Diabetic Picky-Eater Looking for Recipes

By Nonna2Three Latest Reply 2011-01-22 19:45:04 -0600
Started 2011-01-21 11:01:22 -0600

I was recently diagnosed with T2 Diabetes, but I have been a picky eater ALL my 54 years. And before anyone says I have to change my eating habits I will say it is not an option. I gag when certain foods get in my mouth and I will not sit and gag through meals to try to teach myself to eat those things I don't and won't. Also, I realize there is a recipe section. Trust me, I have read through a couple hundred recipes this week - both here, on other websites and in my newly acquired Diabetic Cookbook.

That said, what I am looking for are some tried & true recipes that do NOT contain any of the following:
1) seafood (no seafood - nothing - not even tuna fish or fish sticks)
2) onion (including scallions and other such noxious critters)
3) peppers (bell, banana - doesn't matter. However I am okay with ground peppers for spice)
4) mushrooms
5) celery
6) stewed tomato (sauce is okay in moderation, but not in excess such as with spaghetti or lasagna)
7) beans or peas (I can tolerate green beans and if I add a lot of spice & seasoning I can tolerate baked beans made from pork-n-beans)
7) greens (as in spinach, turnip greens, collard greens, mustard greens. Cabbage is okay either raw or cooked)
8) wild game (no rabbits, deer, quail etc - Basically I only eat white meat chicken, beef, boneless pork options and turkey breast)
9) yogurt, cottage cheese or sour cream (it would be okay mixed in something cooked, but not as it comes straight from the carton)
10) reserved for those items I didn't recall at the moment

Okay, with all those limits on ingredients I can only hope for a few tried & true good recipes for the T2 Diabetic. Thanks all!

12 replies

GabbyPA 2011-01-22 18:45:04 -0700 Report

Do you know my husband? LOL You guys share a similar list, though he will never admit he is a picky eater. I will look through my cookbooks and see. But you know you can eliminate most of those ingredients in any recipe. Sometimes too, it is just that you have never had them cooked in a way that you will eat them. My trick is that I have one who loves peppers but hates mushrooms. One who loves mushrooms and hates celery, and one who loves celery but hates both mushrooms and peppers....sigh. It can be a challenge. Give me a couple of days and I will see what I can dig up.

Plus, have you spent anytime in our recipe section? You can search by main ingredient or meal time type. There are a lot of good ones in there.

azgilamonster 2011-01-21 14:16:27 -0700 Report

I have always loved pizza, so now we make our own using wheat tortillas and putting a little real motz, and using fat free motz along with grilled onions, mushrooms, shrimp. oh, and I don't really care for red sauce on a pizza so I use evoo = extra virgin olive oil and rub on the tortilla you can put chunks of cooked chicken on there etc.. but it does taste good and bake directly on middle oven rack at 400* for 8 min.

CaliKo 2011-01-21 10:25:32 -0700 Report

The first thing that comes to mind is to kick up the amount of vegetables you are eating, since your meats are probably limited to amounts that won't fill you up. I like to saute broccoli or cauliflower in a little olive oil, letting it sit until it browns slightly, then pour water in the pan, cover with a lid and turn off the heat. Let it steam until desired tenderness and enjoy. Also, toss asparagus or green beans with olive oil (pepper if desired) and roast under the broiler in the oven with the door ajar, stirring occasionally, until it starts to brown. I love my crunchy veggies! You can also roast carrots, parsnips and winter squash tossed with olive oil and small amounts of butter and sea salt. Add some sweet potato if you like that. I hope that helps get you started. Good luck!

MewElla 2011-01-21 14:02:38 -0600 Report

You have some good ideas here. Thanks for passing them on, I will try some. I love sweet potato, sometimes I bake them like they are frys, (but I know the difference.)

CaliKo 2011-01-21 14:32:44 -0600 Report

My favorite way to cook sweet potatoes is to cut into chunks (with their skin scrubbed), toss with olive oil, dot with butter, sprinkle liberally with cinnamon and tumeric, and bake in a 425 degree oven for 45-60 minutes, stirring about every 15 minutes. Sooooo good. I make lots and divide into small glad containers to keep to my portions. Enjoy!

Nonna2Three 2011-01-21 11:50:31 -0600 Report

Thank you. I will be trying several new ways of eating broccoli and I have a recipe to make mock potatoes from cauliflower, but the asparagus and squash are out. Not sure what a parsnip is. On the up side we have always used olive oil & recently switched to sea salt. Thanks again! :D

CaliKo 2011-01-21 12:08:28 -0600 Report

Parsnips look like carrots, but are white and have a different flavor. They are good roasted and also make good soup. You might like jicama, have you tried that? Looks like a turnip, but you can peel it and cut into chunks and eat raw. It's sweet and crunchy.

Nonna2Three 2011-01-21 12:58:15 -0600 Report

Thanks, I will be looking for these on my next trip to the grocery store. I am willing to try anything I have never tried before. There are very few things I have ruled out without trying them - snails and raw oyster are two, but really, those are just plain nasty! Thanks again! :)

Harlen 2011-01-21 11:10:41 -0600 Report

You going to die lol lol lol lol lol
Thats a hard one to work with I dont know what I would do if thats what I didnt eat wow All I can sey is eat lots of veg
Sorry I am not much help
Best wishes

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