• Chef offers healthy ideas: Five spices to use instead of salt


    (MyFoxBoston.com) – It's National Kidney Month. One in nine Americans are battling chronic kidney disease. Eating healthy when you have dietary restrictions can be challenging. Chef Aaron McCargo has some healthy ideas. For more information about kidney disease and dialysis and for all of Chef McCargo's recipes, visit www.ultracare-dialysis.com.

    From Bland to Bold - Five Spices to Use Instead of Salt:

    1. Chili powder* – tastes great in chili or taco meat flavoring. Also try adding it to rubs.

    2. Smoked paprika – adds a deep brown color to bread-crumb casserole toppings, barbecue rubs or to seasoning blends for sauteing or searing any proteins. Also adds a great smoky flavor to marinades.

    3. Lemon zest – adds a lively taste to bread crumbs, breaded chicken tenders and fish sticks or to renal-friendly vegetables like eggplant or string beans. Also great in dressings and marinades, or mixed with dry spices and used as a rub for broiled or baked seafood.

    4. Dried oregano – enhances the flavor of scampi sauces and combines well with lemon zest. Gives steamed vegetables or tossed salads a fresh, earthy taste and aroma. Or add it to fajita seasonings, along with chili powder, cumin, cayenne, and lemon zest.

    5. Italian seasoning* – a blend of thyme, oregano, and basil is great for finishing off sauces such as stroganoff or gravies. Works well on baked, grilled, or sauteed proteins with lemon zest and a little oil. Or add it to lemon zest, juice, and olive oil to make dressings or marinade.

    *Most brands are salt-free, but check to be sure you're using a salt-free product.

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