Healthy Curry Tofu Scramble With Peas

This Renal Diet Breakfast – Healthy Curry Tofu Scramble With Peas, is a low-potassium recipe that is a great addition to your daily diet. It is diabetes-friendly, heart-healthy, and good for your kidneys.

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Healthy curry tofu scramble with peas

Peas and kidney disease

Green peas are generally considered safe for people with chronic kidney disease (CKD), but individual dietary needs can vary widely.

People with CKD may need to monitor their diet closely, including their intake of potassium, phosphorus, sodium, and protein. While peas do contain these nutrients, they are typically not as high in potassium and phosphorus as other foods like bananas or potatoes. However, the exact amount of peas (or any other food) that would be appropriate in your diet depends on the specifics of your kidney health.

Why is this a kidney friendly recipe

This is a low-potassium recipe, with only 132 mg of potassium in each serving. This is good if you have hyperkalemia and need to follow a low-potassium diet.

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients are recommended to eat a low-protein diet to stop their kidney disease from getting worse. This recipe has 10 grams of protein per serving, which is low and fits with the low-protein diet recommended for CKD stages 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 (without dialysis). All of this protein is from plant-based sources and has all nine essential amino acids, which makes it a good choice for all stages of CKD as well as dialysis.

There are 81 mg of phosphorus in each serving of this recipe. Since this is a plant-based recipe, only 10–24% of the phosphorus in it is absorbed by your body. Effectively, that is about 8 mg to 18 mg of phosphorus that will be absorbed, which makes this recipe a good choice for managing hyperphosphatemia.

The sodium content of this recipe is moderate. Each serving of this recipe has 244 mg of sodium. If you want to further lower the sodium in this recipe, then don’t add salt.

Additionally, this recipe is also high in vitamin B12. Each serving of this recipe contains 27% of the daily value for vitamin B12. Most people with kidney disease are deficient in vitamin B12, which plays an important role in hemoglobin production. Because of the role that vitamin B12 plays in hemoglobin production, kidney patients who are deficient in vitamin B12 are also likely to develop anemia.

Some examples of foods that contain vitamin B12 include:

  • Beef liver
  • Clams
  • Nutritional yeast, fortified
  • Salmon, Atlantic
  • Tuna
  • Milk
  • Yogurt
  • Egg, whole
Healthy curry tofu scramble with peas - great for kidney disease
Healthy curry tofu scramble with peas – Great for chronic kidney disease (CKD)

Are peas good for diabetics

Yes, peas are generally good for people with diabetes. They have a low glycemic index, which means they have less of an effect on blood sugar levels compared to foods with a high glycemic index.

Green peas also contain fiber, which can slow the absorption of sugars and help regulate blood sugar levels. Furthermore, they provide several important nutrients, including vitamins A, K, and C, and are a good source of plant-based protein.

Why is this a diabetes friendly recipe

This recipe only has 23 grams of carbohydrates per serving, which is a moderately low amount. What’s more is that there are 4 grams of fiber per serving, which is high.

Keeping your carbohydrate intake moderate and eating complex carbohydrates that contain fiber is a good way to keep your blood sugar levels stable.

Why is this a heart healthy recipe

To keep your heart healthy, you need to pay close attention to how much total fat, saturated fat, and dietary cholesterol you eat.

Each serving of this recipe has 6 grams of total fat, which is moderately low and good for managing high blood cholesterol levels.

This recipe contains low amounts of saturated fat. Each serving of this recipe has only 1 gram of saturated fat. This recipe doesn’t contain any dietary cholesterol as it is completely plant-based. To lower your risk of heart disease, it’s best to eat a diet low in saturated fat and dietary cholesterol.

This recipe contains a moderate amount of monounsaturated fat. Each serving has 13% of the daily value of monounsaturated fat. Scientists have found that a diet high in monounsaturated fat lowers the chance of getting heart diseases like strokes and heart attacks.

Healthy curry tofu scramble with peas
- great for diabetes & heart
Healthy curry tofu scramble with peas – Great for diabetes & heart health

Ingredients

Your can easily find the ingredients for this kidney friendly breakfast recipe in any supermarket. This recipe is a great substitute for scrambled eggs and helps to reduce the consumption of animal protein, which are harder for the kidneys.

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Healthy curry tofu scramble with peas – Great for chronic kidney disease (CKD)
  •  Olive oil: I have used olive oil. However, use any vegetable oil that you have on hand.
  • Seasoning: Add curry powder, salt, and black pepper to make this recipe better tasting.
  • Spring onions: Spring onions add a nice flavor to this recipe.
  • Garlic: I have used 1 clove of garlic in this recipe, but feel free to add another clove to make the flavor bolder.
  • Nutritional yeast: Just like tofu, nutritional yeast is another great plant-based protein option. It add an umami flavor to this recipe.
  • Turmeric: Turmeric gives a bright yellow color to this recipe. Turmeric contains an antioxidant called curcumin, which helps to reduce inflammation, improves memory, and lowers the risk of heart disease.
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healthy curry tofu scramble with – Curry powder, spring onions, salt, pepper, turmeric, oil, nutritional yeast, and garlic
  • Frozen peas: Frozen peas are another source of plant-based protein and are high in fiber, which is helpful in maintaining gut health. If you are not a fan of peas, you can substitute mushrooms for them. 
  • Firm tofu: Firm tofu works great for this recipe. Tofu is a great addition to a kidney diet because it is a plant-based source of protein that has all the essential amino acids.
  • Bread: I have chosen whole wheat bread, but feel free to use whatever you have and you like.
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healthy curry tofu scramble with peas ingredients – Bread, frozen peas, and tofu

How to make curry tofu scramble with peas

Here are the steps to make this easy, renal diet breakfast:

  • Squeeze tofu to remove as much water as possible. Pat dry with a few paper towels. Crumble it into small, bite-sized pieces.
  • Remove roots and wilted parts of the spring onion. Chop the white parts of the spring onions in a separate bowl. Finely chop the remaining green parts in another bowl.
  • Heat olive oil in a medium-sized skillet over medium heat for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add minced garlic and the whites of spring onions to the skillet and sauté for about 1-2 minute, until fragrant.
  • Add frozen peas, curry powder, and tumeric to the skillet and sauté for about 2 minutes.
  • Add crumbled tofu, nutritional yeast, and salt to the skillet and mix well. Sauté for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove scrambled tofu from heat. Sprinkle with black pepper and green parts of the spring onions.
  • Toast a slice of whole wheat or whole grain bread. Serve with tofu scramble. Enjoy!
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Healthy curry tofu scramble with peas on a plate
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Healthy Curry Tofu Scramble With Peas

8f7236c9626d7dcca9cca39f75b7f03fArchana Singh, PhD
Healthy Curry Tofu Scramble With Peas is a low-potassium recipe that is a great addition to your daily diet. It is kidney friendly, diabetes-friendly, and heart-healthy.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 188 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 5.5 oz firm tofu
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 3 spring onions
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 tsp tumeric
  • 1/4 tsp curry powder
  • 4 slices bread, whole grain

Instructions
 

  • Squeeze tofu to remove as much water as possible. Pat dry with a few paper towels. Crumble it into small, bite-sized pieces.
  • Remove roots and wilted parts of the spring onion. Chop the white parts of the spring onions in a separate bowl. Finely chop the remaining green parts in another bowl.
  • Heat olive oil in a medium-sized skillet over medium heat for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add minced garlic and the whites of spring onions to the skillet and sauté for about 1-2 minute, until fragrant.
  • Add frozen peas, curry powder, and tumeric to the skillet and sauté for about 2 minutes.
  • Add crumbled tofu, nutritional yeast, and salt to the skillet and mix well. Sauté for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove scrambled tofu from heat. Sprinkle with black pepper and green parts of the spring onions.
  • Toast a slice of whole wheat or whole grain bread. Serve with tofu scramble. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 188kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 10gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 244mgPotassium: 132mgFiber: 4gPhosphorus: 81mg
Keyword Low potassium, Low protein, Renal diet breakfast
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What kind of bread is good for kidney disease?

Choose a bread that has less than 200 mg of potassium and less than 140 mg of sodium per serving. Check the ingredient list and make sure that it does not have the word ‘PHOS’ in it.

Earlier recommendations for white bread for kidney patients do not apply any more. New research shows that kidney patients who eat bread made with whole grains may actually be healthier.

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Archana Singh, PhD

2 Comments

  1. Thank Pamela! I am glad you liked the recipe. I hope you will try the other recipes as well :). There is a lot of confusion about what patients with CKD can eat. I hope my write-up helps you understand what works and what doesn’t for CKD.

  2. 5 stars
    Turned out yummy and it seems to be healthy based on what you write here. Some of your other recipes seem to be good for my CKD though I haven’t tried any of them… yet!

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