Letter To A Diabetic

Or I Understand What You're Going Through

Month: December, 2013

Merry Christmas!

English: A bauble on a Christmas tree.

I realize that not everyone celebrates Christmas but for those of you that do…Merry Christmas! And for those of you who don’t, may your blood sugar stay stable and have a wonderful week while I kick it with family.

Remember…pie is not worth high blood sugar. Embrace your health, not comfort foods. Resistance is NOT futile! LOL. I’ve clearly been watching too much Star Trek.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!

The Best and Easiest Salsa Ever

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Onions are packed full of nutritious goodness. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I love salsa. It’s easy to make. It’s low carb. It’s gluten and dairy free. It’s effing delicious. And here’s my recipe:

10 roma tomatoes – 1 C chopped = about 7g of carbs

1 large white onion – I’ve read that 1 C chopped onion = about 15g of carbs but the glycemic load is so low (5) that I usually don’t even count them in my meals. Use your best judgement.

1 or 2 serrano peppers, depending on your preference – 1 C chopped serrano pepper = about 8 g of carbs. 1 pepper chopped is less than a tablespoon.

2 tsp garlic salt or 2-3 cloves of fresh garlic diced

1 bunch cilantro (optional)

 

Rinse it, chop it, mix it up in a bowl and let it sit in the fridge overnight so the flavors all mix together. Eat.

 

Lately, I have been using salsa to make spanish rice, omelettes, and with GF tortilla chips for dipping or to add to nachos. So tasty!

 

 

 

Jerry, the Diabetic Bear

I developed Type I Diabetes as an adult, at the age of 31. I didn’t have to live with the stigma of diabetes as a child. I didn’t have to be the only kid who had diabetes. I didn’t have to be the kid that wasn’t normal. As an adult, I can accept the technicalities of diabetes. I can understand the importance of managing it now to avoid complications later. I can’ t imagine how it must feel to be a kid with diabetes.

But Sproutel sure seems to be able to. They have designed, Jerry, the bear with diabetes to help children manage their diabetes. Check it out the video below.

Leftover Turkey & Split Pea Crockpot Stew

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What you’ll need:

1 big ass crock pot (big enough to fit a turkey carcass)

1 leftover turkey carcass (cut off the majority of the meat that hasn’t been eaten for use in other dishes, leave as much on as you want in the soup)

1 pound dried split peas

1 bunch cilantro (just the leaves, not the stems)

1 – 2 C chopped carrot

1 C pearl onions peeled

3 stalks celery chopped

salt and pepper to taste

chicken broth to make sure the soup doesn’t dry out while cooking (about 1 C)

Part 1:

Put the turkey carcass in the crockpot and cover with water. Set to high for about 4 -5 hours. Let cool and store in crockpot pot in fridge over night.

Part 2:

Take out the pot and skim the gross, white fatty stuff off of the top. Most of the broth will have coagulated overnight so do your best to not scoop out the “jello” like substance below the white fatty layer. Pull out all the bones and bits you don’t want to ingest. Leave the meat in the pot.

Place pot back in crockpot base and turn to low.

Add dried split peas and mix in (just throw then in, no need to rinse or soak) with a big ol’ spoon.

Pour the carrots, cilantro, pearl onion, and celery on and leave them as a top layer.

Cover with just enough chicken broth to cover the veggie layer.

Cook on low for 8 – 10 hours.

Use salt and pepper to taste. This is seriously the best soup I have ever made and I make a LOT of crockpot stews. Yum nom nom.

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