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, August 4, 2015


1 lb 90% lean ground beef
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cans diced tomatoes - do not drain
2 cans (14 1/2-oz each) beef broth
1 can (8-oz) tomato sauce
1 cup frozen corn
1/4 cup tomato paste
2 tsp Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 1/2 cups uncooked whole-wheat spiral pasta
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, optional

In a large saucepan, cook beef, bell pepper and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Stir to break up beef crumbles as meat cooks. Add the garlic and cook another minute. Drain well.

Stir the tomatoes, beef broth, tomato paste, and seasonings; bring to a boil. Stir in the pasta; return to a boil. Reduce the heat to simmer and cook, covered, 10-12 minutes (pasta should be tender).

Before serving, sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese if using.

Yield: 8 servings
Per serving: 280 calories, 35 g carbs, 20 g protein
Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1 1/2 starch