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.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

CURRIED TURKEY APPLE SALAD

1/4 cup diced red onion

1 tbsp canola or olive oil
1 tbsp curry powder
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp Splenda Granular
1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise
2 celery stalks, sliced thin
1 medium red apple, cut into small chunks
1 lb roasted turkey breast, chopped
salad greens
1/4 cup chopped toasted walnuts

Place the oil, curry powder and onion in a small saucepan and heat over medium-high heat. Simmer a couple minutes until the onion is tender. Add the lemon juice and Splenda; simmer about a minute or until sauce begins to thicken. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

When sauce is cooled, stir in the mayonnaise, blending well. Place the celery, apple, and turkey in a large bowl. Add the sauce and toss until salad ingredients are evenly coated.

To serve: Place salad greens on 4 salad plates. Top greens with the turkey salad and sprinkle with the toasted walnuts.

Note: File Photo

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

VENISON STEAK WITH BLUEBERRIES

2 tablespoons butter, melted

4 venison steaks, 1/2-inch thick
1 large lemon, juiced and peel grated
1 cup chicken broth
4 tablespoons butter
1 cup fresh blueberries*
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground ginger
salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper to taste

Melt the 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet. Add the vension steaks and cook until medium rare (or desired doneness) and browned on both sides. Remove to a platter and keep warm.

De-glaze the skillet with the chicken broth, lemon juice, and lemon rind. Cook over high heat until the liquid is reduced to a half cup. Lower the heat to medium and add the 4 tablespoons of butter, whisking in 1 at a time. Add the blueberries, cinnamon, ginger, salt, and pepper to the sauce.

To serve, pour the blueberry sauce over the steaks and serve immediately.

Note: File Photo

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

LINDA'S FAVORITE CORNBREAD

Cornbread is one of my very favorite foods. It is also one of the foods that raises my blood sugar quicker than just about anything. Over the years I tried several experiments and have come up with this as my favorite cornbread. It does not raise my blood sugar and it is quite tasty. I serve it to my family and they enjoy it, too. I make a recipe of it a week and keep it in baggies in the refrigerator. I take out a square at a time, wrap it in a paper towel and microwave it about 15 to 30 seconds (in my microwave, it might be different in yours). It is just as good as straight from the oven. Of course a small pat of butter makes it even better!

Here are my ingredients assembled for this recipe. No, I don't whisk it but I do like to mix it with a whisk then I use a rubber or silicone spatula to give it a stir and to spread it in the pan. It does need to be spread as it is not a runny batter.


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
Spray a round or square 9-in square pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.

3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
1 1/4 cups white whole-wheat flour (if I have it, I replace the 1/4 cup with garbanzo bean flour)
1/4 cup Splenda granular (I usually use the Kroger brand which is pictured above)
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt (optional, but I always use it)
1 cup low-fat milk (I use 2%)
1 large egg
1/4 cup canola or coconut oil

In a mixing bowl, using a whisk, blend the cornmeal, flour/s, Splenda, baking powder and salt until combined. Stir in the milk, add the egg that has been lightly beaten, and the oil. Stir to blend together well.

Using a spatula, spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan and bake at 400 degrees 20-25 minutes. For my oven I set my timer at 21 minutes and it turns out just the way I like it.

The finished product.






BROCCOLI WITH ORANGE CREAM SAUCE

1 1/2 lbs fresh broccoli, cut into florets

6 oz fat-free cream cheese, cubed
1/4 cup fat-free milk
1/4 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp grated orange peel
1/4 cup unsweetened orange juice
2 tbsp chopped walnuts

Steam broccoli for 6 to 8 minutes or until crisp-tender. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the cream cheese, milk, thyme, salt and orange peel. Cook and stir over low heat until blended. Stir in orange juice until combined. Place broccoli in a serving dish; top with the orange sauce and sprinkle with nuts.

Yields 6 servings 3/4 cup each =126 calories, 14 g carbs, 12 g protein

Note: File Photo

Monday, May 22, 2017

HOMEMADE POPSICLES

Make your own popsicles that are sugar-free, do not melt easily and you can choose your own flavors. Use popsicle cups or make in small paper cups with a popsicle stick.


1 pkg (4-serving size) sugar-free gelatin, your flavor choice
1 pkg (2-qt size) sugar-free drink mix
1 cup boiling water
7 cups cold water

In a 2-quart pitcher dissolve gelatin in 1 cup hot water; stir to completely dissolve. Add the drink mix powder; stir to dissolve. Add the cold water. Stir mixture to blend then pour into popsicle cups. Freeze until solid.

Note: File Photo

Sunday, May 21, 2017

CHILI-SPICED CHICKEN

8 skinless, boneless chicken breasts

2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp chile powder
Cooking oil spray

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine spices in a small bowl. Sprinkle spice mixture evenly over chicken breasts. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Spray pan with cooking spray. Add chicken to pan and saute about 2 minutes on each side. Remove chicken to a shallow baking pan and bake approximately 15 minutes or until juices run clear.

Note: File Photo

Saturday, May 20, 2017

BANANA-NUT-SOUR CREAM MUFFINS

1 cup Splenda granulated

1/4 cup canola or coconut oil
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 eggs
1 cup white whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup garbanzo bean flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 1/4 cup mashed ripe bananas
1/2 cup low-fat sour cream
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Using a large spatula or wooden spoon, mix the Splenda with the oil and applesauce until creamy. Add the eggs and beat together well.

Combine the two flours with the baking soda and salt; add to the egg mixture and blend together well.

Add the bananas, sour cream, and vanilla extract; stir until well blended. Stir in the nuts.

Divide batter equally into 18 muffin cups that have been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.  Bake at 350 degrees approximately 25 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

I was out of pecans so these don't have nuts but they are still very tasty.

SALMON HASH

1 can (15 1/2-oz) can red salmon, drained

2 cups finely chopped, peeled potatoes
2 tbsp butter
3 green onions, finely chopped
1/8 tsp pepper

Remove and discard skin and bones from salmon; flake salmon with a fork and set aside. Saute potatoes in margarine in a large skillet 15 minutes or until tender. Remove from skillet and set aside. Add green onions to skillet and saute 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in pepper. Add the potatoes and salmon. Cook over medium heat, without stirring, until thoroughly heated.

Note: File Photo

Friday, May 19, 2017

GARLICKY SPINACH SALAD

1 lb fresh spinach

2 fresh tomatoes, sliced
6 scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced
1 cucumber, sliced
5 tbsp plain
 yogurt
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp dried thyme
Fresh ground black pepper

Wash spinach, remove stems and dry. Tear into pieces and place in salad bowl. Add tomatoes and scallions and use hands to combine with spinach. In a small mixing bowl, combine yogurt, oil, garlic, thyme and pepper. Add dressing mixture to the spinach mixture and mix well.

Note: File Photo

Thursday, May 18, 2017

TOMATO BASIL ROTINI WITH CHICKEN BREAST

12 oz pkg whole-wheat rotini
2 cups chopped plum tomatoes
1 1/4 cups sugar-free pasta sauce
1 tbsp basil
1 tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced OR 1 tsp garlic powder
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast
fresh basil leaves for garnish, optional
cherry tomatoes, halved, for garnish, optional

Cook pasta according to package directions and drain. While pasta cooks, grill or saute chicken breasts until no longer pink in the center. When thoroughly cooked, slice into strips. In a large mixing bowl, combine tomatoes, sauce, basil, olive oil, and garlic. Add cooked pasta and toss to combine. Top with the chicken strips. Sprinkle cheese over the top. Garnish dish with fresh basil leaves and halved cherry tomatoes, if desired. Serve warm.

Note: This is a file photo of a very similar recipe. This picture does not have the feta cheese topping.