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, May 30, 2017

APPLE-PEAR CRISP

1/3 cup old fashion oats
2 tbsp Splenda Brown Sugar Blend
2 tbsp whole-wheat flour
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp cold butter, cut into small pieces
2 large Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced
1 large pear, peeled and sliced
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Coat an 8-inch square baking dish or pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine the oats, Splenda, flour and cinnamon, mixing well. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Place the sliced apples and pears in the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the oat mixture evenly over top of fruit. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until the topping is lightly browned and the fruit is tender when pierced with a fork.
Yield: 6 servings of 1/2 cup each


Saturday, May 27, 2017

QUICK AND EASY CORN SALAD

2 cans no salt added whole kernel corn, drained
1 small green bell pepper, chopped
1 small red bell pepper, chopped
2 tbsp finely chopped red onion
2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro, optional
1/4 cup Zesty Italian Salad Dressing (watch the sugar content)

Combine the corn, peppers, onion and cilantro, if using, in a bowl. Pour the salad dressing overall and toss to coat. Best when allowed to chill for 45-1 hour.

This salad is good for camping and picnics as there is no mayonnaise.

Note: File Photo




SPICY BEAN SALSA

1 can black-eyed peas, drained

1 can black beans, drained
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
1/2 cup chopped purple onion
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
2 cans diced tomatoes, undrained
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1 bottle (8-oz) Italian salad dressing (watch sugar content)
Tortilla chips for dipping, optional
chopped jalapeno peppers, optional*

In a large glass bowl, combine all ingredients except the chips. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate for several hours to allow the flavors to blend.

*Jalapeno peppers are hot so do not use unless you want the added heat. If using, handle with gloves; do not touch eyes or face while working with jalapenos!

Note: File Photo



Friday, May 26, 2017

BANANA NUT BREAD

3 large well-ripened bananas

1 egg or 1/4 cup egg substitute
1/2 cup sugar-free applesauce
1/3 cup low-fat milk
1/3 cup Splenda Blend
1 tsp. salt, optional
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 cups white whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mash bananas with a fork. Add egg, applesauce, milk, sugar or Splenda, salt, baking soda and baking powder to bananas. Mix well with fork. Slowly stir in the flour. Stir only until flour is moistened. Fold in chopped nuts. Lightly grease a loaf pan with cooking spray. Pour batter into pan. Bake 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.

Note: File Photo

Thursday, May 25, 2017

CURRIED TURKEY APPLE SALAD

1/4 cup diced red onion

1 tbsp canola or olive oil
1 tbsp curry powder
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp Splenda Granular
1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise
2 celery stalks, sliced thin
1 medium red apple, cut into small chunks
1 lb roasted turkey breast, chopped
salad greens
1/4 cup chopped toasted walnuts

Place the oil, curry powder and onion in a small saucepan and heat over medium-high heat. Simmer a couple minutes until the onion is tender. Add the lemon juice and Splenda; simmer about a minute or until sauce begins to thicken. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

When sauce is cooled, stir in the mayonnaise, blending well. Place the celery, apple, and turkey in a large bowl. Add the sauce and toss until salad ingredients are evenly coated.

To serve: Place salad greens on 4 salad plates. Top greens with the turkey salad and sprinkle with the toasted walnuts.

Note: File Photo

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

VENISON STEAK WITH BLUEBERRIES

2 tablespoons butter, melted

4 venison steaks, 1/2-inch thick
1 large lemon, juiced and peel grated
1 cup chicken broth
4 tablespoons butter
1 cup fresh blueberries*
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground ginger
salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper to taste

Melt the 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet. Add the vension steaks and cook until medium rare (or desired doneness) and browned on both sides. Remove to a platter and keep warm.

De-glaze the skillet with the chicken broth, lemon juice, and lemon rind. Cook over high heat until the liquid is reduced to a half cup. Lower the heat to medium and add the 4 tablespoons of butter, whisking in 1 at a time. Add the blueberries, cinnamon, ginger, salt, and pepper to the sauce.

To serve, pour the blueberry sauce over the steaks and serve immediately.

Note: File Photo

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

LINDA'S FAVORITE CORNBREAD

Cornbread is one of my very favorite foods. It is also one of the foods that raises my blood sugar quicker than just about anything. Over the years I tried several experiments and have come up with this as my favorite cornbread. It does not raise my blood sugar and it is quite tasty. I serve it to my family and they enjoy it, too. I make a recipe of it a week and keep it in baggies in the refrigerator. I take out a square at a time, wrap it in a paper towel and microwave it about 15 to 30 seconds (in my microwave, it might be different in yours). It is just as good as straight from the oven. Of course a small pat of butter makes it even better!

Here are my ingredients assembled for this recipe. No, I don't whisk it but I do like to mix it with a whisk then I use a rubber or silicone spatula to give it a stir and to spread it in the pan. It does need to be spread as it is not a runny batter.


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
Spray a round or square 9-in square pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.

3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
1 1/4 cups white whole-wheat flour (if I have it, I replace the 1/4 cup with garbanzo bean flour)
1/4 cup Splenda granular (I usually use the Kroger brand which is pictured above)
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt (optional, but I always use it)
1 cup low-fat milk (I use 2%)
1 large egg
1/4 cup canola or coconut oil

In a mixing bowl, using a whisk, blend the cornmeal, flour/s, Splenda, baking powder and salt until combined. Stir in the milk, add the egg that has been lightly beaten, and the oil. Stir to blend together well.

Using a spatula, spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan and bake at 400 degrees 20-25 minutes. For my oven I set my timer at 21 minutes and it turns out just the way I like it.

The finished product.






BROCCOLI WITH ORANGE CREAM SAUCE

1 1/2 lbs fresh broccoli, cut into florets

6 oz fat-free cream cheese, cubed
1/4 cup fat-free milk
1/4 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp grated orange peel
1/4 cup unsweetened orange juice
2 tbsp chopped walnuts

Steam broccoli for 6 to 8 minutes or until crisp-tender. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the cream cheese, milk, thyme, salt and orange peel. Cook and stir over low heat until blended. Stir in orange juice until combined. Place broccoli in a serving dish; top with the orange sauce and sprinkle with nuts.

Yields 6 servings 3/4 cup each =126 calories, 14 g carbs, 12 g protein

Note: File Photo

Monday, May 22, 2017

HOMEMADE POPSICLES

Make your own popsicles that are sugar-free, do not melt easily and you can choose your own flavors. Use popsicle cups or make in small paper cups with a popsicle stick.


1 pkg (4-serving size) sugar-free gelatin, your flavor choice
1 pkg (2-qt size) sugar-free drink mix
1 cup boiling water
7 cups cold water

In a 2-quart pitcher dissolve gelatin in 1 cup hot water; stir to completely dissolve. Add the drink mix powder; stir to dissolve. Add the cold water. Stir mixture to blend then pour into popsicle cups. Freeze until solid.

Note: File Photo

Sunday, May 21, 2017

CHILI-SPICED CHICKEN

8 skinless, boneless chicken breasts

2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp chile powder
Cooking oil spray

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine spices in a small bowl. Sprinkle spice mixture evenly over chicken breasts. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Spray pan with cooking spray. Add chicken to pan and saute about 2 minutes on each side. Remove chicken to a shallow baking pan and bake approximately 15 minutes or until juices run clear.

Note: File Photo

Saturday, May 20, 2017

BANANA-NUT-SOUR CREAM MUFFINS

1 cup Splenda granulated

1/4 cup canola or coconut oil
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 eggs
1 cup white whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup garbanzo bean flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 1/4 cup mashed ripe bananas
1/2 cup low-fat sour cream
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Using a large spatula or wooden spoon, mix the Splenda with the oil and applesauce until creamy. Add the eggs and beat together well.

Combine the two flours with the baking soda and salt; add to the egg mixture and blend together well.

Add the bananas, sour cream, and vanilla extract; stir until well blended. Stir in the nuts.

Divide batter equally into 18 muffin cups that have been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.  Bake at 350 degrees approximately 25 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

I was out of pecans so these don't have nuts but they are still very tasty.

SALMON HASH

1 can (15 1/2-oz) can red salmon, drained

2 cups finely chopped, peeled potatoes
2 tbsp butter
3 green onions, finely chopped
1/8 tsp pepper

Remove and discard skin and bones from salmon; flake salmon with a fork and set aside. Saute potatoes in margarine in a large skillet 15 minutes or until tender. Remove from skillet and set aside. Add green onions to skillet and saute 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in pepper. Add the potatoes and salmon. Cook over medium heat, without stirring, until thoroughly heated.

Note: File Photo

Friday, May 19, 2017

GARLICKY SPINACH SALAD

1 lb fresh spinach

2 fresh tomatoes, sliced
6 scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced
1 cucumber, sliced
5 tbsp plain
 yogurt
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp dried thyme
Fresh ground black pepper

Wash spinach, remove stems and dry. Tear into pieces and place in salad bowl. Add tomatoes and scallions and use hands to combine with spinach. In a small mixing bowl, combine yogurt, oil, garlic, thyme and pepper. Add dressing mixture to the spinach mixture and mix well.

Note: File Photo

Thursday, May 18, 2017

TOMATO BASIL ROTINI WITH CHICKEN BREAST

12 oz pkg whole-wheat rotini
2 cups chopped plum tomatoes
1 1/4 cups sugar-free pasta sauce
1 tbsp basil
1 tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced OR 1 tsp garlic powder
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast
fresh basil leaves for garnish, optional
cherry tomatoes, halved, for garnish, optional

Cook pasta according to package directions and drain. While pasta cooks, grill or saute chicken breasts until no longer pink in the center. When thoroughly cooked, slice into strips. In a large mixing bowl, combine tomatoes, sauce, basil, olive oil, and garlic. Add cooked pasta and toss to combine. Top with the chicken strips. Sprinkle cheese over the top. Garnish dish with fresh basil leaves and halved cherry tomatoes, if desired. Serve warm.

Note: This is a file photo of a very similar recipe. This picture does not have the feta cheese topping.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

EASY GARBANZO BEAN SALAD

1 can (15-oz) garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
3 green onions, chopped
1 jar (4-oz) pimentos, chopped
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp Splenda granular
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

In a medium dish with a cover, combine all the above ingredients. Cover the dish and refrigerate at least one hour. Before serving, be sure lid is on tight and shake gently.

Yield: 4 servings

Note: Be sure to drain and rinse beans.



Tuesday, May 16, 2017

APPLE DUMPLINGS

2 cups self-rising flour*

1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup low-fat milk
5 cups chopped apples
1 cup Equal Sugar-Lite or Splenda Blend
1 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut flour into shortening as if making a pie crust. Add milk. Make into a dough and roll out into a rectangle. Add Equal and cinnamon to apples and mix together. Spread apple mixture over dough. Roll up jelly-roll style and cut into slices. Place into a baking pan and pour sauce over all. Bake 1 hour.

To make sauce: Bring to boiling:

2/3 cup butter, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 cup Splenda and 1 1/2 cups boiling water

NOTE: The sauce in this recipe uses 1/2 cup sugar. You can substitute 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce or go with the sugar if you don't like the applesauce results. But be aware of this when fitting this recipe into your diet!

* I recommend using 2 cups white whole-wheat flour and adding 2 1/2 teaspoon baking powder and 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt. I recommend that diabetics never use refined white flour.

Note: File Photo

Monday, May 15, 2017

COOL LIME CHEESECAKE

CRUST:

1 cup low-fat graham cracker crumbs
3 tbsp stick butter, melted
3 tbsp Equal Spoonful or 2 tbsp Splenda granular

FILLING:
2 pkgs (8 oz each) low-fat cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup Equal Spoonful or Splenda Granular
2 egg whites
1 egg
1/2 tsp grated lime peel
3 tbsp fresh lime juice

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

To make crust: Combine graham cracker crumbs, butter, Equal; press evenly over bottom and up side of an 8-inch springform pan. Bake for 8 minutes.

To make filling: In a medium mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and Equal until fluffy. Beat in egg, egg whites, lime juice and peel until well blended. Pour mixture into prepared crust. Bake at 325 degrees 30 to 35 minutes or until center is almost set. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack. Refrigerate at least 3 to 4 hours before serving.

Garnish with whipped cream and fresh lime slices, if desired.


Note: This is a file photo

Sunday, May 14, 2017

CHERRY ANGEL DELIGHT

1 sugar-free angel food cake

1 pkg (8 oz) light cream cheese, softened
1 small pkg sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp Splenda
1 can lite cherry pie filling or no-sugar-added cherry pie filling
1 small carton sugar-free frozen whipped topping, thawed
1/3 cup chopped pecans, if desired for garnish

Tear cake into bite size pieces and lay on bottom of a 9x13-inch pan. Mix pudding according to package directions and refrigerate until set. Mix cream cheese, vanilla and Splenda into the pudding. Pour mixture over top of cake pieces. Spread pie filling over pudding mixture. Top with whipped topping. Sprinkle chopped pecans over the top. Refrigerate 1 hour before cutting to serve.

Note: File Photo

Saturday, May 13, 2017

SUMMERTIME BLACK-CHERRY DESSERT

1 quart black cherries

2 cups water
1 pkg (4-serving size) sugar-free cherry gelatin
1/2 cup chopped almonds
whipped cream for garnish

Pit the cherries and combine the pitted cherries in a saucepan with the water.  Cover over low heat until the cherries are just tender.  Drain the cherries thoroughly but reserve the liquid.  Pour the liquid into a 2-cup measuring cup and add enough water to make 2 cups.

In saucepan, heat the cherry liquid to boiling; remove from heat and stir in the gelatin.  Stir to thoroughly dissolve.  Chill until the mixture is of a consistency similar to egg whites.  Fold in the cherries and the almonds.  Pour into individual dessert dishes or a serving dish.  Chill until firm.  Garnish with whipped cream before serving.


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Friday, May 12, 2017

CHOPPED APPLE SALAD

1/2 cup lite mayonnaise

1 tsp Splenda Granulated
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
3 cups chopped apples
1 cup thinly sliced celery
1 cup halved grapes
2 tbsp toasted chopped walnuts

In a large bowl combine the Splenda with the mayonnaise and cinnamon.  Add the chopped apples, the celery and the grapes; toss to coat well.  Refrigerate approximately 1 hour.  To serve, transfer to a salad bowl lined with lettuce leaves. Sprinkle with the chopped walnuts.

Note: File Photo

Thursday, May 11, 2017

MIXED SALAD WITH HOMEMADE POPPY SEED DRESSING

2 heads butter lettuce

1 head red leaf lettuce
2 cans (8-oz each) mandarin oranges
1 cup flaked unsweetened coconut*
1 cup slivered almonds
Poppy Seed Dressing (recipe follows)

Wash and drain both types of lettuce; break into bite-sized pieces. 

In a salad bowl combine the mandarin oranges with the lettuce pieces.  Add the dressing and toss lightly.  Sprinkle the coconut and almonds over the top.

*If unsweetened coconut is not available at your supermarket, check out natural food or health food shops.

POPPY SEED DRESSING

1/4 cup Splenda granulated or Stevia
1 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp poppy seed
1 small onion, chopped (I prefer red onion)
1/2 cup white wine vinegar
1 cup canola or olive oil

In a blender container combine the Splenda or Stevia, dry mustard, salt, onion and poppy seed; process until smooth.  Add the vinegar and oil gradually, processing constantly until smooth.  Store in refrigerator in a jar with a tight-fitting lid.  Shake before applying to salad.

Yield: 1 1/2 cup

Note: File Photo

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

PITA POCKET DIABETIC SANDWICH

Do you need a portable sandwich for those busy times?   Try this recipe.  This is okay for breakfast on the run, too.


1 Whole-wheat Pita, halved
1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese
1 small banana, sliced
4-5 walnut halves, chopped

Mix the cottage cheese, banana, and chopped walnuts together.  Divide mixture and use half to stuff each half of the pita pocket.

Approximately 46 g carbs and 21 g protein; a very good combination for a diabetic.

Note: This picture is not a brand preference.

Monday, May 8, 2017

YUM-YUM CHERRY CHEWBILEES

1 cup walnut pieces, divided

1 1/4 cups white whole-wheat flour
1/4 cup Splenda Brown Sugar Blend
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup unsweetened flaked coconut

Filling:
2 pkgs (8-oz ea) cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup Splenda
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 can (21 oz) no-sugar-added cherry pie filling

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13x9x2-inch pan; set aside.

Chop 1/2 cup of the nuts coarsely for garnish; set aside. Finely chop the remaining one-half cup of nuts. Combine the flour and Splenda Brown Sugar Blend. Cut butter into mixture until fine crumbs form. Add the finely chopped nuts and the coconut. Mix well. Remove 1/2 cup of mixture and set it aside. Press remaining crumb mixture into the bottom of prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned.

To make the filling, beat cream cheese, Splenda, eggs and vanilla extract in a small mixing bowl at medium speed of electric mixer until smooth. Spread mixture over the hot baked crust. Return to the oven and bake for another 15 minutes. Remove from oven. Spread the cherry pie filling over the filling layer. Combine the coarsely chopped nuts and the reserved crumb mixture together. Sprinkle evenly over the cherry pie filling. Return to the oven and bake another 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Refrigerate for several hours before cutting into squares to serve.

Note: Sorry, I can't find my picture of this dish.


Sunday, May 7, 2017

WHOLE GRAIN PIZZA CRUST

If you are a diabetic who loves pizza, do not be disheartened.  Make your own pizza starting with this healthy crust.


1 to 1 1/2 cups bread flour
1 cup white whole-wheat flour
1/4 cup yellow cornmeal (not cornbread mix!)
1/4 cup flaxseed meal
1 tsp active dry yeast
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees)

In a large bowl combine 1 cup of the bread flour, the whole-wheat flour, cornmeal, yeast, flaxseed meal, and salt.  Add the warm water and stir until combined.  Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface.  Knead in enough of the remaining bread flour to make a soft dough that is elastic.  This should take about 3 to 5 minutes.  Shape the dough into a ball.

Lightly grease a bowl and place the ball of dough into the bowl.  Turn ball once to allow top to be greased.  Cover dough and let rise in a warm spot for 2 to 3 hours until doubled in size.  Punch down the dough.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into two equal portions.  Cover and let rest for approximately 10 minutes before using.

Yield: Enough dough for 2 12-inch pizzas.

Note: File Photo

Friday, May 5, 2017

EASY OREO COOKIE DESSERT

2 small pkgs sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix

3 cups low-fat milk
8-oz light cream cheese, softened
8-oz carton frozen sugar-free whipped topping, thawed
16 Oreo sugar-free cookies, broken into pieces
Extra Oreo cookies to break over the top as garnish, if desired.

Mix together pudding mix and milk on low speed of electric mixer; add cream cheese and mix until well blended. Add whipped topping and mix well with a large spoon (do not use mixer). Add cookie pieces and mix in. Place in a serving dish and chill for several hours or overnight before serving.


Note: File Photo

Thursday, May 4, 2017

PORK AND APPLE BREAKFAST SAUSAGES

NOTE: I found this recipe in a Diabetes Cookbook from Prevention Magazine several years ago. The picture is a file photo.


1 lb pork tenderloin, cut into chunks
1/2 medium to large apple, peeled and cut into chunks
3/4 tsp poultry seasoning
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp salt

Put the pork, apple and spices into the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Process about 1 minute until finely chopped. Wash hands thoroughly then using hands shape the mixture into 24 patties. Coat tops lightly with vegetable oil spray. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Place patties, sprayed side down, in pan. Cook approximately 5 minutes, turning as needed, until brown and no pink remains. Reduce heat if the patties start to brown too quickly.

This makes 8 servings of 3 patties each. Per serving: 73 calories, 1 g carbs, 12 g protein

After cooking, patties may be kept in refrigerator in a resealable plastic freezer bag for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 6 weeks. To reheat, place on a microwave-safe plate, cover loosely with waxed paper or paper towel. Microwave on medium power for 1 minute or until heated through.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

GRAHAM CRACKER PIE CRUST FOR DIABETICS

1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs

3 tbsp Splenda granulated
6 tbsp butter, melted

Combine crumbs and sugar in a medium bowl.  Stir in the melted butter until well blended.  Press mixture onto the bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie plate.  Chill 1 hour before filling with your favorite pie filling.

NOTE: This is not a sugar-free pie crust. The graham crackers have 6 grams of sugar per 5 tablespoon. By using the Splenda instead of sugar, this recipe becomes diabetic-friendly when filled with a sugar-free filling.


Note: File Photo

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

CHICKEN GREEN SALAD

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

1 tbsp olive or canola oil
2 tsp chopped fresh thyme or 3/4 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
8 cups mixed salad greens
1/4 cup reduced-fat balsamic vinaigrette
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

Place the chicken breasts between two pieces of plastic wrap and pound into a thickness of 1/2-inch.  Drizzle the oil over the chicken and sprinkle with the salt, pepper, and thyme.

Spray a grill pan with nonstick cooking spray.  Cook chicken on the grill at a medium-high heat for 3 to 4 minutes per side or until the juices run clear.  Chicken is not done until the juices run clear!

Toss the salad greens with the vinaigrette and tomatoes; divide between 4 plates.  Place a chicken breast atop the greens on each plate.

Yield: 4 servings
Per serving: 258 calories, 41 grams protein and 11 grams carbohydrates

Note: Feel free to add fresh mushrooms, bell pepper, etc to suit your taste.

Note: This is a file photo.