Low Sodium Crock-Pot Tenderloin

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Ahhh…tenderloin. A Texas staple. Typically B smokes our tenderloin for HOURS on the weekends. But what do you do if your family wants tenderloin, you’ve spent every weekend moving for a month, and you’re not a grill master? You pull out your Crock Pot of course! We all know I love my Crock Pot for ease of cooking and clean up and my first attempt at Crock Pot Tenderloin was a HUGE hit at my house.

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Low Sodium Crock Pot Tenderloin Ingredients:

  • 3 lb cut of Pork Tenderloin
  • 5 – 6 small potatoes of choice
  • 1 cup of organic baby carrots
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 1 pkg Mrs. Dash Pot Roast Seasoning Mix (my new bff)
  • 1 cup water
  • Crock Pot

Low Sodium Crock Pot Tenderloin Prep and Cooking Instructions:

  • Cut your tenderloin in half so that it will fit nicely in the Crock Pot and place it in the bottom.
  • Cut the potatoes in 2-3 pieces and place them on top of the tenderloin.
  • Place the baby carrots in the Crock Pot.
  • Cut up the celery and place it over the carrots.
  • Cut up your 1/2 onion and put it in there too.
  • Mix 1 cup of water with your Mrs. Dash seasoning mix and pour it over your meat and vegetables.
  • Simmer on low setting for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-6 hours.

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The result is a deliciously tender meat with veggies on the side and a one-pot clean up. Serve this with a side of bread and a refreshing drink for a full meal, and use the leftovers to make barbecue sandwiches the next day. I’ll be back to share that low sodium recipe later. Low sodium, easy cooking at it’s finest. What’s your favorite Crock Pot meal? I’d love to try it!

Low Sodium Pizza Recipe {Homemade Marinara & No Yeast Crust}

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Pizza is truly our family’s favorite meal. It’s one of very few meals that all 4 of us will eat because it’s completely customizable and we have 2 incredibly picky eaters in our house. We would probably order pizza every day, but restaurant pizza is typically very high in sodium and we can’t do that so I make our pizza, completely from scratch including the sauce and no yeast crust, low-sodium style. And I’ve been told, on more than one occasion by family and guests, that my Low Sodium Homemade Pizza is the best pizza on the island.

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Great pizza starts with fresh ingredients and a deliciously flavorful low sodium marinara. I make mine completely from scratch the day before in my Crock Pot, but you can use a low sodium jarred variety if you don’t have time for that. I highly recommend making your sauce for the best pizza possible.

Low Sodium Pizza Sauce Ingredients:

  • 16 Roma tomatoes
  • 1/4 red onion
  • 3-4 fresh cloves of garlic
  • 1 banana pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup fresh oregano
  • 1/4 cup light or non-alcoholic beer (optional, but it helps to break down the acids in the tomatoes)
  • 2 tbsp Mrs. Dash Tomato, Basil, Garlic Seasoning
  • Food processor or blender (I use my Ninja Blender because it makes this so easy.)
  • Crock Pot or large stovetop pot.
  • Optional for thickening: 1 can tomato paste OR 2 tbsp corn starch

Low Sodium Pizza Sauce Instructions:

  • Cut the tomatoes in half and place them in your blender or food processor, blend to sauce consistency, and pour the sauce into your Crock Pot.
  • Place the onion, pepper, garlic, parsley, and oregano in your blender and finely chop/blend. Pour that in your Crock Pot with the tomato sauce.
  • Pour the beer and Mrs. Dash seasoning in the Crock Pot and stir.
  • Simmer on low setting for 4-6 hours.

Note: If your sauce isn’t thick enough because of the water content of your tomatoes, you can do one of 2 things. You can add a can of tomato paste into the sauce because tomato paste is very low in sodium OR you can mix 2 tbsp corn starch with a little water until you get a paste and stir that into the sauce.

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Good pizza requires a good crust. I like mine flavorful and I love that my family even eats the crust instead of leaving it on their plates. My pizza crust is super simple and I don’t use yeast because 1) you really don’t need it, and 2) yeast has sodium.

No Yeast Pizza Crust Ingredients (yields 1-12″ pizza):

  • 1.5 cups bread flour
  • 2 tbsp Mrs. Dash Garlic & Herb (or any no sodium seasoning of choice)
  • 2 + 1 tbsp Olive Oil (you’ll need to separate them out)
  • 1/2 cup water

No yeast Pizza Crust Instructions:

  • In a large mixing bowl, mix your flour and seasoning to blend well.
  • Pour the water and 2 tbsp oil into the bowl and mix. I start with a fork and end up using my hands to completely blend the mixture. If it’s a little too sticky, pour in a little more flour and finish kneading.
  • Roll into a ball, pour the remaining tablespoon of oil over the ball, and place it in a covered bowl for about 5 minutes, just enough time to let the oil seep into the dough.
  • Remove dough ball from the bowl, making sure the oil is thoroughly covering it, and form into a round crust on a tinfoil covered pizza stone.
  • Crimp up the sides to form the crust to hold the toppings.
  • Before topping it, poke a few holes in the crust’s bottom, and cook on the middle rack of your oven on 425ºF for 5-6 minutes.

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Take your crust out of the oven and sauce it up. You can use as little or as much as you’d like. It’s YOUR pizza. We like ours saucy so I use a bunch.

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Top with cheese, I use a blend of mozzarella and parmesan, and then load it up with your favorite toppings. Be careful with these because this is where the sodium could really shoot up. For this pizza, I used ground turkey burger because it’s lower in fat and sodium and a lot healthier for you than its beef counterpart.

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Place your homemade, low sodium masterpiece on the middle rack of your oven and cook at 425 for 20-25 minutes until golden brown (ovens vary so you may need to increase/decrease baking time depending on yours). Slice it up and serve it piping hot with some pepperoncini peppers or a side salad.

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If you’re looking for a new low sodium, truly homemade taste experience, you really have to try this low sodium pizza recipe. It’s a little time-intensive, but it’s totally worth it. Your family and friends will be begging you to open a pizza joint after trying this pizza. It’s really THAT good. If you try this (you really should), you’ll be a convert with the very first bite.

If you love this healthier alternative to typically high sodium dishes, be sure to check out the rest of my low sodium recipes for even more healthy recipe ideas. Good-for-you food should taste good too. You deserve delicious!

The Best BBQ Shredded Beef Ever!

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I’m sure you’ve noticed that I’ve been using my Crock Pot a lot lately. I’m busy. I’m a mom with kids in school, a wife with a husband that works outside of the home and goes to school, and I work full time myself from home. Couple all of that with the move and I don’t have a lot of spare time. Turning to my Crock Pot for answers only makes sense…in my head. It’s like cheating or something and your family thanks you for it. I make a large low sodium pot roast or brisket once a week and I get 2 meals out of the deal. The first night, we have the actual pot roast and vegetables, and the next, we have shredded beef (or brisket) BBQ sandwiches. The second meal is actually their favorite and my BBQ wouldn’t be this delicious without an amazing homemade BBQ sauce, low sodium style of course.

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The secret’s in the sauce. You can have the most amazing cut of beef, but if the sauce isn’t good, neither is the meal. I found a BBQ recipe years ago that we loved, but when we went low sodium, I had to change it up and the result was even more delicious than the high in sodium variety.

Low Sodium BBQ Sauce Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp no salt butter
  • 1 cup ketchup (Tip: 100% natural Hunt’s is actually lower than low sodium Heinz.)
  • 1/2 cup beer (You can use non-alcoholic beer as well. This helps to break down the acids in the ketchup.)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup low sodium Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 finely chopped small red sweet pepper
  • 1 tbsp steak sauce

Low Sodium BBQ Sauce Preparation and Instructions:

  1. Place the butter in a large, deep frying pan and melt.
  2. Add the minced garlic, sweet pepper, and onion to the pan. Fry in the butter until tender.
  3. Pour in all of the wet ingredients and stir thoroughly.
  4. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat, and simmer for about 15-20 minutes.

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While your sauce is simmering, shred your leftover pot roast with two forks. When the sauce is ready, stir the shredded beef into the frying pan, mix thoroughly, and simmer for about an hour on the stove. The tender meat will soak up all of the flavors from the BBQ sauce and the final result will leave them begging for more. Plate this up with some pickles, fresh vegetables, and a side of bread, or just serve it on a bun, whichever is your preference. It also pairs beautifully with baked beans. This dish is perfect for family meals or to serve up at football parties.

If you love this recipe and are looking to lower the sodium in your family’s diet, be sure to look through all of my healthier, low sodium recipes. And if you want even more ideas, go check out my Low Sodium Pinterest Board where I pin healthy recipes from all over the internet. Healthy food doesn’t have to taste bad. You deserve delicious!