Great News! Grab Your Forks and Napkins Because Now Many of Your Favorite Comfort Foods Are Still On the Menu, Even If You’re Newly Diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes
Cool Weather and Comfort Food: You Know It’s Coming, Don’t You?
It’s hard to miss the signs here in the heart of the Midwestern United States. No doubt the same thing is happening all over the northern hemisphere. With the advent of cooler days, longer nights, football in the stadiums and autumnal color on the trees, it’s time to think about serving up a slew of your favorite cool weather comfort foods for dinner.
(Sorry for talking “fall weather” to you readers in the southern hemisphere, especially those of you in Australia and New Zealand. I know it’s springtime for you… But keep reading, you won’t want to miss the book I discuss at the end of the post…)
No Doubt You Have an All-time Favorite Hearty and Comforting Meal
When it comes to comfort foods, my favorite – hands down – is a fabulous beef pot roast, complete with potatoes, carrots, onions, and maybe some green beans. All slow-cooked or stewed in a delicious tomato-based beefy gravy. Served with homemade biscuits on the side… With perhaps a nice hot apple cobbler for dessert.
I’ve always loved preparing this meal for my husband and family, but lately I’ve discovered that it’s a meal your dinner dinner guests probably crave as well.
You wouldn’t believe how many friends and business associates give me major hints that they’d love to be invited over next time I’m serving this up. These days I’m not afraid to serve it up for company. Try it! You’ll be amazed at the compliments this homey meal will earn you!
But pot roast isn’t the only star when it comes to favorite comfort foods. Yours might be something else. Perhaps, as the Fall season comes upon us, you find yourself craving one of these other delicious treats:
- Scalloped Potatoes and Ham
- Chicken Pot Pie
- Tuna Noodle Casserole
- Macaroni and Cheese
- Spare Ribs and Sauerkraut
- Beef Stroganoff with Noodles
- Fried Chicken with Mashed Potatoes
- Lasagna (Just the one word makes you smile, right?)
These Are All Delicious Options
But did you know they they can be healthy choices, too? That’s really good news. Especially so if you’re newly diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, right?
Healthy choices? Before you got to that last sentence, you were probably crossing your arms, shaking your finger, and giving me the hex sign, right? I know, I know. If you’re just learning how to live with diabetes, yo’ve probably taken a look at your newly imposed carbohydrate limitations and decided these delicious favorite dishes are history. Meals that are forever relegated to your “forbidden foods” list…
Good news! The fact is that with just a few — mostly minor — changes to your preparation techniques, you CAN still enjoy these favorite meals. This week’s issue of Diabetic Living Weekly Newsletter is chock full of articles complete with delicious recipes, including “14 Comfort Foods Made Healthy.”
The link takes you to a great slide show-style post, complete with photos, recipes and all the nutrition facts and diabetic exchanges you need.
(If you haven’t yet made acquaintance with this resource, I suggest you check it out right away!)
Just click the link and prepare to start enjoying two week’s worth of “legal” comfort foods, OK?
But Wait! Are You Looking For Even More Recipes That Are Both Delicious and Diabetic-friendly?
- Maybe you’d like to see some diabetic-friendly yet comforting desserts? Like a carrot cake? Or maybe cheese cake?
- Or perhaps you need recipes that are also gluten-free or low-glycemic?
- You’re in luck! Here’s an amazing recipe resource I’ve just discovered: Fun With Gluten-Free Low-Glycemic Food!
This amazing cookbook is by Debbie Johnson, the former owner and executive chef of The Golden Chalice Restaurant & Gallery, in Chanhassen, Minnesota.
Debbie’s mind-boggling claim to fame is that she offered her hungry Golden Chalice clientele delicious food — without telling them that everything on the menu was 100% gluten-free, sugar-free, low-glycemic, organic and allergy-friendly.
- Many of her guests ate the food and thoroughly enjoyed it – without realizing just how healthy it was.
- Those who came because they had challenges with their diets would look up at the servers and say things like, “You mean I can eat anything on this menu, anything?”
- The server would smile and say, “Yes, you can eat anything you like.”
- And why not? Debbie’s recipes are delicious and chock-full of healthy fruits and veggies, legumes and certain nuts and seeds, especially sprouted nuts and seeds.
As a Hungry Person with Special Food Needs, Can You Imagine How Amazing It Would Be to Be Able to East ANYTHING on the menu?
Debbie notes: “Our entire restaurant was geared to people with food and environmental sensitivities of all kinds, yet we didn’t advertise the fact on our signage. So locals came in and thought we were just a fine gourmet restaurant. Who wouldn’t? our menu offered only the freshest, organic, foods that were rich, flavorful, and delicious. Desserts were always a must at The Golden Chalice, they were just hard to resist.”
Now You Can Enjoy Debbie’s Amazing Golden Chalice Recipes at Home
The recipes in Debbie’s amazing ebook (yes, you can download it and start checking out the recipes instantly, no waiting for shipping!) are not only delicious but they are helpful for people with everything from allergies, celiac disease and diabetes to IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). And, every recipe contains “healing” food of some type. Not to mention that they are more alkaline.
Perhaps these recipes will become your new definition of Comfort Foods. After all, these recipes are:
- Easy to digest, and
- Leave you feeling both full and energized.
Isn’t that the very definition of comforting?
If you’d like to take a look at one of these great recipes, here’s a gluten-free favorite: Golden Chalice Carrot Cake.
One Last Thing: What’s The Deal With “Alkaline” Foods?
Debbie says her recipes are “more alkaline, ” which might not be a term you’re familiar with.
On the other hand, perhaps you’re aware that some nutritionists are now recommending we all enjoy a more alkaline diet in order to prevent cancer and other diseases? It’s a concept that’s controversial and perhaps still a bit “out-there,” but it’s been getting a lot of attention recently. To help explain what alkaline foods are all about, here’s a clip from CBS News that explains it for you:
In closing: Fun With Gluten-Free Low-Glycemic Food! is a cookbook for people who love delicious food but don’t want to get sick eating it!
Whether or not you decide to subscribe to an alkaline diet, you’re guaranteed to enjoy the recipes. And why wouldn’t you? After all, the book’s title says it all: Fun With Gluten-Free Low-Glycemic Food!
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