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, February 9, 2012

LEAN BEEF BURGERS

1 lb extra-lean ground beef
1/4 cup finely chopped sweet onion
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 tbsp low-fat mayonnaise
1 tbsp catsup
4 red lettuce leaves
4 multigrain sandwich thins (a wonderful alternative to buns!)
1 large ripe tomato, sliced into 4 thick slices

In a medium mixing bowl combine the beef, onion, and garlic powder; mix well.  Shape the mixture into 4 even-sized patties approximately 4-inches in diameter.  Sprinkle the black pepper on the meat patties.

Cook on a preheated grill that has been oiled on in a large skillet that has been coated with nonstick cooking spray.  Cook over medium heat 4 to 5 minutes per side.  This should make a burger slightly pink in the center at a 160 degree temperature.  Personally, I like my burgers very well done so I leave mine for another couple of minutes per side.

While the burgers cook, combine the mayonnaise and catsup in a cup or small bowl.  Layer the lettuce on the bottoms of the sandwich thins.  Top lettuce with the cooked patties followed by the mayo mixture and top with the tomato slices.  Finish by placing the top portion of the sandwich thins over the tomatoes.

1 completed burger sandwich per serving = 272 ccalories, 7 g total fat (2 saturated) 30 g protein, 25 g carbs, 70 mg cholesterol, 6 g dietary fiber
Those are good numbers for a diabetic meal.