Help with food

By kaylajo91 Latest Reply 2010-03-04 08:31:34 -0600
Started 2010-03-01 14:11:42 -0600

I read the recipes in diabetic magazines, but I just do not have the time to make them, nor do they even sound good to me. I am very simple and just want a fast easy meal. I work 32 hours, go to school full time, and have two children 3 and 7. My boyfriend helps out with meals sometimes, but he doesn't like to be all fancy either. Can anyone give me some suggestions on healthy food that I can make to satisfy everyone?

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Deborah L
Deborah L 2010-03-02 08:43:17 -0600 Report

Oh wow, work, school, and young children too! My hat is off to you. I'd be asking about more than just food.
I was raised back when packaged foods and fast food barely existed and it's still shocking for me to go into a grocery store. I also now live on low income so choices get less with the budget. Hope someone can teach me this new way of eating on $50 a month. Those wonderful sounding diabetic recipes just aren't affordable to me.
It must be hard pleasing the taste of children that young. Fortunately, they're still young enough to learn eating your diet plan. I now take a day to cook my chicken, fish, etc in large quantities, then separate and freeze them. I add different spices too so I have some variety.Also anything that can be cooked in volumn in a big pot like stews and soups then frozen. Don't know what foods will please your family, but large volumn cooking may help with that busy schudule. Good luck.

kaylajo91 2010-03-03 11:00:36 -0600 Report

I am looking for a cookbooks for dummies. As for spices I am have no clue. I am a simple person who really does not have time, but wants to make healthy choices.

Crashnot 2010-03-03 14:12:15 -0600 Report

As I've started gardening and raising my own herbs, I've also learned how to jazz simple things up to be really nice! A few of my quick and easy spice tricks:

For roasted potatoes or vegetables, just sprinkle olive oil over the cut up veggies. Then start mixing and matching any of the following seasonings. Roast for 20 min (veggies) or 40 min (potatoes & carrots) at 400-degrees and I don't know anyone who'll turn their nose at these! You could prep them that morning or the evening before, then just put in the oven when you get home.

Seasonings to try:
Grated Parmesan Cheese
Garlic Salt
Lemon Pepper

Good veggies for roasting:
Most can be found in the freezer section as well.
Green Beans
Brussel Sprouts
Sweet Potatoes

Pam from KCMO
Pam from KCMO 2010-03-03 17:56:24 -0600 Report

Thanks for this! I've roasted cubed potatoes and sweet potatoes together before, drizzled in olive oil as you suggest. I've just used salt and pepper - and haven't tried the other veggies either. Something new! (And my husband loves to chop. I think he likes to play with knives. lol)

veggie1962 2010-03-02 08:24:52 -0600 Report

Take a look at this book, you might find it helpful:

kaylajo91 2010-03-03 10:55:51 -0600 Report

I ordered it lastnight and got the email this morning that it has been shipped! I am so excited.

veggie1962 2010-03-04 08:22:53 -0600 Report

I hope you find this book helpful. It's about 1/2 tips for smart shopping/food prep with the other 1/2 being recipes. The prep didn't seem to involved and the recipes are economical.

spiritwalker 2010-03-01 20:15:44 -0600 Report

You might want to check D They offer over 8,000
recipes. In general you can convert almost any recipe you
have and make it diabetic friendly. If you enjoy pasta , replace the white pasta with whole wheat or Dream Fields.
In stead of ground round or beef use ground turkey or chicken. Replace potatoes with cooked veggies or
salad. Measure so you know for sure about portion

Crashnot 2010-03-01 16:23:20 -0600 Report

I'd have a cooking show if I could accomplish a task like that! Sounds like you have your hands full. If you have a day or two a month you can set aside for cooking, you can make up your whole month's worth of meals in zip-lock bags in the freezer. There are cook books written just for this. It also saves a ton of money by not wasting or over-buying. You'll have to review the meals to see if they'll scare anyone, but generally they're pretty family friendly.

kaylajo91 2010-03-02 20:38:43 -0600 Report

Thank you for the help. Do you have any names of those cookbooks? I would really enjoy looking and then buying one!

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