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.

Friday, July 14, 2017


Pumpkin is a very healthy food and should not be put on the back shelf until Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Eat it year round.  This Pumpkin Baked Penne is a good way to enjoy pasta and get the benefits of pumpkin.  It falls within the healthy ratio of carbs to proteins for diabetics!

1 pkg (14.5-oz) multigrain penne (always use multi-grain or whole-grain pastas!)
1 tsp canola or olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 cup low-fat ricotta cheese
1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 can (15-oz) pumpkin
1 can (28-oz) crushed tomatoes
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
3/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 cup shredded reduced-fat mozzarella cheese
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cook the pasta according to package directions leaving out any salt or butter/oils; drain.

In a large saucepan or a Dutch oven, heat the olive or canola oil.  Add the onion and garlic, cooking and stirring for about 3 minutes to soften.  Add the ricotta cheese, chicken broth, pumpkin, tomatoes, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes.  Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.  Remove from the heat and stir in the drained pasta.

Lightly spray a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.  Pour the pasta mixture into the dish and sprinkle with the mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. 

Bake pasta at 375 degrees for approximately a half hour until bubbly and the cheese is melted and turned a golden brown.

Yield: 9 servings

Note: File Photo