Feeding the boys

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2010-05-27 17:57:31 -0500
Started 2010-05-26 20:43:59 -0500

How do I cook healthy enough for me without compromising taste and the needed nutrients etc for teenagers who love to eat ALOT especially german and italian foods?

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sweething1950 2010-05-27 09:29:26 -0500 Report

Ok, we've answered about the Italian foods; any specific ideas about German foods?

GabbyPA 2010-05-27 11:51:09 -0500 Report

I am not as familiar with German foods, but if you replace the heavy sausages with lean pork roasts and saute your cabbage and veggies in olive oil instead of butter or lard, that is a good start. I like to sear pork loin medallions with just some salt, pepper and a bit of alspice. Then I cover them with shredded cabbage, a chopped or sliced apple, and some onions and carrots. I cover it up after adding a little water or chicken stock. Let it cook down.
You don't have to serve it on noodles. Try mashing cauliflower and potatoes half and half. You will be surprised and it cuts the carbs considerably. I did this without telling anyone and they enjoyed it just like mashed potatoes. The texture is a little different, but you can eventually get to where you are just mashing cauliflower with no potatoes and the family may not even know or care.

I love polish sausage. It has so many calories and fat in it if you read the label you would just die. There are lite versions and while they are still not great, they are a better option. I don't really notice a taste difference in them. So again, if you are not eating half the link, you can keep it on the menu.

Stroganoff (at least in our home) was always cream based. So what I do is use a less fat cream of mushroom soup and only add water to it. I use fresh mushrooms and add a lot so the meat can be less. I add my onions and spices and let it simmer. I still use noodles, but I use the no yolk kind. I wish they made a high fiber noodle. LOL. But you can add some chia seeds to increase the fiber and no one will know. Then just before I serve it up, I add low fat sour cream to give it a little zing and add the richness to it.

If you have some favorite recipes that you want to use. Send them to me in an email and I can try to find some ways to substitute things to make them better for the whole family.

Richard157 2010-05-27 13:04:53 -0500 Report

That sound great Gabby! If I visit you someday, will you put on a big pot of Polish sausage and cabbage? I would love that! LOL!!!

RAYT721 2010-05-27 17:57:31 -0500 Report

Check out some German cookbooks at your library and then swap the ingredients in the same manner as with Italian. I'm not familiar with German items other than beer but I know if I have enough German beer I could care less about eating or cooking.

GabbyPA 2010-05-27 07:43:32 -0500 Report

I always say that diabetics eat the way everyone should be eating. Low fat, balanced carbs and proteins. What you fix for yourself should not be horrible to eat. That's no way to treat yourself.

What I often do is just make sure that I have my meal balanced. If I am serving Italian food (which I love) I make sure I am using high fiber pasta, home made sauces (less sugar and more control) I use sausage, but not as much and sometimes I use turkey or chicken sausage and they never know! LOL

Now typically you serve garlic bread or something like that. You can think outside that box and serve just the salad with the meal. One thing I do is make garlic knots out of Pillsbury bread sticks. I use low fat kind, and instead of butter, I toss them in olive oil parsley and garlic. I do this and that way I can have one or two (because they are small) and not feel deprived, but still have the bread there for the boys (my boy is my husband LOL)

So what Ray is saying about substitutions is right on. You can still have your favorite meals, you just have to alter them. Portion control is vital on some of those kinds of meals, but that is what goes on your plate.

The other thing I do because my boy doesn't do the salad thing very well, is I will add a vegetable to the meal that I know he will enjoy. He loves corn, I can't touch it. So I will add that along with my vegetable that I can have. That way no one feels left out.

What I DO NOT do is cook different meals for everyone. That is a really bad habit to get into. I try to keep the dislikes of certain things to a minimum as there is always one who doesn't like a certain thing and 3 others who do...but we work it out.

RAYT721 2010-05-26 21:18:07 -0500 Report

If the question is about health and nutrition the ideal recipe/menu plan should be the same for the whole family. The caloric intake should be different (men get more calories than women) but the nutritional ingredients should be the same… protein, good fats, good carbs, etc. You don't really have to alter your family's favorite meals nor your own. Simply swapping ingredients and keeping portion control in mind for all of you is the key. You can have pasta… they can have pasta. Consider whole wheat or low carb pasta instead of the higher carb brands. Serving high fat/calorie gravies and sauces aren't any healthier for them than for you. Explore websites that will let you find better choices for ingredients and recipes. It doesn't have to be stressful to get dinner on the table. Sugar free beverages, snacks and other options are as healthy for a non-diabetic as for a diabetic. Everyone should keep fat, carbs, and proteins in check. Those who are looking to lose weight should reduce caloric intake while those looking to gain should increase them. Everyone should have lean meats (as opposed to high fat). Everyone should have egg protein. Everyone should increase exercise. You will be able to alter recipes without altering taste. Each of you will have recipes and ingredients/brands that you like and that you dislike. It's not really any different than now.