WELCOME TO DIABETIC ENJOYING FOOD

I have chosen this name for this blog because it truly states my story. I am a type II diabetic who most certainly enjoys food. When I was diagnosed with diabetes several years ago, my blood sugar level was over 400. With some oral medications, a lot of research and some trial and error, I have found that unlike my ancestors I truly can continue to enjoy food. I hope this blog will help you to also enjoy food and be healthy. Some recipes are my originals and some I have collected.

Friday, March 24, 2017

POTATO SALAD-SLAW

Yes, I realize that title is confusing but read on. This recipe is a unique combination potato salad and slaw, two things many of us diabetics love but try to eat sparingly. Enjoy this dish instead of a helping of potato salad and one of slaw. Note, there is very little protein in this dish so be sure to eat this with a protein item such as a grilled chicken breast, lean pork chop, etc.
3/4 lb small red potatoes, halved or quartered (depending on size)
3 tbsp mayonnaise
2 tbsp German-style mustard
3 tbsp cider vinegar
4 cups bagged coleslaw mix
1 celery stalk, sliced thin
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
2 slices cooked and crumbled bacon
Place the potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with boiling water; cook 10 to 15 minutes until tender. Drain well in a colander and set aside.
In a large bowl, using a wire whisk, whisk the mayonnaise and mustard together; gradually add vinegar and whisk until smooth. Add the coleslaw mix, celery, and green onions; toss to coat.
Cover dish and refrigerate for at least 2 hours but up to 24 hours. Toss gently before serving. Sprinkle the bacon over potato/slaw mixture.
Yield: 8 servings
Per serving: 80 calories, 12 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 2 g protein
Dietetic Exchanges: .5 fat, .5 vegetable, .5 starch
Carb Choices = 1
This is a file photo very similar to this recipe. It is important for us diabetics to add the crumbled bacon.
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

PENUCHE SQUARES

3/4 cup Splenda granulated 

1/2 cup Splenda Brown Sugar Blend
2/3 cup half and half cream (I use evaporated milk sometimes)
2 tablespoons butter (do not substitute margarine)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Butter the sides of a heavy 2-quart saucepan. Add the Splenda granulated and Splenda Brown Sugar Blend, and cream to the saucepan. Cook the mixture over medium-high heat until the mixture comes to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and continue to cook while stirring frequently, until a candy thermometer reads 236 degrees or mixture reaches the soft-ball stage. This will take approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat. Add the butter and vanilla extract but do not stir. Cool, without stirring, until mixture reaches 110 degrees. This will take about 50 minutes.

When mixture has cooled, add the pecans and beat with a wooden spoon or a mixer with a paddle attachment until the candy thickens and just starts to lose its gloss. Very quickly pour into an 8-inch square pan that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Spread the candy evenly in the pan. 

Score into 16 squares and cut completely through when firm.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

MUSHROOM BISQUE

3/4 lb fresh mushrooms, sliced 

1 garlic clove, minced
1/3 cup onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup butter
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
4 tbsp white whole-wheat or garbanzo bean flour
2 tsp salt
4 cups chicken broth
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 cups 
 cream
fresh chopped parsley

In a 2-quart saucepan, melt the butter; add the mushrooms, garlic, and onion sauteeing 5 minutes. Add the lemon juice. Blend in the flour then gradually stir in the broth. Add the salt and pepper. Cook soup, stirring constantly, until the soup is slightly thickened. Stir in the cream, heat thoroughly, but do not boil. Garnish with the chopped parsley.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings.

Note: This is a file photo of a similar recipe.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

ZUCCHINI & TOMATO FRITTATA

2 tbsp olive or canola oil 

1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp thyme
6 whole green onions, chopped fine
1 large egg
3 large egg whites
1 large zucchini, halved lengthwise and cut into slices
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 can (16-oz) low-sodium diced tomatoes, drained*
1 cup shredded mozarella cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a nonstick 10-inch skillet that has an ovenproof handle, heat oil over medium heat about 1 minute. Add green onions and cook until soft. Be sure to cook uncovered. Add the garlic, zucchini, tomatoes, basil, thyme, and pepper. Mix and cover, continuing to cook 3 minutes.

In a small bowl whisk together egg & whites; blend into the skillet and sprinkle with cheese. Place in the oven uncovered; bake just until set - about 5 minutes or until golden.

*Or use equal amounts of fresh tomatoes, chopped.

Yield: 4 servings
Per serving: 10 g carbs, 13 g protein

Note: This is a file photo

Monday, March 20, 2017

CINNAMON BAKED CUSTARD

2 large eggs
2 cups low-fat milk
1/3 cup Splenda Granular
1/4 tsp salt
Dash of ground ginger
1/8 to 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Note: Cinnamon is a blood sugar stabilizer so I recommend the 1/4 teaspoon. However, if you aren't fond of cinnamon start with a dash and work your way up. Diabetics should eat cinnamon daily.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease 4 8-ounce custard cups; set in a 9 x 13-inch baking dish or pan.

In a bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, Splenda and salt until well blended. Pour the custard evenly into the 4 prepared cups; sprinkle the tops with the ginger and cinnamon.

Pour hot water 1/2-inch deep on the baking pan.

Bake custards at 350 for 50 to 55 minutes or until a knife inserted in the centers comes out clean.

Remove the cups from the water to a wire rack to cool.

Custard may be served warm or cold. Top with a few fresh berries, if desired.

Leftovers should be refrigerated.

Note: File Photo

Sunday, March 19, 2017

BANANA SPLIT PIE

1 baked 9-inch sugar-free pie crust 

1 pkg (4-oz)sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix
2 cups low-fat milk
2 bananas, sliced
1 can (15-oz) can crushed pineapple in its own juice
1 carton (8-oz) sugar-free frozen whipped topping, thawed
1/2 cups pecans, chopped

Drain the pineapple well and pour the juice over the bananas; drain.

In a bowl, pour the milk into the pudding mix and beat with a wire whisk 5 minutes or until thickened. Pour pudding into the prepared crust. Place the sliced bananas over the pudding. Sprinkle the pineapple over the drained bananas. Spread the whipped topping evenly over the pineapple and sprinkle the pecans over the top. Chill for at least an hour before cutting to serve.

For garnish purposes only, you may place a long-stemmed maraschino cherry in the center of the pie.

Yield: 8 servings

Note: File Photo

Saturday, March 18, 2017

CARROT AND PINEAPPLE GELATIN SALAD

1 can (8-oz) unsweetened crushed pineapple 

1 pkg (.3-oz) sugar-free lemon gelatin
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup cold water
1 tsp white vinegar
1/8 tsp salt*
2 medium carrots, grated

Drain the pineapple well, reserving 1/2 cup of the juice; set aside.

In a bowl that can withstand boiling water, dissolve the lemon gelatin in the boiling water. Stir to dissolve all the gelatin. Stir in the cold water, vinegar, salt, and the reserved pineapple juice. Chill for about 45 minutes until partially thickened. Stir in the carrots and pineapple. Pour into a 3-cup mold that has been lightly sprayed with nonstick cooking spray or lightly oiled. Chill until firm. Unmold to serve.  

Note: May also be placed in a clear glass bowl instead of a mold. Can then be served directly from the bowl.

Yield: 4 servings
Per serving: 59 calories, 0 fat, 12 carbs, 1 protein, 2 fiber, 158 mg sodium

*Cut down on sodium by omitting the salt.

Note: File Photo



Friday, March 17, 2017

"SWEET" 'N' SPICY SNACK MIX

3 cups crispy rice cereal squares
2 cups toasted O-shaped cereal
2 cups small twisted or thin stick pretzels
1 cup oyster crackers 
1 cup dry roasted peanuts
1 egg white
1/2 cup Splenda granular
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp paprika
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Spray a 10 x 15-inch baking or jellyroll pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
Combine the cereals, pretzels, crackers, and peanuts in a large bowl.
Beat the egg white until foamy and stir in the Splenda, Worcestershire sauce, and paprika. Pour the mixture over the cereal mixture in the large bowl; toss to coat well. Spread the mixture out in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes at 300 degrees. Stirring mixture every 10 minutes during baking. Allow to cool before serving.
Note: May be stored in an airtight container.
Yield: 16 servings
Per serving: Approximately 140 calories, 17 g carbs, 4 g protein, 1 g sugar, 2 g fiber, and 300 mg sodium.
Note: I have never taken a picture of this and the following one is the closest I could find. However it is not this exact recipe.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

OAT BRAN PANCAKES

1 cup oat bran hot cereal, uncooked 

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup Splenda Granular
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
dash of salt
2 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup egg substitute*

Heat a nonstick griddle or large skillet over medium to medium high heat.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the oat bran, flour, Splenda, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

In a smaller mixing bowl, beat the buttermilk and egg substitute together using a wire whisk. Pour this mixture over the dry mixture in the other bowl. Stir mixtures together only until mixtures are just blended without large lumps.

Pour approximately 1/4 cup of the batter, per pancake, onto the hot griddle. Cook until pancakes are puffed, browned, and slightly dry around the edges. Flip and cook until the second side is browned.

Serve with your favorite low-sugar or sugar-free syrup, fresh fruit, etc.

*1/4 cup egg substitute is equal to 1 whole egg in a recipe.

Yield: 6 servings
Per serving: 130 calories, 20 g carbs, 7 g protein, 2 g (1 g sat)fat, 2 g fiber, 5 mg cholesterol, 4 g sugar
NOTE: The above nutritional information is for the pancakes only; does not included any toppings. 

Note: File Photo

Saturday, March 11, 2017

PERFECT DIABETIC APPLE PIE

1 pkg (15-oz) refrigerated pie crusts or your own special sugar-free recipe for double crust pastry 


Filling:
6 cups thinly sliced and peeled Granny Smith or other tart apples
3/4 cup Splenda Granulated
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Line a 9-inch pie plate with pastry; set aside. Roll out top pastry and cut air vents. Leave on board until ready to top the filling.

In a large bowl, combine the apples, Splenda, flour, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, and lemon juice. Toss togther until blended and all apples are coated. Place apple mixture into the crust in the pie plate. Place the top pastry over the filling, trim and fold the edge of the top crust under the edge of the bottom crust. Using fingers or a fork, flute the edges, sealing well. Brush the crust lightly with a small amount of water and sprinkle with a little Splenda, if desired.

Bake at 425 minutes for 40 to 45 minutes or until apples are tender and crust is a golden brown. To prevent excess browning, about 15 to 20 minutes into the baking, place foil rings around the edges of the crust.

Yield: 8 servings
Note: File Photo