Each recipe will tell you how many protein and vegetable exchanges a serving will provide. None of the recipes contain high quantities of dairy or potatoes and as such will not affect your daily allowance.
Check your diet sheet to see what your allowances are.
All the recipes are kidney friendly and do not include ingredients that are high in potassium, phosphate or salt. If they are low in fat they have been marked low fat. The allowances (exchanges) are in keeping with the Irish Nutrition & Dietetic Institute (INDI) renal diet sheet.
4 medium, hard-boiled, peeled, chopped
3 tbsp mayonnaise
1 tsp ground black pepper
8 slices white bread, lightly buttered
¼ bunch cress
Per portion: 1 sandwich (or 4 small triangles).
This dish provides 1 protein exchange.
12 butterhead lettuce leaves (60g)
8 slices cucumber (48g)
1 tbsp fresh mint
4 tbsp fresh lemon juice (80ml)
400g roast chicken breast
4 small white pitta breads
Per portion: 1 small round filled pitta. This dish provides 1/2 portion of vegetables and 3½ protein exchanges. This is a low fat dish.
Serves 4 (8 skewers)
400 g leg of lamb, cut into 1 inch cubes
1 red, 1 green pepper, stem and seeds removed and cut into 2.5 cm cubes
2 red onions peeled, quartered and divided again (16 pieces in total)
For the marinade
2 tbsp olive oil
Juice of half a lemon
1 garlic clove, crushed
You will also need 8 skewers. If you are using wooden skewers, soak them in water for 30 minutes prior to use. This helps to stop them from burning. If you are using metal skewers, take care as they will get very hot!
Mix the ingredients for the marinade together in a bowl. Add the lamb, cover and leave to marinade in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
Thread alternate pieces of lamb, pepper and onion onto your skewers to make approximately 8 kebabs
Cook on a hot bbq for 10-15 minutes, depending on how you like your lamb, turning regularly.
Serve with pitta bread.
If preferred or if the weather isn’t befitting a bbq, you can cook the kebabs on a grill or griddle pan.
Per portion: 2 kebabs provides 3 protein exchanges and 1 vegetable exchange
To serve (to make 4 portions)
Mix the ingredients for the burger together in a bowl.
Divide the mixture into 4 large or 8 small patties
Cook the burgers for approximately 15 minutes or until well cooked through
Serve with side salad as above and a burger bun or ciabatta roll as desired
Per portion: 1 beef burger with side salad provides 31/2 protein exchanges and 1 vegetable exchanges
Boil the rice until cooked, drain and allow to cool.
Once cooled, tip the rice into a bowl.
Add the pepper, pineapple, and pepper
Stir in the dressing and serve
Per portion: salad provides 1 vegetable exchanges
Joanne Walsh, Senior Clinical Nutritionist, St. James’s Hospital, Dublin.
Gillian Quinlan, Senior Dietitian, Mid Western Regional Hospital, Limerick