Wednesday, September 30, 2015


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After the last doctors visit.  My A1C was 6.1.  That is pre-diabetes numbers. The doctor recommends that I loose 10 lbs. to get my A1C down below the pre-diabetes numbers.  It will also help with some infection problems that can be caused by pre-diabetes.

I am going to attempt to blog my meals that I will be cooking to loose the extra 10 lbs.

The recipes will mainly be from JoAnna Lund Cook books.  I tweak the recipes as we now find it hard to find things like fat free mayonnaise, fat free cream cheese, etc.

I will also give the nutritional information that is in the recipe and the tweaked recipes.  I am not a nutritionist or dietitian so I will do the best I can do.

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Tonight we had Cowboy Stew and Jumbo Cheesy Biscuits.  I had steamed Swiss chard also.

Tweaked - COWBOY STEW - serves 6 (1 1/2 cups)

28 oz can diced Tomatoes undrained.
2 Tablespoons Chili powder
1 1/2 cup frozen whole-kernel Corn, (I did not thaw)
3 cups diced Potatoes
6 oz frozen cooked Kidney beans, (I did not thaw)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup diced Carrots
1 cup Diced Celery
8 oz. lean round steak, cut in small chunks

Spray a slow cooker container with cooking spray.  In prepared container, combine undrained tomatoes and chili powder.  Add corn, potatoes, kidney beans, onion, carrots, and celery.  Mix well to combine.  Stir in steak pieces.  Cover and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours.  Mix well before serving.

218 calories, 3 1/2 fat, 17 gr protein, 29 gm Carbohydrates, 307 mg Sodium, 47 mg Calcium, 5 gm Fiber
Diabetic 1 1/2 Mt, 2 vegetables, 1 Starch

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1/2 cup skim milk - OR - 1/3 cup dry milk Powder and 1/2 cup water
1/2 Tablespoon vinegar
1 cup flour
1/2 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 Tablespoon Splenda
2 Tablespoons light I can't believe it's not butter margarine
1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons Shredded 2% Mexican style Cheddar Cheese (I used Wal-Mart's Fiesta 2% shredded cheese.

Preheat oven to 450.  Spray a 6 holed muffin tin.  In small bowl combine milk and vinegar. Set aside.  In medium bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, Splenda and cheese.  Lightly stir.  Add 2 Tablespoons of light margarine to flour mixture.  Using a pastry blender, work the margarine into flour mixture. 

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Add the milk mixture to flour mixture.  Till just blended. 

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Evenly spoon mixture into the muffin tins.
NOTE: you can also do these on a sprayed baking sheet.  Use a 1/3 cup as a guide.  They will be more flattened.  I have done them and like them this way also. 

Original - COWBOY STEW-serves 6 (1 1/2 cup)

2 cups coarsley chopped tomatoes, undrained (one 16 oz. can)
1 Tablespoon chili seasoning -( I used 2 Tablespoons)
1 1/2 cup frozen whole-kernel corn, thawed
3 cups diced potatoes
6 oz. (one 8-ounce can) red kidney beans, rinsed and drained.
1/2 cup chopped onions
1 cup Diced raw carrots
1 cup Diced celery
16 oz. lean round steak, cut into 24 pieces.

The instructions are the same as for the Tweaked Recipe 

Original Stew
252 calories, 4 gm Fat, 25 gm Protein, 29 gm Carbohydrates, 307 mg Sodium, 47 mg Calcium, 5 gm Fiber
Diabetic: 2 1/2 Meat, 1 1/2 Vegetable, 1 Starch

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