Fruited Granola

January 27, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management | Leave a comment
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I have a Delicious and Diabetic Friendly Snack to pass along, Fruited Granola. Some of the Ingredients you’ll be needing are Quick Oats, Almonds, Honey, Spices, Dried Blueberries, Dried Cranberries, Banana Chips and more! Snack on! The recipe is from the Diabetes Self Management website where you can find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetes News, Diabetes Management Tips, and more! You can also subscribe to the Diabetes Self Management Magazine. Each issue is packed with Diabetes News and Diabetic Friendly Recipes. I’ve left a link to subscribe at the end of the post. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Fruited Granola
Prepare this granola on the weekend and you’ll have a scrumptious snack or breakfast treat on hand for the rest of the week!

Ingredients
3 cups quick oats
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup honey
1/2 cup wheat germ or honey wheat germ
3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 cups whole grain cereal flakes
1/2 cup dried blueberries or golden raisins
1/2 cup dried cranberries or cherries
1/2 cup dried banana chips or chopped pitted dates

Directions
Yield: about 20 servings
Serving size: 1/2 cup

1 – Preheat oven to 325°F.

2 – Spread oats and almonds in single layer in 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly toasted, stirring frequently.

3 – Combine honey, wheat germ, butter, and cinnamon in large bowl until well blended. Add oats and almonds; toss to coat completely. Spread mixture in single layer in baking pan. Bake 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Break mixture into chunks.

4 – Combine oat chunks, cereal, blueberries, cranberries, and banana chips in large bowl. Store in airtight container at room temperature up to 2 weeks.

Tip: Prepare this granola on the weekend and you’ll have a scrumptious snack or breakfast treat on hand for the rest of the week!

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 210 calories, Carbohydrates: 36 g, Protein: 5 g, Fat: 7 g, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Cholesterol: 5 mg, Sodium: 58 mg, Fiber: 4 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/breakfast/fruited-granola/

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ITALIAN BRAISED BEEF ROAST

September 9, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in diabetes, Diabetic Gourmet Magazine | Leave a comment
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I have a recipe for an ITALIAN BRAISED BEEF ROAST to pass along. This one is made using Beef Shoulder Roast Boneless, Flour, Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar, Onions, Shallots, Dates, Salt, and Pepper. One delicious Pot Roast! So you can find this Diabetic Friendly recipe and more all at the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website. You can also sign up to receive wonderful recipes, engaging articles, helpful and healthful tips, critically important news and more. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://diabeticgourmet.com/

ITALIAN BRAISED BEEF ROAST
Ingredients

1 beef Shoulder Roast Boneless (2-1/2 to 3 pounds)
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 small onions, halved, sliced
4 medium shallots, sliced
1/4 cup chopped pitted dates
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

1 – Heat oven to 325F. Lightly coat beef pot roast with flour. Heat oil in Dutch oven over medium heat until hot. Brown pot roast; remove.
2 – Add 1-1/2 cups water and vinegar to Dutch oven; cook and stir until brown bits attached to pan are dissolved. Return pot roast. Add onions, shallots, dates, salt and pepper; bring to a boil.
3 – Cover tightly and cook in 325F oven 2-1/4 to 3-1/4 hours or until pot roast is fork-tender.
4 – Remove pot roast; keep warm.
5 – Cook liquid and vegetables over medium-high heat to desired consistency.
6 – Carve pot roast. Serve with sauce.
NOTES:
Cooking food for a long period of time in an amount of liquid, covered, is known as braising. Braising usually involves a large piece of meat that is browned in some oil or fat before being combined with liquid and cooked either on the stovetop or in the oven.

Recipe Yield: Makes 8 servings

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING:
Calories: 283
Fat: 12 grams
Saturated Fat: 3 grams
Fiber: 1 grams
Sodium: 214 milligrams
Cholesterol: 104 milligrams
Protein: 34 grams
Carbohydrates: 10 grams
https://diabeticgourmet.com/diabetic-recipes/italian-braised-beef-roast

Sunday’s Pork Roast Dinner Recipe – Bourbon-Glazed Fruit and Nut-Stuffed Pork Roast

May 31, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, Sunday’s Pork Roast Dinner Recipe | Leave a comment
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This week’s Sunday’s Pork Roast Dinner Recipe is a Bourbon-Glazed Fruit and Nut-Stuffed Pork Roast. To make this week’s recipe some of the ingredients you’ll be needing are a Boneless Single Loin Pork Roast, Dried Thyme, Light Cream, Bourbon, Chicken Broth, Molasses, Dates, Apricots, Pecans, and more! The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all Tastes, Diets, or Cuisines so be sure to check it out today for any of recipe needs! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Bourbon-Glazed Fruit and Nut-Stuffed Pork Roast
Try your favorite stuffing rolled up in this jellyroll style pork loin. Be aware that the double-butter flied loin will cook more quickly than a solid loin. Serve with green salad tossed with vinaigrette, warm dinner rolls and steamed asparagus spears.

Recipe Ingredients:
Stuffing:
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pitted dates
1/4 cup coarsely chopped dried apricots
1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 tablespoon molasses
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Bourbon Glaze:
2/3 cup bourbon
2/3 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon molasses

Pork:
1 (2-pound) boneless single loin pork roast
1 tablespoon dried thyme

Pan Sauce:
1/4 cup light cream
1/4 teaspoon salt

Cooking Directions:
1 – Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C)
2 – For Stuffing: In a medium bowl, toss together all stuffing ingredients, set aside.
3 – For Bourbon Glaze: In a large saucepan, combine bourbon, broth and molasses; bring to a boil, remove from heat and set aside.
4 – For Pork: Butterfly (cut lengthwise almost all the way through) the pork loin. Lay open and pat flat. Starting the center of the opened loin, butterfly again on the left side. Butterfly again on the right hand side, lay open and pat flat. Evenly spread stuffing over loin. Roll the loin up, like a jelly roll, and tie securely at 2 to 3 inch intervals with kitchen twine; place in a shallow roasting pan, 4 – sprinkle with the tablespoon of thyme and pour bourbon mixture over. Roast 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until internal temperature, measured with a meat thermometer, is 150°F to 155°F (approximately 65°C), basting occasionally with bourbon glaze. Remove pork from pan, reserving the drippings; keep warm.
5 – For Pan Sauce: Add cream and 1/4 teaspoon salt to pan drippings. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until slightly thickened.
6 – To Serve: Slice pork, removing twine as necessary, and arrange on serving platter. Serve with pan sauce.
Makes 8 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/8 of recipe): Calories 280 calories Protein 27 grams Fat 10 grams Sodium 190 milligrams Cholesterol 70 milligrams Saturated Fat 3 grams Carbohydrates 17 grams.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/pork/bourbon-glazed_fruit_and_nut-stuffed_pork_roast_recipe.html

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

May 31, 2020 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Dates…………………

The fruit of the date palm tree is sometimes referred to as nature’s candy. Dates are a very healthy fruit to include in your diet. They are high in several nutrients, fiber and antioxidants, all of which may provide health benefits ranging from improved digestion to a reduced risk of disease. … Dates are definitely worth adding to your diet, as they are both nutritious and delicious.

DATE-NUT BARS

October 31, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Gourmet Magazine | Leave a comment
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I’ve got a second Diabetic Friendly recipe to pass along this week and this one is from the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website, DATE-NUT BARS. Made using Pitted and Chopped Dates, Pitted and Chopped Prunes, Dark Raisins, Butter, Eggs, Spices, Nuts, and Equal Sugar Substitute. The Bars are 104 calories per serving. At the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website you’ll find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes so be sure to check it out soon. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://diabeticgourmet.com/

DATE-NUT BARS
Ingredients

1-1/4 cups water
1 cup pitted chopped dates
3/4 cup pitted chopped prunes
1/2 cup dark raisins
6 tablespoons stick butter
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup Equal Spoonful or Granulated*
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup chopped nuts
* May substitute 24 packets Equal sweetener

Directions

1 – Combine water, dates, prunes and raisins in medium saucepan. Bring to boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until fruit is tender and water is absorbed, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.
2 – Remove from heat and stir in butter until melted. Cool mixture to room temperature.
3 – Beat eggs and vanilla into fruit mixture. Mix in combined flour, Equal, baking soda, spices and salt. Spread batter in sprayed 8-inch square baking pan. Sprinkle with nuts.
4 – Bake in preheated 350F oven 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars. Store in airtight containers at room temperature.
NOTES:
An easy to make saucepan bar cookie.
Recipe Yield: Yield: 24 servings

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING:
Calories: 101
Fat: 4 grams
Sodium: 84 milligrams
Cholesterol: 25 milligrams
Protein: 2 grams
Carbohydrates: 15 grams
https://diabeticgourmet.com/diabetic-recipes/date-nut-bars

Diabetic Dish of the Week – MEDITERRANEAN BRAISED BEEF

May 30, 2018 at 5:02 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Dish of the Week, Diabetic Gourmet Magazine | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dish of the Week is – MEDITERRANEAN BRAISED BEEF. You’ll be using a Boneless Beef Chuck Shoulder Pot Roast along with all the Spices to give you that MEDITERRANEAN flair. The recipe is from one of my favorite Diabetic Friendly Recipe websites, the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website. They have a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, check it out today! So Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! https://diabeticgourmet.com/

MEDITERRANEAN BRAISED BEEF

Ingredients

1 boneless beef chuck shoulder pot roast (2-1/2 to 3 pounds)
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 small onions, halved, sliced
4 medium shallots, sliced
1/4 cup chopped pitted dates
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

1 – Heat oven to 325F. Lightly coat beef pot roast with flour. Heat oil in Dutch oven over medium heat until hot. Brown pot roast; remove.
2 – Add 1-1/2 cups water and vinegar to Dutch oven; cook and stir until brown bits attached to pan are dissolved. Return pot roast. Add onions, shallots, dates, salt and pepper; bring to a boil. Cover tightly and cook in 325F oven 2 to 2-1/2 hours or until pot roast is fork-tender. Remove pot roast; keep warm.
3 – Cook liquid and vegetables over medium-high heat to desired consistency. Carve pot roast. Serve with sauce.

Recipe Yield: Makes 6 servings

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING:
Calories: 290
Fat: 12 grams
Saturated Fat: 3 grams
Fiber: 1.2 grams
Sodium: 275 milligrams
Cholesterol: 75 milligrams
Protein: 29 grams
Carbohydrates: 16 grams
https://diabeticgourmet.com/diabetic-recipes/mediterranean-braised-beef

It’s Nuts I tell you……….JUMBO MEDJOOL DATES

June 29, 2017 at 5:39 AM | Posted in nuts, NUTS COM | Leave a comment
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This week from the nuts.com website (https://nuts.com/) its JUMBO MEDJOOL DATES. Plump, moist, and naturally sweet JUMBO MEDJOOL DATES! But Dates are just one of the things that you can find at the Nuts site. You’ll also be able to choose from; NUTS, DRIED FRUIT, CHOCOLATES and SWEETS, SNACKS, COFFEE and TEA, COOKING and BAKING, GIFTS, and more! Most items can be purchased in small amounts or in bulk. Plus there’s Everyday Free Shipping, see for details. Now more on the JUMBO MEDJOOL DATES. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! https://nuts.com/

 

 

JUMBO MEDJOOL DATES

Jumbo Medjool Dates are one of our crown jewels at Nuts.com. Plump, moist, and luscious, medjool dates are simply divine. They’re extremely large and meaty with a tiny pit. Naturally sweet with no sugar added, Medjool dates make a healthy treat packed with potassium. We also carry pitted dates.

8 Health Benefits of Medjool Dates
1. Low in Fat, Rich in Vitamins

Jumbo Medjool dates are loaded with the energy you need every day to win a marathon or get you through a tough day. With only 24 calories per date (248 per 100 gram serving), dates are high in dietary fiber, carbohydrates, and contain more potassium than bananas! Yet they are virtually fat, cholesterol and sodium free!

2. Meet Your Daily Fruit Requirement

A handful of dates will help you meet the 5-A-Day goal. Five to six delicious California dates or a cup of chopped dates equals one serving. Great tasting, power-packed California dates are part of the USDA Pyramid’s food group. Eating jumbo Medjool dates can help you achieve the recommended goal for fruit servings each day.

3. High in Both Soluble and Insoluble Fiber

The American Cancer Society recommends that you consume 20-35 grams of dietary fiber a day. Dietary fiber comes in two forms – soluble and insoluble. Each serves a valuable function. Insoluble fiber increased the rate at which food moves through the digestive system. Soluble fiber may help control diabetes by decreasing elevated blood glucose levels. Soluble fiber also had been found to help lower serum cholesterol levels, particularly undesirable low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. Medjool dates are a good source of dietary fiber. A serving of power-packed California dates, just 5 to 6 six dates, can provide 3 grams of dietary fiber. That’s 14 percent of your recommended daily value.

4. Natural Energy Booster

A serving of power-packed California dates contains 31 grams of carbohydrates, making them a powerhouse of energy. Carbohydrates include 3 grams of dietary fiber and 29 grams of naturally occurring sugars such as fructose, glucose and sucrose to provide quick energy and are readily used by the body. California dates are a perfect energy boosting snack.

5. Regulate Blood Pressure

Ounce per ounce, pound for pound, jumbo Medjool dates are one of the best natural sources of potassium. Potassium is an essential mineral your body needs to maintain muscle contractions including the vital heart muscle. Potassium is needed to maintain a healthy nervous system and to balance the body’s metabolism. Since potassium is not stored in the body, and much is lost in perspiration, it must be continually replenished. As you consume potassium you excrete sodium, helping to keep blood pressure down. As people age, their kidneys become less efficient at eliminating sodium. About a 400 mg increase in potassium intake has been associated with a 40% reduction in the risk of stroke. This roughly amounts to one additional serving daily of California dates.

6. Contain 3X As Much Potassium As Bananas

Eating jumbo Medjool dates and drinking water is an ideal, natural way to replenish the potassium. A serving of California dates contain 240 milligrams of potassium or 7% of the recommended daily value. Bite for bite, they have three times the amount of potassium as bananas!

7. Excellent Source of B-Vitamins

Medjool dates contain a variety of B-complex vitamins – thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6 and pantothenic acid. These vitamins have a variety of functions that help maintain a healthy body- to metabolize carbohydrates and maintain blood glucose levels, fatty acids for energy, and they help make hemoglobin, the red and white blood cells.

8. Rich in Magnesium and Iron

Magnesium is essential for healthy bone development and for energy metabolism. One serving of California dates provides 4% of the suggested daily intake of magnesium. Iron is essential to red blood cell production. Red blood cells carry all the nutrients to cells throughout the body. One serving of California dates contains nearly a third of the Recommended Dietary Allowance for iron.

Our Registered Dietitian’s Top Pick
Our Registered Dietitian and Health Nut likes jumbo Medjool dates (nickname: king of dates) because they are large and naturally sweet with no added sugar. One serving of Medjool dates is about 5 – 6 dates and each serving delivers insoluble and soluble fiber, which can help to balance blood sugar levels. Medjool dates (pits removed) make a delicious base for DIY energy bites mixed with other Health Nut favorites like cacao nibs, quinoa puffs, and dried apricots.

Ingredients
Dates (Contains pits). *REFRIGERATE UPON RECEIVING* Packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, soy, and milk products.

Approximately 18 pieces per pound.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size 24g (~0.8 oz.)

Amount per serving
Calories 66
Calories from Fat
%DV
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Sugars 16g

Storage
Store open or closed under refrigeration for up to 6 months. This item can be frozen.
https://nuts.com/driedfruit/dates/jumbo-medjool.html

 

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Diabetic Dish of the Week – Date-Nut Bread

May 19, 2015 at 5:02 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, Date-Nut Bread. I’ve made a version of this and they freeze and reheat perfectly!

 

 
Date-Nut Bread

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups boiling water
1 8 – ounce package pitted whole dates, snipped
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg or 1/4 cup Egg Beater’s
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted and coarsely chopped

 
Directions

1 – In a medium bowl pour the boiling water over dates. Let stand about 20 minutes or until dates are softened and mixture has cooled slightly.
2 – Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease bottom and 1/2 inch up sides of an 8x4x2-inch loaf pan; set aside. In a large bowl, stir together all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a small bowl, beat the egg and vanilla with a fork; stir into the cooled date mixture. Add date mixture and almonds to flour mixture; stir until well mixed (mixture will be thick).
3 – Spoon batter evenly into prepared pan. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan. Cool completely on a wire rack. Wrap cooled loaf in plastic wrap and store overnight before slicing.
Makes 1 loaf (16 slices).

 

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:

Servings Per Recipe: 16
PER SERVING: 119 cal., 3 g total fat 13 mg chol., 182 mg sodium, 22 g carb, 3 g fiber, 3 g pro.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

December 16, 2014 at 6:40 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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If you are making a fruitcake, roll the dates, figs, etc. in flour so they will cut more easily, then cut them with a scissors instead of a knife.

Baked Stuffed Apples (Diabetic-friendly)

January 10, 2014 at 11:51 AM | Posted in dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly | Leave a comment
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Thank you to Dara and Sinn for passing this one along to me to share. It’s a diabetic-friendly recipe with baked apples stuffed with chopped dates.

 

 

Baked Stuffed Apples

 

Ingredients:

4 small baking apples
1 teaspoon butter or margarine
2 tablespoons Equal Spoonful
1/3 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons finely chopped dates
* Chopped Walnuts, optional

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, nutmeg, 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.

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