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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Quinoa Revisited

Because quinoa is a complete protein I went looking for a main dish recipe. We tried Mexican Quinoa with Pinto Beans…

When my family taste tested quinoa we decided it had yumminess potential and would try it again.

Here’s an update.

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Quinoa with Pintos Corn and Peppers

Because quinoa is a complete protein I went looking for a main dish recipe. We tried Mexican Quinoa with Pinto Beans from the Quinoa Corporation website.

Cooked quinoa was put together with canned whole pintos, corn, chopped bell pepper, and onion. The mixture was seasoned with garlic, chili powder, cumin and oregano. Traditional, simple Mexican ingredients and flavors. It tasted good.

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Good Ideas: Limit the Food Porn

 

Hamburger - cc DSharonPruitt
Hamburger - cc DSharonPruitt

Out of sight, out of mind.

I’m a sucker for a juicy burger. After seeing Adam Richman blink his big brown eyes at the camera, then take a big bite out of the totally ridiculous mountain of ground beef he’s challenging on Man vs. Food all I can think about is eating a burger myself.

There are whole cable television networks dedicated to celebrating the lucious look and sound of food. The Food NetworkCooking Channel. They’ll keep you salivating 24 hours a day.

Have you noticed how the chefs on these networks refer to food as “products?” They’re trying to sell you something. And they want to sell you a lot of it.

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