Diabetic Cooking... lets talk about it

Jeanette Terry
By Jeanette TerryPA Latest Reply 2012-10-07 18:57:15 -0500
Started 2012-09-10 18:22:10 -0500

So I know that being able to prepare healthy meals that are diabetic friendly is essential in diabetes management. But I just have never been very good at it. It is one of my weaknesses as far as success in managing my diabetes goes. I just LOVE food. and I have a hard time trying healthier alternatives even though I know that it would make my life 10 times easier as far as blood sugar control goes and lets face it… I would just feel better.

So… I have decided to try to rectify this thorn in my side and start cooking better meals that have healthier diabetic friendly alternatives. The only problem is that I am not that great of a cook to start with, so I feel as though there is going to be a huge learning curve. But I was hoping that all of you could help me out as I start out on this journey of healthy cooking.

I am going to start posting a discussion each week with a new diabetic friendly recipe that I am going to try and my experience as I attempt to be a master in the kitchen :). I will title it "diabetic cooking" followed by the name of the recipe I am trying that week. I would love your help and suggestions and personal experiences as I try this out. Perhaps there are more people like me out there that want to do better but just haven't brought themselves to do it yet. We can conquer our fears together, and become the best group of diabetic cooks out there. What do you say… are you with me?

14 replies

CJ55 2012-10-05 22:05:33 -0500 Report

I would love to join you!!! I am not a "Cook" but I enjoy cooking if that makes sense. I have only been cooking 1-2 meals a week. It's ironic because my son is a chef. I would love to try new food recipes and baked goodies I can eat. I am very excited about this. Thank you so much !! I look forward to the first of hopefully many wonderful recipes.

Lizardfan 2012-09-12 15:02:50 -0500 Report

I love to cook! I collect cast iron cookware and cooking gadgets too! I applaud you for wanting to learn to cook. I will be supporting you in your endeavor!

robertoj 2012-09-11 18:18:42 -0500 Report

I love that you are addressing a weakness. I was never taught how to cook but I seem to have a knack. My mom is a great cook and so were my grandmothers. I never even watched them cook but I was able to recreate their best dishes in my mind. I love to cook and I think finding healthier ways to prepare my favorite dishes is fun. The funny thing about healthier cooking is that I make it for myself and prepare it the regular way for my family. When they try my healthier version the usually can't tell the difference and even prefer some of my healthy food. My tip is that even when the food turns out bad it is usually off due to lack of or over use of one or to items. With healthy cooking you have to do some experimenting. I believe that virtually any recipe can be adapted.

Nick1962 2012-09-11 10:54:00 -0500 Report

Bravo for taking on a new challenge! If you are one of those who absolutely must have a recipe to cook from, I know this can be a monumental task. You will get frustrated from time to time because many recipes don’t turn out the way you think they should have for any number of reasons. Many recipes leave out a lot of important things like technique (Betty Crocker is no friend of mine), but don’t get discouraged, and don’t be afraid to deviate. Baking is a science, but cooking is an art, so while forgetting that teaspoon of baking soda might bring down your cake, it can also mean you made crepes instead of pancakes, and that’s not a bad thing. Being diabetic, we always encourage test, test, test. But in cooking it’s taste, taste, taste. Always check it out along the way. Just before you’re ready to eat is not the time to find out you used too much salt (or in my case stuck the teaspoon in the sugar bowl and not the salt bowl).

CJ55 2012-10-05 22:11:51 -0500 Report

Ohhh sugar bowl instead of salt.. Been there as well. Too funny !! I am not much of an exciting cook. I get very bored with what I cook. I like to use a recipe. I have no imagination when it comes to cooking.

Nick1962 2012-10-06 16:27:54 -0500 Report

Yeah, I put the sugar bowl away that night.
Sounds like you need to start using your imagination there CJ. Shake things up a bit. Challenge yourself. Heck, I'll challenge you if you want, just tell me what you're plannng for dinner!

CJ55 2012-10-07 09:23:38 -0500 Report

Hi Nick.. Happy Sunday !! I love a challenge, I face it everynight at dinner time. It is easier eating out, then I don't have to plan and cook. However, it isn't the best for my D or eating habits. I really do need to use my imagination a heck of a lot more than I do. My husband loves everything, I am the picky one. I have about 15 D cookbooks and I need to start using them. I eat very basic. I do not like most veggies and I don't know anything about herbs and what to put in what type of foods. I do not like onions, tomatoes or any peppers, califlower or broc. kale, spinach,.. the list goes on. I am going to Vegas this Wednesday and I have made a promise to myself that when I return I am going to start using my cookbooks. I may be screaming on here for help … LOL.. I usually cook pork or chicken or a beef roast. I do not eat fish, my husband loves it. I will bake it for him and I will have something different. I have pretty much given up pasta and I really limit my intake of rice. I may eat brown rice 1 or 2 times a month. I love baked stuffed pork chops but the stuffing isn't good for me. :-( It's the little things like that I have a hard time with. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I have learned a lot of good snack items to eat from others on DC. Foods I would never think to eat. Thanks in advance..

Nick1962 2012-10-07 13:39:39 -0500 Report

Hey CJ! Maybe get rid of some of those D cookbooks and find some new more up-to-date ones. A lot of the D recipes I've seen ARE boring and food has changed so much in the last few years that many things now are actually D friendly or easily tweaked. A good way to hide those vegetables are in soups and stews, or adding a little something to them to make them more palatable like toasted almonds w/ green beans. I never eat broccolli without my Brady Street Sprinkle from Penzey's http://www.penzeys.com/cgi-bin/penzeys/p-penz...
Don't forget turkey ain't just for thanksgiving either. I've made a nice turkey meatloaf, but I made it a day early, then sliced it the next day and grilled the slices. Leftover turkey or chicken makes a great white bean chilli with just a can of cannellini beans too. Just add some low sodium chicken broth, maybe a few carrot chunks for color and you have a meal.
Oh, and those pork chops - stuff 'em with sausage. Tasty! Feel free to inbox me if you have any questions.
Oh and good luck in Vegas!

CJ55 2012-10-07 16:41:47 -0500 Report

Thanks Nick. Im cooking baked stuffed pork chops this evening.. Baby carrots, and baby red potatoes for my brother and husband. Yummy!! The turkey sounds good. I cook turkey all year round, not just for turkey day. Turkey is my favorite over all other meats. We all like beans a lot. My brother is the cooker when it comes to beans.

ConnieMarie 2012-09-11 08:46:02 -0500 Report

"The only problem is that I am not that great of a cook to start with" everyone can be a great cook…i learned early on to use herbs in cooking…fresh is best and to keep fresh herbs available all year…chop them up place in ice cube tray fill with water & freeze…put ice cubes in a freezer bag & all you need to do is drop them in soups or sauces…i learned mixing thyme, basil, sage, savory with a dash of pepper almost creates a salt flavor…a slash of orange juice with agave nectar makes a glaze for chicken…be creative…

CJ55 2012-10-05 22:16:36 -0500 Report

Thanks for the info Connie. I would love to cook with herbs, my problem is I have no idea how to. I don't know what goes with what. Any advice or helpful hints you can spare? I do like the ice cube suggestion. If you can help me, please send me a message in my in box. I will find it better there. Thanks so much!!!

Michael_1960 2012-09-10 21:09:44 -0500 Report

Hi sweetie, I myself is a very good cook, so let me give you some pointers. I bought a 2 teir veggie steamer, and I just bought a George Foreman grill this past weekend, so I buy fresh brocolli, brussel sprouts, carrots, little red potatos, fresh mushrooms, cabbage, and any other veggie you like, and just steam whatever veggies you like and throw a burger, or some fish on the grill, or bake a couple boneless, skinless chicken breast with some season salt, pepper, and sprinkle some lemon pepper, or mccormicks chicken seasoning on it, put it in the oven on 350 for about 45 mins and you have yourself a meal. I eat salmon patties, or salmon stew, tuna, and I have a crockpot that I put some stewbeef in it with some potatos, carrots, celery, okra, and about 3 different kinds of beans, and some cabbage, and I know I shouldn't but I will eat a small piece of homemade cornbread. If you would like some more helpful hints, please feel free to let me know. More willing to help.

irisheys122 2012-10-05 21:42:58 -0500 Report

Because I have a very demanding job & really don't like to cook, I'm simply buying lots of fresh or frozen veggies, eating a lot of salads, low carb fruit, & using a lot of seasonings (purchased) for chicken breasts, salmon, turkey, pork tenderloins, & not worry too much about recipes. In other words, I'm still not doing much cooking, just adjusting my meals: eg egg beaters w/ turkey bacon or 1 slice low card bread.
Have stopped all use of pasta, rice, only tiny amount of potatoes once in awhile & nothing processed. I work out of town 3 days/wk, where I have to cook w/ limited
cooking utensils. The George Foreman grill is one of my new best friends! GL, you don't need to be a culinary expert to live with diabetes. You can do this!!

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