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.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

ITALIAN SAUSAGE SOUP

1 pkg (20-oz) precooked Italian sausage, diagonally sliced
1 cup chopped red onion
1 celery stalk with leaves, sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
5 cups low-sodium chicken, beef, or vegetable broth
1 1/2 cups peeled, cubed potatoes
1 cup chopped carrots
1 small fennel bulb, chopped
1/2 tsp fennel seed
2 tsp Italian seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste
1 small head of cabbage, sliced
2 cups thinly sliced kale leaves with the tough stems removed
1 can (15-oz) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (14 1/2-oz) diced tomatoes, do not drain
1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese for garnish, optional
1/4 cup sliced basil leaves for garnish,

In a Dutch oven or large saucepan, brown the sausage for 5 minutes; add the onion, celery and garlic.  Saute mixture for 5 minutes; drain any excess fat from the pot.

Add the broth to the pot along with the potatoes, carrots, fennel, fennel seed, Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered, 40 minutes or until the veggies are tender.

Stir in the cabbage, kale, beans and tomatoes; return to boiling and cook 15 minutes.

To serve, ladle soup into bowls and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and fresh basil, if desired.