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.

Friday, May 10, 2013


This recipe combines two of my favorite foods - bacon and green beans!  Don't omit the red pepper and/or cider vinegar as both are healthy and good for diabetics.

1/2 lb hickory smoked bacon, diced
1 medium-size yellow onion, chopped
3 lb fresh green beans, washed thoroughly and trimmed (break if desired)
1 tsp dried crushed red pepper flakes
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
2 1/2 tbsp cider vinegar

In a Dutch oven or other large pan, over medium heat, cook the bacon about 10 minutes until browned and crisp.  Add the onion to the skillet and saute a few minutes until tender.

Add the green beans, crushed red pepper flakes, and salt; stir to combine well.  Add enough water to just cover the beans.  Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce the heat to low.  Simmer approximately 45 minutes or until the beans are tender (not crisp tender).

Drain the beans (save liquid & refrigerate - use later as vegetable broth) and transfer to serving bowl.  Toss beans with the butter and vinegar.

Will serve approximately 12 people.