Touchdown Flavor: Kidney-Friendly Recipes for The Big Game

Touchdown Flavor: Kidney-Friendly Recipes for The Big Game

by | Feb 9, 2024 | Foodie Friday, Recipes

The Big Game doesn’t have to be a sideline for delicious food! With a few tweaks, you can enjoy the game-day classics without compromising your kidney health. Here are several, simple several kidney-friendly recipes perfect for this Sunday.  These are just a few ideas to get you started.

With a little creativity, you can enjoy all the flavors of Super Bowl Sunday while staying true to your kidney health (Depending on the type of your dialysis treatment). Remember: This information is not intended as medical advice. Always consult with your registered dietitian or healthcare professional for personalized recommendations.


Buffalo Wings
Foods high in protein, such as meat, poultry, and fish, can put a lot of stress on your kidneys. You don’t have to avoid them altogether, but you should watch your intake and make sure to eat other types of foods as well.

8 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/3 cup Tabasco® hot pepper sauce
1/4 cup roasted red pepper sauce
1/4 cup low-sodium tomato sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning blend
24 chicken wing drummettes


  1. Preheat the oven to 400° F.
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan.
  3. Add the hot sauce, red pepper sauce, tomato sauce, olive oil, garlic powder and Italian seasonings and stir to combine. Remove the pan from the heat.
  4. Place the chicken wings in a baking dish.
  5. Pour the sauce over the wings and bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Check for doneness.

Serve the wings hot or place in a covered warming dish or crock pot, until ready to serve.
Source: Davita


Thai Shrimp Kebabs
This recipe is suitable for many people with chronic kidney disease. However, your type of treatment and other health concerns may make it unsuitable for your particular diet. Check with your doctor to make sure it’s OK for you.

1 cup red bell peppers, 2 inch cubes
2 small onions, quartered
2 cups cauliflower, cut into florets
½ cup fresh lime juice
½ cup apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp red or green Thai curry paste
*choose low sodium if possible
½ cup olive or canola oil
⅓ cup fresh basil, minced
1 ½ lbs fresh shelled raw shrimp
*frozen shrimp is higher in sodium, use fresh if possible
8 skewers


  1. Place cauliflower florets into boiling water for 2 minutes, drain and set aside
  2. In a bowl, whisk together lime juice, vinegar, curry paste, oil, and basil
  3. Toss shrimp and vegetables in marinade and refrigerate for minimum of 1 hour, up to 12 hrs.
  4. Place shrimp and vegetables on skewer, alternating.
  5. Grill on BBQ, medium heat, for 15-18 minutes, turning once. You can also place in oven under broiler (about 4 inches from source) and cook on each side, turning once, for 4-5 minutes.

Serve with 1/3 cup rice or on top of salad greens.
Source: Puget Sound Kidney Centers


Soft Pretzels
Whip up these delicious soft pretzels that are kind to your kidneys and pack a flavor punch.

1 package dry yeast
¾ cup warm water
1 tablespoon sugar
2 cups bread flour
2 tablespoons fat-free milk
1 tablespoon sesame seeds



  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix yeast and warm water.
  3. Mix in sugar and flour. Knead in bowl until smooth, about 10 minutes.
  4. Place dough on a floured surface and divide into 12 equal pieces.
  5. Roll each piece into a rope 12 inches long. Shape each rope into a pretzel.
  6. Place on a greased baking sheet, brush with milk and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  7. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until browned.
  8. Cool on a rack.

Source: American Kidney Fund

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