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.

Sunday, September 14, 2014


3 lbs fresh green beans, trimmed
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp olive or coconut oil
3 garlic cloves, sliced very thin
1 cup fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
2 tsp freshly grated orange peel

Heat a large saucepot with 7 to 8 quarts of water to a boil. Add 1 tablespoon salt and the green beans; cook 8 to 10 minutes or until crisp-tender, stirring occasionally. Drain and thoroughly rinse with cold water until no longer hot. Drain well. (At this stage beans can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days with the following finishes just before serving.)

In a large saucepot heat the oil over medium heat.  Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute while stirring. Add the green beans, 3/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper. Cook 3 to 5 minutes or until the beans are heated through, stirring often.

Remove beans for the heat and stir in the basil, mint, and orange peel.

My version of an old Good Housekeeping recipe.