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.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

TUNA NOODLE CASSEROLE

By elimating the refined grains in regular pasta and all-purpose flour and the fat in the milk, diabetics can enjoy this when they want a comfort food meal. Serve with a green salad or steamed broccoli and leave off any bread.

7-oz uncooked whole-grain pasta
2 tbsp butter
3/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup thinly sliced celery
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
2 tbsp white whole-wheat flour or garbanzo bean flour
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 1/2 cup fat-free milk
1 can (6-oz) albacore tune in water, drained
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Spray an 8-inch square baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

Cook pasta according to the package directions (do not overcook). Drain and set aside.

Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat; add onion and cook for 3 minutes. Add the celery and red bell pepper; cook, stirring, for another 3 minutes. Sprinkle the flour, salt and pepper over the vegetables. Cook, stirring, another minute. Stir in the milk and cook, stirring, until thickened; remove from heat.

Add the pasta, tuna, and half the cheese to the skillet mixture; stir until pasta is well coated. Pour into the prepared baking dish and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.

Bake at 375 degrees, uncovered, 20 to 25 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Yield: 4 servings