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.

Saturday, January 12, 2013


Yes, diabetics can enjoy a panini once in awhile.  The key is in the bread.  Also use thin bread and always use whole-grain bread.  No substitutes!

8 slices thin firm whole-wheat or other whole grain bread
3/4 lb sliced cooked chicken breast
1 cup sauerkraut, rinsed and well drained
1 apple, cored and sliced thin
4 thin slices Swiss cheese (only a couple ounces total!)

Lightly coat one side of each bread slice with canola or olive oil cooking spray.  Place 4 of the slices, coated side down, on counter or board.

Top each of the four bread slices with 1/4 of the chicken breast, 1/4 of the sauerkraut, 1/4 of the apple, and 1 slice of the cheese.  Top with the other 4 slices of bread, coated sides up.

Coat an unheated grill pan or panini press with the nonstick spray.  Preheat over medium-low heat for a couple of minutes.  Add sandwiches and close the press or if using a grill pan, set a heavy pan over the sandwiches to press.  Cook in grill pan over medium-low heat for 6 to 8 minutes.  Carefully remove the top pan, turn sandwiches and cook another 6 to 8 minutes to brown second side.  If using a panini grill, follow the manufacturer's instructions.

Yield: 4 sandwiches