Kidney-Friendly Recipes


Fish & Seafood
Meat (beef, lamb & pork)
Snacks & Appetizers
Poultry (chicken & turkey)
Sauces, Dressings & Seasonings

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.”
-James Beard (1903-1985)

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(Key labs to be aware of. Click for printable PDF.)

At DCI we understand that people who need kidney replacement therapy have many dietary guidelines to follow to stay as healthy as possible. We have gathered recipes from clinics across the country to highlight the diversity of options that are both “kidney-friendly” and that taste good.


Each recipe was selected based on meeting the National Kidney Foundations parameters for renal cookbooks. Entrees will contain less that 250 mg of phosphorus, less than 500 mg of sodium, and less than 450 mg of potassium per saving. Desserts and sides will contain less than 125 mg of phosphorus, less than 250 mg of sodium, and less than 200 mg of potassium per serving.


Remember that every person has unique dietary needs and you should check with your physician and dietitian before following any specific dietary plan.


If you receive regular dialysis at a clinic, you will learn that the foods you eat directly impact your lab results. Your dietitian will review your labs with you every month and will help to tailor a diet plan just for you.

Downloadable Cookbooks:

Kidney Cooking Cookbook

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Rock the Crock Cookbook

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Click to download a PDF

Kidney Cooking – Thanksgiving Edition


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Kidney Cooking – Holiday Edition


Click to download a PDF