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.

Friday, August 18, 2017

QUICK AND EASY RASPBERRY HOT CHOCOLATE

Make yourself a tasty cup of raspberry-flavored hot chocolate the quick and easy way.  I use water.  If you want yours rich and you don't have a serious diabetic problem, you could use milk instead.

2 pkts Splenda Raspberry-flavored Flavor Accents
1 pkt sugar-free hot chocolate mix
1 cup boiling water
1 tbsp sugar-free thawed whipped topping

Pour the hot chocolate mix into a mug and add the Splenda packets; stir to mix well.  Pour the boiling water into the mug and stir until dissolved.  Add the whipped topping and enjoy!

Yield: 1 cup cocoa

Thursday, August 17, 2017

HOMEMADE SEASONING MIX FOR CHICKEN, STEAK, BURGERS, ETC

Here is a great seasoning mix you can make at home without using any salt or sugar products.  Add this to chicken, fish, or meats before grilling, baking, etc.

1/2 tsp rosemary
1 tsp sage
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp basil
1/2 cup cracked black pepper

Note: All this spices are from your spice rack, not fresh.

Combine the above ingredients and store in a zip-top plastic storage bag or an airtight container.

Yield: about a half cup of seasoning.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

SALMON CASSEROLE

4 large eggs, beaten
1 can (10 3/4-oz) reduced-fat cream of mushroom soup
1 tsp dill weed
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 can salmon, drained, flaked
1 pkg (10-oz) frozen green peas, thawed
2 cups shredded Sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease or spray a 12 x 7.5-inch baking dish; set aside.

In a large bowl mix te eggs, soup, dill and black pepper together well.  Add the flaked salmon, peas, half the cheese, bell pepper, onion, and bread crumbs.  Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.  Sprinkle the remaining cheese over casserole and bake another couple of minutes until cheese melts.  Remove from oven and let stand 10 minutes before cutting into squares for serving.

Yield: 8 servings

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Monday, August 14, 2017

GROUND BEEF STUFFED MUSHROOMS

1 lb lean ground beef
2 tsp prepared horseradish
1 tsp chopped chives
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
18 large white mushrooms
1/2 cup beef or vegetable broth

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Set out a shallow baking dish large enough to hold mushrooms in a single layer.

Combine the ground beef, horseradish, chives, garlic, and pepper in a medium bowl.

Remove the stems from the mushrooms, chop a couple of them very fine and add to beef mixture, if desired.  Stuff the mushrooms with the beef mixture.

Place mushrooms in a shallow baking dish, stuffed sides up; pour the broth over the mushrooms.  Bake at 350 degrees until browned and beef is cooked through, approximately 20 minutes.

Yield: 1 1/2 dozen appetizers.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

HEALTHY OVEN-FRIED CHICKEN

8 chicken legs and/or thighs - bone-in, skins removed
1 1/2 tbsp Dijon mustard
2 cups fresh crumbled whole-grain bread crumbs
1 tsp smoked paprika*
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Line a baking pan with aluminum foil and spray with olive oil or canola oil nonstick cooking spray; set aside.

Pat the chicken dry with paper towels and rub completely with the Dijon mustard.

In a shallow bowl or a pie plate, combine the bread crumbs, paprika, cayenne, salt, and black pepper; dredge the chicken in the mixture to coat overall; pat to hold crumbs in place.  Arrange the chicken in the prepared baking sheet; spray with the nonstick spray.

Bake at 450 degrees for 20 minutes.  Reduce the heat to 425 degrees and bake until golden brown and juices run clear when pierced with fork, about 10 to 15 minutes.

*regular paprika may be used

Note: This is a file photo.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

PEPPER-STEAK KABOBS

8 skewers (soak if using wooden)
1 cup ketchup
1/4 A-1 Steak Sauce
1/3 cup firmly packed Splenda brown sugar blend
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 lb boneless top sirloin, trimmed and cut in 32 chunks
1 green bell pepper, cut into 16 pieces
1 red or orange bell pepper, cut into 16 pieces

Combine the ketchup, steak sauce, Splenda, vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat.  Stir occasionally and cook until the Splenda is totally dissolved.  Remove from the heat and allow to cool.

Onto each skewer alternately with a piece of steak, a piece of red pepper, a piece of steak, a piece of green pepper, and repeat so that each skewer has 4 pieces of steak, two pieces of red pepper, and 2 pieces of green pepper.  Place skewers in a 9 x 13-inch glass baking dish; pour the cooled marinade over the skewers.  Cover with foil and refrigerate from 2 hours to overnight.

Preheat broiler to high and coat a rimmed baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray (or grill kabobs).  Place kabobs on the baking sheet or grill, discarding an excess marinade.  Broil or grill about 15 minutes or until meat reaches the desired doneness.  Turn at least once during cooking.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

"CRAB" SPREAD

1 brick (8-oz) cream cheese, softened
1/4 lb imitation crabmeat, flaked
1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp chopped fresh dill

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Very lightly grease a small baking dish or a pie pan; set aside.

Combine the cream cheese, crabmeat, lemon juice, and dill together in a medium bowl.  Mix ingredients together well and spoon into the prepared dish.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes until golden and heated through.  Serve the spread warm with assorted whole-grain crackers or party breads.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

JERK CHICKEN STRIPS

1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 12 strips
2 tsp allspice
2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp canola oil

Combine the spices and mix together well in a shallow dish or pie plate.  Toss the chicken strips in the mixture and coat completely.

In a medium skillet, over medium-high heat, bring the canola oil to hot.  Add the chicken strips, in batches if necessary, and cook on both sides until cooked through.

Serve while hot.

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

MARINATED ONIONS AND MUSHROOMS

1 lb button mushrooms, cleaned, washed, cut in half lengthwise
1 medium sweet or red onion, cut in half lengthwise, sliced thin
1/4 cup vinegar (I prefer white)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil or canola oil
2 tbsp Splenda Granulated
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 to 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

In a medium saucepan place the mushrooms and add enough water to cover.  Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to medium-low, simmer 20 minutes; drain and allow to cool to room temperature.

Into a glass bowl or other glass container that has a tight-fitting lid, combine the vinegar, oil, Splenda, oregano, salt and pepper; mix together well.  Add the onion and mushrooms, stir to combine.  Place lid on container and refrigerate for at least two hours up to a week.

Note: Mushrooms are healthy for a diabetic's diet.  This recipe is also tasty for the whole gang, diabetic or not!

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Friday, August 4, 2017

LEMON-RICOTTA HOTCAKES

The carb to protein ratio (see nutritional info below) in these hotcakes makes them diabetic-friendly. However, do not spoil that with the topping or syrup you use. Be sure to use only diabetic-friendly toppings such as fresh fruit, sugar-free syrup or a sugar-free or low sugar jam.

1 cup all-purpose flour*
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, separated
1 cup buttermilk
2/3 cup whole-milk ricotta cheese
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
1. Heat oven to 200°F. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg and salt in large bowl. Whisk egg yolks, buttermilk, ricotta cheese, sugar and lemon peel in medium bowl until blended.
2. Beat egg whites in medium bowl at medium-high speed until soft peaks form. Stir ricotta mixture into flour mixture just until combined. Fold in egg whites.
3. Heat griddle or large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot; oil griddle. Ladle batter by scant 1/4 cupfuls onto griddle, spreading to 4-inch rounds. Cook 2 minutes or until bubbles break surface of pancakes. Turn; cook 1 minute or until golden brown. Place in oven to keep warm while cooking remaining pancakes.
About 15 (4-inch) pancakes
PER PANCAKE: 75 calories, 2.5 g total fat (1 g saturated fat), 3.5 g protein, 9.5 g carbohydrate, 35 mg cholesterol, 160 mg sodium, .5 g fiber
 *Even better for diabetics, use a whole-grain flour such as white whole-wheat.
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CHICKEN BREASTS OVER VEGETABLES

2 stalks celery, chopped
1 cup mushrooms, chopped
1 cup carrots, chopped
4 green onions, sliced thin
1/2 of a medium green bell pepper, diced
2 medium zucchini, diced
poultry seasoning to taste
1/2 cup chicken broth
2  boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/8 tsp paprika

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl combine the celery, mushrooms, carrots, onions, bell pepper, and zucchini with the poultry seasoning.  Place the mixture in the prepare loaf pan.  Place the chicken breasts on top of the vegetable mixture.  Sprinkle with the paprika.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

SAUSAGE AND VEGGIE SKILLET DINNER


 This recipe is a good one for diabetics who are craving a comfort meal. I wouldn't eat often but a great occasional meal. See nutrition info below.

1 tbsp olive or coconut oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 pkg (12-oz) fully cooked Italian chicken sausage links, cut into 1-inch pieces
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
8 medium-size red potatoes, sliced thin
1 pkg (10-oz) frozen corn
1 1/4 cups vegetable broth
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 cups fresh baby spinach leaves

Heat the oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat; add the onion and sausage, cook and stir until the onion is tender and sausage is browned. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes; cook for 1 minute.

Add the potatoes, corn, broth and black pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 12 to 15 minutes until the potatoes are tender.

Add spinach to skillet and cook just until wilted.

Yield: 4 servings
Per serving: 413 calories, 11g fat (3g sat), 58 g carbs, 7g fiber, 22g protein
NOTE: This recipe has a carb to protein ratio that makes it okay for diabetics. A good diabetic dish when you really want some potatoes and corn!

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BEAN SALSA

2 cans black beans, rinsed
2 cans black-eyed peas, drained
1 can whole-kernel corn, drained
2 cans chunk tomatoes with green chiles
2 tsp garlic powder
1 bottle Italian salad dressing
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 red onion, chopped

Combine all ingredients in a bowl with a lid until mixed well.  Cover and refrigerate overnight before serving with tortilla chips or Beanito chips.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

SMOKED TURKEY SALAD SANDWICHES

1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup fat-free plain yogurt
1/4 cup dill relish
2 cups chopped deli smoked turkey breast
1/2 cup thinly sliced celery
4 whole-grain sandwich rolls
4 lettuce leaves
1 medium tomato, sliced
In a large mixing bowl combine the mayonnaise and yogurt. Stir in the relish. Add the turkey and celery; toss to combine the mixture well.

Divide the mixture between the 4 sandwich rolls and add a lettuce leaf and tomato slices to each sandwich.

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