As I’m going to be doing the cooking for my friend, I need to know how to cook for a Post Cardiac patient.
A quick review of online recipes seems to be reduced to:
1) Eliminate salt.
2) Cut way back on fat.
3) Minor the starches, but some is OK.
4) Increase the seafoods (especially fin fish, shellfish not so much) in place of red meat.
It looks generally like poultry is neutral (though skin removed is preferred) and lots of vegetables especially fresh (so no canning salt).
It generally also looked like whole wheat was preferred in pasta and breads; and dairy was cut back though not gone (Parmesan cheese in particular was in some recipes. I’m presuming it’s OK but things like high fat cheddar or Monterrey Jack are out?
Any further ideas or guidance / pointers to pages appreciated. I’ll be asking the Dr. for any handout they might have.
At present, I’m thinking salads with olive oil / vinegar vinaigrette (and losing the cream dressings) and sushi look like “adds” while BBQ chicken w/skin on is “out”. Then a slow cooker “chicken & vegetable” pot but without the “cream of” soup. So a bunch of celery, carrots, onions, skinned chicken pieces, some spices and pepper… With about 1/2 the usual chicken to vegetable ratio as in my usual version. Sound about right?
Or is that ‘low salt’ thing ‘so last decade’? I’d heard a story that some folks have salt issues and for them it matters, but most of us are not salt sensitive so it does nothing to us. But I’ve never followed up on it. Ought I be picking up some “no salt’ KCl salt substitute? Or just forget it?
It looks like assuring mono-unsaturated oils is a “good thing” and both solid animal fats and very long chain polyunsaturated fats “have issues” – though different issues. So I’m thinking just buy a 1/2 gallon of olive oil and be done ;-)
Well, I have until about Friday to prepare, so time to do some homework. I found a few recipe places on line, but they didn’t say much about the theory behind their recipes. I’d rather know a bit more about the ideas behind it and less “paint by numbers”.