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.

Monday, August 5, 2013


This is a recipe I got 45 years ago when we lived in Las Vegas, Nevada during our Air Force years.  I loved it them and I still love it.  The good thing is I still enjoy this even as a diabetic.  I did make one change after my diabetes diagnoses, I now use brown rice.  Once I was diagnosed with diabetes and started studying nutrition, I did away with all refined grains and use only whole-grains.  I have changed the recipe to say brown rice but that is up to you.

8 large cabbage leaves
1 can condensed tomato soup
1 lb lean ground beef*
1 cup cooked brown rice
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Cook cabbage leaves in a large pan of boiling, salted water for a few minutes, just until softened; drain and allow to cool enough to handle.

In a large mixing bowl combine 2 tablespoons of the soup with the beef, rice, onion, egg, salt, and pepper. Divide the mixture among the 8 cabbage leaves. Fold the sides of the cabbage leaves in over the mixture and roll up.  Secure rolls with toothpicks.

In a large skillet with a lid, place the cabbage rolls seam side down. Pour the remaining soup over the rolls.

Place lid on skillet and bring to hot over medium-low heat.  Reduce heat to low and simmer 40 minutes.  Stir occasionally, spooning sauce over the rolls.

* Or chicken or turkey if you prefer.