoes
- ½ cup Mr. Spice Honey BBQ sauce
- ½ tsp cayenne red pepper
- 5 cups water
- 3 cups cubed red potatoes
- Sort through and rinse the beans.
- Spread beans across the bottom of the slow cooker.
- Layer pork evenly over the beans.
- Layer the potatoes evenly over the pork.
- Sprinkle the contents of spice packet evenly over the top of the layered ingredients.
- Combine tomatoes, BBQ sauce, cayenne pepper and water in a small bowl. Pour over the layered ingredients. Do not stir.
- Place lid securely on your slow cooker.
- Turn on slow cooker and cook on low for 8-9 hours.