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, March 24, 2015


4 cups uncooked whole-wheat spiral pasta
1 lb very lean ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 cans (14.5-oz each) Italian diced tomatoes, undrained
1 jar (24-oz) low-sugar meatless spaghetti sauce
2 cups finely chopped fresh kale
1 pkg (9-10 oz) frozen peas, thawed
3/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp pepper
Grated Parmesan cheese, optional

Cook pasta according to the package directions.

Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven or very large saucepan, cook beef, onion, garlic cloves over meat heat until the meat is no longer pink. Stir mixture during cooking to break up the beef into small crumbles; drain in a colander.

Return beef mixture to pan and stir in the tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, kale, peas, garlic powder and pepper. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, uncovered 8 to 10 minutes.

Drain the pasta and stir it into the sauce mixture.

Serve with a sprinking of the grated Parmesan, if desired.

Yield: 8 servings
Per Serving of 1 12 cups without cheese: 302 calories, 5 g fat (2 g sat), 35 mg cholesterol, 837 mg sodium, 43 g carbs, 7 g fiber, 20 g protein.
Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat, 2 vegetables

The idea for this recipe came from an old Healthy Cooking magazine.