I’ve been modifying recipes to low or no salt

Since George’s heart surgery I have been experimenting with low to no salt recipes for him.  Yes, this is something I should have done for myself after my own heart attacks, but we all know how that goes. It is far easier to do things for others than for ourselves.

Now, I’m a Southern girl…born and bred in Virginia, from a LONG line of Southern women…and we tend to use far too many ingredients that are just plain bad for one’s heart.  Things like lard for the fluffiest biscuits ever created…fats and butter in our gravies…and we have gravies for everything.

Poor George has been eating my cooking for over 30 years, so all those fats and salts made their way into his blood vessels until they simply wouldn’t work.

So, of course, I started to work out how to make my chicken or beef gravies and cut out all (or most) of the bad stuff while keeping the flavor.

Here’s my take on them…by they way? They taste wonderful!

Beef gravy:

1 2/3 cups cornstarch

6 Tablespoons of low salt beef bouillon

4 teaspoons instant coffee (no this isn’t wierd!)

2 teaspoons onion powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon each of paprika and black pepper

Mix all together and store in an airtight jar. use 3 tablespoons mix and 1 1/2 cups of water. heat to a boil stirring constantly. simmer one minute.

This mixture makes enough mix for 24 servings.


Chicken gravy:

1 2/3 cups cornstarch

6 tablespoons low sodium chicken bouillon

1/2 teaspoon of each: pepper, garlic powder, rosemary, sage, marjoram, onion powder.

Mix all together and store in airtight jar. Use 3 Tablespoons and 1 1/2 cup water. Bring to a boil stirring constantly. simmer one minute.

mix makes 24 total servings.  This is a “light” recipe. For more “color”, add 1/2 teaspoon browning liquid as it comes to a boil.


If ya’ll are real lucky, I just might share my Taco and Greek seasoning with you later on! You’ll never go back to the packets again!

4 thoughts on “I’ve been modifying recipes to low or no salt

  1. Suze, sounds good. Reducing salt is difficult because as we age the taste buds don’t perk up like they once did. I look forward to more healthy eating ideas. I’ve never been a big fan of gravies, but that taco seasoning could be exciting.

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  2. okay…will post that for ya tomorrow!


  3. I haven’t used salt in my cooking for years. I’ve heard of adding coffee to gravy but never done it.

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