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Far-away Chains on your "To Do" List

There are no Red Robins in South Florida but we still get the ads, and some of their burgers sound yummy...

Until we moved to Stuart, we'd never had Sonic because it was too far away... the store is still 30 minutes away from us, but it's right by the Mall and we have to go up there to go to most of the Big Box stores anyway, so when we drove past we'd stop in for a truly delicious shake (their coconut cream pie shake tastes like somebody put a piece of pie in the blender!).

Alas, in moving we moved far far away from Smashburgers... I loved their veggie burgers and fried carrots/green beans for a lower-carb option. They only have Five Guys up here and while their burgers are delicious, they're off the menu since we're low-carbing it for my husband's diabetes!

And the closest Krispy Kreme store is over an hour away... but we can't eat donuts any more anyway. When we had to go down to Fort Lauderdale we made sure to buy donuts and to go to Smashburgers for lunch.

Aug 28, 2014
Kajikit in Chains

Help - no-chew diabetic foods?

The pork was great... the sugar-free bbq sauce I found him at that netrition website is a success and I just boiled some green beans until they were soft. I generally avoid boiling veggies because so many of the nutrients go down the drain in the water, but it's the best way to make sure that the veggies are soft and easy to eat. I had some sweetcorn with mine, and hubby just had the beans with a little ranch dressing.

Aug 28, 2014
Kajikit in Special Diets
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Help - no-chew diabetic foods?

Chill out guys... It's well-known that different 'groups' take a different approach to managing diabetes, and the suggested blood-sugar levels/carb counts are very over-generous to put it mildly. It didn't take more than a day of reading online to decide that low-carb seems like the only really sensible way to go, but we don't go as far as you mcf, it's a personal decision. I'm not going to sit there counting carrot sticks unless it's absolutely essential, I just look at the labels and guestimate, and thusfar, my husband seems to be doing really well. If he wasn't, we'd be stricter, but since his sugar is still dropping gradually, we must be doing things the 'right' way for him! Haven't been to the 'diabetes education class' yet, we had to postpone it because of this whole tooth thing, but I fully expect them to recommend about twice as much carbohydrate as he's actually having, and I fully expect to continue to ignore those recommendations in favour of what's working! (because of his injured mouth I offered to go buy him some sweet potato for 'soft' food, but he didn't want me to. He says they're too sugary, and ultimately it's his decision...)

Advice: Wisdom Tooth Extraction, what to eat?

Revisiting this exceedingly lengthy discussion because my poor husband has a bad tooth... on day five of antibiotics now and he's doing better but as a diabetic a lot of the 'standard' options (mashed potatoes) won't work... I bought him special diabetic protein shakes, low-carb yoghurts, sugar-free ice pops, and loads of sugar-free jello and pudding... oh, and the 'natural harvest' unsweetened applesauce with other fruit in it, because plain applesauce is BORING! Also found that the crockpot is a life-saver - it turns practically any meat into incredibly soft melt-in-your-mouth meals overnight, so he doesn't have to chew them.

Aug 27, 2014
Kajikit in General Topics

Liquid Diet Help!

You're going to want to buy protein powder and fiber powder to help add nutrition to your liquid diet... and there have been many threads on 'no-chew/post-dental surgery' eating before.

You can add cottage cheese to a fruit smoothie for extra protein - the blender removes all traces of 'lumpiness'.

Sweet potato or pumpkin soup comes out silky-smooth if you blend it.

Aug 27, 2014
Kajikit in Special Diets
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Help - no-chew diabetic foods?

Actually, his sugar was 400 largely because he was drinking gatorade like there was no tomorrow, in the mistaken belief that he needed rehydrating and then he'd 'feel better'... that stuff is pure sugar!

Aug 27, 2014
Kajikit in Special Diets
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Help - no-chew diabetic foods?

I put chicken thighs, onion, a chopped tomato and some sliced carrots in the crockpot overnight... the end result - melt-in-your-mouth chicken that John ate two plates of, no blending required. I'm doing to do a pulled pork loin the same way tonight, but I need to think of something we can have with it. There's a cauliflower in the fridge - maybe make roasted cauliflower tonight when it's cooler and reheat it in the microwave? (we live in Florida and our A/C isn't very efficient - if you run the oven during the day when the sun's out it can't maintain temperature, and then it can't cool the place down again until the sun goes down or it rains, whichever comes first!) Making vegetables no-chew seems to be harder than taking care of the meat... the crockpot breaks the fibers down beautifully but it turns veggies into MUSH.(I just got some sugar-free bbq sauce from the internet last week, so we can have 'proper' pulled pork...)

Aug 26, 2014
Kajikit in Special Diets

Help - no-chew diabetic foods?

Yeah... we know how much carbohydrate he can tolerate - we try to keep it about 20g a meal, because too much lower than that makes him feel way too deprived - he LOVES his low-carb bread, yoghurt etc. He felt up to eating a low-carb tunafish pita last night, but his poor cheek is swollen this morning so it's back to the 'diabetic breakfast drink'. Just hoping the antibiotic is working! btw, sadly I have no food processor OR pressure cooker. I do have a blender and a hand-held stick blender thingy if we get desperate... for now he really only wants semi-liquids that don't need chewing at all. Thinking of putting the frozen chicken thighs into the crockpot to make him extra-rich chicken broth...

Aug 25, 2014
Kajikit in Special Diets

This pineapple killed my tongue!!

Eat canned pineapple rather than fresh... canning destroys the enzyme that beats up your mouth. Itchy mouth is a common reaction to fresh pineapple, and the reason why I won't eat it (but I love the canned stuff)...

Aug 25, 2014
Kajikit in General Topics

What do you think about 'mandatory' Valet Parking?

The hospital we used to frequent offered free valet parking... but if you really liked driving around in circles you didn't HAVE to use it. We found it a big convenience to be able to arrive in time for an appointment and not allow 20 minutes for circling the carpark. Valet parking at a public facility shouldn't be charged for - it should be part of the service. The same goes for restaurants - the valets are (or should be) be being paid for their services by the establishment who are offering valet parking as a courtesy to their customers. If you want to tip, fine, but you shouldn't have to pay more than a nominal charge. The movie theater we used charged five bucks for valet parking, but since the alternative is walking two miles just to get in the front door, we were happy to pay. But I don't think we ever tipped - the five dollars WAS the tip.

Aug 24, 2014
Kajikit in Not About Food

What do you think about 'mandatory' Valet Parking?

Sure you can park my car so we don't have to worry about it... but it had better be free! We just plain don't go to restaurants that don't have a parking lot of their own (preferably with disabled parking near the front door)... it rules a lot of places out that I'd like to try, but I shouldn't have to take a Walker with me to go to dinner. For one thing, there's never anywhere to put it inside...

Aug 24, 2014
Kajikit in Not About Food

Top Chef Duels 8/20, spoilers, Antonia vs Mike - a profane and foggy recap

We watched it yesterday... and I found it surprisingly pointless and rather boring. Not enough time talking about the food and too much boring blah blah blah... Not going to bother with any more...

Aug 24, 2014
Kajikit in Food Media & News

Help - no-chew diabetic foods?

My poor husband has an abscess... he got antibiotics this morning but he can't chew anything. Any brilliant ideas for diabetic-suitable no-chew foods to give him? Especially things that aren't sweet! I bought some special low-carb protein drinks and the usual sugar-free pudding, icecream and applesauce. Plus he always has Dannon yoghurt (their 80 calorie greek yoghurt tastes great and has less than 10 carbs in a serve.) I'm going to guess that the no-chewing is going to last all week, and he can't just eat sweet stuff...

Aug 24, 2014
Kajikit in Special Diets

I have never eaten at _______ and I never will!

I would never go to Hooters of my own violation - but I was dragged there by relatives (actually, they said 'you like wings, right? (of course we do) and lo and behold when we got there the 'wing place' was Hooters. Ugh... The wings are just wings, bone and all, but I couldn't wait to get out of there.

Been to the Golden Corral once (dragged there by a church group who said it was 'cheap and good and everyone could find something to eat') - it was abysmal. I'd rather starve than go back... Never ever been to Olive Garden, Applebees or Red Lobster and I don't see myself ever going unless it's with a similar 'sorry, you can go eat or stay home alone' group.

Aug 21, 2014
Kajikit in Chains

What "typical American Foods" would you serve to foreigners?

A traditional summer cookout - apparantly hotdogs are a novelty to many countries (don't bother to serve a US cookout to Australians, it's pretty much the same as an Aussie BBQ except with hotdogs instead of sausages)... or a clambake if they like seafood... or bbq with the fixins...

Aug 19, 2014
Kajikit in General Topics

What makes you sick or react that you love?

Lactose-intolerant dairy-lover here... milkshakes are NOT my friend, and cheesecake is one of my favourite foods on earth but I can't eat it without suffering. Fortunately, most icecream seems to be okay, probably because you're having it in smaller serves.

My husband is allergic to peppers and seafood... (and he's diabetic). Between the three of them that rules out most restaurants that I'd want to go to. :(

Aug 19, 2014
Kajikit in General Topics

Lay's Potato Chips' New Flavors -- Seen or Tried Them?

Finally got around to opening my bag of Lays Wasabi ginger chips, and I think we have a winner... just a hint of heat, and some Asian spiciness that's positively addictive. I hope they keep this flavour around, but my track record at predicting the winner has been abysmal - they ALWAYS pick the one flavour that I hated to put into general production!

Aug 17, 2014
Kajikit in General Topics

Low carber avoiding restaurants

We were going to go to lunch today and I was trying to think of where we could actually go with my husband's dietary restrictions... he's allergic to shellfish, and 2 out of 3 times we've eaten at a seafood restaurant, he's had a reaction to his fish, presumably because of unavoidable cross-contamination in the kitchen. (they didn't rub shrimp on his plate, but if they fried shrimpies before his fish, he's in trouble...) So seafood restaurants are out... he's allergic to fresh peppers, not life-threateningly but major digestive distress, so there goes Mexican and most Asian food... and now he's diabetic, so there goes the rest of the Asian arena (sayonara sushi, bye bye rice, noodles, and battered fried stuff), Italian food (carbs everywhere), and of course our favourite BBQ is a gonner... I'm afraid all we're left with are hamburger places (hold the bun and fries), diners for eggy/meaty breakfasts, and Sports Bar/American style restaurants where he can eat meat and vegetables or salad. And I HATE steak... it doesn't seem like there are many options left aside from chicken wings, which we've ordered twice for home delivery and munched away at happily with our own sugar-free sauces.
So no, we're not actively avoiding restaurants (except for allergy reasons) but it's hard to figure out where we can go and find something to eat that I can't make as well or better (and certainly cheaper!) at home...

Aug 15, 2014
Kajikit in Special Diets

Mayonnaise safety: A question about salmonella on the shell of the egg (from a skeptic)

I just bought a carton of 'pasteurised' eggs at Publix to make mayo with... I know regular eggs are probably perfectly safe but I don't like taking chances.

Aug 15, 2014
Kajikit in General Topics

Surar-free cake??? icing?? and no dyes??

Personally I don't think there IS any 'health benefit'... there's a distinctly different flavour if you use honey or maple syrup but sugar is ultimately sugar - as a diabetic family, we can't use ANY of it. From looking at blogs to try to find diabetic-suitable recipes, I've found a lot of people who are into 'eating clean' and 'natural eating' and who are using honey, maple syrup, or other said-to-be-less-refined sugars in their recipes. Some of them sound delicious, but they're not diabetic... but the OP doesn't actually NEED a completely sugar-free recipe, she just wants low-sugar, more-natural etc. which gives her more options. (for a baby, I'd vastly prefer to give them a cake made with maple syrup than artifical sweeteners - I'll use them for us because we have no other option to create the 'sweet' taste...) I suggested a hummingbird cake because you can make it with very little added sugar of any kind - the pineapple, banana, and applesauce add a ton of sweetness on their own, and I could see honey or maple syrup enhancing it.

Oh, and I just remembered that it isn't safe to use honey in food for very young babies, because there's a danger of their getting botulism from their immature digestive tract. I think by their first birthday they're past the danger zone but I wouldn't want to swear to it... There's no safety prohibition against using maple syrup...

Aug 14, 2014
Kajikit in Special Diets

Surar-free cake??? icing?? and no dyes??

Since nobody is actually diabetic/allergic, mom just doesn't want to give baby refined sugar, you have a much easier job. You can use mashed banana/applesauce/honey/maple syrup for sweetness without worrying about the carb count, and I'm sure you can make a delicious cake with far less sugar. How about a cream cheese/coconut cream frosting sweetened with honey and/or maple syrup?

Hummingbird cake springs to mind as being really yummy for all... here's a recipe for cream cheese frosting sweetened with maple syrup. http://www.primalpalate.com/paleo-rec...
and here's a hummingbird cake with no sugar and no butter.
http://sugarandcinnamon.com/2013/07/1...

Aug 13, 2014
Kajikit in Special Diets

ISO, Low Carb Hot Dog Buns?

Interesting link.. I see they also have low-carb bbq sauce and other goodies that we might have to try, and their shipping is only five bucks, so buying a few bottles might make it worthwhile. :)

Aug 13, 2014
Kajikit in Special Diets
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Surar-free cake??? icing?? and no dyes??

Do the parents want you to make your special sugar-free cake for the entire party, or just for the toddler? If you're doing the typical 'face-smash' first birthday cake you could just make a toddler-sized one with the special recipe and make a more traditional birthday cake for the rest of the group - a one-year-old isn't going to know what they're missing out on!

Here's a whole folder of 'sugar-free/gluten-free birthday cakes' from pinterest. I'm sure you can find a good frosting idea in there somewhere! http://www.pinterest.com/rollinskj/re...

Btw I have yet to try it (I just sent for my free sample), but they make Swerve sweetener in a confectioner's sugar format. Here's somebody who used it in their birthday cupcakes - http://alldayidreamaboutfood.com/2013... Bear in mind that at ten bucks a bag, that frosting is going to cost a fortune!

Aug 13, 2014
Kajikit in Special Diets

Swerve sweetener?

Looking around the grocery, Publix sells Swerve for ten dollars a bag... think I'll take your advice and ask the manufacturer for a sample before I invest that much cash. They also had a low-carb baking mix for $6 from Bob's Red Mill...

Aug 12, 2014
Kajikit in Special Diets
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I've never been a *Quick* Cook

I've been watching Jamie Oliver's 15 minute meals and they look pretty good... he uses the food processor a LOT because he says there's no time to faff around with hand-chopping in that length of time. Personally, I can get dinner done in 30 minutes without too much trouble, if you don't count the 10 minutes the meat spends in the microwave thawing before I start. The last pork chops I bought were so thin they surprised me by grilling in 10 minutes flat - I'm used to the thick boneless ones that take a full 30!

But left to my own devices I'll often take much longer. I made a simple chilli last week and simmered it for two hours before I decided it was done, and I love roasts - ten minute to prep, then two hours left alone in the oven.

Aug 12, 2014
Kajikit in General Topics

Cracked Cheesecake at bakery

Now THAT'S pretty gross... baked goods should be disposed of daily if they don't sell - a good bakery should either sell out entirely, reduce prices before closing to move the old stock (or sell it for half-price the second day as 'day old'), or preferably know how much they're likely to need each day and only have that much product in the cases to begin with. Who would knowingly buy a five-day-old cake?

Aug 12, 2014
Kajikit in General Topics

Desserts for low carbers and the people who love them

Have you ever tried any of the low-carb 'cake-in-a-cup's? I've found a few recipes that sound good on paper but I can't try them until I get my food processor and can grind nuts, or else buy some coconut flour and artificial sweeteners... they seem to use erithrytol (sp?) powder for sweetness.

Aug 10, 2014
Kajikit in Special Diets

What's for Low-Carb Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner? #4

I try to make a cooked breakfast for us on the weekends at least once (more elaborate than just scrambled eggs...) yesterday I made zucchini fritters, and neither of us really liked them. But today's breakfast was a roaring success... I found a recipe for cauliflower biscuits online. http://stalkerville.net/recipe/caulif...

I was going to make the biscuits but when I put the grated cauliflower, bacon, an onion and some fresh garlic into the pan and started sauteeing them they smelled so good I decided to leave them as hash. I also used smoked paprika because my husband has an allergy to most fresh peppers and we can only use certain ones dried. We both loved it! I made scrambled eggs but we didn't even eat them because the hash was so filling. (btw, grating cauliflower by hand can be done but it's a royal pain in the rear! I can't wait to get a food processor - John says after his next payday...)

Aug 10, 2014
Kajikit in Special Diets

Clueless cook with parents dropping by (long)

Those bags of mix are GOOD... get the white-chocolate macadamia if you can. It's delicious. Just follow the directions on the pack and you'll have fail-proof cookies in ten minutes flat...

Aug 08, 2014
Kajikit in Home Cooking

Clueless cook with parents dropping by (long)

You don't want to try to cook rice from scratch - that's okay! They sell the stuff frozen in white or brown... just go buy a bag and there's your rice. Dump it right in the recipe when you need it and the pan heat will thaw it out for you in less than two minutes. You can also buy the onion/peppers in a little tub in the veggie section ready to use so you don't need to worry about getting the dice 'just right'. Open the tub and dump it in! (I used them when my hand was injured and I couldn't chop...) If you want to make things even simpler don't worry about the vegetables - Birds Eye sells bags of frozen rice with finely chopped vegetables mixed right in. You can use that in the wrap and it'll be just fine and save you from buying extra products. All you need to do is season it.