Diabetic Dish of the Week – Baked Stuffed Apples

January 19, 2016 at 6:35 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Dish of the Week | Leave a comment
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For this week’s Diabetic Dish of the Week – Baked Stuffed Apples. A Diabetic Friendly that will go great as a side dish with any meal. You can find this recipe along with all the other Diabetic Friendly recipes on the CooksRecipes website! http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html



Baked Stuffed Apples

Diabetic-friendly recipe for baked apples stuffed with chopped dates.Cooksrecipes 2

Recipe Ingredients:

4 small baking apples
1 teaspoon butter or margarine
2 tablespoons Equal® Spoonful™
1/3 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons finely chopped dates

Cooking Directions

Remove apple cores, leaving 1/2-inch at bottom of each apple. Prick skins with fork; set aside.
In a small shallow microwaveable casserole, melt margarine. Stir in Equal, cinnamon, lemon juice and dates. Spoon date mixture into apple centers; place apples in casserole.
Microwave, covered, at High (100%) for 4 to 6 minutes or until apples are tender. Let stand a few minutes and spoon liquid back into apples before serving.
Makes 4 servings.


Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/4 of recipe): 90 calories, 0.4 g protein, 1/3 g fat, 21.4 g carbohydrate.


Easy and Practical Tips for Counting Carbs Accurately

January 17, 2016 at 5:48 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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From the Diabetic Living Online website, Easy & Practical Tips for Counting Carbs Accurately. Here’s some great tips and advice on counting those carbs. Whether you eat at home or eating out, you’ll find some helpful tips to eat healthy! You can find all these tips along with all the healthy and delicious recipes at the Diabetic Living Online website. http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/


Easy & Practical Tips for Counting Carbs AccuratelyDiabetic living logo

You can get better at nailing your carbohydrate counts when following a diabetic diet. Hone your carb-counting skills at home with these tried-and-true tips, then eat restaurant meals with confidence.



Count Carbs More Accurately

Count the grams of carbohydrate you eat. It’s not always a piece of cake (or pie), right? Fortunately, help is near. To dig up practical pointers, we’ve reached out to people with firsthand experience. Learn and more accurately estimate the carbohydrate in the foods you commonly eat and recipes you love with help from these tried-and-true tips for eating at home and dining out.
Eating In

The best place to practice your carb-counting skills is in the privacy of your home. This way you can feel comfortable learning the numbers, compiling your favorite foods, and taking time to improve your health. Slides 3-9 are tips from people who have learned to juggle the numbers at home. To skip to the tips for helping count carbs while eating out, go to Slides 10-16.
Estimate Portions at Home

Face it. You’ll have to do a lot of estimating. The better you train your eyes to estimate portions, the more precise you’ll be. Keep your eyes honest by double-checking your portions.

“Once a month I put my oatmeal, cold cereal, pasta, rice, and other starches I eat in my usual serving bowl or plate. But before I take a bite, I put it in a measuring cup to check up on my estimates,” says Amanda DiMatteo, PWD type 1. Amanda finds that without measuring tools, her portions grow.


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Diabetic Dish of the Week – Ziti Ratatouille

January 12, 2016 at 6:47 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Dish of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dish of the Week is a Ziti Ratatouille.


Ziti Ratatouille
(Makes 8 Servings)

1 large Eggplant cut into 1/2 inch cubes
2 medium Zucchini cut into 1/2 cubes
1 Green or Red Bell Pepper cut into 1/4 inch pieces
1 large Onion chopped
4 cloves Garlic
1 jar (about 24 oz) Marinara Sauce
2 cans (about 14 oz each) Diced Tomatoes with Onion and Garlic
1 6 oz can Black Pitted Olives (drained)
1 pkg (8 oz) uncooked Ziti Pasta
* Lemon Juice and Shredded Parmesan Cheese (optional)

1 – Combine eggplant, zucchini, bell pepper, onions, garlic, marinara sauce and tomatoes in crock pot. Cover, cook on low 4 1/2 hours.
2 – Stir in olives and pasta, cook 25-30 minutes. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese if desired before serving.

Serving Size – 1 1/2 Cups
Calories – 275, Total Fat – 7g, Saturated Fat – 1g, Protein – 8g, Carbs – 47g, Cholesterol – 2mg, Dietary Fiber – 7g, Sodium – 692mg

Healthy 30-Minute Meals

January 10, 2016 at 6:10 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | 1 Comment
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You can find all these Healthy 30-Minute Meals on the Diabetic Living Online website! http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/

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Fast, delicious, and healthful? You really can have it all with these yummy meals that come together in 30 minutes or less!



Sauteed Chicken Breasts with Simple Chive Sauce

Flavorful chicken is simmered in an easy-to-make wine and chive sauce. Serve with in-season vegetables for a quick side, and you’ll keep this meal low in carbs…….

Greek Feta Burgers

Forget the other half of the bun for these burgers! Topped with a fresh and simple Cucumber Sauce, tomato, and spinach, these one-of-a-kind burgers offer bold flavors, plus a healthy dose of protein, vitamin C, iron, and calcium…….

Open-Face Reubens

Cut out calories and fat by whipping up a flavorful slaw to top this quick-fix classic. Ask for lower-sodium roast beef at your deli counter……



* Click the link below to get all the Healthy 30-Minute Meals


22 Foods to Avoid with Diabetes

January 5, 2016 at 6:34 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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From the Diabetic Living Online website (http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/) it’s 22 Foods to Avoid with Diabetes. Make healthy food choices in 2016.



22 Foods to Avoid with Diabetes

These top food offenders contain high amounts of fat, sodium, carbs, and calories that may increase your risk of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, uncontrolled blood sugar, and weight gain. The good news is you can indulge in your favorite foods and still eat healthfully with our satisfying and delicious alternatives.

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At Diabetic Living, we believe that eating with diabetes doesn’t have to mean deprivation, starvation, or bland and boring foods. However, some foods really are best left on the table or in the store. Everyone — with diabetes or without — would be wise to avoid or limit the foods on this list because they are high in saturated fat, sodium, calories, or carbs, or might contain trans fats. High amounts of sodium and saturated fat can lead to heart disease, while excess sugars, high carb counts, and added calories can cause unwanted weight gain and blood sugar spikes.

If you see some of your favorite foods on this list, don’t despair: We’ve picked healthier options for you to choose from that taste great. So you can have your fries and eat them, too — provided they’re baked rather than deep-fat fried.

*Nutrition information cited was gathered from company websites or food packaging…..




You walk into a restaurant and you’re feeling starved. A quick scan of the menu and there they are: nachos, one of your favorites. You order them as an appetizer and also order a meal. Unfortunately, most restaurant nacho orders equate to and often exceed an entire meal’s worth of calories, carbs, and fat. For example, a regular order of Chili’s Classic Nachos has 830 calories, 59 grams of fat, and 39 grams of carb……..

Coffee Drinks

A simple cup of joe with a little milk or even half-and-half can be a low-calorie beverage perfect for a person with diabetes. But many coffee-shop drinks rival decadent desserts for their high calorie, carb, and fat contents. For example, a 16-ounce Starbuck’s White Chocolate Mocha (with whipped cream and 2 percent milk) comes in at 470 calories and 63 grams of carb. Similarly, a medium Dunkaccino contains 350 calories, while the large size has almost 500 calories…..

Biscuits and Sausage Gravy

Sometimes known as the bad boy on the breakfast buffet, traditional biscuits and gravy is indeed high in calories, fat (particularly saturated fat), and sodium. For example, the McDonald’s Biscuit and Gravy* entree has 570 calories and 13 grams of saturated fat.

That amount of saturated fat may not sound like too much, but consider that the American Diabetes Association suggests eating less than 7 percent of calories from saturated fat — and for most people, this is about 15 grams of saturated fat per day. Similarly, Bob Evans’ Sausage Gravy* recipe has 1,828 milligrams of sodium, exceeding the ADA’s recommended 1,500-milligram maximum per day……



* Click the link below to get all 22 Foods to Avoid with Diabetes


Diabetic Dish of the Week – Cran-Orange Acorn Squash

January 5, 2016 at 6:33 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Dish of the Week | 2 Comments
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For this week’s Diabetic Dish of the Week – Cran-Orange Acorn Squash. It’s only 130 calories and 26 net carbs per serving. The Acorn Squash is used as the bowl that all the ingredients will be served in. Enjoy!


Cran-Orange Acorn Squash

3 small acorn or carnival squash, cut in half and seeded
5 tablespoons instant brown rice
3 tablespoons minced onion
3 tablespoons diced celery
3 tablespoons dried cranberries
Pinch ground or dried sage leaves
1 teaspoon butter, cut into bits
9 tablespoons orange juice
1/2 cup warm water

1 – Combine rice, onion, celery, cranberries, and sage in a small bowl. Stuff each squash halve with rice mixture; dot with butter. Pour 1 1/2 teaspoons orange juice into each squash over stuffing.
2 – Stand squash in slow cooker. Pour water into bottom of cooker. Cover, cook on low 2 1/2 hours or until squash are tender.
The skin of squash can defy even the sharpest knives. To make slicing easier, microwave the whole squash at HIGH 5 minutes to soften the skin.

Makes 6 servings

Serving Size 1/2 Squash with 1/2 cup stuffing
Calories 130, Total Fat 1g, Saturated Fat 0g, Protein 2g, Carbs 30g, Cholesterol 0mg, Fiber 4g, Sodium 10mg

Slow Cooker Soups

January 3, 2016 at 6:14 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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Ring in the New Year with these Slow Cooker Soups from the Diabetic Living Online website! Delicious and healthy soups from the Slow Cooker, how easy is that! You can find all these recipes on the Diabetic Living Online website (http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/) along with an endless selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Enjoy!

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You’re juggling a thousand responsibilities each day; the last thing you want to do when you come home is make dinner. With a little help from your slow cooker, you can throw together a few ingredients in the morning and sit down later to a steaming bowl of goodness. And the best part about dinner in one pot: fewer plates to spin on the way to the sink.

Turkey Tortellini Soup

Purchased cheese tortellini helps create a unique broth-base soup with loads of flavor. Stir in spinach just before serving for extra color and nutrients……

Chicken Mulligatawny Soup

Curry powder offers a delicious taste to this Asian-inspired soup. Dish it up tonight for a low-calorie meal the whole family will love…..

Stuffed Pepper Soup

This hearty bowl of soup is a perfect dish on chilly days. Brown the beef before adding it to the slow cooker to help remove fat……



* Click the link below to get all the Slow Cooker Soups


Diabetic Dish of the Week – Peachy Vanilla Smoothie

December 29, 2015 at 6:01 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Dish of the Week | Leave a comment
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For this week’s Diabetic Dish of the Week it’s a Smoothie, a Peachy Vanilla Smoothie. Peaches, Skim Milk, and Greek Yogurt are 3 of the ingredients you’ll be using. It’s 110 calories and 19 net carbs.


Peachy Vanilla Smoothie


1 Medium Peach, peeled and pitted
3/4 Cup Fat-Free Skim Milk
1/2 Cup Crushed Ice
1/4 Cup Plain Nonfatb Greek Yogurt
1 Tablespoon Sugar or 1/2 Tablespoon Splenda
1/4 Teaspoon Vanilla


1 – Combine Peach, Milk, Ice, Greek Yogurt, Sugar, and Vanilla in a blender; blend until smooth.
2 – Pour into 2 glasses and serve immediately.

Makes 2 Servings

Calories 110, Total Fat 0g, Protein 6g, Carbs 20g, Cholesterol 0, Fiber 1g, Sodium 120mg

Light Cheesecake Recipes

December 26, 2015 at 5:49 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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From the Diabetic Living On line website (http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/) it’s Light Cheesecake Recipes. Orange, Lemon, and Mini Cheesecakes can be found here along with many others. Check out the Diabetic Living Online website for all your Diabetic Friendly Recipes!



Light Cheesecake RecipesDiabetic living logo

Rich and decadent, cheesecake always hits the mark. The classic cheesecake has evolved over time into countless varieties. Whether your favorite features candy bars, liqueur, or berries, our diabetic cheesecake recipes will delight every palate while fitting into your meal plan. Indulge!



Orange Swirled Cheesecake

Sweet orange notes combine with hints of vanilla to create the unique flavor in this low-carb, diabetes-friendly cheesecake. Using fat-free milk, reduced-fat cream cheese, and low-fat Greek yogurt keeps this marbled beauty at just 5 grams of fat per serving…..

Lemon Cheesecake Bites

A delicate lemon flavor balances the rich creaminess of this low-cal, low-carb cheesecake. Top these bites with a little crunch in the form of pistachio nuts…

Mini French Cheesecakes with Berries

Not only are these mini cheesecakes a hit at parties, but they’ll also help you stay faithful to your diabetes meal plan. Big on flavors like almond and vanilla, they’re topped with sweet berries and salty crushed pretzels…..



* Click the link below to get all the Light Cheesecake Recipes

Diabetic Dish of the Week – Slow Cooker Caribbean Sweet Potato and Black Bean Stew

December 22, 2015 at 5:59 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Dish of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dish of the Week is a Slow Cooker Caribbean Sweet Potato and Black Bean Stew.


Slow Cooker Caribbean Sweet Potato and Black Bean Stew

2 medium Sweet potato, about 1 pound (cut in into 1 – inch cubes)
2 cups frozen Cut Green Beans
1 can (15 ounces) Reduced Sodium Black Beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (14 ounces) Reduced Sodium Vegetable Broth
1 small Onion (sliced)
1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Dried Thyme
2 teaspoons Caribbean Jerk Seasoning
1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
1/3 cup slivered Almonds (toasted)

Combine all ingredients in to slow cooker and cook on low for 5 – 6 hours, until sweet potatoes are tender. Sprinkle each serving evenly with Almonds.

Number of Servings: 4

Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving about 1/2 cup
Calories: 221
Total Fat: 5 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 708 mg
Total Carbs: 34 g
Dietary Fiber: 9 g
Protein: 9 g

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