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, August 31, 2013


Note: I recommend diabetics eat this salad as a side to a lean protein such as a skinless chicken breast half or a lean pork chop.

1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
1/2 cup quartered seedless grapes, red or green
1/3 cup chopped celery
1 small red apple, cored & chopped
1/4 cup toasted chopped walnuts
1/4 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
2 tbsp fresh orange juice
1 tsp honey
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 cup well drained mandarin orange sections
fresh mint leaves for garnish, if desired

Prepare the quinoa according to the package directions; place in a large bowl.  Gently mix in the grapes, celery, apple, and walnuts.

Using a wire whisk, combine the yogurt, orange juice, honey, salt and pepper in a small bowl; pour over the quinoa mixture and mix well.

Add the orange sections and mix gently.

Garnish with the fresh mint leaves, if desired.

Yield: 4 (approx. 1-cup) servings.
Per serving: 32 g carbs, 7 g protein, 208 calories (The carb count is higher but they are good carbs.)