Earlier today, on my main site, Purple Almond Wellness, I featured an article about managing blood sugar for diabetes. Here is a list of 6 super healthy diabetes friendly recipes to help do just that! Each recipe uses at least one of the foods on THIS LIST of diabetes friendly foods. In some cases, more than one food is in the recipe. ENJOY!
“Go back in time with these vintage recipes featuring classics your grandma grew up with. Whether you’re looking for an easy appetizer, main dish or dessert, we take a vintage recipe and put a fun, modern twist on it like stuffing chicken salad in avocados or making an everything bagel flavored cheese ball. Recipes like Macaroni Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing and Lemon Icebox Pie with Coconut Graham Cracker Crust are delicious, filling and the perfect nostalgic bite.“
Okay, I know, when you think of whole food, you don’t think of quick, convenient food. Admit it, that’s the excuse we all use. “Making food from scratch takes too much time. It’s easier to throw a Pop Tart in the toaster!” Maybe you’re the type of person who doesn’t eat breakfast at all.
It’s okay if you’re not. I’ve been doing intermittent fasting for at least a year. However, my first meal, to “break” the fast, is always a breakfast style meal. Just because I wait 16 hours between my last meal one day and my first meal the next day, doesn’t mean I don’t need breakfast. In fact, with intermittent fasting, that first meal is even more important! What you eat when you break the fast needs to be healthy and nutritious. Breakfast, especially with intermittent fasting, is still the most important meal of the day.
With all of us celebrating Mother’s day yesterday, I’m honoring my Mom today on both of my blogs. FOLLOW THIS LINK to see a poem I wrote her in June, 2005 for her 60th birthday.
My Mom is an absolutely AMAZING cook! I’d like to think my love of cooking came from watching her work magic in the kitchen. Like my Grandmother before her, it seemed that Mom didn’t measure anything or directly follow any recipe. She could take any recipe, change amounts, or remove/change ingredients entirely and come up with a mouth watering dish. I never knew how she could do that. It’s only now, after I’ve cooked for more than 25 years, that I can begin to understand how to transform a recipe into my own creation.
This photo is from June, 2019. We made some precious memories when our parents came for my son’s High School Graduation. Here we have three generations of family cooking together. From left to right: My Mother-in-law, my son Shaun, me, my Mom.
Today, I’ve picked out 5 of my Mom’s recipes to share with all of you. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
1/2 pound ground beef
1/2 pound hot Italian sausage
1 large onion, finely chopped
1/2 tsp tabasco sauce
2- 1 pound cans refried beans
1- 4 ounce can green chiles (rinsed, seeded, deveined, chopped)
6 ounces Monterey Jack Cheese
6 ounces Cheddar Cheese
2 cups mild taco sauce
1/2 cup chopped scallions
3/4 cup sliced pitted ripe olives
2 cups guacamole
1 cup sour cream
In a large skillet, brown beef/sausage and onion.
Season with salt and tabasco sauce and set aside to cool
Spread beans in a 4 quart casserole dish
Spread meat on top, then chilies.
Sprinkle both cheeses on top.
Drizzle with taco sauce.
Up til this point, recipe may be covered and refrigerated ahead of time, up to 24 hours. Return to room temp prior to cooking
Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes
Remove from oven. Sprinkle with scallions, and olives. Mound the guacamole in center and top with sour cream. Serve with tortilla chips.
Corn Hot Dish
1 – 16 ounce can cream style corn
1/4 cup flour
3 ounces cream cheese
1/2 tsp onion salt
1 can whole kernel corn
1/2 cup shredded cheese
Heat all ingredients on stovetop.
Place in casserole dish.
Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, covered
Sprinkle 1/2 cup buttered cracker crumbs over baked casserole
Bake 20 more minutes, uncovered
Corn & Shrimp Chowder
12 ounces bacon
2 onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup finely chopped celery
3 T finely copped green pepper
1 cup finely copped carrots
1/4 cup flour
1 – 13 ounce can whole kernel corn
2 cups half & half
1 pound shrimp, cooked, peeled & deveined
4 cups chicken broth
1 bay leaf
3 cups diced potatoes
1 t salt
1/2 t pepper
1/8 t cayenne pepper
1/2 t paprika
1 – 17 ounce can cream style corn
In Dutch oven, cook bacon, crumble and set aside. Reserve 1/4 cup drippings.
In bacon drippings, saute onion, garlic, celery, green pepper and carrots til tender. Blend in flour, stirring constantly for 2 minutes.
Add broth and bay leaf, stirring occasionally til thickened.
Add potatoes, salt, pepper and paprika. Cook 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
Add corn and heat thoroughly.
Stir in half & half and shrimp. Heat thoroughly, but NOT boil.
Remove bay leaf and taste. Re-season if necessary.
Sprinkle each serving with crumbled bacon and parsley.
Sweet and Savory Meatballs
NOTE: This is a favorite in my home. My kids absolutely LOVE this one. Since I no longer use processed condensed soup, stay tuned for a healthy “remake” in a future article!
1 pound ground beef
1/4 dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 garlic clove, minced
1 can golden mushroom soup
1/2 cup drained chopped canned tomatoes
2 T. vinegar
2 T. brown sugar
2 t. soy sauce
Mix ground beef, bread crumbs, onion, egg and garlic. Shape into small meatballs. Brown meatballs in 1 tablespoon oil.
Mix sauce ingredients together in a bowl and pour over meatballs in a pan.
Cook in pan 20-30 minutes.
Server over hot cooked rice.
Frozen Strawberry Salad
1 – 8 ounce cream cheese – softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 large can crushed pineapple, drained
1 – 10 ounce package strawberries, thawed
1 – 9 ounce cool whip (feel free to use an equal amount of homemade whip cream)
As I was searching youtube for a DIY vanilla sugar recipe, I stumbled across this youtube channel MY GERMAN RECIPES. I have German ancestry and grew up eating German food, so I was curious about her recipes. On the channel, I saw this video on making your own yeast (NOT SOURDOUGH). I knew I HAD to share it. This is a recipe for making a “yeast water”. She indicates to use 1/2 cup (100 ml) per 500 grams of flour. This should be equivalent to 1 packet of commercial yeast. This 1/2 cup of yeast water will replace a 1/2 cup of the liquid in the recipe
If you’ve tried to find yeast at the store, you may have been greeted with empty shelves. I know flour and yeast are often out of stock at my store.
500 ml of filtered water
1 – 2 Dates without sulfur or instead some raisins, fresh apple pieces, or other pieces of fresh fruits or veggies (not banana though!) that are organic and unwashed
1 Tsp. Sugar or Honey
Here’s a video. For the link to her blog post and much more information than is in the video, follow THIS LINK.
I’m so excited about this! I guess I knew it was possible, but never knew how to do it. I’ll be giving this a try over the next 2 weeks. I’ll give you an update!
Do you love soda? Are you addicted to it and can’t get enough? I am absolutely addicted to soda! I crave it. It is definitely my Achilles heal. I tell myself I can have just a little, just like an alcoholic would talk him/herself into a “small drink”. One small drink won’t hurt, right? Wrong! Sugar and corn syrup are as addictive as cocaine and heroin, maybe more so. We all know, in order to give up alcohol or drugs, there is no in between. The same goes for soda/sugar. I’ve given up soda dozens of time, for weeks, only to talk myself into “just a small glass. This turns into two, then three. Before you know it, I can’t make it through my day without a soda. The rest goes down hill, my diet, along with my weight and my health.
Well, no more! This time is the last time. That’s why this soda recipe is so important for me. It is changing my life. It tastes amazing! I use organic sour cherry juice concentrate. Tart cherries are amazing. They are known to tame inflammation. Tart cherries are scientifically proven to lesson inflammation and boost melatonin in the body. They are also high in melatonin, a super-hormone that plays many important roles in the body, not just for sleep! One thing you need to know is not to drink too much at once. I only drink it twice a day, with my lunch and dinner, as a tasty way to get my probiotics at each meal.
Here are links to two scientific articles researching the benefits of tart cherry juice:
This recipe for a healthy soda will build your microbiome instead of destroying it! The combination of organic juice concentrate, kefir, stevia and mineral water bring you sweetness, flavor and even the bubbles needed to imitate a tasty soda!