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.

Monday, December 16, 2013


1 tbsp butter
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1 cup low-fat mayonnaise
3 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon
1 tsp lemon zest
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
4 cups chopped cooked chicken breasts
1 1/2 cups diced Granny Smith apples
1 cup diced celery
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
salt, to taste
freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Melt the butter in a small skillet over medium-low heat; add pecans.  Cook pecans, stirring, for 6 to 8 minutes until they are toasted.  Remove from heat and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, tarragon, lemon zest and juice.  Stir in the chicken, apples, celery, and until just until well blended.  Add salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 but up to 24 hours.

Just before serving, stir in 1/2 cup of the pecans.  Sprinkle the remaining pecans over the top.

I have had this recipe for some time. I think I got it from Southern Living magazine.  I noticed it because it is a lot like a chicken salad my daughter buys somewhere here in Texas.