Spicy Vegetarian Potato Soup

Sometimes being a vegetarian can be a little tricky. If you don't eat meat for whatever reason, you really don't want to eat any kind of meat at all. That includes chicken or beef stock. That's meat. When you want comfort food like vegetable soup or potato soup, you might think you're getting a vegetarian "meal in a can", but look closely at that label. Most canned soups that you'd think were vegetarian (hello vegetable soup) actually contain beef or chicken stock. In fact, stop what you're doing and Google either one of those soups and I guaran-dang-tee you 98% of them include some sort of meat stock. Weird, right? Well, I don't use meat stock in my vegetable soups because well...it's supposed to be just vegetables and I'm a vegetarian. If you're in the same boat as me, you're going to love this recipe for Vegetarian Potato Soup. It's got a nice kick to it because I like things spicy, and it's creamy, delicious, and very satisfying all by itself. Print Spicy Vegetarian Potato … [Read more...]

Tofu Stir Fry {How to Cook Crispy Tofu You’ll Love}

Because I'm always posting low sodium recipes here that are all meat based, I'm not certain that everyone knows I'm a vegetarian. It's not something I advertise I guess and all of my family members are meat eaters, but those close to me know that I've been a true vegetarian (not vegan because I love my cheese) for 30 years now. I'm always looking for a way to add protein into my diet. I eat nuts, beans, and leafy greens, but I'm often left wanting something more substantial so I turn to tofu. Now before we continue, yes, I've heard the banter about soy being bad for me, but I've also read many more studies about the benefits of soy by dietitians and doctors than I have about the detriments. It's all about moderation and choosing the right forms of soy. Just like carbs, red meats, and other food sources that often get a bad rap, if used in moderation, soy products like tofu can actually benefit you. In fact, tofu is a good source of protein and contains all eight essential amino acids. … [Read more...]

Crock Pot Chicken Fiesta Soup {Taco Soup}

This Crock Pot Chicken Fiesta Soup got its official name from Bug. Well, more like it got its name from me because I had to entice Bug to eat it. I've made this before and she loves it, but on one particularly "difficult" evening, she decided Chicken Taco Soup didn't sound appealing. I quickly retorted that it was Chicken Enchilada Soup. She didn't buy that either. But when I cleverly blurted in an excited tone that this was now Chicken Fiesta Soup, she decided that sounded fun and that of course she would have a bowl, or two. So from here on out, this soup will forever be dubbed Chicken Fiesta Soup. It's super simple to make on the stove top or in the Crock Pot, and this lower sodium recipe is also heart healthy for an added bonus. This is seriously one of the simplest recipes I make because everything comes out of a can or a bag. I toss everything in the Crock Pot in the morning in minutes, and by dinnertime, we have a house full of delicious aromas and a one-pot meal everyone … [Read more...]

Loaded Jambalaya: A Lower Sodium Alternative

Apparently, I make a pretty mean Jambalaya. Sure, maybe it's not "pin-worthy" because I searched recipes on Pinterest and I saw some amazing photos. But I wonder...are they just pretty, or do they taste great? My food doesn't always look pretty, but for goodness sakes, I have people knocking at my door asking if I made that Jambalaya again. That's all that matters to me. Their plate may look better, but looks don't matter when it comes to the pallet. This Jambalaya right here? It's a crowd pleaser, pretty or not. I win the football party food war, and in fact, I should win the internet for this recipe! I took a combination of recipes I found online, tweaked to lower the sodium and make it in my Crock Pot so it would be a no-fuss recipe. It's actually easy to make and using a slow cooker reduces how much prep work you'll need to do. Crock Pot Loaded Jambalaya Ingredients: 1 lb cooked chicken (You can boil it or buy it precooked.) 1 lb cooked turkey sausage 1 lb cooked salad … [Read more...]

Baked Sweet Potato Chips

I'm always on the lookout for healthier, lower sodium snack alternatives for B. He loves sweet potatoes so when I saw this recipe for Baked Sweet Potato Chips, I knew I had to try it out. I'll be honest, I'm not a fan of sweet potatoes...at all..and when I tried these when they were done, I thought my attempt was a flop. But the minute he got home, he dug in and he said they were awesome. So, if you're a fan of sweet potatoes and you're looking for a healthier snack alternative, you should really try these out! This recipe is super simple and requires very few ingredients. Baked Sweet Potato Chip Ingredients: 2 sweet potatoes Extra virgin olive oil - about 3 tbsp 1 tsp low salt 1 tsp black pepper Baked Sweet Potato Chips Preparations and Baking Instructions: Wash and scrub your sweet potatoes. Slice them into thin, round pieces. Toss the slices in a bowl with the extra virgin olive oil. Sprinkle both sides with the low salt and pepper. Place in a … [Read more...]

Sweet & Sour {Low Sodium} Chicken

Sweet and Sour Chicken. It's good, right? Well your typical restaurant variety is pretty high in sodium so it's not something my family can eat often. Until now. This lower sodium Sweet and Sour Chicken recipe hit the spot and it's being added to the family meal rotation as we speak! The batter on the chicken came out awesome and the sauce was fantastic. Add in the fact that you have vegetables, some light carbs, and fruit? Heck, you can't go wrong with that! Sweet & Sour Chicken Ingredients Breaded Chicken: 2 lbs chicken tenders cut into cubes 1/2 cup bread flour 1/2 cup corn starch 1 tsp pepper 1 tsp Mrs. Dash Garlic & Herb seasoning 1/2 cup water 1 cup olive oil Cooking Instructions: Cut your chicken into cubes and set aside. Mix flour, corn starch, and spices in a mixing bowl, then add the water and stir to batter consistency. Put chicken cubes in the bowl and thoroughly cover. Heat oil in a large pan on the stovetop. Fry chicken until … [Read more...]