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Easy Diabetic Recipes - Keeping You Summer Full of BBQ's and popsicles.
June 12, 2009

Well, welcome new subscribers to Delicious Diabetic and my apologizes to my faithful readers. I'm back in the kitchen after a break and ready to bring you some great tasting recipes.

Summer is upon us! Can you believe it? Santa just came down the chimney a couple days ago. ha Summer is always welcome in our home. It's filled with summer barbecues, sticky popsicle faces, and swimming until the sun goes down. It's the time of year to try and enjoy the heat by staying cool. This includes fixing light dishes for dinner. Good bye crock pot, hello grill and mixing bowls.

In this newsletter of Delicious Diabetic I hope you find a new summer favorite that makes you dinner delicious and oh so easy.

So, as always I hope you.....


Poolside Drinks

2 delicious and easy punch recipes for the summer. There is something for everyone. I'm a sweet drink girl, but my husband likes a little bit of tart in his punch. You'll find something for everyone.

Garlic Shrimp On Spinach

You may not be a big fan of spinach, regardless I hope you give this dish a try. It's low in carbs, high in flavor, and so good for you.

8 ounces fresh or frozen medium shrimp in shells
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic minced
1/2 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 cups fresh spinach
1 tablespoon shredded Parmesan cheese
Lemon wedges

1. Thaw shrimp. Peel and devein shrimp, leaving tails on if desired. In a small bowl, toss together shrimp, oil,garlic,lemon peel and pepper. Place a steamer basket in a wok or large skillet with a tight fitting lid. Add water to just below the basket.

2. Place shrimp in a single layer in steamer basket. Cover and place over medium high heat. Steam for 5 to 6 minutes or until shrimp are opaque. Remove shrimp and keep warm.

3. Meanwhile, wash spinach. Place spinach evenly in steamer basket. Cover and steam about 2 minutes or until wilted. Divide spinach between two serving plates. If desired, thread shrimp onto inch wooden skewers. Place shrimp on top of spinach. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve with lemon wedges.
Makes 2 servings

Per Serving: 159 c al., 7g fat, 1g sat. fat, 131mf chol., 216mg sodium, 4g carb., 1gfiber, 20g protein.

Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1 very lean meant, 1 fat. Carb choices 0

Source: Diabetic Living Magazine Spring

Grilled BBQ Pork Chops

This grilled BBQ pork chop recipe is another low carb favorite and full of spices that are a great substitute for loading our food with salt.

18 oz whole loin lean pork chops (double cut)
1/2 tsp ground cayenne (red pepper)
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp ground cumin
2 tbsp safflower oil

1 Mix the spices together and add the oil.
2 Rub into the meat and allow to marinate for 20 minutes.
3 Put the meat onto the grill or barbeque and mark the meat, turning it once clockwise to create grill marks.
4 Flip the meat over and mark the other side.
5 If working outdoors on the grill, cover the grill and allow the chop to cook for 15 minutes total. Rest the chop on the top rail of the grill for 10 minutes before slicing family style.
6 If cooking inside, place the chop in the oven for 10 minutes after marking and allow to rest at room temperature for 10 minutes before slicing.

Nutrition Facts Makes 4 servings
Amount Per Serving Calories 272.5
Total Carbs 1g
Dietary Fiber 0.5g
Sugars 0.1g
Total Fat 15.3g
Saturated Fat 3.3g
Unsaturated Fat 12g
Potassium 536.7mg
Protein 31.2g
Sodium 76.2mg
Dietary Exchanges
1 1/4 Fat, 4 Meat

Source: Dlife

Serve thse pork chops with a great potato salad. and a side of parmesan asparagus.

Diabetic Summer Tips

1. At a summer buffet, start by scanning the table to see what's available. Fill up your plate with mostly vegetables and whole grains. If there are meat dishes, limit your portion to about the size and thickness of a deck of cards. Choose lean meats, poultry or fish instead of high fat meats, such as barbequed ribs. Choose grilled chicken (remove the skin) instead of something fried.

2. Look for high-fiber foods, such as dried beans and peas, lentils, and dark green vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, spinach and kale. Dishes with green beans, three beans, black beans and black-eyed peas, are always good choices, as are whole grain foods such as brown rice, couscous, whole wheat bread and pasta.

3. Watch out for those fatty foods! Avoid dishes with a lot of mayonnaise, sour cream and butter. Choose veggies that are light on dressing and cheese. For fun, try making your own dressing with a little olive oil and vinegar. If you make a sandwich, use whole wheat bread with mustard or salsa instead of mayonnaise.

4. Try to drink water, unsweetened tea, or diet soda with your meal. If you choose to drink alcoholic beverages, drink only with a meal and don't drink more than one (for women) or two (for men) a day.

5.Don't forget dessert! Dessert is a great opportunity to get in some of your daily fruit intake. Everyone-including people with diabetes-needs three to four servings of fruit a day. Let's face it; what is summer without delicious watermelon or strawberries? Fruit is an excellent source of fiber, vitamins and minerals, and has zero fat. Those pies and cookies taste good, but have a lot of fat and cholesterol and not much nutrition. So, try to stick to the good stuff! If you can't resist, have a small serving.

Take From: National Diabetes Education Program.

Coming In The July Newsletter......

Recipes for 4th of July get togethers.

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Well, that's all for the June edition of Delicious Diabetic! I hope you had a wonderful summer break filled with poolside memories. We'll see you in July, I promise. :)


Alisa Roberts

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