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Low Protein Recipes

Being on a restricted diet for PKU or another metabolic disorder doesn’t have to be difficult or taste bad. Here are a few recipes to get you started. For more recipes we recommend From Apples to Zucchini. For more information and to order the book visit

Cook for Love is a culinary non-for-profit dedicated to the PKU community. They provide step by step instructions and videos for making low protein recipes that you and your loved ones will truly enjoy.  

Try some recipes from our members:

Combo Salad With Orange Dressing

This salad is a mixture of sweet fruit and vegetables and yet the combination of all these flavors and tastes mix very nicely to make a refreshing salad.

Phe per serving is 27. Calories per serving are 51. Makes 8 one cup servings.

Amount Ingredients Phe Calories
4 cups 220 g Lettuce, iceberg, shredded 108 26
1 cup 120 g Celery, diced 26 19
1 276 g Apple, medium, sliced 14 140
1 132 g Orange, medium, sectioned 41 62
1/3 cup 53 g Onion, red, sliced 16 20
2 Tbsp 36 g orange Juice 3 16
1 Tbsp 14 g Olive Oil 0 120
1/2 tsp 3 g Salt 0 0
1 Tbsp 4 g Mint, fresh 8 3

Wheat Starch Dough

3 c + 2 Tbl (350 gm) Wheat Starch
1 Tbl baking power
2 Tbl sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 c Metamucil
1 1/2 tsp yeast
1/2 c liquid non-dairy creamer
2 Tbl vegetable oil
1 1/4 c very warm water

This is a basic recipe with unlimited possibilities. Put all dry ingredients in a bowl. Add liquid ingredients all at once. Mix well, using a large spoon. This will not look like dough but rather like a batter. Cover. Let dough sit in a warm oven (115-120 degrees) for a minimum of 15 minutes, but it can stay for up to an hour. Remove from oven after rising and turn out of bowl. Knead a few times to make the dough smooth and soft. From here, there are no limits!

Total PHE in this recipe: 125 mg

Quick and Easy Pancakes

1 c Cambrooke Foods MixQuick
2/3 c water

Mix the ingredients with a fork until blended. Pour the batter onto a hot, greased skillet. Cook until golden, then turn and cook on the other side until brown.

Prep Time: 3 min
Cook Time: 3 min
Serving Size: 3 pancakes
Total Protein per Serving: 0 g
PHE per serving: 1 mg

"Chicken" Noodle Soup

12 oz water
2 packets George Washington Seasoning Broth
1/2 c cooked lopro pasta

Cook pasta, drain and rinse. Heat water and seasoning broth to boiling. Add pasta and serve immediately. Yields 2 cups.

Total PHE in recipe: 10 mg


“Add mashed potatoes and a vegetable and this will make a great meal!”

1/4 c finely chopped onion
3/4 – 1 tsp poultry seasoning
1/4 c finely chopped celery
2 c low protein bread cubes
2 – 3 Tbl butter
2/3 c vegetable broth or 2/3 c water with 1 G. Washington Golden seasoning

Sauté onions and celery in butter. When vegetables are tender add broth (either from can or water mixed with seasoning packet). Season with poultry seasoning to taste. Toss in bread cubes. Mix until the consistency of stuffing. Add more broth, a little at a time, if necessary. Can be eaten like this or baked for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees. Yield: 2 servings

Total PHE per recipe: 112 mg


These nuggets look just like the ones at the fast food restaurants and they taste great!

400 gm raw carrots
20 gm instant mashed potato flakes
10 gm dried minced onion flakes
100 gm DP baking mix
6 gm Energy Food egg replacer
3 gm garlic powder
seasoning / salt / pepper to taste

Put carrots into food processor. Chop until almost pureed (a paste with a little texture to it). Put the carrots into a bowl and add the rest of the ingredients. Mix well. The mixture should be very thick, dry and smooth. Shape 10 gm balls into the shape of a “chicken nugget”. Use finely ground lopro breadcrumbs to coat the nuggets (optional but the end result is better). Drop nuggets into hot oil (a deep fryer works best) but a pan with about one inch of oil works. Fry them for a minute or two (make sure your oil is hot) until they resemble a chicken nugget and are golden brown (these can be frozen and reheated in an oven to crisp them up).

Each nugget equals 10 mg PHE. You should get about 20-24 nuggets.

These can also be made into “BBQ patties”. Add a little BBQ sauce to the mixture and make into patties. Continue with the above directions. Serve on lopro english muffins with lettuce, tomato, and lopro cheese and some more BBQ sauce. Use info above to determine the PHE count, depending on the size you make them.

Brocolli Lopro Pasta

1/2 c carrots
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1 c broccoli
1/2 cube chicken bouillon
olive oil
75 gm cooked loprofin pasta
1/2 c water

Sauté carrots in olive oil and garlic for 2-3 minutes; add broccoli, bouillon, and water. Simmer until broccoli is tender (about 5 minutes). Add basil and serve over hot pasta.

Hint: If you have leftover carrots and broccoli, and them to pasta and top with Kraft Free Italian dressing.

Total PHE in recipe: 100 mg

Chocolate Cake

6 Tbl oil
3 Tbl cocoa powder
1 1/2 c dp starch
1 c sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
1 c COLD water
1 Tbl white vinegar

Mix with a fork or whisk. Put into sprayed 8x8 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 min.

This recipe makes the BEST chocolate cake. By adding a little more dp starch and making the batter a little thicker you can make wonderful “WHOPPIE PIES.” Spoon dough into circles sprayed on to sprayed cookie sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until done. When cool fill with any low PHE fluffy frosting. Wrap individually and freeze. Great for lunches and snacks.

Lopro Cheesecake

8 graham crackers (full sheets),
1/4 c sugar
1/4 c margarine, melted

1 c water
1 c Rich’s Coffee Rich
16 oz. marshmallows
3 c CoolWhip
1 tsp almond flavoring

Mix crust ingredients and pat into 9x 13 pan. Bake at 4000 for 10 minutes. Heat marshmallows, water, and Coffee Rich until marshmallows are melted and smooth. Let stand at room temperature until mix is completely cooled (at least one hour, no more than 6 hours). Stir almond flavoring and CoolWhip into cooled marshmallows. Spoon mix onto crust and refrigerate or freeze until ready to serve. For easier cutting, cut while frozen. Top with fruit if desired.

Total PHE in recipe (without topping): 840 mg