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Spaghetti And Meatballs

Spaghetti And Meatballs

Ingredients Nonstick cooking spray 6 ounces uncooked multigrain or whole wheat spaghetti 3/4 pound extra-lean ground beef 1/4 pound hot turkey Italian sausage, casing removed 1 egg white 2 tablespoons plain dry bread crumbs 1 teaspoon dried oregano 2 cups tomato-basil pasta sauce 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese Directions Preheat oven to 450°F. Coat baking sheet with cooking spray. Cook spaghetti according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain; keep warm. Combine beef, sausage, egg white, bread crumbs, and oregano in medium bowl; mix well. Shape mixture into 16 (1 1/2-inch) meatballs. Place on prepared baking sheet; coat with cooking spray. Bake 12 minutes, turning once. Pour pasta sauce into large skillet; add meatballs. Cook and stir over medium heat 9 minutes or until sauce is heated through and meatballs are cooked through (160°F). Divide among four plates. Top with meatballs and sauce; sprinkle with basil and Parmesan cheese. Yield: 4 servings. Serving size: 3 meatballs, 3/4 cup spaghetti and 3/4 cup sauce. Nutrition Facts Per Serving: Calories: 388 calories, Carbohydrates: 41 g, Protein: 34 g, Fat: 10 g, Saturated Fat: 3 g, Cholesterol: 69 mg, Sodium: 760 mg, Fiber: 5 g Exchanges per serving: 2 Bread/Starch, 2 Vegetable, 3 Meat. Copyright Diabetic Cooking. Disclaimer Statements: Statements and opinions expressed on this Web site are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the publishers or advertisers. The information provided on this Web site should not be construed as medical instruction. Consult appropriate health-care professionals before taking action based on this information. Continue reading >>

Pasta Recipes

Pasta Recipes

Looking for pasta recipes that are diabetic-friendly? This section features recipes that use pastas like lasagna, penne, rigatoni, fettucine, angel hair, elbows, egg noodles, konjac (skinny pasta), spaghetti and more. You’ll find recipes like Penne ala Vodka, Macaroni Salad, and Linguine with Clam Sauce. Recipes include nutritional information to make meal planning for diabetes easier. This is a delicious breakfast or brunch pasta dish. Egg substitute may be used in place of real eggs. You can be creative and add in your favorite vegetables and ingredients to make this Italian omelet. Another way to turn the omelet over is to use 2 saute pans. Hold them tightly together for a clean flip. Recipe for Italian Omelet from our Main Course recipe section. Cooked smoked salmon or smoked turkey breast may be substituted for cooked salmon. Recipe for Salmon Pasta Salad with Mint and Lemon Vinaigrette from our Main Courses recipe section. Hummus makes a very delicious and different pasta salad dressing. This recipe can serve as a filling lunch salad. If the mixture is dry, drizzle some additional olive oil to moisten. Add the pine nuts just before serving. Recipe for Penne Mediterranean Delight Salad from our Salads recipe section. Thai peppers are tiny, spicy and full of flavor. If you would like to bring down the heat a bit in this dish omit a portion of the peppers. If you like it spicy, two of these firecrackers are quite a kick. Recipe for Penne all’Oriental from our Main Courses recipe section. Recipe for Orzo with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Mushrooms from our Main Dishes recipe section. Recipe for Pasta, Pork, and Portobello Mushroom Salad from our Salads recipe section. Continue reading >>

How To Cook With Shirataki Noodles (zero Carb, Diabetic Friendly)

How To Cook With Shirataki Noodles (zero Carb, Diabetic Friendly)

Before we get started you need to know where I’m coming from when I tell you that I am in mad, passionate, love with these noodles. I haven’t had pasta, rice, bread, or anything made with flour in 8 weeks. Okay I did judge the cornbread festival in April but that was one day and I took the smallest bites I could. Other that that, no bread. no pasta, no rice. This may sound severe, I know it would have sounded impossible to me if you had of told me two months ago, but I can honestly say that I don’t miss bread. After the first couple of days avoiding it, I quit having cravings of any kind, quit feeling actual hunger, and started having an energy level that didn’t dip at all during the day. I am also publishing a post with more information about how I have been eating and some of my favorite recipes today. Click here to read that. But there is one thing I started missing recently and that is pasta. You see, I LOVE Spaghetti. I LOVE stir fry noodles. I LOVE a big old pasta meal. So I went on a search for low carb pasta, which is pretty much an oxymoron. However, I got lucky at my local Kroger. Okay, I first got “lucky” at Wal Mart but these noodles (different brand) were $5 a package there so I declined the opportunity to bring them home and then went to Kroger where I found them for $1.99 a package and made them mine. At my Kroger, they were in the cooler case (where the milk, yogurt, and such is) over in the health foods section of the store. Check out the nutritionals on these things! The entire package is 20 calories. The carbs, if you are counting net, are actually negative. When making a BIG plate of spaghetti I use a package for me and a package for Ricky. When making stir fry I just use one package. Now, how to prepare them…that is the trick that keep Continue reading >>

Low-carb Pasta: Is The Diabetic’s Search Over?

Low-carb Pasta: Is The Diabetic’s Search Over?

Pasta is such a high-carbohydrate food that most people with Diabetes refrain from eating it (even the whole wheat or muli- grain varieties). Is it still possible for a person with Diabetes to eat spaghetti? Several months ago I was given the opportunity to try out some pasta products from EXPLORE ASIAN. They have made a big enough, and a delicious enough change to my eating life that I want to share information and my experience with the products with my fellow Diabetics. All of these pastas are: Low in total carbohydrate (after subtracting the dietary fiber, which is not broken down into glucose and therefore does not affect blood sugar levels). They are also organic and kosher. All of these pastas are gluten free. They’re also very pure in their ingredients: a type of bean + water. A friend, Ginger Vieira here at DiabetesDaily, suggested I give these products a try. She likes the “Black Bean Spaghetti” version and was curious what a chef would make of it. This chef makes a lot of it. I have a favorite, but I will get to that in a minute. These products made in China. Well, it is claimed that Marco Polo brought the Italians pasta from China. I thought it was worth a try. Let me also tell you that beans are not in the top ten of foods I like to eat (generally, despite the fiber and protein, I find beans a little too high in carbs for MY diet) so the fact that I really like these products surprises me more than I can say. Cooking Method: Each of the varieties was initially prepared the same way. Just a little olive oil, butter, fresh tomato, garlic and cheese. This “Fresca” sauce is light enough to allow the properties of the noodle come through. Results & Review: I started out with the Black Bean Spaghetti. After cooking according to the package directions, I Continue reading >>

Diabetes-friendly Penne Boscaiola

Diabetes-friendly Penne Boscaiola

125g Primo 97% fat-free shaved leg ham, thinly sliced 185ml can light and creamy evaporated milk 1/2 cup Massel salt reduced chicken style liquid stock 1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped Cook pasta in a large saucepan of boiling, salted water following packet directions, until tender. Drain. Meanwhile, spray a large, deep non-stick frying-pan with oil. Place over medium-high heat. Add ham. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes or until golden. Add onion, mushroom and garlic. Cook, stirring, for 3 to 4 minutes or until mushroom has softened. Add wine. Cook for 2 minutes or until wine has reduced by half. Add cream, milk and chicken stock. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium. Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes or until sauce has slightly reduced. Place cornflour and 3 teaspoons cold water in a bowl. Stir until smooth. Add cornflour mixture to cream mixture. Cook, stirring, for 3 to 5 minutes or until thickened. Season with salt and pepper. Add pasta and parsley. Toss to combine. Serve. Continue reading >>

Healthy Pasta Recipes: 6 Of Our Best Pasta Dinner Recipes

Healthy Pasta Recipes: 6 Of Our Best Pasta Dinner Recipes

Pasta is one of those staples that everyone can get on board with, which is why we're excited to show you our latest recipe collection, Healthy Pasta Recipes: 6 of Our Best Pasta Dinner Recipes. You don't need to cut out all of your favorite foods when you're on a diabetes diet; we've got great recipes you never thought you'd be able to enjoy, including pasta casserole recipes, baked macaroni and cheese, and much more! If you're a fan of extra creamy and cheesy, then you're going to love our Three Cheese Macaroni and Cheese. This healthier take on your favorite American classic uses a special ingredient to take it over the top! Who doesn't love healthy pasta recipes like this? Traditional Italian recipes for spaghetti and meatballs are too high in fat, carbs and calories for anyone with diabetes, so our Test Kitchen took on the task to lighten it up. The result is our healthier Turkey Meatballs and Spaghetti! Who says you need fancy restaurants for classic Italian dishes? Our Restaurant-Style Spinach Manicotti is a lighter version of your favorite baked pasta dish, so you can still enjoy this Italian dish... in moderation of course! Spicy Baked Linguine This vegetarian-friendly lasagna recipe is one that'll have them coming back for more, and more, and more. They'll just love the hearty texture the artichoke adds to these Artichoke Basil Lasagna Rolls. It's one of our favorite pasta dinner recipes that's company-fancy, too! Even if you are following a diabetes diet, there's still room for a plate of pasta now and then, especially if it's whole grain pasta. Lots of veggies, lean chicken breast, and fresh herbs take this dish over the edge of health and flavor! This is one of those healthy pasta recipes everyone in the family can love! Looking for more great dinner recipe Continue reading >>

Pasta: To Eat, Or Not To Eat?

Pasta: To Eat, Or Not To Eat?

One of my favorite foods is pasta. I think I could eat pasta every day and never tire of it. And when I’ve had a rough day, nothing comforts me as much as a plate of pasta with butter (or trans-fat-free margarine), Parmesan cheese, and freshly ground black pepper. Yet pasta is much maligned in the diabetes world. I’ve noticed that people who have diabetes become very passionate when discussing this food. There’s the camp that is indignant at the idea that pasta even exists — it spikes up blood glucose, causes weight gain, and may just be responsible for global warming (OK, that’s an exaggeration). There’s another camp who still eats pasta, but feels horribly guilty for doing so, and will swear with their right hand in the air that, “I really only ate a half a cup” (and 99% of the time, it’s just not the case). I don’t mean to trivialize the subject. Pasta can be tricky to fit into one’s diabetes eating plan. But not because it sends blood glucose levels to the moon. My belief (and you’re welcome to disagree with me) is that most of us struggle with portion control. It’s been engrained in us that pasta is a main dish: that it should be piled high on the plate and smothered in red sauce, with a crusty, buttery slice of garlic bread resting on the side. This is where the problems come in. Here’s what I mean. Take a look at the calories and carbs in the pasta meal that I just mentioned: 3 cups of pasta: 135 grams of carbohydrate, 663 calories 1 cup of sauce: 30 grams of carbohydrate, 185 calories 1 slice of garlic bread: 24 grams of carbohydrate, 170 calories Total: 189 grams of carbohydrate, 1,018 calories If you dine in an Italian restaurant and manage to clean your plate, you’ll consume even more carbohydrate and calories. When you look at p Continue reading >>

White Chicken Lasagna With Spaghetti Squash

White Chicken Lasagna With Spaghetti Squash

When I got married (the first time), some friends of my in-laws threw us a shower when we visited for Christmas that year. The gifts we received were Christmas ornaments which I thought was a wonderful idea since we’d both been on our own for a while and already had two sets of kitchen stuff. My mother-in-law’s friend Carolyn hosted the shower and she served an amazing chicken lasagna. I immediately asked for the recipe. A gourmet cook, Carolyn was embarrassed to admit that her lasagna contained canned cream of chicken soup, but she gave me the recipe anyway. I made Carolyn’s lasagna for many a dinner party. Once I was diagnosed with diabetes, I cut out most pasta dishes and completely forgot about the recipe. I ran across it the other day and decided to make a few healthy substitutions, namely the spaghetti squash for the pasta. My first attempt was way too cheesy. All you could taste was cheese. Also, I cooked my spaghetti squash improperly and it turned to mush. And I forgot that the CompostMaster has an aversion to pimientos which were an ingredient in the original recipe. My second attempt was much better. I cut back on the cheese and substituted red bell pepper for the pimientos. I also found a better way to cook the squash, modeled after the technique in Spaghetti Squash with Jalapeño Cream. The next time you’re craving a creamy, cheesy, chicken lasagna, give this casserole a try. Serve it with Garlic Knots and a nice green salad – you can splurge and have bread since you aren’t having any pasta! Continue reading >>

8 Diabetes-friendly Pasta Recipes

8 Diabetes-friendly Pasta Recipes

Pass the pasta If you have type 2 diabetes, you may have assumed that your pasta-eating days were over. Depending on your situation, that's not necessarily true. For some, bread and pasta can still be a part of a diabetes-friendly diet if you limit portions, follow the right recipes, and work them into the recommendations set by your dietitian. Talk to your doctor or dietitian about how your blood sugar may react after a pasta meal—the effect can be highly individual, so it's not a bad idea to test your blood sugar after eating to see how you react. Linguine With Pepper Sauce The star of this dish is the sauce: Red bell peppers, olive oil, fresh garlic, basil, and balsamic vinegar are sautéed and then put into the blender together to create a sauce that's packed with vitamin C and fiber. Yum! Ingredients: Olive oil, cooking spay, red bell pepper, garlic, fresh basil, balsamic vinegar, salt, black pepper, uncooked linguine Calories: 117 Try this recipe: Linguine with Red Pepper Sauce Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti Your whole family will love this one-pan meal. (And if you're eating alone, it works great as leftovers.) Spaghetti is baked with a mixture of onions, garlic, tomatoes, and seasoning, and is topped with reduced-fat cheddar cheese. Chicken breast adds lean protein. Swap in whole-wheat spaghetti for an even healthier meal. Ingredients: Uncooked spaghetti, cooking spray, onion, garlic, stewed tomatoes, low-sodium Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, salt, reduced-fat cheddar cheese, frozen cooked chicken Calories: 395 Try this recipe: Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti Basil Scallops with Spinach Fettuccine A 3-ounce serving of scallops sets you back just 95 calories and less than a gram of fat—and pumps you up with an impressive 17 grams of protein. Scallops are also a Continue reading >>

Tomato And Tuna Pasta

Tomato And Tuna Pasta

This simple pasta dish is filling and tasty. Great served with salad. If you leave out the chilli and/or basil its ideal for fussy children. Each 428g serving contains (excludes serving suggestion) 185g tin tuna in water, drained and flaked grated Parmesan cheese and basil, to serve (optional) Heat the oil in a medium frying pan, add the onion and garlic and fry for 23 minutes until the onion begins to soften. Add the chilli flakes (if using) and the tomatoes and gently squash with a wooden spoon. Bring to the boil and simmer over a low heat for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to the pack instructions and drain. Stir the pasta through the sauce with the flaked tuna and serve topped with Parmesan cheese and basil (if using).. This is great served with salad if you have any. If not, add 1 cup of peas to the pasta 2 minutes before the end of cooking time to add colour and extra goodness remember, this will increase your vegetable portion intake. You could use a tin of salmon in place of tuna. If your children are fussy eaters, look out for unusual pasta shapes to make food more appealing. Someone is diagnosed with diabetes every two minutes. Your donation can change lives. Continue reading >>

Diabetic-friendly: Mouth-watering Pasta Recipes

Diabetic-friendly: Mouth-watering Pasta Recipes

Creamy Mustard Chicken In this healthy, creamy mustard chicken recipe, thin-sliced chicken breasts (sometimes labeled chicken cutlets) cook quickly and are delicious smothered in a velvety, light mustard sauce and garnished with fresh chopped sage. If you can’t find chicken cutlets, cut boneless, skinless chicken breast into 4-ounce pieces and place between pieces of plastic wrap. Pound with a meat mallet, rolling pin or heavy skillet until flattened to about 1/2 inch thick. View Recipe Continue reading >>

Penne Arrabbiata

Penne Arrabbiata

Ingredients 8 ounces penne pasta (or really, any kind of pasta that you want) Directions In a heavy non-stick skillet, cook the red pepper flakes and garlic in the olive oil over low heat until pepper flakes are fragrant and garlic is limp, but not browned (about 2 minutes). Add the tomatoes, breaking them up with the back of a wooden spoon. Cook the sauce over medium-low heat until thickened (about 15 minutes). Cook the pasta according to package directions until al dente. Add a cup of cold water after you remove the pan from the heat (it will stop the cooking process), and then drain thoroughly. Add the drained pasta to the sauce along with the parsley and Parmesan cheese. Toss to coat evenly and serve at once. Nutrition Information Per serving: 284 calories (18% calories from fat), 10 g protein, 6 g total fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 48 g carbohydrate, 3 g dietary fiber, 4 mg cholesterol, 103 mg sodium Exchanges: 3 carbohydrate (3 bread/starch), 1 vegetable, 1 fat Welcome to the Type 2 Diabetes Center! This is your launching pad for living better with type 2 diabetes. We’ve gathered all the latest type 2 diabetes information, research updates, and advances in devices and medications. And because diabetes impacts every facet of your life, you’ll also find practical advice from leading experts and other people living with type 2 diabetes featured here. That includes mouth-watering, healthy recipes; money-saving tips; advice to help navigate social, professional, and relationship issues; and inspiring personal stories from people just like you. Explore the resources here and be sure to subscribe to our newsletter to be alerted to new additions. Continue reading >>

Best Pasta For Diabetics

Best Pasta For Diabetics

We ALL love pasta, right?! It's just one of those foods that is such a comfort food. I know for me it's always been like that BUT I also know that because it is such a comfort food it is VERY easy to over eat it! Seriously…I know there have been times when I've eaten an enormous bowl and still gone back for more. SOund familiar? But when you're a diabetic it's not really possible to eat an enormous bowl of pasta because you will soon see your blood sugar sky rocketing. And even if you're not diabetic, you will soon see those pounds stacking on if you over consume the carbs! So let's go over some facts and talk about the best pasta options for diabetics. Pasta Nutrition Facts Let's compare the nutrition facts for 1 serving of pasta. One serving is equivalent to half a cup. As you can see from these comparisons there is between 18-22 g total carbs and between 15-20 net carbs. If you're confused about carb counting, check out our easy tutorial over here. Realistic Serving Sizes These images show the reality of pasta servings. The first one is only half a cup and as you can see it doesn't really amount to much when put on a normal sized dinner plate. Then we have what might be someones typical serving of pasta (if not more). In the second image we see about 3 times as much, so 3 serves of white spaghetti like this amounts to 64.8 g total carbohydrates. Too Many Carbs I love using visual comparisons because it really lets you see the difference. While you could try to justify that eating whole wheat spaghetti would be okay with 2 serves being around 30 g net carbs, over the long term this is just too many carbs and you will find you can't control your blood sugar properly. So What's The Best Pasta For Diabetics? Sure, the traditional pasta might not be the best pasta for d Continue reading >>

Diabetes Meal Plan Recipes

Diabetes Meal Plan Recipes

It's not always easy to follow your diabetes meal plan day after day, but these delicious recipes may help. Appetizer recipes Beverage recipes Bread recipes Breakfast recipes Dessert recipes Main dish recipes Salad recipes Sandwich recipes Sauce and dressing recipes Side dish recipes Soup recipes Vegetable recipes Continue reading >>

Healthy Pasta Recipes | Prevention

Healthy Pasta Recipes | Prevention

Pasta doesn't have to be off-limits when you're trying to stay healthy! With a few smart ingredient swapslow-fat cheeses, whole grain pasta, and loads of veggiesand sensible portions, you can keep your blood sugar down and even rev weight loss. Dig into 10 of our most delicious pasta dishes now! Toss prepared penne with baked leeks, red bell peppers, summer squash, kalamata olives, and salmon for a fresh and light pasta meal. Not only is salmon packed with heart-healthy fats and diabetes-fighting fats, like omega-3s, it may also fight cancer, thanks to the mineral selenium. 1 yellow summer squash, halved and cut into 1/4" slices 1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Prepare the pasta according to package directions. 2. Meanwhile, cut the leeks into 2" lengths and quarter them lengthwise. Rinse the leeks completely. Place the leeks and bell pepper in a 13".9" baking dish. Add the broth, lemon juice, 2 teaspoons of the oil, thyme, and black pepper. Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes. 3. Add the squash, olives, and salmon to the baking dish and drizzle with the remaining 1 teaspoon oil. Cover and bake for 30 minutes, or until the salmon is opaque and the vegetables are tender. 4. Place the penne in a large serving bowl. Break the salmon into bite-size pieces and add to the penne with the vegetables. Nutritional Info Per Serving 426.6 cal, 18.3 g pro, 67.1 g carb, 5.4 g fiber, 10.2 g fat, 1.8 g sat fat, 226.9 mg sodium Can't imagine lasagna without the ground beef? Go vegetarian without going hungry by adding slices of hearty eggplant. Layered between low-sodium tomato sauce and fat-free ricotta cheese, the eggplant becomes tender and maintains a satisfying texture. Easy, no-cook lasagna noodles make this dish a quick mid-week meal. 2. In a small bowl, mix together the ricotta Continue reading >>

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