StirFry a good diabetic dinner

By Type1Lou Latest Reply 2013-04-10 14:03:05 -0500
Started 2013-04-05 16:16:41 -0500

Tonight for dinner, I'm making a chicken stir fry with left over cooked chicken, mushroom, broccoli, carrots, a can of chop suey vegetables, shredded cabbage, minced fresh ginger. I also use a seasoning packet of Sunbird brand Stir Fry Seasoning Mix but do not add the sugar it calls for (I never miss it) If my husband liked onions, I'd put some of them in too. I'll serve my husband's over ramen noodles but forgo the noodles on my plate. I still have to calculate the carb's per serving (without the noodles) but know that I'll be able to eat my fill without maxing out at my 45 grams of carb per dinner limit and get lots of good veggie fiber as well. Life is good!

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Dr John
Dr John 2013-04-10 08:26:46 -0500 Report

Carrots have a huge amount of carbs. 1/2 large carrot = 45 grams of carbs. I would eliminate the carrots. You can substitute rice for noodles.

Type1Lou 2013-04-10 13:58:48 -0500 Report

My carb guide states that one 7.5 inch long raw carrot has 7 grams of carb…a far cry from the 45 you claim…must be a monster carrot in your neck of the woods! One cup of fresh cooked carrot slices has 13 grams of carb. As for rice, it has no place in my low-carb diet since it is quite high on the glycemic index. One cup of cooked brown rice has 46 grams of carb and one cup of cooked white rice has 53 grams of carb. I'll forgo the rice in favor of the carrots, thank you.

Dr John
Dr John 2013-04-10 14:03:05 -0500 Report

You are correct. 7 grams for a large carrot.
I was following an old USDA book, which is apparently wrong.

Set apart
Set apart 2013-04-08 05:48:24 -0500 Report

I use quinoa sometimes for stir fry. It has carbs, but adds that rice taste I sometimes miss. I use vegetables and chicken and low sodium soy sauce. I am able to have a good size serving without BG rising with my bolous.

tabby9146 2013-04-07 13:23:28 -0500 Report

that sounds really good, I like to cook stir fry often, sometimes lean sirloin mostly chicken, with lots of veggies, low sodium chicken broth, some spices.

ShellyLargent 2013-04-05 23:24:39 -0500 Report

I've used spaghetti squash as the noodles before. It soaks up the flavors of the stir fry and sauce really well plus doubles the amount of food. Great for leftovers later!

Gwen214 2013-04-05 17:14:31 -0500 Report

I use to do the ramen noodle stir frys but my BG get too high. I miss!

Type1Lou 2013-04-06 13:03:00 -0500 Report

I have the stir fry without the noodles. I was never a big pasta or rice (or potato) fan so don't miss the extra carbs that they bring. Hubby, however, LOVES his pasta, so I make the ramen noodles for him. I pray he never develops diabetes…his Dad developed Type 2 later in life and my hubby just turned 70. He would have a hard time giving up his favorite foods.

When I make spaghetti, I serve the sauce over pasta for him and put my sauce over french style green beans. (I'm not really crazy about spaghetti squash but that's another alternative.) When I make lasagna, I use noodles for him but make a smaller version for me substituting the noodles with blanched cabbage leaves or spinach. Lots fewer carbs for me with better BG's! We all develop our own coping mechanisms.

Harlen 2013-04-08 06:14:14 -0500 Report

Try eggplant in your lasagna it's great

Type1Lou 2013-04-08 11:21:03 -0500 Report

Thanks Harlan. I have a recipe for eggplant roll-ups which uses brolied eggplant cut lengthwise after paring and filled with a ricotta and parmesan cheese mixture..rolled up and baked with tomato sauce…very much like a lasagna and yummy too!

locarb 2013-04-05 17:03:42 -0500 Report

Sounds great and I think shows others that you can eat well, with minimal effort and still promote and protect your health.

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