Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  33
  • Protein  0 g
  • Carbohydrates  1 g
  • Fat  3 g
  • Cholesterol  0 mg
  • Sodium  91 mg
  • Potassium  37 mg
  • Phosphorus  7 mg
  • Calcium  8 mg
  • Fiber  0.3 g


Savor the flavors of America’s melting pot with Tahseen, a DaVita renal dietitian from Florida. After living all over the world and sampling dishes from many cultures, Tahseen shares her favorite Caribbean delights. She offers a kidney-friendly recipe for Sofrito, a flavorful starter of peppers, onion, garlic and oil for many dishes.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Tahseen from Florida.

Portions: 16     Serving size: 2 tablespoons


  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 8 garlic cloves
  • 3/4 cup canned roasted red pepper
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 recao leaf (found in Spanish store)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup olive oil 


    1. Seed bell pepper. Cut bell pepper and onion into pieces.
    2. Place green pepper, onion and garlic in a blender or food processor to chop.
    3. Rinse roasted peppers then add roasted red pepper, cilantro, recao leaf, water and olive oil to food processor.
    4. Blend into a sauce-like consistency. Add more water for desired consistency.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1/2 vegetable, low potassium
  • 1/2 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Add 2 tablespoons Sofrito to meat and rice dishes for added flavor and seasoning.
  • One bell pepper is equal to 3/4 cup when chopped.
  • Look for recao leaf in Spanish stores. Bay leaf may be substituted if the recao leaf is unavailable.
  • 3/4 cup canned red pepper is approximately 4 ounces. It is sold in different sized cans or bottles. Rinse to remove some of the sodium. Check nutrition label and choose brand lowest in sodium
  • Refrigerate for up to 1 week.

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cats says:


Can't something else be used instead of corn syrup? That is the same as high fructose corn syrup. That is one of the factors that causes diabetes. Moderator comment: This recipe does not contain corn syrup, but if it did you could use any sweetener of choice.

May. 16, 2012, 6:37 AM - Inappropriate review?

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