Friday, November 16, 2012

Low Sodium Cooking #1

I have a new feature here on the blog all about low-sodium recipes.  Some of you may already know this, since I have mentioned it in comments on other blogs, but I have high blood pressure, and my doctor says I need to be on a low-sodium, high-potassium diet AND lose 15 pounds (at least).  So for the last couple of weeks I've been focusing on eating healthier and cooking more, and have lost 3 1/2 pounds so far.  Yes, a lot of that is probably water weight, but I'm pretty happy.

So I've decided to share my weight loss journey and post some low-sodium recipes that I have found on the Internet, probably once or twice a week.

The first recipe is for:

Creamy Italian Pasta Salad with Tuna

  • 2 cups whole-grain rotini
  • 1/2 cup fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 2 TB Parmesan cheese
  • 2 TB fresh chopped basil (or 1 TB dried basil)
  • 1 TB red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. dried mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 can (6 oz) canned tuna in water, drained
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

1. Cook rotini according to package directions, then rinse in cold water and set aside.

2. In a small bowl, combine, yogurt, parmesan cheese, basil, red wine vinegar, mustard and garlic.

3. Combine with pasta and add tuna and tomatoes.  Chill until ready to serve.

Sounds simple, right?  To add more potassium to the dish, serve it over a bed of spinach. 



  1. I found you via Paula's blog hop.This is great I can't wait to see more recipes you share. This one looks yummy! Visiting from

  2. Hi there. The current Food on Friday is all about pasta and noodles! There is already a great collection of dishes but it would be great if you linked this in. This is the link . Have a good week.

  3. Oh man...I'm starving and this looks delicious! I make one so very similar it's almost scary :)


    1. Thanks Lanaya! It was pretty good, but I miss the mayonnaise I'm used to in other pasta salads.

  4. My son has high blood pressure, and he is on a very low sodium diet too. You're doing great losing weight..

  5. Thanks for linking in to Food on Friday: Pasta and Noodles. We are getting a fantastic collection of all things pasta and noodles.
    I am now signed up to follow you. A follow back to Carole's Chatter would be wonderful – or are you already following? Cheers

  6. Jamie - how kind of you to follow Carole's Chatter back. Have a great week.

  7. Wonderful recipe and beautiful photography! Found you through Paula's No Rules blog hop. I'm now following with GFC. You might like my photography blog at

    Tina - American mom raising 4 kids in South Africa, author of 4 blogs and sharing a 5th one with Hubby

  8. This recipe sounds like it would be easy and taste good. I am guilty of using the boxed pastas which are rather high in salt...

  9. Good for you on the new dieting venture :) It's one-step-at-a-time!

    Thanks for linking up with my NO RULES Weekend Blog Party!!


  10. This is perfect for my father-in-law too, who was just ordered to a low-sodium diet. Thanks for sharing!

    I'm visiting you from the No Rules Weekend hop.