Yummy Delicious (and Kid Friendly!) Low-Sodium Cookbook

About Bless Your Heart:

My long-awaited low-sodium cookbook has finally arrived! Now you can own this collection of over 80 recipes designed to make your heart happy and your taste buds even happier. You will learn how to make ...

Bavarian Pot Roast
Almond-crusted Salmon
Pepper Beef Stroganoff
Chicken Carbonara
Texas Sheetcake-style Brownies
Carrot Cake

and much, much more! You won't feel as though you're sacrificing a thing by making the decision to lower your sodium. Instead, you'll be eating delicious food, your family will be happy, your time spent in the kitchen will be minimal, and the whole time, you'll be coming closer to your heart-health goals.

 I'm thrilled Tristi Pinkston's low-sodium cookbook, Bless Your Heart, is coming out! I had the priviledge of test kitchening some of her recipes. Oh, so, so yummy! Our family favorite is the Cashew Chicken. My daughter has asked me for the last three years to make it for her birthday dinner. She absolutely LOVES it! 

So yes, the recipes are not only delish, but totally kid friendly. 

I also got to pick Tristi's brain in a short interview . . .

Tristi, I know you're a prolific fiction author and have published in multiple genres. Now you're diving into the non-fiction realm. What prompted you to put together a cookbook? 

A couple of years ago, my doctor suspected I might have Meniere’s Disease, which is an excess of fluid in the ear and causes vertigo and hearing loss.  One of the ways to treat excess fluid is to go on a low-sodium diet, which I lived for a month.  The recipes I found online were all hard to make, expensive, and time consuming, and I decided that the only way to survive it was to make my own recipes.  In the end, I didn’t have Meniere’s Disease, thank goodness, but I had a whole bunch of great new recipes, and I decided to share them with others who might be looking for alternatives to eating cardboard the rest of their lives.

Why are low-sodium recipes important to you?

There are two reasons.  First, going low sodium helped me out with many of the health problems I’d been having, such as headaches, nausea, and muscle pain.  Second, when you have too much sodium in your diet, you are stressing your heart and your kidneys.  With heart disease taking lives every single day, I want to share the news that you don’t have to be a statistic, that you can protect your heart and live a long, healthy life by watching what you eat.

How do your kids feel about the low-sodium meals? What's their favorite recipe?

My kids were a little hesitant at first.  But as they tasted more and more of my creations, they began to realize that it wasn’t torture, and then they realized that hey, this food was actually really good.  It was a process for them, though, as it always is with kids.  They like the pasta dishes the best, and they really like the Texas Sheetcake-style Brownies.

If you had to choose just one recipe in the book to keep and the rest would be deleted forever from your hard drive, which would you choose?

I hope you’re not predicting the future and trying to warn me that a calamity is about to befall me … I think I would choose the Carrot Cake.  It’s really, really good. I mean, really good.  You haven’t had carrot cake until you’ve had mine, and you’ll never know you’re eating low sodium.

Uh oh. My hubby loves Carrot Cake. I see a new birthday cake request coming! What was the best part about putting together this cookbook?

Well, tasting all the food, of course!  But in addition to that, I loved finding things that I could eat and that I would enjoy eating, and then anticipating how I could help others who are also searching for answers.

Where is the cookbook available to purchase?

It will be on Amazon.com shortly.  But for now, you can preorder by sending me an e-mail at tristipinkston AT gmail.com.  You get over eighty delicious recipes for just $9.99 plus shipping.

Thank you, Tristi!

You can find out more info about Tristi's books on her website.

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Tristi Pinkston said...

Thanks for the interview, Danyelle!