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Recipes for Dietary Restrictions

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recipes, gluten free recipes, recipes for celiac, recipes for crohn's, recipes for heart disease, recipes for arthritis, recipes for immune conditions, recipes for diabetics, recipes for IBS, soft food diets, low sugar diets, low salt dietsAs you age, foods may taste different.   In fact, as you age, your are likely to start losing taste buds. You were born with approximately 10,000 taste buds, but after middle age, that number starts to gradually decrease. We typically experience five basic tastes: sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and umami, or savory.   Of your four taste sensations, sweet, salty, sour, and bitter, sweet and salty are often the first to go.  So at the very least, you may over-salt your food, which could cause your blood pressure to rise and put your hearth health at risk.  In addition, medications and/or medical conditions may restrict your diet.  As you lose taste with age and endure changes in diet due to medications or medical conditions, it can cause a loss of appetite, weight loss, poor nutrition, weakened immunity, and in extreme cases, even death.  But there are easy healthy dinner recipes for seniors with these challenges.  There are also general cooking suggestions that can help.


  • Share mealtime and make then fun by hosting extended-family dinner, have a potluck dinners, and go to community meals.
  • Be sure to eat food when it is at the proper temperature for maximum enjoyment.
  • Use more herbs and spices to add flavor without adding more salt that can increase your blood pressure.  For Italian foods, add more basil; for Mexican, American and Asian dishes, add more cilantro; for Italian and Greek food, add more oregano; and for Indian food, add more turmeric.
  • Be sure to eat when you enjoy eating, which does not have to be at a traditional meal time.  Unless directed otherwise by a healthcare professional, eating and enjoying your food is more important that when you eat. But you should be certain to consume a healthy diet each day.
  • You can prevent the boredom of the same old thing by trying something new.

Check out this great site: http://www.eatthismuch.com/.  It allows you to plan your meals with options to change the salt, carbohydrate, protein and fat intake and then auto-generates and sends you a shopping list.  You can even apply food filters and request a price range.

There are some easy healthy recipes even on a restricted diet.  For days when you do not feel like cooking, front door delivered special died home cooked meals for those who are on dialysis, need low sodium, seek renal friendly food, and/or are diabetic, are available at MagicKitchen.com Special Diets.  Links to some recipes, categorized by dietary restriction, are listed below.

Recipes for Diabetics

http://allrecipes.com/recipes/healthy-recipes/special-diets/diabetic/ http://www.diabetes.org/mfa-recipes/recipes/

Sample Recipe: 

Chicken Fiesta Salad



Original recipe makes 4 servings

2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

1 (1.27 ounce) packet dry fajita seasoning, divided

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 (11 ounce) can Mexican-style corn

1/2 cup salsa

1 (10 ounce) package mixed salad greens

1 onion, chopped

1 tomato, cut into wedges

: 10 mins

30 mins

: 40 mins


  • Rub chicken evenly with 1/2 the fajita seasoning. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat, and cook the chicken 8 minutes on each side, or until juices run clear; set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, mix beans, corn, salsa and other 1/2 of fajita seasoning. Heat over medium heat until warm. 

Prepare the salad by tossing the greens, onion and tomato. Top salad with chicken and dress with the bean and corn mixture.


MagicKitchen.com has Diabetic Meals for front door delivery of special diet home cooked meals.  

Visit here for Diabetic Food Gifts.


Celiac Disease Dishes

http://www.celiac.com/categories/Gluten%252dFree-Recipes/ http://www.thedailygreen.com/healthy-eating/eat-safe/gluten-free-girl-gallery#slide-1

Sample Recipe

Bacon Swiss Cheddar Cheese Dip



12 slices quality smoked bacon, cooked, chopped

1 cup (8 ounces) cream cheese

¾ cup shredded Cheddar cheese

¾ cup shredded Swiss cheese

½ cup mayonnaise

1½ tablespoons Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon horseradish, prepared

4 scallions, chopped



In a mixing bowl, whip the cream cheese with an electric mixer.

Fold in and lightly mix the mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, horseradish, cheddar cheese, bacon and scallions.

Serve hot or cold.

To heat, place in an oven proof container and bake at 400°F for 10 minutes or until bubbly and warm.

Look here for Gluten Free Food and Groceries.


Recipes for High Blood Pressure

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes_menus/collections/high_blood_pressure_diet http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HighBloodPressure/Low-Sodium-Recipes_UCM_306800_Article.jsp  

Sample Recipe
Glazed Sweet Potato Cubes
Cooking spray
2 tablespoons chopped pecans
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 pound sweet potato(es) (about 1 large), peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes


Cooking Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly spray a 1 1 /2-quart shallow baking dish with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the ingredients except the sweet potato cubes. Add the cubes, stirring to coat. Arrange in a single layer in the baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil.

Bake for 40 minutes, stirring halfway through. Stir again. Bake, uncovered, for 15 minutes, or until the cubes are tender and the glaze has thickened and sticks to them.


Recipes for Seniors With Difficulty Digesting Meat Products

My dad found meat to be more difficult to handle when he was going through chemotherapy for cancer.


Sample Recipe

Green Enchilada Casserole


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2 T fat-free vegetable broth
1 C chopped onion
2 C diced zucchini
2 C packed fresh spinach, coarsely shredded
1 C frozen whole kernel corn
1½ C enchilada sauce (18 oz jar)
12 6″ corn tortillas
2 C shredded fat-free monterey jack or jalapeno-jack soycheese
¼C fresh cilantro, finely chopped 

Cooking Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Heat broth in skillet. Add zucchini and onion and cook 5 minutes or until golden and tender. Add spinach and corn. Cook and stir until spinach is soft. Layer ½C enchilada sauce in 3-qt. shallow baking dish. Place 6 tortillas, overlapping as needed to cover bottom of dish. Spread with half of remaining enchilada sauce. Top with vegetable mixture and half the cheese. Top with remaining tortillas and enchilada sauce. Bake 20 minutes. Top with remaining cheese and bake 5 minutes or until cheese melts. Cut into 6 squares and garnish with cilantro.

6 servings, each 173 calories

Recipes for Those with Heart Disease

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/recipes/heart-healthy-recipes/rcs-20077163 http://www.heartfoundation.org.au/recipes/pages/default.aspx  

Sample Recipe

Apple-Blueberry Cobbler

Apple-Blueberry Cobbler

Serves 8


2 large apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
12 ounces fresh or frozen blueberries

For the topping
3/4 cup all-purpose (plain) flour
3/4 cup whole-wheat (whole-meal) flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons cold trans-free margarine, cut into pieces
1/2 cup fat-free milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat the oven to 400 F. Lightly coat a 9-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, add the apple slices. Sprinkle with lemon juice.

In small bowl, combine the sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon. Add the mixture to the apples and toss gently to mix. Stir in the blueberries. Spread the apple-blueberry mixture evenly in the prepared baking dish. Set aside.

In another large bowl, combine the flours, sugar, baking powder and salt. Using a fork, cut the cold margarine into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the milk and vanilla. Stir just until a moist dough forms.

Turn the dough onto a generously floured work surface and, with floured hands, knead gently 6 to 8 times until the dough is smooth and manageable. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a rectangle 1/2-inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes. Cut close together for a minimum of scraps. Gather the scraps and roll out to make more cuts.

Place the dough pieces over the apple-blueberry mixture until the top is covered. Bake until the apples are tender and the topping is golden, about 30 minutes. Serve warm.


Recipes That Help Arthritis


Sample Recipe

Quick and Easy Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin Soup

Servings: 8

Total Time: 55 min

Prep Time: 20 min | Cook Time: 35 min

Pumpkins are an excellent source of beta-cryptoxanthin, a powerful anti-inflammatory. Pair that with ginger, and you have a potent recipe for arthritis relief. Serve this with a fresh green salad for a healthy lunch or as the first course of a holiday dinner.



1 cup chopped onion

1 1-inch piece gingerroot, peeled and minced

1 clove garlic, minced

6 cups vegetable stock, divided

4 cups pumpkin puree

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon chopped fresh thyme

½ cup half-and-half

1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley


Cooking Directions:

In a large soup pot over medium-high heat, cook onions, garlic, and ginger in ½ cup vegetable stock until tender, about 5 minutes.

Add pumpkin, remaining 5½ cups stock, salt, and thyme. Cook 30 minutes.

Using a handheld blender, puree soup until smooth.

Remove soup from heat and stir in half-and-half. Serve sprinkled with chopped parsley.


Recipes for Crohn’s Disease Sufferers

http://www.crohnsandme.com/diet-and-nutrition/crohns-recipes.aspx http://www.nomorecrohns.com/delicious-recipes.html  

Sample Recipe

Date Scones

Date Scones

The skim milk powder in the recipe increases protein and calcium content for people who are recovering from a Crohn’s disease flare-up.

A low-fiber variation can be made by leaving out the dates and switching the whole-grain flour to white flour.

Makes about 12 scones


  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, or ginger, or a mixture of all
  • 2 cups self-rising whole-grain flour
  • 1 ounce canola margarine
  • 1 cup pitted dates, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup skim milk powder

Cooking Directions:

Preheat oven to 375° F. Combine spices and flour, and then cut in the canola margarine. Add chopped dates, sugar, and milk. Stir until combined, then turn onto a floured cutting board and gently knead the dough. Divide the dough into 2 parts and roll each into a sausage shape. Cut each dough sausage into 6 equal pieces. Place pieces on a greased and floured baking sheet, spaced to allow for rising. Bake in the oven for about 8 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 325° F and cook for another 5 to 7 minutes.

Serve hot. Try cutting in half and adding a light spread of canola margarine or raspberry jam on each half.


Soft Food Recipes

Often used following surgeries and dental work but also good for those who have difficulties chewing and/or swallowing.

http://www.enjoyyourcooking.com/tag/soft-food http://jeanetteshealthyliving.com/category/soft-food-diet-2  

Recipes to Boost the Immune System


Recipes for Patients Undergoing Cancer Treatment

http://www.cancer.org/treatment/survivorshipduringandaftertreatment/nutritionforpeoplewithcancer/nutritionforthepersonwithcancer/nutrition-during-treatment-recipes http://www.cookingwithcancer.org/recipe_index.asp