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, December 10, 2013


1 1/4 cups chopped onion
1 cup chopped green bell pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 tbsp canola oil
1 can (28-oz) kidney beans, drained
1 can (28-oz) stewed tomatoes, do not drain
1 cup red wine OR water
3 cups cooked and cubed turkey
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp chopped cilantro
1 tsp crushed red pepper
1/2 tsp salt
Shredded Mexican-blend cheese for garnish, optional
Additional chopped onion for garnish, optional
Fresh cilantro for garnish, optional

In a large, saucepan over medium-high heat, heat the oil; add the onion, bell pepper, and garlic.  Cook veggies until tender.  Add the beans, tomatoes with their liquid, wine OR water, turkey, chili powder, cilantro, crushed red pepper, and salt. Cover the saucepan and reduce heat to simmer.  Cook 25 minutes or until heated through.

Ladle into serving bowls and top with any or all of the garnishes listed above.