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.

Monday, October 3, 2016

LASAGNA WITH TURKEY SAUSAGE

This recipe makes lasagna accepted for a diabetic's diet. Remember to control your portion size! And leave off the garlic bread if your blood sugar isn't under control.

9 uncooked whole-wheat lasagna noodles
1 carton (15-oz) ricotta cheese
1 tbsp spoon dried basil
1 egg, beaten
16-oz shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese, divided
1 lb Italian turkey sausage, cooked, crumbled, drained
1 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
5 cups low-sugar spaghetti sauce
1 tbsp fresh parsley for garnish, if desired

Cook noodles according to package directions; drain.

While noodles cook, preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine ricotta cheese, basil, egg and 1 cup of the mozzarella; mix together well.

In a small bowl, combine the sausage and bell pepper.

Spread 1/2 cup of the spaghetti sauce in the bottom of an ungreased 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Top with 3 of the cooked noodles. Spread 1 1/2 cups of the spaghetti sauce over the noodles. Top with half the ricotta mixture then half the sausage/pepper mixture. Sprinkle with 1 1/2 cups of the mozzarella cheese. Top with 3 noodles, 1 1/2 cups spaghetti sauce, remaining ricotta mixture, remaining sausage mixture, 3 noodles then remaining spaghetti sauce. Cover tightly with foil.

Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. Uncover dish; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese. Cover and bake an additional 15 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Uncover and let stand 15 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley before serving, if desired.

Yield: 12 servings
Per serving: 380 calories, 25 g total carbs, 2 g sugar, 24 g protein

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