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One of the best things you can do for your health is to start cooking whole plant foods – naturally low in sodium – and season them with herbs and spices for natural flavor minus the sodium.

Skip the packaged, prepared foods – food manufacturers usually add more sodium than you would – and make it yourself.

Salt isn’t listed as a required ingredient in these recipes, because we want you to discover the real flavor of foods, without the addition of salt to hide them.

Chefs rarely measure out salt for a recipe.

Instead, they usually keep a saltcellar (small pot of good quality sea or kosher salt) on the countertop, and as they taste a dish, they add a pinch (or 2 or 3).

Start applying this trick to your own cooking, using these recipes as a guide.

Many are so potent in flavor, you’ll find there’s no need for salt.

Other recipes benefit from just a pinch of salt – about 1/8 of a teaspoon (288 mg of sodium) for the whole dish.

So, take the cookbook phrase “to taste” literally and taste every dish before you add any salt; let the real flavors of plant foods shine on their own.

Recipe of the Day:  Rustic White Bean and Sun-Dried Tomato Toasts

Active Preparation Time:  15 minutes

Total Preparation Time:  20 minutes

These zesty toasts, spread with bean dip and sun-dried tomatoes, are a simple appetizer for a gathering, or to go with a large crock of vegetable soup.

You won’t even miss the salt when your tongue is greeted by the intense flavors of garlic, black pepper, lemon juice, and basil.

Makes 8 servings (1 toast each)

One 15-ounce can cannellini beans, no salt added, rinsed and drained (or 1-3/4 cups cooked)

1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

2 medium garlic cloves, minced

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1-1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Eight 1-ounce slices rustic whole grain bread

8 fresh basil leaves

1/2 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes

*Use as many organic ingredients as possible.

1.  Preheat the oven to 400°F.

2.  In a medium bowl, mix together the beans, olive oil, garlic, black pepper, and lemon juice.  Mash the bean mixture with a potato masher or fork until thick and lumpy.

3.  Arrange the bread slices on a baking sheet.  Bake for about 5 minutes, until toasted and lightly golden.  Remove from the oven.

4.  Prepare each toast by spreading 2-1/2 tablespoons of bean spread onto each slice and topping it with a basil leaf and 1 tablespoon of the sun-dried tomatoes.

Note:  Prepare this bean dip in step 2, without the additional ingredients or steps, as something tasty to go with whole grain pita or fresh vegetables.

Variation:  Substitute 1-3/4 cups cooked chickpeas, lentils, or beans for the cannellini beans.

Per serving:  149 calories, 1.5 g total fat (0 g saturated), 161 mg sodium, 27 g total carbohydrates (3 g sugar), 4 g fiber, 7 g protein.

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from Plant-Powered For Life by Sharon Palmer, RDN

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