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.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

VEGETABLE STRATA

4 cups whole-grain bread cubes 

1 cup chopped chopped onion
1 lb fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
2 cups fresh baby spinach
6 large eggs
1 cup fat-free milk
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup fresh sliced mushrooms
2 plum tomatoes, sliced thin
1/2 cup reduced-fat feta cheese
1/4 cup snipped fresh basil

Spray a rectangular 2-quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Place half of the bread crumbs over the bottom of the dish.

In a medium sauce with a lid, cook the asparagus and onion in a small amount of water 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the spinach and immediately drain well. Spoon half of the mixture over the bread in the dish. Sprinkle the mushrooms over the mixture. Top with the remaining bread cubes and the remaining asparagus mixture; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper. Pour the egg mixture evenly over the ingredients in the baking dish. Using the back of a large spoon, gently press down the layers. Arrange the tomato slices over the top and sprinkle with the basil and cheese. Cover with foil and refrigerate at least 4 hours but up to 24 hours.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Bake covered for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake another 40 minutes or until the center reads 180 degrees on a food thermometer. At this point you will notice some liquid standing in the center but it will be absorbed while the mixture is standing to cool. Allow to stand on a wire rack for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Yield: 6 servings This recipe has 2/3 as many proteins as carbs making it a good diabetic choice.

Note: I do not have a picture of this dish but the file photo below is a close representation.