Low Sodium Baked Caesar Chicken

This is one of those recipes that when you read it you think to yourself, “Oh no; I don’t THINK so!” We honestly thought that this would turn into a soggy mess, and that the chicken would dry out, and that all other possible catastrophes would occur and rightly so! But, to our surprise, the reviews were astonishing… people were loving it! The original recipe had this general idea for pork chops, which is what we did the first time we made it. We aren’t big fans of pork, except for BACON, but we thought we could give it a try.

Surprisingly good! And a very quick fix. I turned my attention to tailoring the recipe to a low sodium chicken dish, and came up with this. It has turned into a family favorite, and even Aidan loves to eat this chicken. He begged for some even after he had finished his dinner (he eats earlier than us) and polished off about half a chicken breast! Apparently, it is working for us!

Low Sodium Baked Caesar Chicken – approx. 158mg each

  • 1/4 c flour
  • 1 tbsp Salt Free Garlic & Herb (McCormick Salt Free or Mrs. Dash)
  • 4 chicken breasts trim, wash, and pat dry – 75mg each
  • 1/2 c Lighthouse Chunky Garlic Caesar Dressing – 220mg total
  • 4 tbsp Parmesan cheese – 110mg total

Mix the flour and seasoning together on a plate and place the dressing in a shallow bowl. Coat each chicken breast in the flour, and then submerge in the dressing; remove so the chicken breast is coated completely. Place in a greased glass dish and top with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese. Bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes at 375.

Optionally, serve with Caesar salad and corn. Enjoy!

Very Low Sodium 30 Minute Dinner Rolls – 5mg each

I totally messed up a recipe. It was a quick fix burger bun recipe that I’ve been dying to try; but true to my character, I got impatient and didn’t totally read all of the directions. I’m more of a skimmer. But do you want to know the really funny thing though? I always read it back to myself after it is TOO LATE to fix anything. Seriously.

In this scenario I was attempting to make some burger buns that I had seen on pinterest; claiming only 40 minutes from start to finish! That is my type of bread recipe! However, I forgot one of the more critical parts of the bread-making processes and I didn’t allow any time for rising (they had allotted 10 minutes) which I didn’t follow, but read after they were half way through baking. Whoops.

Guess what though? They were AWESOME! And they were super cute dinner rolls which we turned into slider buns. I was as shocked as I imagine you are. I’m going to remake them later with the allotted rest time to see if it makes them better/worse (likely bigger!) but for now, I honestly think this is a keeper. And 30 minutes start to finish? That is AMAZING.

Very Low Sodium 30 Minute Dinner Rolls – Approx. 5mg each

  • 2 tbsp bread machine active dry yeast
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour

Add warm water (about 110 degrees), yeast and sugar into a bowl. Let sit and dissolve for 5 minutes. Then, add the oil, egg and flour to the bowl and mix, making a soft dough; this should NOT be sticky. Turn onto floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 3 minutes.

Divide into 12 palm-sized rolls and place on baking sheet. Bake immediately at 425 for 10 minutes or until golden and cooked throughout. Cute!

Low Sodium Applesauce Pancakes

I was raised on the good-ol’-fashioned plain pancakes, which were pretty good covered in syrup. I didn’t think about adding anything else to them until (BLS) Derrick asked if I would make pancakes with Ricotta Cheese. Weird! I tried it anyway, and it was sort of odd tasting, so I continued on with the plain […]

A Few Things to Avoid on a Roadtrip

One of the biggest challenges (and I’m sure that all fellow low-sodium-ers would agree) is travel. And the bummer is that we love to travel. But that doesn’t mean we don’t go, nor does it mean that we starve. It’s just a challenge that we are excited to overcome!

The first trip was disaster. We cooked a bunch of chicken and brought rice (that was pretty much our menu for the first couple of weeks), but the cooler didn’t keep the chicken cool enough so the chicken started to stink up the place. Also, rice is not very good by itself. All the “snack” food that we brought became entrees and, needless to say, we ran out of food fast.

The second time we resolved to buy most of our food there and use the hotel’s microwave/refrigerator to keep our food. The problem with this is that we also bought frozen food (we found a couple of microwave burritos that are low sodium) but they defrosted themselves and were useless within the first day.

Needless to say, we have become “experts” at this travel situation through many trials and errors. We have gotten much better over the years at eating out and also bringing a few of the “staples” with us. If you want to avoid eating out on a trip, or if you are going on a long road-trip, here are a few things to consider avoiding based on our experience. I will post more travel tips as our blogging adventures continue, but these are some of our biggest mistakes that I wanted to share!

Yes, he did spill that Jamba Juice EVERYWHERE.

A couple of things to avoid Taking on a Road Trip:

1) Cooler with ice – what a mess! I recommend ice packs unless you want to have all your goodies floating around in some funky colored water. Plus, where do you dump it? In the hotel’s parking lot? Leave it in the car while the valet service parks it for you? In a couple of days you will be regretting leaving it in the car because that weird water will soon become a weird smell. No thanks! The trick? Used dry ice – what a wonderful invention! Or ice packs… but we prefer dry ice!

2) Cooked Meat that is not properly packaged and/or that you plan to eat within 2 days – the beauty (and I’m just realizing this) of processed meat is that it is packed wonderfully and is able to withstand long trips without turning out bad and/or smelling. These facts are not true for meat that you pull right off the BBQ or out of the skillet and into the car. I know this is obvious now that I’m writing it out, but we’ve made that mistake once – and frankly, that was one time too many.

3) Purchasing everything while you are there – it’s difficult to find where the stores are that you need. Plus, prices are much different depending on where you are going. I would recommend taking some of the things that your “staples” and then supplement with others when you get there. Of course, this depends on if you are flying/driving and what you classify as your “staples”, but I think you get the point. (:

4) Frozen foods – Unless you are going to have a full scale kitchen at the hotel, frozen foods shouldn’t come along. They will defrost and turn out, at best, not so good.

Low Sodium Chicken Parmesan!

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The other day, Derrick and I watched a cooking video from SodiumGirl. Man, she has it together. We were joking that a “Cooking with Hicks” video of us would include Aidan running around, crackers on the floor and the two of us bumping into each other in the kitchen. Too funny! What do you think, […]

Low Sodium Dining at Five Guys!

Awhile ago we discovered that we could actually have FAST FOOD! I know that you are not believing me right now, and I certainly didn’t believe my husband as he was chomping down on a fast food burger! But after reviewing some nutrition facts, the verdict is in….

FIVE GUYS (burgers and fries) are low sodium! It is only slightly over 400mg sodium for the regular burger which has 2 patties! That also includes the bun!

So, if you have a hankerin’ for a burger and fries BLS style, grab your low sodium ketchup and head on over to your neighborhood Five Guys to get a burger, no salt fries, and soda! Just skip those salted peanuts while your waiting…

For Five Guys Nutritional Menu, click here.