Archive for April 2019

Butter, margarine or ghee?

From the beginning of our journey, we have wondered what to do when we have to choose between the four things we’re trying to control (those would be sugar, salt, saturated fat and starchy carbs). Given a choice between sugar, sodium, saturated fat, or starchy carbs, which is worse? Which would be the first to…

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Chicken Vegetable Soup

One of the easiest ways to create a healthy diabetic and heart-friendly meal without sodium, starchy carbs or saturated fat or added sugar is with homemade soups. This recipe is in our “meals with adjustments” category only because it calls for a small amount of optional pasta. However, if you don’t (or your diabetic loved…

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Spicing it up: making your meals more exciting

We love experimenting with spices, and our results prove there is absolutely no need for diabetic/heart-friendly food to be bland! Before Wayne even came home from the hospital, I was excited to find that our local grocery stocked eight varieties of Mrs. Dash, and that they were all on sale! Normally $3.49, they were marked…

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Turkey burgers

If you approach turkey burgers by just buying some ground turkey and frying it in a pan, you might find it bland and dry. It might make you miss your juicy ground beef hamburgers. That suffering is completely unnecessary! These burgers take a little bit more time, but the reward is a juicy, deeply flavored…

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Mushroom and onion topper

This dish is inspired by Julia Child’s duxelles recipe (minced mushrooms sautéed in butter), first published in Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol 1, at page 515. In place of the butter, with its 7 grams of saturated fat per tablespoon, we substitute light tasting olive oil. We still get the wonderful aroma of…

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Is a pantry purge wasteful?

Having been raised by parents of the depression era, we were both taught not to be wasteful. So, when you take the first step of “Purging your pantry,” how do you avoid wasting all those high sodium, highly refined carbs, and saturated fat laden foods? We’ve all heard “waste not, want not.” Even without the…

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Sauteed fish with steamed vegetables

Print Recipe Sauteed fish with steamed vegetables If you have not yet discovered the joy of a fresh, mild white fish filet, gently sauteed and seasoned, surrounded by some freshly steamed and/or sauteed vegetables, garnished with a squeeze of fresh lemon, well, your life is about to get a little bit happier. Buy the fish…

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Does your personality affect how you stir fry vegetables?

As a longtime Myers Briggs Type Indicator® enthusiast (and qualified user for over 30 years), I am always intrigued by the impact of type on all behavior, including cooking. Julia Collin Davison, Host of America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country TV, is quoted as saying “Most home cooks fall into one of two camps: those…

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