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Cooking for a sometime vegetarian with a heart condition...ideas?

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Cooking for a sometime vegetarian with a heart condition...ideas?

amyzan | May 8, 2007 04:59 PM

Hi all! Next week, I'm going to be living in a rental near the beach with family who I don't see often. Two are vegetarian and primarily get their protein from tofu, tempeh, and beans. One of these vegs. also has a heart condition and so needs low sodium in addition to the no animal fat. (He actually sneaks meat, or eats it when she's not around, but that's a whole other subject and not my immediate concern.) Another family member is in his eighties and eats low sodium, though not because of his heart. My brother is thankfully an omnivore who eats an amazing variety of food, as long as its tasty.

So, my most pressing question is this--how do I make tofu and tempeh and beans tasty without shoyu, salt, barbecue sauce, etc? Most of the ways I know to prepare them involve sodium, especially where the tofu is concerned. Please, any ideas and/or recipes would be appreciated.

Oh, and I should also say that I'm entirely fine with making vegetarian side dishes with pastas, grains, and fruits and veggies. I have several in my repertoire, and use a lot of herbs and spices to make those tasty. I just haven't figured out how to make the aforementioned protein/starch foods palatable without some sodium.

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