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.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

NOT YOUR USUAL VEGETABLE SOUP

1 tbsp canola or olive oil
1 medium-size green bell pepper, diced
1 medium-size red bell pepper, diced
1 medium-size yellow onion, chopped
2 cups chopped eggplant
1 cup sliced mushrooms
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp dried basil
2 tsp dried oregano
1 can (14.5-oz) Italian-style diced tomatoes
3 cups water
1/2 cup vegetable broth
1 can navy beans
2 tsp Splenda granulated
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp dried parsley flakes
1 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Heat the oil in a Dutch oven or soup pot.  Add the onion and bell peppers; cook until transparent - about 3 to 4 minutes, stirring several times.  Add the eggplant, mushrooms and garlic, oregano, and 2/3s of the basil;  cook another 3 to 4 minutes, stirring often.  Add the diced tomatoes, water, and vegetable broth; stir well,  Stir in the beans, Splenda, salt, pepper, and parsley flakes; cover, and simmer for about a half hour to 45 minutes, stirring 3 or 4 times during cooking.

Remove from heat and let stand about 5 minutes.  Dip soup into serving bowls and top each of 6 bowls with a fourth cup of the shredded mozzarella.