Every occasion brings an opportunity to make healthy choices for your kidneys. These kidney-friendly recipes provide a tasty way to enjoy your meals while taking care of yourself.

What you eat is just important as how much. People with kidney disease need to watch their potassium, phosphorus, sodium, fat and protein intake. Prepared, pre-packaged foods tend to be high in sodium, contributing to hypertension and making extra work for your kidneys. Overindulging in unhealthy snacks can quickly put on the pounds, adding to the risk of developing diabetes which, in turn, can lead to kidney disease. (However, it is important for those with kidney disease to make sure they get enough calories to remain healthy.)

Recipe: Sharon's Chinese 5 Spice Carrots

Recipe: Sharon's Chinese 5 Spice Carrots

This low-sodium side is so easy to make, we almost don't need a recipe! Chinese 5 Spice is a blend of cinnamon, cloves, fennel, star anise, and Szechwan peppercorns. It is guaranteed to add zip and is an excellent salt-alternative seasoning. Try a little at first and add more to your taste. Sharon's Chinese 5 Spice Carrots Makes 4, 1/2 cup servings Calories: 53; Potassium: 195 mg;[Read more]
Recipe: Low Sodium Deviled Eggs

Recipe: Low Sodium Deviled Eggs

Easter is just around the corner and what could be a more appropriate appetizer than deviled eggs? This low sodium version is on the tangy and sweet side. If you're in a pinch, but need an easier way to fill the eggs, remember you can always fill a ziplock baggie with the mixture and cut the corner for a makeshift[Read more]
Recipe: Marilyn's Low Sodium Coleslaw

Recipe: Marilyn's Low Sodium Coleslaw

Eating kidney-healthy doesn't mean you have to give up your favorite comfort foods. It does mean watching your sodium intake - dialysis patients have to limit their intake to less than 2,000 mg a day (which is less than a teaspoon worth of salt). Here's a yummy recipe from a dialysis patient for a simple, low sodium coleslaw that'll fool anybody. Marylin's[Read more]
Recipe: Trish's Low Sodium Chicken Fajitas

Recipe: Trish's Low Sodium Chicken Fajitas

In honor of World Kidney Day, we've found a fast recipe for chicken fajitas that will make you forget all about salt. Cumin and chili powder are the heroes of this dish, making for a very tasty meal that's low in sodium. Doctors recommend dialysis patients limit their sodium intake to less than 2,000 mg a day - that's less than a[Read more]
Recipe: Summer Antipasto Pasta Salad

Recipe: Summer Antipasto Pasta Salad

  Do you have a potluck coming up? Did you volunteer to bring a side? Are you still deciding what to bring? Did you wait until the last minute? Well we've got good news for you! Here's a great idea for a side that's delicious, easy (there's only 2 steps!!!), and kidney-friendly. Let's make an Antipasto Pasta Salad. Antipasto Pasta Salad Makes: 8, 1[Read more]
Recipe: Strawberry Fool

Recipe: Strawberry Fool

Summer is here! The sun is out and it's hot. You  feel the sweat beginning to form on your brow and you start thinking of all the cool treats you know you shouldn't have: ice cream, an ice cold cola, a milk shake. But never fear! We've got a kidney-friendly dessert that will totally nip those cravings in the bud. Introducing the Strawberry[Read more]
Vegetables and Rice Skillet

Vegetables and Rice Skillet

  Vegetables and Rice Skillet Makes 3, 3/4 cup servings Calories: 135; Cholesterol: 5 mg; Carbohydrates: 28 g; Potassium: 160 mg; Calcium: 26 mg; Fat: 2 g; Sodium: 20 mg; Protein: 2 g; Phosphorous: 60 g; Fiber: 1 g Source: Creative Kidney Cooking for the Whole Family By Rebekah Engum, RD Ingredients 1 medium onion (chopped) 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 2 medium carrots (sliced) 2 cups cauliflower (flowerets) 1 cup uncooked rice 2 garlic[Read more]
Roasted Tofu and Vegetables

Roasted Tofu and Vegetables

Roasted tofu with sweet red pepper, onion and mushrooms in a balsamic oregano marinade 16 oz. extra firm tofu, drained 3 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar 2 tsp. olive oil 2 Tbsp. sugar 1 clove garlic, minced 1/2 tsp. oregano leaves, dried and crushed 1 sweet red pepper, quartered 1 medium onion, quartered 4 medium mushrooms, quartered Chopped fresh parsley for garnish Cut tofu in half vertically, then horizontally. Drain on several layers of[Read more]
Chicken Salad

Chicken Salad

Chilled chicken salad with celery, green onion, sweet pickle and fennel. Serve on low-sodium crackers, a bed of lettuce or sandwich bread. Chicken Salad 1 c. cooked chicken, chopped 1/4 c. celery, chopped 2 Tbsp. green onion, sliced 3 Tbsp. mayonnaise 1 tsp. sweet pickle, chopped 1/8 tsp. ground fennel 1/4 tsp. granulated garlic 1/4 tsp. salt (optional) 1/4 tsp. black pepper Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Chill and[Read more]
Steak Chili

Steak Chili

Hearty steak chili with green chili peppers, oregano, cumin and bay leaf Steak Chili 2 1/2 lb. beef round steak, cubed 1 clove garlic, minced 3 Tbsp. cooking oil 1 1/2 c. unsalted beef brown stock (or a little more if necessary) 2 tsp. dried oregano, crushed 2 tsp. sugar 1 - 2 tsp. cumin seed, crushed 2 bay leaves 1/2 of 4-oz. can green chili peppers, chopped, seeded and mashed 2[Read more]
Cauliflower Soup

Cauliflower Soup

Easy, vegetarian cauliflower soup with onion, celery, carrots, and Herbs de Provence Cauliflower Soup 3 c. water 1 c. frozen cauliflower, chopped 1/4 cube low-sodium chicken bouillon 1/2 medium onion, chopped 1/4 c. celery, chopped 3 baby carrots, sliced 1/8 tsp. Herbs de Provence or dried basil 1 Tbsp. mayonnaise 3 Tbsp. cream cheese 1 Tbsp. margarine 1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. pepper 1/3 tsp. granulated garlic 1 Tbsp. flour (to thicken) 1 Tbsp. margarine (to thicken) Microwave[Read more]
Chicken Asparagus Linguine

Chicken Asparagus Linguine

Chicken asparagus linguine with garlic and olive oil in a white wine, lemon and Parmesan sauce Chicken Asparagus Linguine 6 oz. uncooked linguine 1 small onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 2 tsp. unsalted butter 1/2 lb. fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces 1/2 lb. chicken breasts, cooked and cubed 2 Tbsp. white wine 2 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese, shredded 1 Tbsp. lemon juice 1/8[Read more]
Creamy Chicken Mac

Creamy Chicken Mac

Creamy chicken mac with mayonnaise, cream cheese and elbow macaroni Creamy Chicken Mac 4 oz. cooked chicken breast, cubed 2 Tbsp. margarine 2 Tbsp. flour 1 1/2 c. water 1/4 cube low-sodium chicken bouillon 2 Tbsp. cream cheese 1 Tbsp. mayonnaise 1/2 tsp. onion powder 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper 1/4 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. garlic powder 3 c. cooked elbow macaroni 1 tsp. lemon juice (optional) Add margarine and flour to a skillet and[Read more]
Lemon Cranberry Muffins

Lemon Cranberry Muffins

Lemon cranberry muffins made with sour cream, lemon zest and sweetened dried cranberries Lemon Cranberry Muffins 3/4 c. unsalted butter, room temp 1 1/2 c. sugar 3 large eggs 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract 1 c. sour cream 1/4 c. fresh lemon juice 1 T. lemon zest 2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour 2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. baking soda 3/4 c. sweetened dried cranberries Heat oven to 350° F. Spray muffin pans[Read more]
Protein Bars

Protein Bars

Crunchy protein bars with oats, puffed rice, brown sugar, dried cranberries and butterscotch chips Protein Bars 5 Tbsp. Body Fortress whey protein powder 2/3 c. old-fashioned oats 2/3 c. unsweetened puffed rice cereal 6 Tbsp. brown sugar 6 Tbsp. unsweetened applesauce 2 Tbsp. dried cranberries 2 Tbsp. butterscotch chips (optional) Preheat oven to 400° F. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl to form a stiff mixture. Spread[Read more]
No Sugar Added Chocolate Chip Cookies

No Sugar Added Chocolate Chip Cookies

No sugar added chocolate chip cookies, made with liquid sugar substitute and semi-sweet chocolate chips No Sugar Added Chocolate Chip Cookies 1 cup flour ½ tsp. baking soda ¼ tsp. salt ½ cup margarine or butter 4 tsp. liquid sugar substitute ½ tsp. vanilla 1 egg, beaten ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips Preheat oven to 375° F. Sift together dry ingredients. Cream margarine and add sugar substitute, vanilla and egg,[Read more]
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Frosted Lemon Cookies

Frosted lemon cookies made with egg substitute, vanilla, lemon juice and powdered sugar Frosted Lemon Cookies ½ cup margarine 1 cup sugar 2 eggs or ½ cup low-cholesterol egg substitute 1 tsp. vanilla 2 cup flour ½ tsp. baking soda ¼ cup lemon juice 1 ½ cup powdered sugar 2 Tbsp water ½ tsp. lemon extract Preheat oven to 375° F. Cream margarine and sugar in a mixing bowl until light and[Read more]
Cherry Berry Pie

Cherry Berry Pie

Cherry berry pie recipe with almond extract and ready-made pie crust Cherry Berry Pie Ingredients 1 cup canned, unsweetened cherries, drained, juice reserved 1 cup canned unsweetened raspberries, drained, juice reserved ¾ cup reserved cherry and raspberry juices (if necessary add water to make ¾ cup) 1 Tbsp. cornstarch ¼ tsp. almond extract Pastry for a two-crust pie, raw In a small saucepan, combine juices, sugar and cornstarch.[Read more]
Apple Cake with Warm Honey Sauce

Apple Cake with Warm Honey Sauce

Moist apple cake with lemon juice and nutmeg, and a warm honey sauce with lemon peel Apple Cake with Warm Honey Sauce 1/3 cup lemon juice 3 cup apples, peeled and diced 3 Tbsp. margarine ½ cup sugar ½ cup honey 1 egg 2 cup flour 1 tsp. baking powder ½ tsp. baking soda ¼ tsp. nutmeg 2 ½ tsp. cornstarch ½ cup honey 1/3 cup water 1 Tbsp. grated lemon peel 3 Tbsp. lemon juice 1[Read more]
Shrimp Scampi Linguine

Shrimp Scampi Linguine

Shrimp scampi with olive oil, garlic, white wine, lemon juice and herbs, served with linguine Shrimp Scampi Linguine 1 Tbsp. olive oil 1 clove garlic, minced ½ lb. shrimp, peeled and cleaned ¼ c. dry white wine 1 Tbsp. lemon juice ½ tsp. basil 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley 4 oz. dry linguine Heat oil in a large skillet. Add garlic and shrimp. Cook and stir until shrimp turns pink.[Read more]