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Diabetic cookbook recommendations?

I've been looking into making him a cheesecake. I'm using more sweeteners for him now than I'd like but I'm trying to ease the transition .Your idea will definitely ease it!

Trust me- those reminders have definitely made a difference. Sadly, it was nastiness with his foot that lead to the really big changes. However, that scare seems to be enough to keep him well behaved - but your suggestions are definitely top of mind as well!

Oct 08, 2013
wandajune6 in Special Diets

Diabetic cookbook recommendations?

We tried the mung bean fettucine. It seems like the same thing as the tofu shiratake noodles I used to buy. Not my favorite but not bad at all.

I have fallen in love with the pureed rutabaga. No one else in the house is a huge fan (yet) but I might actually like it more than mashed potatoes. Especially with a bit of roasted garlic.

Thanks again for all of the recommendations!

Oct 08, 2013
wandajune6 in Special Diets

Diabetic cookbook recommendations?

mcf, that's amazing!

His doctor only had him measuring once a day - and is still ok with that- but I've been trying to have him measure before/after so we can see how the diet is changing. He's normally been high - averaging about 165 - but when he got his infection, it spiked very high. I'm having a hard time telling what's been changes due to diet vs. antibiotics right now since the major dietary changes came when he started spiking.

For him, the joy in food is about carbs so I'm really trying to find good substitutes. I know that I love them as well and that they're not good for me either so it's a process that's good for both of us.

Overall though, I'd feel successful if he just wasn't feeling crappy so often :)

Oct 02, 2013
wandajune6 in Special Diets

Diabetic cookbook recommendations?

Those are good ideas. He's been ok on metformin for the most part up until the last few weeks. We're now waiting on new blood work to see how the meds get adjusted.

He ignored everything about his diabetes - other than his 2x daily pills - basically until he met me so we're learning all of this together. I've done low carb diets before (not always successfully...) so I'm at a better starting point but we definitely have more to learn.

Thanks for the idea on the McD's- he loves those and has missed them!

Oct 02, 2013
wandajune6 in Special Diets

Diabetic cookbook recommendations?

I didn't realize that. His doc is pretty crappy and told me that whole grains were ok. I've been trying to keep those to a minimum but I'll remove them even further.

Good call on starting with jarred stuff. So far, I've been trying to remove almost everything but it's a difficult adjustment. Thanks for the recommendations though- and I'll definitely need to try the cauli fauxtatoes. I haven't made those in years!

Oct 02, 2013
wandajune6 in Special Diets

Diabetic cookbook recommendations?

Our budget is a little too tight to eat quite so well but we tend to eat some of my favorites: salmon, eggs, the odd chunk of really good cheese, etc. We're eating beef, chicken, etc. but we're just not in the position to buy the quality I'd like.

However, we're getting tons of veggies, experimenting with new types of whole grains, etc. The hardest part for me has been seasonings. I love cooking a broad range of foods and am used to buying whatever looks interesting in the ethnic grocery stores. As not everything in the fridge comes with nutritional information, I worry about adding too much sugar (for instance, my favorite hoisin doesn't give much nutritional information and the ingredients list is ripped up). Until recently, I had no idea how much sugar was in all of the prepackaged sauces.

The picky eater in the household is rebelling against homemade salad dressings (vs. the bottle of ranch), the whole grains (quinoa vs. white pasta), and baked chicken instead of fried but it's slowly getting better.

Now to figure out how to conquer the sweet tooth...!

Oct 01, 2013
wandajune6 in Special Diets

Diabetic cookbook recommendations?

Thanks for the +1 and the warning! I actually ordered 2 of them off Amazon last night. I can't wait to see them!

Oct 01, 2013
wandajune6 in Special Diets

Diabetic cookbook recommendations?

Thank you!

Oct 01, 2013
wandajune6 in Special Diets

Diabetic cookbook recommendations?

pinehurst- I was looking at paleo cookbooks and stuff on pinterest as well but wasn't sure if that was going to do the trick. I'll definitely continue looking at them- and check out that cookbook! Thanks!

Oct 01, 2013
wandajune6 in Special Diets

Diabetic cookbook recommendations?

Those cookbooks look great. Thank you!

He's been a diabetic for years but it was always managed pretty easily with a daily pill. Lately, he's been having more serious issues and has been forced to pay attention to his body. I'd love to be able to get him to a point where he's healthy and comfortable- and helping his son and I lose weight and get healthier at the same time would be a success to boot!

Thanks for the insights. They definitely help!

Oct 01, 2013
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Diabetic cookbook recommendations?

This is exactly what I needed. Thank you!

Your comment on diabetes educators made me feel better about some of my concerned. I've seen lots of recipes that just didn't fit with what I understood healthy eating for diabetics to look like. Your explanation clarifies a lot of that.

Thank you for the suggestions!

Sep 30, 2013
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Diabetic cookbook recommendations?

I need a few great cookbooks for feeding my diabetic boyfriend who is just now coming to terms with the fact that he needs to eat like a diabetic and his 14 year old picky eater son. Both are happiest with traditional Mexican and American comfort foods and the son whines incessantly if there are vegetables and/or anything "weird."

Being new to diabetes, I'm struggling with cooking in ways that I know are healthy for him. Based on my knowledge, I'm basically doing South Beach Phase 1 but I'm running out of ideas and need a little more help. Based on this, I need cookbooks that:

-educate me a bit on food guidelines (I'd love to know the WHY behind the foods)
-provide tasty options for picky eaters
-give options that aren't too labor-intensive for 2 people with busy schedules

Any ideas? I've been reading lots of reviews of books but don't know what's actually worth buying.

Thanks!

Sep 29, 2013
wandajune6 in Special Diets

Your best recipes/ideas for cooking using a single hotplate

I'll start out by admitting that I have never used a hot plate. That said, a few things come to mind:

1. Poached salmon. You don't need to get it super-hot so it should work if you don't try to cook too much at once.

2. I keep intending to try this recipe that I found on Pinterest (with a few changes, of course!): http://www.apronstringsblog.com/one-p...

3. Quesadillas. Not exciting but fast and tasty.

4. My favorite broke dinner: cabbage and ramen. Sautee the cabbage with ginger, garlic, soy, and sesame oil (powdered spices are fine) then toss in a packet of slightly undercooked ramen noodles (these can actually be done in the microwave or left sitting in boiling water for a few minutes). Finish them all up in the pan together, with or without a bit of the seasoning packet.

5. Sloppy joes. Again, not that exciting but always good. My recipe: saute an onion, add ground beef, drain once cooked. Add 1 bottle of Heinz chili sauce and cook until hot. Not the most sophisticated recipe but I love it.

Good luck!

Aug 05, 2013
wandajune6 in Home Cooking

Cleaning/checking a disgusting stove

I would never have thought of that. Thanks!

Aug 05, 2013
wandajune6 in Cookware

Cleaning/checking a disgusting stove

I tend to take the same approach. I just figured that this was gross enough to abandon all good intentions! I'll give the natural approach a shot too!

Aug 05, 2013
wandajune6 in Cookware

Cleaning/checking a disgusting stove

Good call! That would be pretty easily done with the air compressor or shopvac. Thanks!

Aug 05, 2013
wandajune6 in Cookware

Cleaning/checking a disgusting stove

Thank you!

Aug 05, 2013
wandajune6 in Cookware

Cleaning/checking a disgusting stove

Thanks for the rodent recommendation!

I'll definitely check out the igniter element as well- that's not something that would have occurred to me!

Aug 05, 2013
wandajune6 in Cookware

Cleaning/checking a disgusting stove

I'll take a look. Thanks!

Aug 05, 2013
wandajune6 in Cookware

Cleaning/checking a disgusting stove

We just discovered that our stove is broken beyond repair and for sophisticated financial reasons have decided to try to resurrect the old stove in the garage.

The gas stove was (of course) not scrubbed down or covered before it went into the garage 4 years ago. It was apparently in good shape (though I never used it myself). It's now dusty, greasy, and overall fairly gross.

I figured that I'd use a combination of oven cleaner, Softscrub, and a degreaser if necessary. Is this the right combination of products? What should I check for safety? I'm hoping that no creepy crawlies got into it but am wondering how to check any cords, pipes, etc. prior to hooking it up.

Any recommendations?

Jul 29, 2013
wandajune6 in Cookware
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What is the absolute worst cookbook you own. And why do you keep it?

I love this one too. I admit that I've never read the intro but we've had it in the family for years. My great-great-aunt bought it for my mom as a wedding gift (though it has always been my dad who uses it). My gramma has a beat-up copy as well. My sister and I tracked down old copies from ebay when we left the house. It's not the best for everything but it was great for the Eastern Europeans immigrants in our family too!

Jul 29, 2013
wandajune6 in Home Cooking

Favorite Vintage and Off-Beat Soda Pops

I loved 50/50! I moved back to Chicago a few months ago but don't actually know where to find it here anymore. I just assumed it was no longer being made. I'll need to search it out!

Jul 29, 2013
wandajune6 in General Topics

Favorite Vintage and Off-Beat Soda Pops

Ale 8 is still around. It's made in KY, I think but you can find it in the region. I was introduced to it when living in Cincinnati and found it at the grocery when I was there as recently as December.

Jul 29, 2013
wandajune6 in General Topics

I've Never Roasted a Chicken & Other Kitchen Confessions

I save old jelly or peanut butter jars for this. I'll add everything but the oil, shake it like crazy, then repeat again with the oil. It always seems to be cleaner than doing it with a whisk and leftovers are already packed up.

Jul 24, 2013
wandajune6 in General Topics

Adding Crunch to Sautéed Spinach

There is an amazing dish at Mercat a la Planxa, a Chicago area Spanish restaurant that might fit the bill.

http://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPh... (This should show you the salad).

Basically, it's spinach with pinenuts and green apples. I could eat the stuff by the pound. I haven't tried to recreate it yet but the recipes for espinacas a la Catalana that I've seen tend to look about right, especially if you remove the raisins.

It's different but delicious!

Jul 24, 2013
wandajune6 in Home Cooking
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I get to be a 20-something again for a week, what to eat?

Ramen with an egg whipped into it.
Pasta with butter and parmesan, possibly sauteed vegetables.
Whatever food you love that anyone else whines about.
Wine.

Also, don't forget to double-dip, drink from the bottle, and eat with your fingers as much as possible!

Jul 24, 2013
wandajune6 in General Topics

Your Favorite Salad Dressing--All Types

Really cheap thousand island dressing. Homemade never tastes as good. I like the stuff that comes in buckets and is nice and goopy. I try to avoid eating it because I know that it's toxic but admit to keeping a jar of the Lofthouse brand in my fridge for emergencies. (Emergencies mean the burning need for wedge salad with thousand island, black olives, bacon bits, and the possible addition of hard boiled egg.)

I'm also a huge fan of Good Seasonings Italian, made with a nice fruity olive oil and a good balsamic dressing. It tastes like home and is incredibly versatile. Plus, it's wonderfully salty, something that I never seem to get right when I make homemade vinaigrettes.

Jul 22, 2013
wandajune6 in General Topics

When does a salad become a "meal" unto itself?

For me, a salad becomes a meal when it's got enough in it to fill me up before I get bored.

I should also say that I'm a big fan of salads but mostly love the lettuce-y, less filling parts of a salad.

I'm not a huge meat or dairy eater so I find that my salads tend to be mostly vegetarian. I love things like olives and beans but find that I often get bored with a huge salad before I'm full from it. When I add cheese or meat, I tend to get full off of the salad before I get too bored to finish it. Or maybe I'll just add my favorite mixture of egg whites (hate the texture of yokes), nicoise olives, and maybe a bit of tuna.

So maybe it's just my mood?!

Jul 22, 2013
wandajune6 in General Topics

What products got ruined (and how) when a big company bought them?

Breyer's ice cream. Like with Ben & Jerry's, things changed under Unilever. It used to be all natural but they don't make the same claim anymore. Some flavors are still great but some taste a bit chemical-y.

What recipe are you lusting after but have never found the "exact" one?

Is there any chance you're thinking of Boston Fish Market? They're in Des Plaines now but apparently used to be in the city somewhere. I haven't had their fried fish yet but people go crazy over it.

http://www.lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic....

Jul 19, 2013
wandajune6 in Home Cooking