WELCOME TO DIABETIC ENJOYING FOOD

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.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

BAKED VEGETABLE ZITI

2 cups uncooked whole-grain ziti
1/2 tbsp olive or canola oil
2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
3 cups zucchini wedges (about 1/4-inch thick)
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
2 cups low-sugar or sugar-free pasta sauce, divided
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese, optional

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the ziti; cook 7 to 9 minutes or until al dente. Drain well and rinse. (Yes, rinse the pasta.  I know Italians say never rinse the pasta.  Diabetics need to rinse the pasta to get rid of excess starch!)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the mushrooms; cook 2 to 3 minutes until slightly browned.  Stir in zucchini, salt, and Italian seasonings.  Remove from heat and set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the drained ziti, ricotta cheese, and 1 1/2 cups of the pasta sauce.

Spray the bottom on an 8-inch square baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.  Spoon half the ziti mixture into the dish. Layer the mushroom mixture over the pasta; top with the remaining ziti mixture. Pour the remaining pasta sauce over the top.  Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese over all.

Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and has some browned spots.  Remove from oven and let stand 15 minutes before serving.

Sprinkle servings with Parmesan cheese, if using.

Yield: 4 servings
Per serving: 340 calories, 49 g carbs, 16 g protein, dietary fiber 7 g

Note: Serve with a salad or a green vegetable such as broccoli.  Skip the garlic bread!