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, July 11, 2013


1 large red bell pepper, seeds and ribs removed
1 large green bell pepper, seeds and ribs removed
2 carrots
1 can (1 lb 12-oz) whole tomatoes, undrained
1 medium white onion, peeled
4 whole cloves
2 shallots, peeled
5 cups water, divided
2 cans (10 3/4-oz each) condensed chicken broth
1 1/2 cups chopped celery
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/8 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp turmeric
1 whole bay leaf
1/4 tsp dried red pepper flakes
1 tsp salt
1 lb unshelled fresh shrimp
1 can (7 3/4-oz) king crabmeat, drained & cartilage removed
1/4 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1 tbsp chopped parsley

Cut the peppers into small pieces and slice carrots into thin coins.

In a small bowl, using a fork, crush the tomatoes and break into small pieces.

Stud the cloves into the onion; cut shallots into thin slices.

Put 3 cups of the water with the chicken broth in a large saucepan; bring to a boil over high heat.  When broth/water is at a full boil, add the peppers, carrots, tomatoes, clove studded onion, shallots, celery, basil, thyme, turmeric, bay leaf, and red pepper flakes.  Return to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook the shrimp by putting the remaining 2 cups of water and the salt into a 2-quart saucepan.  Bring to a boil over high heat and add the shrimp.  Return to a boil then remove from heat.  Cover pan and let stand 3 minutes. Drain the shrimp, reserving 1 cup of the liquid.  Allow shrimp to cool until they are cool enough to handle.

Peel the shrimp and discard the shells.  Using a small sharp knife, slit the shrimp lengthwise down the center back.  Remove and discard the dark inner vein and rinse the shrimp to clean.

Add the shrimp, the reserve cooking liquid, crabmeat, and lemon juice to the soup.  Cook gently, uncovered for 10 minutes.

Before serving remove and discard the onion and add the parsley.  Season with salt if desired.