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, November 22, 2013


1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
2 navel oranges
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/3 cup olive or canola oil
1 large head escarole (or other lettuce greens), torn into pieces
1 small red onion, sliced thin
6-oz blue cheese, crumbled into chunks
1/2 cup pomegranate or sunflower seeds, optional

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Spread the walnuts out in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet; roast, tossing occasionally, until fragrant. This will take about 6 to 8 minutes.  Transfer to a bowl to stop the cooking process.

While the walnuts toast, peel the oranges and cut into segments.

In a small bowl, whisk the vinegar, mustard, sat and pepper together.  While whisking constantly, add the oil.

In a large bowl, gently toss the lettuce, onion, walnuts, and oranges.

Just before serving time, drizzle the salad with the vinaigrette and toss gently just to coat.

Sprinkle the cheese and seeds, if using, over the salad.