Easy To Make Casseroles For Kidney Disease

Hi there! This is Mathea Ford with
Renal Diet HQ and today I’m coming to you to talk about Renal Diet recipes
again and making casseroles. Something that’s really easy to put together and
freeze ahead of time, are casseroles that you can then take
out and put in the oven to make for an hour so and you’ve got a full meal
because you have a starch or a pasta and your vegetables and your meat and it’s
all put together in one dish. So you just add a salad or you add a little soup
next to it and you’re good to go. I wanted to talk about how you can kind of
make your own casserole recipes because I think it’s fun to use the ones we can
find but I also think what if you have five or six things in your refrigerator
and you’re like I’d like to make a casserole I know that just never occurs
really usually. You’re able to eat [you know] based on how much your kidney
disease is. So you’re able to eat a certain amount of protein. That’s where
you probably want to be the most concerned. Depending on if you have a
phosphorus or potassium restriction but pre-dialysis, you’re going to try to go for
like a half a gram of protein per kilo. [so you know] If you weigh 75 kilos which
is about 160 pounds then 75 kilos so then you’re going for about [now I got to
add and figure] it’s at about 35 to 40 grams of protein a day. So you’re going to
try to get just one or two ounces of meat per serving. Think of your
casserole dish and depending on how big it is, how big is your portion that
you’re going to want to have because your biggest concern is protein. If you’re
going to say for example, you got like a 9×9 casserole dish and you’re
going to cut it into fourths. If you’re going for about 2 ounces of protein per
section, that’s [2 times 4] is 8 ounces of protein, eight ounces of ground
beef, eight ounces of the chicken shredded or beans
count as protein as well. So that’s your biggest part of the recipe that you’re
concerned about. Get that out of the way, figure out how
much meat you’re going to put into it. And then the next step is to add chopped
vegetables so you’re thinking about low potassium, high potassium or not so if
you’re not on a potassium or phosphorus restriction you put tomatoes in there if
you want you put [you know] citrus if you feel like it. If you are, then you watch
and you know you’re trying for green beans or peas or trying to think like
zucchini, peppers, onions – those types of things. Put those in there. You’re going to
put in starchy rice or like noodles. So whole grain pasta, you can even use
biscuits if you’d like just put biscuits on top.
Biscuits can be kind of salty so you got to watch that. So you’re putting your
meat in there your vegetables and your pasta, some sort of liquid so I just came
out, I’ll be on September 7th. You’ll have a low sodium vegetable broth that you
could put in there with it and you could make a vegetarian lasagna or
casserole if you like because you have vegetable broth, you’d have noodles and
you’d have just veggies and maybe some beans.
You can put some cheese, a little bit of crackers, maybe some chopped nuts which
are good for you, have healthy fats in them, mix it all together.
So you just looked in your fridge and you’re like “I have some peppers and
onions and zucchini and broccoli and I have some beans in the fridge and I also
have some rice.” So, you put that all together, add a little bit of vegetable
broth and you’re off to the races mix it up and bake it for about 30 to 45
minutes at about 350 degrees. Obviously,
noodles or rice you’re going have pre-cut them. They’re going to
absorb some more of that like vegetable broth or whatever you put in there. So
you can under cook them slightly so they continue to absorb that and not get like
really [yucky asabi sokka soggy] So today, I just wanted to
give you a quick guide to doing like your own casserole. Obviously, this is how
most casseroles are made. [You know] a lot of people just add things together. So if
you are doing like a a Mexican type casserole, you could add some cumin, a
little bit of cayenne, a little bit of garlic powder, onion powder and and a
little bit of maybe fajita meat and then you could layer it with tortillas, add a
little of liquid in there so you could do a little bit of the broth or juice to
kind of give it some sogginess together to kind of make it mesh. You could use
rice, rice would be excellent in a Mexican or that type of meal but just do
that. Try it out. [You know] if you make a casserole for with that small like 9×9
pan and you cut it into four portions, it’s just you and one other
person then you take that other half and you either eat it the next day or you
freeze it so you can freeze that dish, you can freeze. What I like to do is put
like a layer of plastic in there, in the dish, freeze it in the dish and then you
can pop it out of the dish with the plastic and stick it in a container a
little like ziploc bag then when it’s time to cook it
you pop it out take the plastic wrap off and you’re you’re ready to go put it in
the dish and cook it so then you’re not storing your dishes and you’re not
having the thaw beforehand to get it into the dish. That’s what I love about
that flexibility. So try those types of things the other
things you can do is have some like dishes like plasticware that’s about
the same size as your casserole dish and freeze in that do the same thing type pop
it out. Make sure you do a little bit of pan spray on that plastic wrap so it’s
easy to get off because you don’t want to cook plastic it doesn’t taste very
good. Have a great day! Head on over to renaldiethq.com and at the top of the
page there’s four buttons. You pick if you’re pre dialysis, if you have diabetes
or your diet, you are on dialysis or you just want more information and please
share this video and give me some comments below and let me know I got two
more days and let me know what you’d like to hear about. Thank you!

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