There’s no need to skip satisfying comfort food just because you’re following the renal diet. DaVita renal dietitian Laurie from California shares her recipe for easy-to-make Creamy Slow Cooker Chicken. Made of boneless, skinless chicken thighs in a luscious sauce made from low-sodium chicken broth, flour and cream cheese flavored with carrots, celery, onion, peas and chives, this is the one chicken dish you’ll return to again and again, both for everyday meals and company dinners.
A native of California, DaVita renal dietitian Laurie attended the University of California at Santa Barbara and California Polytechnic State University. Her interest in health and nutrition led her to choose a career as a dietitian.
A long-time employee of DaVita, Laurie finds that the most challenging aspect of being a renal dietitian is getting patients to adhere to the kidney diet. To be successful, she uses a three-prong approach when working with dialysis patients, offering them support, advocacy, and education.
The results of her efforts pay off for both her patients and her own sense of satisfaction. “The most rewarding aspect of my job is helping patients and their families,” says Laurie. “I like to build on small successes.”
This DaVita renal dietitian finds that an honest and compassionate approach works best to gain the trust of patients and bring about results.
Although there are many ways for a patient to support their own health, Laurie believes that the single most important thing patients can do to improve their health is “to be informed.” And that’s why she focuses on helping them learn all that they need to know to live a healthy lifestyle.
Laurie works at the DaVita center in Daly City, California, and says it’s a great community. DaVita spirit runs high at the Daly City center. “I enjoy working for DaVita because we have a fantastic team. And when we join together, we can really be instrumental in helping our patients cope with kidney disease,” explains Laurie.
The next time you want to serve chicken, take it from ho-hum to awesome with Creamy Slow Cooker Chicken from DaVita renal dietitian Laurie from California. A slow cooker is certainly a convenient way to make a meal, but it has other benefits too. Flavors are better distributed in a slow cooker dish thanks to the extended cooking time, and there is less chance of food scorching than when you cook in an oven. Plus, once you are done serving your Creamy Slow Cooker Chicken, you’ve only got one dish to wash!.