Mac and Cheese With No BG Catastrophe!!!

Graylin Bee
By Graylin Bee Latest Reply 2011-02-25 21:46:02 -0600
Started 2011-02-24 21:13:50 -0600

I miss my mac and cheese.
After trying it once with the regular pasta my BG meter said no more. I even had added extra cheese for protein to no avail.
Last week while I was looking longingly at all the lovely pasta array at the store I saw some Quinoa Pasta. After reading so many posts on DC about how wonderful Quinoa was I bravely brought home a box to try.
Bravery was called for on severl fronts. I had tried non wheat flour based pastas in the distant past and most were not to appetizing. I have allergies to some grains and was concerned Quinoa would be a new allergen.Then there is the ever present fear of how it would affect my BG.
Yesterday I convnced my Personal Chef, i.e. Husband, he should make mac and cheese with Quinoa Pasta for supper. It was about a 45 gram carb serving.
The experiment was successful. My BG was 156 - 30 minutes after eating, 148 - 1 hour after eating and 100 - 2 hrs after eating. I would have liked the 30 minute reading to be a little lower but might try decreasing the serving size of pasta to 30 grams carbs and adding a little more protein to see if it woul help. Plus I forgot to check my BG before eating.
The pasta had a nicer taste and texture than most semolina pasta (in MHO). It does contain corn flour in addition to the quinoa.
Also I learned the Quinoa does not cause an allergc reaction. Maybe soon I'll try another experiment with this grain.

12 replies

melissa5786 2011-02-25 12:47:43 -0600 Report

I've never heard of Quinoa. Where can you find it? I'd love to try it. I've been using Dreamfields pasts when I make macaroni or lasagna. I haven't had bad readings with that pasta, but it'd be nice to try something different.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-02-25 19:47:27 -0600 Report

The brand is Ancient Harvest. I found it a King Soopers (Krogers). It is an organic product. I don't really mind if things are not organic. As long as the pesticides and fertilizers are used sensible. In my garden there were some bugs and weeds that just ignored the non organic approach so I had to get tough with them.

jayabee52 2011-02-25 20:02:32 -0600 Report

When I had a garden, we had an abundance of grass clippings. We just smothered all the weeds with the clippings. Bugs (like tomato hornworms) we picked off by hand. Those couple years were very bountiful for us, and we put up about 30 doz quart jars of produce that last year we were there.

Wish I could garden again, but no place for it at this apt complex. Besides my ex kept BOTH pressure canners when she divorced me. We hadn't used them in the 8 years previous, and I don't think she's used them since. But when I asked her for (only) one, she refused.

Well maybe a couple of my sons might be able to use them when they get into child rearing.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-02-25 20:33:07 -0600 Report

I let the friendly toads and turtles and wild birds help with the bug control. The robins usually showed up for the grubs I would toss to them as I dug. We had nasty bindweed that didn't smother. We lived near an old railroad track that harbored it. The previous owners had used black plastic and white marble for a few flower beds. There was a nasty tangle of bindweed roots and runners all over the place from that. I must have removed miles of the mess. Most of the other weeds died off nicely with layers of mulch and occassional hand weeding. I even tried using the leaves from my rhubarb plants to mulch kill the bindweed - it just laughed at it. The only thing that made losing our home and garden less difficult is I would worry to much over the risk of getting a scrap or cut on my legs.
Some places have community gardens. Maybe you could find one near you. There is one near the dog park we go visit to watch the puppies play. It looked like they gardeners had very nice seperate areas.

jayabee52 2011-02-25 20:54:47 -0600 Report

Yep bindweed is the cockroach of weeds. I pulled a lot of it too.

But what I didn't like, when we gardened in Sw KS (and again in So NE) were the "sand burs". That was before I was Dx'd with DM and I enjoyed going barefoot, ou wearing flipflops. If there was sandbur hiding anywhere, it would jump out nd "get" me. Where I grew up in OH we had sand burs too, but they were different. They had a ball of sharp spikes, which sould stick to my jeans legs. But these in KS (and in central NE too) were a ball of spikes some of the spikes were about 1/2 in long. You step on them, and you FELT IT!. And the ball was made up of individual seeds which broke apart when mature. Even if you had shoes on, the seed would break off and the spike would get driven into the sole of the shoe, and could work its way through the sole with every step till it "got'cha" I really hated those things. Sometimes I'd take a half day to just pull them and toss em in the dumpster. (didn't want my compost pile to fill up with those seeds, which seemed pretty rugged.) I suspect most folks in the SW part of the country are aware of them.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-02-25 21:42:29 -0600 Report

We battled snadburs when we lived at a trailer park on the Overland Trail in northeastern Colorado ( almost in Kansas, almost in Nebraska). When we moved into out house in town we only had a few of them to contend with. And yes they hurt when they latch onto you. I used to groom dogs and finding an unexpected sand bur with your fingers was unpleasant. The pooches used to like me better after they were removed.

jayabee52 2011-02-25 12:38:46 -0600 Report


I had bought a box of Quinoa at Trader Joe's a while ago and am working up my nerve to try it. I pray I'll have a good experience with it. Now I gotta find the box from the move. (always something!)


Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-02-25 19:29:54 -0600 Report

Good luck on the hunt for the box. I hate the total upheaval a move causes. I take several years to get used to the new layout. I will open every single drawer or cabinet looking for something. Thankfully where we are at has a very small kitchen, takes less time looking for stuff.

jayabee52 2011-02-25 19:34:51 -0600 Report

My kitchen is very small too. but I don't have to get evreything out all at once, since I have a spare bedroom where I put my boxes yet to be unpacked. I try to unpack at least 1 per day. My ond complaint is I don't have enough pantry space, so I have to make do with other arrangements.

realsis77 2011-02-25 09:53:11 -0600 Report

That's great! I'm so glad you figured out a way to enjoy a favorite food and not raise your sugar! Good for you! I need to give that pasta a try myself.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-02-25 19:27:04 -0600 Report

You should give it a try. It really did taste better then the regular flour pasta. My husband liked it better also.