Side-by-Side: Cauliflower and Mac and Cheese

Can cauliflower replace mac and cheese?

The only way to truly answer the question is to taste Cauliflower “Mac and Cheese” next to regular mac and cheese. You know, the kind with noodles in it.

 

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Can cauliflower replace mac and cheese?

I could not believe what I was hearing. The dLife chef was saying that cauliflower can take the place of mac and cheese. Really?

How could all that bubbly yumminess be replaced by a vegetable?

The recipe  for Cauliflower “Mac and Cheese” is simple enough: Steam a whole head of cauliflower, put it in a souffle dish, cover with a mixture of mayonnaise and yellow mustard then top with grated Parmesan, and bake until the cheese is brown.

I was still feeling doubtful. Yellow mustard? Grated Parmesan? But I trudged on…

The only way to truly answer the question is to taste Cauliflower “Mac and Cheese” next to regular mac and cheese. You know, the kind with noodles in it.

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What’s My Window of Opportunity?

Some of my medications have to be taken before meals. The directions on the label are very specific, take “30 minutes before meal.” This drove me nuts.

But one simple question to my doctor put an end to this madness.

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Some of my medications have to be taken before meals. The directions on the label are very specific, take “30 minutes before meal.” This drove me nuts.

In trying to take my medicine properly I’d delay eating. Or I’d gamble on how long before dinner was going to hit the table.

Eating out was a particular nightmare. There’s no predicting how long it will take to get seated. And after that who knows how fast or slow service will be? When I asked the server for something to eat with my pill, inevitably I would get the (white) bread basket. A single roll could be half the carbs allotted to the meal! Continue reading “What’s My Window of Opportunity?”

Mixed Plate – When Carnivores and Vegetarians Eat Together

It’s hard enough when carnivores and vegetarians try to eat together—someone inevitably feels like they got the short shrift. Add diabetes to the mix and it gets even trickier.

 
 

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It’s hard enough when carnivores and vegetarians try to eat together—someone inevitably feels like they got the short shrift. Add diabetes to the mix and it gets even trickier.

David’s vegetarian. I am not. I’m diabetic. David is not. And yet we manage to sit down to dinner together most nights of the week. A single meal prepared for the whole family. How do we manage to plan and cook meals that satisfy everyone’s dietary needs?

We use the Healthy Diabetes Plate to plan our meals.

Note: David is ovo-lacto vegetarian so this process is based on that.

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Is that a tasty beverage…or a meal replacement?

smoothies
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I was killing time yesterday waiting to pick up the girls from school when a hunger pang hit. With a few more errands to run before we got home I decided to get a snack…

There was Jamba Juice right across the parking lot. Mmmmm… A Chocolate Moo’d would taste so good. How bad can it be (for me)? I’ll get it with a protein boost. That will slow down my body’s metabolism of the carbs in it. Yeah. It’ll smooth out the smoothie in my blood stream. Yeah. It’s different from a big cup of juice, which is like drinking syrup. Yeah. I’ll share it with the girls. Split three ways it won’t be so much food. Yeah. It’s hot today a cool, smooth drink will be so nice and refreshing. Yeah.

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Just as sweet…

flower-shaped sugar cookies
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What’s in a name? That which we call sugar
By any other name would taste as sweet.
 —With apologies to Shakespeare
 

  

Reading nutrition labels and ingredient lists is now second nature to me. It’s not enough to know how big a serving size is and how many grams of carbohydrates are in it. Not all carbs are created equal. Some are simpler than others and cause my blood sugar to spike. 

The simplest of carbohydrates is sugar. For keeping my blood sugar levels in control it’s best to avoid sugar, or at least limit it. But sugar goes by a lot of other names. It’s kind of sneaking that way. 

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