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  •  Excuse my ignorance, but can you have rice or (5+ / 0-)

    potatoes? You also didn't mention dairy.

    I'm a diabetic as well, and control it with diet and exercise. No meds. The dietician who taught me how to diet told me I have to have half carbs and half protein every time I eat (even snacks).

    I'll wait for your answer before I start throwing recipes at you.

    •  Yes, I can have rice and potatoes (4+ / 0-)

      and gluten free pasta, though I try to limit the carbs because I want to keep my glycemic index down.  I never eat carbs unless accompanied by both protein and fat, as otherwise I seem to gain weight even when the total calorie consumption should indicate I would not.

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      by Former Chicagoan Now Angeleno on Wed Dec 11, 2013 at 02:11:48 PM PST

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      •  ps yes, can have dairy too (4+ / 0-)

        milk, cheese, yogurt all fine as long as no gluten-y thickeners (modified food starch is often gluten)

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        by Former Chicagoan Now Angeleno on Wed Dec 11, 2013 at 02:12:36 PM PST

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        •  Excellent! (3+ / 0-)

          Here's one of my favorite breakfasts. Note: breakfast is very important to me, as it breaks a very long fast.

          Fry a patty using Oreida's Hash Browns. They consist only of potatoes and 1 cup = 70 calories. You don't even need a whole cup. I start with 1 tsp butter and use the knife to move the butter around the pan in the shape of a patty. Then when you put the hash browns in, use a spatula to push the potatoes into a patty shape. The butter holds the potatoes in place. Cover with a foil tent (foil can be reused). Brown on one side and flip over. While the potatoes are browning, using 1/2 avocado, make guacamole. I use chile, salt and garlic powder. Since you can't use chile, try some other spices, or just stick with the salt and garlic. When the patty is almost finished, make a sunny side up egg in a separate pan. Remove the patty to a plate, and spread, covering completely, with the guacamole. Then top with the egg. If there isn't enough spice for you in the guacamole, you can add more spice (salt) on top of the egg. Eat slowly, and enjoy.

          Make your own cheese ball (or log)
          8 oz pkg cream cheese (is great with 1/3 less fat)
          10 oz grated cheddar (mild isn't as flavorful, but easier to combine with cream cheese, because it's softer)
          1 T Worcestershire sauce
          1 t onion powder (start with 1/2 tsp if, like me, you're not fond of onions)

          Throw all the ingredients into a bowl and keep mixing and crushing until well blended. Form into a ball or log. You can add pecans or walnuts, either in it, or rolled on, but it tastes good without if you don't want to tempt fate. You can dip veggies or if you know of some kind of crackers you can eat, that works too.

          I've gotten most of my recipes from skinnytaste dot com
          There is a google search at the top of the first page where you can enter virtually any ingredient, and it will list all of her recipes with that ingredient. Her recipes are very tasty. I've only been disappointed a few times. There are also categories along the right side of the first page that might lead you to some winners. There are Weight Watcher points for every recipe, but that doesn't mean you have to be on Weight Watchers to appreciate her food. There's a good crossover from Weight Watchers to a diabetic diet.

          As others have mentioned, most vegetarians and vegans get protein from all the things you can't eat. But most vegetables have protein as well. Most cheeses come in reduced fat. Ricotta and mozzarella (part skim) are naturally low fat. Guiltless Gourmet makes tortilla chips, which reminds me of another recipe.

          Hot and Cheesy Crab and Artichoke Dip


              •    14 oz can artichoke hearts packed in water, drained (8.5 oz dry wt)
              •    1 lb crab meat, imitation or lump
              •    2 tbsp chives
              •    6 tbsp reduced fat sour cream (or Greek yogurt)
              •    6 tbsp light mayonnaise (Hellman's)
              •    1/3 cup parmesan cheese
              •    3/4 cups shredded reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese
              •    1 - 2 tsp tabasco sauce
              •    1 tsp lemon juice


          Preheat the oven to 400°.

          Drain the artichoke hearts and chop fine. Chop the crab meat fine. Add them to a medium bowl and add remaining ingredients. Mix well using a rubber spatula, then transfer into a shallow baking dish.

          Bake until the cheese is melted and the top becomes golden, about 30 minutes. Serve hot with baked chips.

          I hope this gives you some ideas. I know it's very frustrating when you don't know what to eat.

          •  Thanks! (2+ / 0-)
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            HappyinNM, slowbutsure

            those sound great!

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            by Former Chicagoan Now Angeleno on Wed Dec 11, 2013 at 05:29:02 PM PST

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            •  One can almost live on real potatoes and milk. (1+ / 0-)

              The frozen or dried ones lose most of their nutrients. Avocados are also nutrient dense.

              Here's a very versatile recipe using potatoes:


              5 large potatoes (2-2 ½ pounds)
              2 ½ c chopped cabbage
              2 leeks, white part only, chopped (or any onion)
              2 cloves garlic (if desired, preferably roasted)
              2 ½ c chopped broccoli
              6 T butter (2 is enough if you are watching fat)
              ¼ t mace (if desired)
              ¾ - 1 c milk, depending on amount of potatoes
              1 ½ c grated cheddar cheese
              Salt and pepper to taste

              Peel potatoes  (or not if you are using a thin skinned potato), cut into chunks and boil in water until tender (about 15 minutes, depending on size of chunks).   Cook onion and garlic in butter for at about 5 minutes or so until soft.

              Steam broccoli and cabbage.

              Drain potatoes and mash, adding warmed milk and cheese.  Put in large bowl and add all cooked vegetables and seasonings and mix.

              Notes:  I use a lot of different vegetables in this!  I use sweet peppers and cook with the onions.  Once I accidentally used a spicy pepper, and that was still tasty.  Sliced carrots are good.  I have used various amounts of cabbage family vegetables; still have not ruined this recipe.  (If you do not have roasted garlic, cook the minced garlic in butter on very low heat for about 20 minutes.  I take the garlic out, use the butter for the onions and add the garlic with the vegetables.)

              2 ripe Haas avocadoes
              ½ t salt
              2-4 t fresh lime juice to taste
              2 scallions, including green part, thinly sliced
              1 medium tomatoes, finely diced
              1 clove garlic, finely minced
              1 pickled jalapeno, finely minced
              ½ t  minced cilantro (optional)

              Mash avocado with other ingredients

              Leave out anything you can't eat and just eat it with a spoon

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              by slowbutsure on Wed Dec 11, 2013 at 07:29:29 PM PST

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