Welcome Melissa! Glad to have you here.
Spark has a ton of recipes on the recipe site. Just type in searches like low sodium, no salt, low salt, no sodium, and the like and it will pull up a variety of recipes. I have a recipe book started on my sparkpage that has some good low sodium recipes in it. So feel free to look around.
In terms of soups and stocks, it is best to make your own. Example, I take the bones and some meat from a roasted chicken we have had for dinner, add water enough to cover, cut an onion or two in half, skin on (though rinsed - the skin will help add a yellow coloring to the stock), a couple of carrots, a couple pieces of celery and some garlic and herbs. Once it is done, I strain off the liquid, add in a packet or two of the Hormel Herbox Chicken No Sodium boullion, for added flavor it is so wonderful! I use this to make soups, add to rice for extra flavoring, and so on.
As for marinades....a marinade consists of an oil, an acid (lemon juice, flavored vinegar, other citrus juice) and seasonings. Some great ways to flavor the marinades are with fresh herbs (richer flavor than dried), use some citrus juice and even zest the skin of the citrus for added flavor, plus minced fresh onion and garlic are also great. Some of my favorite marinades include some fresh thyme, garlic, onion, lemon juice, lemon zest and extra virgin olive oil. Food Network is a great place to get some great marinade recipes, just omit the salt.
Hope this helps some. Feel free to share any thoughts, ideas, questions, etc. with us, as we are all here to help each other out. Remember, the best way to lower sodium is to cook from scratch and to read all the labels, as sodium is hidden in a lot of places you would not think it would be.
Best wishes to you!
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