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. Everyone reacts different to various foods. Check your blood sugar readings so you will know whether or not a recipe works for you! And feel free to take a recipe and adjust it to suit your needs.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Diabetic-Friendly Pasta Primavera

6-oz whole-wheat thin spaghetti
2 tbsp canola oil
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 cup thinly sliced carrots
1 cup thinly sliced onion
1 cup frozen baby peas, rinsed and drained
1 cup frozen artichoke hearts, thawed
1/4 cup vegetable broth
1/2 cup chopped basil
1/4 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
freshly ground black pepper as garnish

Cook the spaghetti according to the package directions; reserve a half cup of the cooking water and drain.

Heat the canola oil in a deep and wide nonstick skillet over medium-high heat for a minute.  Add the garlic, carrots, and onion; cook, stirring, for 5 minutes until the vegetables start to soften.  Add the peas and artichoke hearts; cook, stirring, for a couple of minutes, just until heated.  Add the vegetable broth and keep warm over low heat.

Add the spaghetti and basil to the skillet and toss to combine.  Add some of the reserved spaghetti water to moisten, if needed.  Allow the flavors to blend for 1 minute.  Add the cheese and toss.  Serve immediately sprinkled with the pepper, if desired.
Yield: 4 servings
Per serving: Approximately 300 calories, 45 g carbs, 12 g protein, 8 g fiber