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.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


2 1/4 cups water
1/2 cup instant grits
2 tbsp fat-free milk
2 tbsp butter
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Bring water to a rolling boil in a medium saucepan over high heat.  Gradually stir in the grits; reduce heat, cover, simmer 9 minutes or until thickened. Stir occasionally during cooking.  Remove from heat and set aside.

1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp basil
1/8 tsp dried red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp canola or olive oil
1/2 lb peeled raw shrimp
3/4 cup chopped green onions
fresh lemon wedges, optional

While the grits cook, combine the oregano, paprika, basil, red pepper flakes, salt and black pepper in a small bowl.

Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; add shrimp and sprinkle with the spice mixture. Cook 4 minutes or until the shrimp turn opaque pink, stirring often.  Remove from heat and stir in the green onions.  Cover and keep warm.

Whisk the milk into the grits; add the butter, garlic powder, and salt.

To serve: Place the greats on serving plate, sprinkle evenly with the Parmesan cheese and top with the shrimp. Serve with lemon wedges, if desired.

Yield: 4 servings
Per serving: Approximately 220 cal, 19 g carbs, 16 g protein