Beef stew and fall days

We worried that we would miss out on the usual, Fall/Winter comforts foods.  Soups and stews that just warm you from the inside out.    We need worry no more.   Swanson and Kitchen  Aid have no salt added and reduced sodium broths; beef, chicken and vegetable.  I prefer we use the no salt version as there is only 140mg of sodium per 1 cup serving.  The reduced sodium still have between 300-400mg of sodium per 1 cup serving.

I have used them to make the Chicken Stew Provencal (recipe posted), Chicken Dumplings, and Beef Stew.

Here is the Beef Stew Recipe, adjust as your own taste and preference dictates:

2lbs stew beef, cubed, coated in flour and brown only, do not cook through.
Veggies you like in your stew.  We use celery, potatoes, onion, and carrot.
Enough water and broth, (about 2 cups each depending on the sodium of the broth) to cover your veggies and browned stew meat.
1 t low sodium Worcestershire sauce
1/2 t dried marjoram
1/2 t dried oregano
1 bay leaf

Add all ingredients to your stew pot or crockpot, and boil gently till veggies cooked. Add additional seasonings as desired to taste and simmer. Serve with whatever is your desire; bread, crackers, etc.

Comfort foods ala low sodium

We can haz bacon!!!

Zippidy doo dah, zippidy-a, my oh my what a wonderful day!!! Its the truth, its actual, everything is satisfactaul.   Low sodium bacon is a reality and we have proof right in our tummies!!!

Farmland low sodium bacon has only 190 mg per two slices.  Old Rooster is doing his happy rooster dance.  And so is Phathen.  Bacon is one of the hardest things we’ve had to give up.  We never ate it a lot, but once it was taken away, it really impacted us.

Cooked breakfast this morning with 2 slices each and it was heaven.  I highly recommend this low sodium bacon even if you do not have any diet restrictions.  It tastes very good and is good for you and your blood pressure.  No help on the cholesterol level, so if your diet restricts that, sorry, this can’t help.

Plan to use it when we fix a pot of beans and now Old Rooster can have a bacon hamburger!!!!!  He even found a low sodium cheese, white cheddar, called Helluva Cheese through healthyheartmarket.com

Go to this website to see what Farmland offers.  http://www.farmlandfoods.com/products/lower-sodium-bacon.html  We found it locally at Albertsons.

Unfortunately for us, the low sodium sausage is still to high in sodium for Old Rooster to have.  But we haz bacon and we be happy!