Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Low Sodium, what????

Okay, so recently (like today) I was diagnosed with Bell's Palsy. Unfamiliar? Well, it's a type of facial paralysis. Yep, the entire right side of my face is completely numb. My tongue is numb. I have a droopy eye and lip! I'm quite a sight! So, my doctor, this incredibly wonderful Iraqi woman, calls me up and gives me the results of my head CT scan. "Everything is normal". The cause for concern is my blood pressure! Ugh! So, I hear the words "Low Sodium". Do you know what it's like for a cook to hear the words Low Sodium? Reminiscent of a death sentence verdict. At least life in prison or maybe just no parole. Shush your mouth!

Okay, so what in the world is my palate going to experience? Sheesh, perish the thought. So, I start reading every label in the kitchen. What's for dinner tonight? Well, let me tell ya!

1 Cup organic shiitake mushrooms sliced
1/2 onion sliced
2 Tablespoons of minced garlic
Saute in a skillet with just a touch of olive oil.

2 beautiful petite sirloin steaks.
Dressed in a little coarse black pepper and garlic (no salt of course)
Cooked to Medium

Luckily, I had just bought some groceries including some fresh spinach. In another skillet, I added a touch of olive oil and a pat of butter. Added my spinach until it wilted nicely on medium heat. Spinach works fast! Added some garlic and pine nuts (which are quite literally the seeds of pines, but not so nutty I'm afraid. They have a soft texture and flavor of a bean, but they are GOOOOOD with spinach. I Just toasted them lightly. Then, fresh squeezed lemon juice to brighten up the spinach. YUM!

Served with a side of white rice and our dinner was quite tasty. Now to research some more low sodium alternatives!

Eventhough it's hard to eat and drink and I spent my morning and part of the afternoon at the hospital, I prepared a delicious dinner for my family in about 30 minutes!

1 comment:

Scrapping Julie said...

WOW! sorry about the new diagnosis. you sound like you will stay on the positive side though and with meals like this you will never miss sodium!!