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Oct 1, 2008 12:36 PM

ISO menu ideas for a stroke patient

My 47-yr-old foodie friend just had a small stroke, and cannot eat any salt, sugar, or fats per doctor's orders. She doesn't like spicy foods, so my famous spice rub is out. So far, I've grilled and smoked chicken breast sfor her, and cooked non-salted Channa with turmeric and garam masala. Can anyone suggest any other tasty menu ideas? TIA.

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  1. Hmmm - tough one. But I would suggest checking out the Mayo Clinic Cookbook. Fabulous food that may just fit the bill.

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    1. re: emmaroseeats

      Hmmm...I worked as a food stylist on one of the Mayo Clinic cookbooks years ago, and the recipes were awful. However, the basic ideas and principles were sound, and I'll definitely check out the new one. Thanks for the suggestion.

    2. There are quite a few recipes on the AHA website like this one for instance A few mods I'd suggest - Instead of using their quick cooking rice I'd use your own and omit the sugar since I think the berries would be sweet enough on their own. is a site I use a lot - it's where all the Cooking Light magazine recipes are online - and the search bar allows for modifiers like low salt/low fat. So far any recipe I've tried have been great and the reviews are usually spot on.

      Otherwise I'd suggest modifying her favorite dishes to suit what has to be a new way of eating. Leave out the salt, use more herbs/citrus, switch to lower fat options. For the days you/she don't want to cook, Health Valley makes a line of salt-free soups, Eden Foods makes their Carribean rice and beans low/no sodium:

      Hope that helps, all the best to you and your friend. :)

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      1. re: maplesugar

        Wow - what great suggestions, maplesugar. Thanks very much!