Sunday, October 28, 2007

HAES/Diabetic husband broadening my food choices

Ya know, I never thought I would say this, but broccoli, celery, onions, and mushrooms are actually pretty tasty. This is pretty damned amazing, coming from someone who has always thought that the only edible veggies were corn, carrots, green beans, spinach, and beets, sometimes lettuce and tomatoes.
But since getting married, and having to learn what I can cook for DH to help keep his BGs under control, I've been researching diabetic sites and lists, and have I ever found some awesome recipes, using veggies I would normally not even think of touching.
Tonight for dinner, I made a chicken/broccoli casserole that was out of this world. It had chicken (of course), broccoli, mushrooms, celery, and onions, topped with a whipping cream/mayonnaise/shredded cheese/garlic blend and then baked. Awesome. I downloaded a pdf file with 300 recipes in it that were especially created by/for diabetics. I will definitely be trying more of them.
The recipe is:
Donald's Awesome Chicken and Broccoli Casserole
Ingredients : 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
4 Tbsp unsalted butter
8-6 oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3 cups broccoli cut into bite-size pieces
1 cup thinly sliced onion
4 celery ribs, diced
1/2 lb mushrooms, sliced
1/2 Cups whipping cream
1/2 Cups mayonnaise
2 Cups shredded cheese
1/4 tsp garlic powder
sea salt and freshly ground pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 13 X 9 inch baking dish.

Heat oil and 2 tbsp of butter in large frying pan over medium-high heat (until butter melts). Add chicken and brown on each side, turning once. Transfer chicken to prepared baking dish, spread broccoli around the chicken.

Melt remaining 2 tbsp of butter in frying pan, add the onions, celery, and mushrooms. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent (about 5 minutes). Spread over the chicken and broccoli.

In a small bowl, mix the cream, mayo, cheese, and garlic powder. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour the mixture over the chicken and vegetables.

Cover tightly with foil and bake for 40 minutes. Let sit for 5 minutes before serving. (serves 6)

Nutrition Info Per Serving: Effective carbohydrate: 5.9 grams
Carborhydrates: 8.2 grams
Fiber: 2.3 grams
Protein: 63.7 grams
Fat: 45.9 grams
Calories: 703

I don't worry about the calories, I'm more concerned with carbs and fiber, and this seems to fill the bill for DH and his BGs. We also have enough left over that he can take it to work the next day for lunch, and I can have some for my lunch.
I used shredded cheddar/Monterey Jack cheese, and am thinking about substituting cauliflower for the broccoli next time (or maybe a combination of broccoli/cauliflower). I was totally amazed by how good this tasted and I will be making it, and variations of it, again.
Bon appetit.


  1. Note: Split between two people, this single meal is more than most people eat in a day.

  2. anonymous: Did I say we ate the whole thing in one meal? No, I said we had it for dinner, hubby is taking it for lunch tomorrow, and it's my lunch for tomorrow. And I didn't make the whole recipe, I made 2/3 of it because I didn't have 8 chicken breasts, I had 6 boneless thighs. So 2/3 of 6 servings is 4 servings, which is supper for 2 people and lunch for 2 people.
    You are just bound and determined to make out that just because I am fat, I'm an over-eating pig too. So ya know what, fuck off.

  3. Now that you're broadening your horizons, don't neglect eggplant, zucchini, and peppers! If those, spinach, and noodles were the only foods in the world, I'd do just fine.

    Also, I had bok choy recently that was SUPER. I assumed it would taste sort of like lettuce, which I hate (it just tastes bitter to me), but it was delicious.

    I love anonymous' assumption that you're eating four chicken breasts each for dinner. And the fact that zie doesn't know how recipes work -- people almost never cook a single meal! I assume zie's doing everyone the favor of trolling food blogs telling everyone that their recipes make more than two servings ZOMG.

  4. FJ, I agree. I'm wondering if I can use zucchini and peppers in that recipe? Or eggplant? I'm going to have to do more research.
    And the trolls are going to learn that I'm a stubborn bitch and will fight back. I'm not about to let them run me off. Hell, my mother couldn't keep me down and she tried for 40 years, so I don't think a few trolls can do it (they haven't seen bitch till they meet my mother, so I learned from an expert).

  5. Mmmm, this sounds fantastic! I have to laugh, because you're usual "don't eats" are my usuals, and your usual " would eats" are the veggies I shy away from (but I'm allergic to corn).

    That said, I would never have guessed whipping cream for a chicken recipe... or even a diabetic one! I hope you continue to share some of these. I am just learning to eat to manage my blood glucose, and am on the prowl for good recipes.

    As for the anon...oh, please! as if you've never heard of leftovers!

  6. Anonymous is a jerk. I read the post quickly, then I read Anony's comment, and I thought "what 350 cals is more than who eats in one day?" Good for you for cooking good food for your diabetic spouse. More power to you!

  7. between the curves - you can get the whole pdf file of recipes at Dr Bernstein's website. That's where I found this one, and I downloaded the whole file so I could go through the recipes at my leisure and see which ones DH and I would both like to try.
    both lines above are the url for his site.

  8. sorry, forgot to say that you'll have to join the site to get it, but they have some other good info on there too, as long you disregard the weight loss stuff, if you're not interested in losing weight just controlling bgs.

  9. This sounds so good! I've added it to my list of recipes to try. Thank you for sharing it.

  10. anonymous - are so pathetic. beached bloated land-whale out.


  12. I bet you're over 400 pounds now. You can't tell without going to the doctor because they don't make home-scales that go that far. You'd have to get one meant for horses or something.

  13. Carb/fiber control is important to maintaining blood glucose levels, but the newer understanding of diabetes management emphasizes overall caloric intake. Calories need to be controlled, and so does fat intake in order to prevent heart disease, the biggest risk to diabetics. This meal definitely looks delicious, but at 700+ calories and 45.9 grams of fat it is decidedly unhealthy.

  14. anonymous - if that's the best you can do, I feel really sorry for you. Your shit is not going to stop me, it's not going to hurt me. Ya know why? Because I don't know and you don't mean shit to me. So your words have no meaning, none, zip, zilch, zero, nada.

  15. anonymous - Are you a doctor? Do you have credentials? I thought not, that's why you're anonymous and don't give sources for your information. And why do you care what I weigh? You aren't paying my bills, cleaning my house, doing my laundry, or wiping my ass, so WHY DO YOU CARE? Are you so afraid that the fatties of the world are going to take over and become the norm that you'll be left out in the cold? That's it, isn't it, you're afraid, and what you fear, you hate. What you hate, you just HAVE to denigrate in order to prove how superior you are. Sad thing is, you aren't proving superiority at all, you're providing proof of bigotry and small-mindedness. How sad for you.

  16. Oh, I think anonymous has proved who the real disgusting human being in this situation is.

    Creamy dishes are not my personal cup of tea, but I'm glad you've found a way to enjoy your veggies!

  17. No, I don't fear fat people. I just see a person making mistakes and writing about them under the guise of doing something healthy. This delicious meal you're pleased with is really unhealthy and you don't even realize it. If you don't have a basic grasp of nutrition, all the links in the world won't help you. 700 calories a meal is what you get at McDonalds. Save your time and money and just eat there.
    When I see that, I post. Disable anonymous posts if you don't like them.

  18. Here's a link. I'm not a doctor but my dad has had type 2 for 30+ years now. The prevailing wisdom is that a low-fat diet recommended for Type 2 diabetes:

  19. anonymous - I'll tell you what, you think this recipe is so damned bad for people, why don't you just go to Dr. Bernstein's site and tell him so? Because that's where I got the recipe, along with 299 others. He runs a site for diabetics, with topics about diet and blood glucose control, so I think I would rather trust the information on his site than listen to what you think you know.
    700 calories a meal is what I would get at McDonald's? Yes, but I wouldn't be getting the onions, mushrooms, celery, and broccoli, now would I? And what I could eat at Mickey D's for 700 calories wouldn't satisfy me for very long either. So I would end up eating something else later on, and adding even more calories to my daily total. Yep, makes perfect sense to me.......NOT.

  20. I admit, the mcdonald's analogy was a poor one. Good luck with your husband's diet.

    The only person who would seriously eat less than 700 calories in a day is an anorexic.

    The stupidity of some people just boggles my brain sometimes.

    Signed, Bloated Beached Land Whale #2.

  22. I agree with the other anonymous!

    You have very much deluded yourself. You self-diagnose your problems and do not attribute any of it to your huge amounts of fat. Nobody is naturally 400 pounds, through no fault of their own.

    You don't trust doctors, and yet you trust yourself to make medical diagnoses? How do YOU know that falling on your knees gave you the knee arthritis, and that it wasn't just a small problem until it got compounded by you weighing 400 pounds?

    Honestly. Do you REALLY think that all medical professionals are being paid to say that fat is bad? Medical experience says that fat is bad. Doctors all over the world say that fat is bad.

    How would life be if half of the country was 400 pounds and couldn't walk more than a block without nearly passing out? It would be disastrous.
    I think people like you are the reason that America is afraid to have universal health care. Because the hugely fat people will soak all the money up, while still contributing less work days in comparison to healthy people.

  23. Disable anonymous posts if you don't like them.

    Hmm, OR she could just leave your comments up so any reasonable person can see you're an ass and laugh heartily at you. That works just as well.

  24. I almost hesitate to post this, because I don't want it to come across as "diet talk" or dissolve into that... but I just want to refute the anon's point. A 700 calorie dinner is COMPLETELY REASONABLE, even for someone on a calorie-restrictive diet. I used to eat a 1500/day diet (keep in mind the SAD is 2000/day). I'd have a 200-cal breakfast (cereal+milk), a 350-cal lunch (packaged meal), a <200 cal snack... and that left me more than enough calories for a great dinner such as this.

    I agree with nukkingphutz - the only person who would eat less than 700 cals/day is courting an eating disorder.

  25. Wow, so this guy says: "Disable anonymous comments if you don't like what I have to say", comes back, sees that you have, and creates a blogger account just so he can continue to harass you? Some people need to get a fucking life.

  26. If you like Bernstein's approach to diabetes, as I do, check out Jenny's web site: When I was diagnosed with diabetes I insisted on focusing on tightly controlling my blood sugar rather than losing weight, and it has worked wonderfully for me.

  27. You know what? I'd bet cash money that I know exactly the type of guy this "anonymous/non-anonymous" person is.

    But I won't allow him to drag me down to his level to describe him.

    Hell... he probably still thinks the moon is made of cheese!

  28. vesta44sucks - how do you know I suck? I know you haven't talked to anyone who would know that particular information.
    And no, I didn't get to almost 400 lbs naturally, but obviously, you are one of those who think dieting and willpower will magically get you thin and keep you there forever. You keep right on living in that delusional world.
    How do I know that the falls on that one knee gave me the arthritis? Could it be that the doctor who diagnosed me with arthritis, back when I was 220 lbs, knew my medical history and knew that I had had numerous falls on that knee that aggravated the degenerative joint disease that runs in my family? And wonder of wonders, he actually told me that? Nah, couldn't be, I'm self-diagnosing.
    And do I think doctors are paid to say that fat is bad? No, I don't think they're paid to say that, but I do think they are brainwashed into saying it and believing it, and you have to admit, WLS is a money-maker for everyone involved. Much more so than looking into WHY a person has problems when they are fat. It's so much easier to blame the fat (and blame the patient).
    Do you really think all people who weigh 400 lbs can't walk a block without nearly passing out? Hell, I can walk a block without nearly passing out, I'm just in severe pain, and I've never passed out from pain (I might fall down from it, but I can guarantee you, I'm fully conscious the whole fucking time).
    Fat people miss more work than thin people? Give me a fucking break. I worked up until I got married and moved 3 hours away from my job. I held that job for 4 1/2 years and the only time I took off from work was vacation time, I never missed a day because I was sick (I don't get sick). And my leads and supervisors would tell you that I got more work done than most people half my age and size (it's why I got stellar work reviews and was asked to take on added responsibility on a regular basis).
    So you want to live in a world without fat people. Fine, and you can do without every invention created by a fat person, every book, play, or movie written by a fat person, and without every other contribution that fat people make to this world on a daily basis. And don't come crying to me when your world sucks because you don't like living without those things.

  29. I disable anonymous posts and they still troll. It's more fun to refute them and laugh my fat ass off while I'm doing it than it is to delete their comments. I'll leave them up for others to laugh at too, I'm not stingy, I'll share the fun.

  30. vesta44hambesat, you say gimungo bitch like it's a bad thing. I really think the term you're looking for is ginormous, not gimungo, but whatever floats your boat, dude.

  31. Vesta, you have a fan club! Congrats! It means you are making a difference, and the ignorant trolls can't stand it. Consider yourself accomplished.

    Yeah, and I never missed a day of being a secretary at a doctor's office for being fat. I had the flu once though, but I got over it. And oddly enough, the majority of "sick" people were young, healthy men looking for pills to get high on. Probably the same men who don't have the balls to post their name here.

  32. Hi Sarah, yeah the trolls are out in force. What they don't realize about me is that I am a contrary bitch and can give lessons in stubborn to a mule. So the more they attack, the more determined I am to keep on keeping on (my mother learned the hard way that telling me not to do something was the surest way to make me go right and try it....LOL).
    {sarcasm on}So does this mean I'm a success now? I have a few trolls, where I had hardly any before? Gee, the things we have to deal with when we become famous. {sarcasm off}

  33. These type of trolls may be big investors in pharmaceutical companies who sell diet pills or diet doctors who would lose money if everyone quit dieting, etc.
    Heck they may be just as fat and know their shit don't work, either.


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