Sodium-savvy living does not mean you have to eat bland foods. I certainly am not a gourmet cook, but I had to rethink my preparation of foods for my beloved and me. As you may remember, Mark was in the hospital for a week last year, and we had to switch to a low-sodium diet. Believe me, I have learned so much about sodium in foods and drinks. I call myself now the sodium-savvy lady. And I love to share what I have learned. So, here is the quick recipe of my Southwest Tuna Salad.
What you need:
2 cans of very low sodium tuna (StarKist), Green Onions, couple of Sweet Mini Peppers (by Wilson Produce), ¼ cup of No-Salt Sweet Corn, ¼ of Organic Black Beans (Fry’s/Kroeger Brand), Mango Tequila Jalapeno Sauce (by Earth & Vine), Extra Virgin Olive Oil (light – your favorite brand), Pepper (4-Corn Pepper Blend by Penzeys is my personal favorite), Red Chili Pepper Flakes, and Low Sodium Tortilla Chips (I get On-The-Border)
Drain the water of the tuna and flake it so you do not have big chunks. Chop the green onions, sweet peppers and add to the tuna. Rinse the corn and the organic black beans, add as well to tuna. In a small bowl, combine the Mango Tequila Jalapeno Sauce with the extra virgin olive oil. Use a ratio of two parts of the sauce and one part of the EVOO. Rub the Red Chili Pepper flakes in the palm of your hands to release the oils (don’t touch your eyes after this process – wash your hands first – trust me on this). Add the pepper flakes to your sauce/EVOO mixture. Pour the mixture over your tuna salad and mix well. Chill at least for 2 hours. Serve with your favorite kind of Tortilla Chips (check the sodium content on the back of the package)
The recipe is for two people and two lunches. You may need to adjust the quantity of tuna, and the rest of the ingredients. And from my experience: the salad tastes better the second day.
Honestly, you don’t know how much sodium we consume each day until you have to change your diet. If you want to reduce your sodium intake, please read the labels of the products you are buying. You will be surprised how much sodium is in the products we purchase every day.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope to share more recipes in future.’
Love & peace,
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