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    livingstonfran
    Mon Jan 09, 2012 7:53 pm
    Semi-Experienced "Sous Chef" Poster
    I have been a diabetic for about 10 years. I managed to control it mostly. But now after a year on a high dose of steroids, I must use insulin. I have it under control with just eating green salads, low glycemic vegetables and a very plain protein but this is sooooo boring. But I can do this. I was wondering if any of you had recipes for comfort foods that will not mess up my blood sugars. I try to keep my carbs less than 20 for a meal. Any suggestions would be very appreciated.
    Something that I have always missed has been chocolate pecan pie. Is there a way to use gelatin for the corn syrup? I would of course use splenda in place of the sugar. Thank you again for your assistance with this problem.
    Zurie
    Tue Jan 10, 2012 1:50 pm
    Forum Host
    There is no real need for you to eat only boring foods. You are already keeping to a protein-vegetable diet.

    That's what I do, and I've made and eaten and tasted great food without overstepping the line much.

    The problem is, I am answering your question, but unlike the fantastic forum hosts here, I do not have a link which will lead you to a host of low-carb dishes. I'm sure they'll help you there.

    The diabetic -- especially if the person has to cook the meals -- needs to be inventive and enthusiastic.

    I'd rather come back at a later stage with links to recipes, than go on chatting. You can eat like a queen ... but rather forget about the pecan pie!!! icon_wink.gif
    livingstonfran
    Wed Jan 11, 2012 7:00 pm
    Semi-Experienced "Sous Chef" Poster
    Thank you for your reply. That in itself is comforting. I have a shelf of low carb and diabetic cook books but I have found few recipes that I really enjoy. I combine Dr Atkins with the Diabetic style diet. I know that I will be able to follow this for a while before I start burning out so I was hoping to get some tried and true family recipes that help to take place of the comfort foods. Thank you again for your reply and blessings to you and yours.
    Andi of Longmeadow Farm
    Thu Jan 12, 2012 9:40 am
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    livingstonfran wrote:
    I have been a diabetic for about 10 years. I managed to control it mostly. But now after a year on a high dose of steroids, I must use insulin. I have it under control with just eating green salads, low glycemic vegetables and a very plain protein but this is sooooo boring. But I can do this. I was wondering if any of you had recipes for comfort foods that will not mess up my blood sugars. I try to keep my carbs less than 20 for a meal. Any suggestions would be very appreciated.
    Something that I have always missed has been chocolate pecan pie. Is there a way to use gelatin for the corn syrup? I would of course use splenda in place of the sugar. Thank you again for your assistance with this problem.


    Hi! and giving a big, warm, welcome to livingstonfran! We are so glad you stopped by! It sounds like you have really done a great job for 10 years at keeping your diabetes under good control, and I understand what you mean by keeping it under 20 carb count per meal.

    Yes! You can make your foods lively, good, nutritious, and comforting too.

    Let me gather some possible recipes/cookbooks, but let me check first...do you have any foods you don't like? Allergic? etc? Looking forward to talking with you some more!

    ~Andi
    livingstonfran
    Thu Jan 12, 2012 4:33 pm
    Semi-Experienced "Sous Chef" Poster
    Thank you so much for your reply. The only way that I had been able to control the disease was by living on Dr. Atkins induction phase mostly but never going farther than level 2. It is too limiting for me so I get really bored. I (we) like most meats, in fact I can not think of any that I do not like. The same with cheeses. Now vegetables, I try to keep an open mind about but I can not get past bok choy and rutabagas. Some more of the more Asian cabbages are not as well liked. We like most herbs except for tarragon. There are no food allergies at this time. Neither of us likes any with a licorice essence. I really appreciate the time that you would be taking to help me. Thank you so much. I so look forward to your recipes.
    Andi of Longmeadow Farm
    Thu Jan 12, 2012 5:56 pm
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    Wonderful! (as a side note: I do my best on Atkins too - love meats and cheese, like you, but veggies other then spinach, and green salads, I am not to crazy about. I could any veggie raw or in a salad!

    Will do some work here, and report back soon! Hold on tight! Until then, have a good night!
    Andi of Longmeadow Farm
    Fri Jan 13, 2012 6:04 am
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    Good morning, I have pulled out a ton of recipes, links, and cookbooks fro you. There is a lot written on the subject here on food.com....so I don't want to overwhelm you. Start thumbing through....and see if any of this grabs your fancy. Let us know which ones you are going to try if you get a chance.

    We have a whole section on food.com that covers everything low carb! It can be found here: Low Carb Recipes!

    Low Carb Recipe of the Week
    LOW carb/fat recipes

    Zucchini Lasagna (Lasagne) - Low Carb
    Taco Meatloaf
    Chile Colorado
    Mashed Cauliflower Comfort Food
    Balsamic Chicken Thighs
    The Ultimate Salmon Fillets
    Pork Chops
    Creamy Baked Spaghetti Squash Parmesan (Low-Carb)

    Low Carb ' Campbell's' Tomato Soup
    Low Carb ' I'm Dying for Spaghetti!' Soup
    livingstonfran
    Fri Jan 13, 2012 4:18 pm
    Semi-Experienced "Sous Chef" Poster
    Thank you so much for all of the recipes. I had some in common but there 2 in particular that I can not wait to try. The zucchini lasagna and the taco meat loaf stand out for me. I really appreciate your caring and assistance.
    Andi of Longmeadow Farm
    Fri Jan 13, 2012 5:36 pm
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    Hee hee, they grabbed me too! Let us know how much fun you are having trying new, and fun tastes! I love the zucchini-lasagna a lot! icon_smile.gif
    PaulaG
    Fri Jan 13, 2012 7:36 pm
    Forum Host
    Hi livingstonfran, let me join everyone in welcoming you to the forum. I can sometimes be a carb junkie and have to watch myself. I do enjoy salads and green vegetables so I guess I am lucky there. I first come to this site looking for ways to spice up my life.

    I see where Andi recommended zucchini lasagna. While I have never made it with zucchini I have made it with eggplant and can recommend I Lost My Noodles! Low Carb/South Beach Eggplant Lasagna. The total carb count per serving is given as a little over 30 grams. Here are a few other suggestions from recipes that I have reviewed.

    Easy Mushroom and Cheese Frittata
    Escalivada (Eggplant Salad With Onions and Peppers)
    Salisbury Steaks With Rich Brown Gravy (Low Fat)
    Spinach Sauteed With Raisins and Pine Nuts
    Juicy Grilled Chicken Breasts
    Parmesan Encrusted Salmon Fillet
    Meatloaf
    Lemon Tilapia
    Raw Vegan Red Cabbage Salad
    Garlic-Crusted Cod Fish
    Salmon With Saffron Cream Sauce
    Small Tuna and Broccoli Crust-Less Quiche

    Look forward to hearing more from you. icon_smile.gif
    Zurie
    Sat Jan 14, 2012 1:54 pm
    Forum Host
    And you do not even need recipes!

    You know by now what you can eat, and what you should not eat.

    Last night I fried onions with a little balsamic vinegar to brown them. I bought 4 of those huge white open mushrooms, as large as the palm of your hand.

    Fry first hollow side down, then turn up and fry the top -- don't worry about cooking right through. Take out and put in warm oven. Then I fried those pre-prepared meat patties you find in many shops and made sort-of hamburgers on mushrooms, with the onions added. I put some cream cheese on top, to melt while they were waiting in the warming oven.

    Side dishes were white rice(for my husband: I would not eat that), some plainly-steamed green veggie (forget which), and as a starter, a large mixed salad with vinaigrette dressing.

    And we enjoy some wine (usually a good plonk) with dinner.

    (What's not to like? icon_wink.gif icon_lol.gif icon_cool.gif )
    livingstonfran
    Sat Jan 14, 2012 4:13 pm
    Semi-Experienced "Sous Chef" Poster
    Thank you so much for your reply. You are correct that I do know what to eat but I am so bored with my recipes and routines for food and was hoping for creative suggestions such as yours. My husband would just love this meal and I have never seen anything suggesting something like this. I can not wait to try this. Thank you again for taking the time to assist me.
    PaulaG
    Sun Jan 15, 2012 9:14 am
    Forum Host
    We all can get into a rut at times. I am glad that you got some creative ideas. icon_smile.gif
    hotrod49
    Sun Jan 15, 2012 6:18 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    try using curshed pork rinds as a coating for baked meats it has no carbs at all add what ever you want to season it.
    Andi of Longmeadow Farm
    Mon Jan 16, 2012 2:02 pm
    Food.com Groupie
    hotrod49 wrote:
    try using curshed pork rinds as a coating for baked meats it has no carbs at all add what ever you want to season it.


    Hi Hotrod49! Yes, that is another great idea! I have done this several times, even adding them in meatloaf instead of breadcrumbs!

    Keep the good ideas coming!
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