It’s been a long week since we last chatted and I miss you. Almost as much as I have missed bagel bites. And this is meant to be a compliment.
You know, bagel bites. Those small nuggets of processed dough and cheese, topped with hard chunks of sausage-ness.
I loved bagel bites. And in my childhood, they were a symbol of one thing: studying for final exams.
My mother tried to keep a somewhat healthy household. But dear old dad would always sneak in KFC on a Sunday or take-out any other day. And I quickly learned that if you could find a good reason for it, then wonderfully tasty, super processed food would find its way to the table.
Clearly, the high-stress environment of cramming AP US history into one’s adolescent brain demanded the presence of such goodies. And thus, my love affair with the bagel bite began.
But once sodium-heavy foods and almost all packaged goods were cut from my salt-free, safe list, so were those dear junk food treats. And because they are so salty and processed, I never even considered trying to recreate them for my new low-sodium diet. How could I? What a silly idea.
That is, until I was gifted a mini-doughnut pan.
Now most people would use a mini-doughnut pan to make doughnuts. Sweet doughnuts. Small ones. Which I did–so stay tuned next week for a salt-free carrot coconut cake doughnut recipe.
But I also used it to make savory doughnuts. And of course, the no-longer-silly, salt-free bagel bites.
Ground pork. Tomato paste. Dried basil and oregano. Salt-free garlic and chili powder. Salt-free dreams turned into a doughy (and addictive) reality.
They were tasty. Like pizza, but smaller.
And while I’m still tinkering with the recipe, as I’m not yet satisfied with the texture (it’s a bit too dense for my junk food palate), I am completely excited about pushing another low-sodium boundaries. What once seemed impossible is now not far from my low-sodium reaches. And that makes me happy. And full.
So while you wait for my kitchen notes to be perfected, I want to direct you to another site for good information, good recipes, and good low-sodium outlooks.
Meet Dishy. Here.
She’s a fellow salt-free super hero who is tackling her own low-sodium diet as a result of Meniere’s Disease.
Not only does Dishy come up with stellar low-sodium dishes, she’s actually started writing awesome profiles of fellow low-sodium eaters. And I’m honored to have been recently included.
If you’ve ever thought you were alone in this low-sodium life, her interviews are a wonderful reminder that there are a lot of us out there. Ready to support each other. Guide each other. And make bagel bites to share with each other.
So this weekend, here’s your homework: Head over to Dishy (here) and take a bite of her low-so good food as well as the amazing community she has gathered.
And then, think of the bagel bite and do one thing to defy your low-sodium boundaries. Maybe that is exploring the wild aisles of the corner drug store until you find something safe and salt-free to snack on. Or maybe it is making a mini pizza.
Whatever the adventure, you’ll be surprised at what you might discover. And how good this low-sodium life can be.