Are you a fan!

Are you ready for some football?   The Super Bowl will be happening soon in 2021.  Perhaps this year you are watching the Super Bowl at home with your family due to the pandemic.  You can still enjoy appetizer type foods and not feel guilty about “cheating” on your renal diet.  

Even if you are not a fan of football, you can enjoy the foods typically eaten at celebrations with small adjustments in recipes to make them tasty and good for you. 

What’s a Super Bowl party without meatballs?  This is one of my all-time favorite ways to make homemade meatballs.  

I hope you become a fan of these recipes!  

Homemade Meatballs

2 pounds lean ground beef

1 c. bread crumbs

1 clove fresh garlic, minced

1 med. Onion, chopped fine

¼  tsp. salt (or less)

Pepper to taste

2 eggs, beaten

1/3 c. water

Mix and form into balls. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet (with sides) at 400 degrees until done/slightly browned. Drain well. Meatballs may be frozen at once if you need to make them ahead of time. Serve with sauce of choice, preferably a low-sodium one!!

Sweet & Sour Sauce

1 can pineapple tidbits

1/3   c. vinegar

½ c. brown sugar

1 Tbsp. corn starch

¾ c. cold water

1 carrot, sliced very thin

1 small onion, cut in small wedges

1 bell pepper, sliced thin

Drain pineapple juice into a saucepan. Bring to a boil: juice, vinegar and brown sugar.  Mix water and cornstarch in a small separate bowl, slowly add to a saucepan, stirring constantly to thicken the sauce. Add carrots, onions and pepper. Cook to desired tenderness. Pour over chicken or meatballs.  Enjoy

Carol Jones


Registered Dietician

Certified Renal Specialist

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