Dinner!

Made this for dinner tonight and it was so fabulous that I thought I’d share!

Cheesy Chicken Biscuit Cups
Serves 5

1 can (10 count) refrigerated biscuits
1 cup cooked chicken breast, diced
1 can fat free cream of chicken soup
2/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup chopped onion (or 2 tbsp dried minced onion)
1/8 tsp black pepper

1 serving (2 biscuit cups) = 250 calories, 27 carbs, 9 fats, 15 protein, 2 fiber

Mouthwatering Monday

Well I just realized that yesterday’s post didn’t post, so I hope it doesn’t affect my NaBloPoMo!

Quick update on the Victoza (in case people are actually reading my blog for the purpose of seeing how it is going). I moved up to the 1.2 mg dose of Victoza on Saturday night and I will definitely say that I’ll be pushing it to just before bedtime from now on. I’m definitely feeling the “slight nausea”. I had been trying to decide if it was just coincidence and I was just coming down with something but I don’t think so. It seems like about 45 min after I take the shot I feel kinda queasy. I felt that way last week while I was ramping up and I definitely feel it now. I’m hoping that it goes away, because that was kinda the big thing for me NOT wanting to take it. My weight is still within range of normal. Since starting it I had gained 3, lost 4, gained 2, which means that I’m 1 pound up from when I started it, but we’ll see how that continues!

Now to continue to the 30 Days of Diabetes Blogging suggested topic for today:

“Mouthwatering Monday: What is your favorite entrée, and how does it affect your blood sugar?”

I love food. This is clearly one of my issues. But since going on insulin I’ve been really making a huge effort to eat better. I do ok sometimes, other times I don’t. My favorite entrées generally include tons of carbs, which are obviously not great. I love cereals and pastas and breads and potatoes. I love desserts.

Its hard for me to pick a favorite, especially since it varies so frequently. It depends on if I’m thinking of everyday foods, or only special foods. It depends on breakfast , lunch, or dinner. It depends on fast-ish or homestyle cooking. One of my favorite foods that is actually pretty good for me is the Fuji Apple Chicken salad from Panera Bread. I’ve only just recently become a salad person, so I’m still really picky about which ones I like, and that one is good and also leaves me feeling like I ate enough.

But then another thing I love is Chicken Fried Rice. Which is just sooo bad, all over the place. And it just wouldn’t be the same with substitutions, so when I do eat it, I just deal.

I guess the thing that actually affects my blood sugar most though is pasta. Even if I try to cover it right, it always really hits me harder than I expect.

I guess food is still a learning curve for me! :)

mmmmm food!

Dustin and I recently discussed that we should start getting into shape.  He had gone through and done a whole lot of healthy changes before he met me and wants to get back to them.  I had lost a ton of weight, probably because my blood sugar was so high, but it showed me that I COULD lose that much weight if I actually work at it.

So when we went grocery shopping the other day we tried to pick out healthy stuff and lots of fruits and veggies and high protein meats and stuff (ok, mostly chicken).  We did a pretty good job, I think!  I have some high fiber cereal to take to work with me, along with some salads, so it’ll be real good!

This morning, in an effort to eat something yummy yet healthy and D-friendly, I was browsing through my saved emails from Diabetic Living and looking at their suggested recipes.  I figure I should be able to come across something that I have ingredients on hand for, and it’ll be healthy and D-friendly all at the same time.  And wow did I ever!

Fruit Filled Puff Pancakes

Nonstick cooking spray
1/4 cup refrigerated/frozen egg product OR 1 egg
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
2 tbsp fat-free milk
2 tsp cooking oil
Dash of salt

1 tbsp reduced-sugar orange marmalade
1 tbsp orange juice or water
1 small banana, sliced
1/2 cup sliced fresh strawberries or fresh blueberries

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Coat two 4 1/4 inch pie plates, OR 4 1/2 inch foil tart pans, OR 10 oz. custard cups with nonstick spray.  Set aside.

2.  In a medium bowl use a beater or whisk to beat egg, flour, milk, oil, and salt until smooth.  Divide batter among prepared pans.  Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes or until brown and puffy.  Turn off oven and let stand in oven for 5 minutes.

3.  In a small bowl, stir together marmalade and orange juice or water.  Add bananas and strawberries or blueberries and stir gently to coat.

4.  To serve, immediately after you remove the pancakes from the over transfer them to plates and spoon some of the fruit into the center.

Makes 2 servings.

Calories: 163
Total Fat:  5
Saturated Fat:  1
Cholesterol:  0
Sodium:  138
Carbs:  26
Fiber:  3
Protein:  5

(Exchanges:  1 Fruit, 1 Other Carb, 1 Fat)

My Notes:

  • You could obviously make this to your liking and just calculate differently.  For example, you could use whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose, and that would change your carbs a bit.
  • I’m sure you could use any kind of jam in place of the marmalade if you don’t like marmalade.  If you end up using one that is not sugar-free or reduced sugar, then take that into account too.
  • I used an orange-mango-peach juice instead of orange juice or water with the fruit.  It was delicious still, but not sure it made a difference in flavor.
  • When you make the dough, you will look at it and think that there is NO WAY enough.  It only makes about 1/2 cup total, and its very thin and liquidy.  Just divide it between the two cups and pop them in.  They turned out AWESOME!
  • Last thing… I only ended up cooking mine for about 17 minutes before they were brown and puffy and on the verge of being TOO brown.  So keep an eye on them!

Enjoy!  And feel free to let me know how you liked them!  I know, its not my recipe, but its still nice to share and see how others like things!

A better way to do coffee….

I need to find a better way to do coffee.

In the past I lived with at least one other person, so making a pot of coffee for the house was not a problem.  Even when I lived in my apartment with just my one friend, we both drank enough coffee that it was still worthwhile.

Now I just don’t drink coffee as much.  My boyfriend is really not a coffee drinker AT ALL, and it seems pointless to make it sometimes.

I think I need to decide if it is worthwhile for me to spend the cash on one of those single cup coffee makers like a Keurig Mini Plus Personal Brewer or something similar.  We have one at work that is bigger than that one and it uses those pods (K cups) but it also has a little basket that you can just put regular coffee into.  Its kinda nice.

I’m thinking I also need to figure out how to use my espresso machine that I’ve had for quite a long while now and which is currently sitting in the bottom of a cabinet.  It has a steam wand and everything!

MMMMM coffee!!

D-Feast Friday!

So I know that I’ve been very bad about keeping up the blog. I don’t know if anyone reads it, but I promise it will be updated more frequently! As a matter of fact I had 2 posts typed up and ready to go and then left my flash drive at work… so I don’t get to post them yet. Monday after work I will come home and post my 2 posts, one of which is the update about the Januvia, in case anyone was interested!

But I wanted to participate in D-Feast Friday, since its the first time a Diabetes thing has come up that I can participate in with a blog! Yay!

I like these little rolls so much that I make them a couple times a week, for family parties, for whenever, etc… I make them smaller than the original recipes (found at allrecipes.com) states because they seem to cook better, but that also means that they end up being only about 3 carbs a piece, which is exciting!

 
 Parmesan Puffs

* 1/2 cup milk
* 1/4 cup margarine
* 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
* 2 eggs
* 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
* 1 cup marinara sauce

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a medium baking sheet. (I just spray it with some PAM.)

2. In a medium saucepan, bring milk and margarine to boil over medium high heat. Stir in flour and reduce heat to low. Vigorously stir until thick enough to form into a ball. Remove from heat. (It really does form a big ball.  I keep the heat on whatever it was on and just take it off as soon as it forms the big ball.)

3. Beat eggs into the mixture until smooth. Stir in Parmesan cheese. (I actually dump the big ball into a mixing bowl and then beat the eggs into it one at a time.  And then dump in the parmesan cheese.  It is a kind of stiff dough!)

4. Drop the dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven 15 minutes, or until puffed and golden brown. Serve warm with warmed marinara sauce for dipping.
(I actually make mine somewhat small.  Maybe only 3/4 inch diameter when I put them on the cooking sheet.  About half of a regular eating tablespoon.  And they don’t really puff up that much, but they do turn golden brown.  Don’t let the bottoms burn!)

Anyway, the entire recipe is 50 carbs (1/2 cup milk @ 6g, 1/2 cup flour @ 44g) so just divide that by however many you end up getting from your recipe.  I usually have 24 little balls which means mine are 2.08 carbs a peice.  So I can eat like 6 of them to equivalent a piece of bread or a small dinner roll or whatever…

Enjoy!!