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Freezer Friendly Meals For Diabetics

Make Your Own Healthy, Diabetes-friendly Freezer Meals

Make Your Own Healthy, Diabetes-friendly Freezer Meals

Make your own healthy, diabetes-friendly freezer meals Tips for freezing foods conveniently and safely Posted on July 24, 2017 by Joan Schilling , Michigan State University Extension Meal planning when you have diabetes is important. It takes time and effort to create meals that give you just the right amount of carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and fiber without too much saturated fat. You can cook once, serve twice by doubling recipes and freezing one batch for future use. Package the foods in correct portion sizes, pop them in the freezer and they will be ready to go when you are. Frozen foods do not lose nutrient content, however not all foods freeze equally as well. Cream based soups and casseroles lose quality of texture when reheated. Wrap your packages well to prevent freezer burn. Freeze your foods quickly. A two-inch-thick portion of food should be frozen within two hours. This keeps the food from growing large ice crystals that can affect the texture of the food and slows the growth of bacteria. Thaw your frozen foods in the refrigerator; dont thaw foods on the counter or sink. You can find the full recommendations on freezing and food safety on the USDA Website . Michigan State University Extension offers classes on food preservation . Pre-packaged frozen meals from the grocery store are convenient but are often very high in sodium and fat. Many healthy recipes can be found by searching for freezer friendly meals on the internet or visiting your local library for cookbooks. Look for recipes that feature lean proteins and lots of vegetables like this one from My Food Advisor and the American Diabetes Association: Start to finish: 30 minutes (20 minutes active) 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and diced 1 pound lean (93 percent fat-free) ground turkey 2 cups Continue reading >>

Eight Crockpot Freezer Meals In 35 Minutes

Eight Crockpot Freezer Meals In 35 Minutes

Eight crockpot freezer meals. 35 minutes. $60. Wahoo! Here’s how I made it happen, including my recipes and grocery list. Normally, I double my crockpot freezer meals and make two of each at a time. This strategy saves me a ton of time and money. I can buy the ingredients in bulk and use the same ingredient measurements for two freezer bags at a time. Since freezer meals last at least three months in the freezer, we have no problem eating the same meal twice. In fact, we don’t mind eating the same meal every 3-4 weeks. The more freezer meals I make, the smarter I get though. Last week, a light bulb went off and I decided to focus on my favorite recipes that work with different types of meat. (For example, my favorite chili recipe that tastes good with chicken and beef.). That way I could still save time and money, but make different meals in the process. Awesome idea, right?! Here’s what I made… Two freezer bags of crockpot cranberry pork roast and green beans (I used chicken instead of pork in one bag.) Two freezer bags of crockpot Italian chicken (I used a a beef roast instead of chicken in one bag.) Two freezer bags of crockpot Mexican chili with cornbread topping (one bag with chicken and one with ground beef) Two freezer bags of crockpot honey dijon pork (one pork roast and one pork ribs) I added all of the ingredients raw to gallon-sized plastic freezer bags and froze them. It only took me 35 minutes to assemble them, and now we’re set with eight meals for busy weeknights. Yay! I’m planning to serve them with simple side dishes, like steamed broccoli, microwave rice, and salads, so dinnertime will be a breeze. I’m really excited about these freezer crockpot recipes because I think they would taste great with any meat. You can make them with whatever Continue reading >>

Share Your Diabetic Dinner Recipes For The Freezer.

Share Your Diabetic Dinner Recipes For The Freezer.

I've compiled a list of freezable recipes for you to try. There is also a form for you to share your favorite diabetic dinner recipes with others. From Favorite Freezer Foods Recipes include freezing instructions of course. Chicken Meatballs Ground chicken is leaner than beef and this recipe with Parmesan and herbs is delicious. Ham and Cheddar Breakfast Burritos: Make it even better by adding some small pieces of frozen broccoli. Salsa Chicken A quick and easy recipe that can be made in the crock pot or oven. The salsa means you get an extra serving of veggies. Avgolemono Soup It's a Greek soup with chicken broth and rice flavored with eggs and lemon. Creamy Turkey Wild Rice Soup One of my absolute favorites. From Kraft Canada I have not tested these recipes, I've simply given freezing and thawing instructions. Salmon Burgers Freeze prepared patties before cooking. Can be thawed in the fridge and cooked per instructions or cook from frozen for 6-7 minutes per side. Tuscan Meatloaf Can be frozen before or after baking. Thaw before baking or add about 50% cooking time, if the top gets too dark cover it with aluminum foil. Prebaked meatloaf can be reheated in the microwave. Broccoli Cheddar Cheese Soup Freeze in individual servings. Thaw and reheat on the stove or in the microwave. To reheat from frozen on the stovetop add a few tablespoons of water to a saucepot and add the frozen soup, stir often to help it thaw. Serve when hot. Asparagus Soup Use same directions as above for the broccoli cheddar soup. Crustless Broccoli Quiche Cut cooked and cooled quiche into individual servings then freeze. Microwave slices from frozen for a super quick, healthy meal. From Company's Coming Turkey Vegetable Meatloaf Can be frozen before or after baking. Thaw before baking or add about Continue reading >>

Make Now And Freeze For Later Recipes

Make Now And Freeze For Later Recipes

Making a meal for tonight and having enough left over to freeze for another meal is a great way to save time and save money. Each of these recipes has make-ahead directions to ensure you have everything set for saving some for later. Making a meal for tonight and having enough left over to freeze for another meal is a great way to save time and save money. Each of these recipes has make-ahead directions to ensure you have everything set for saving some for later. Making a meal for tonight and having enough left over to freeze for another meal is a great way to save time and save money. Each of these recipes has make-ahead directions to ensure you have everything set for saving some for later. Making a meal for tonight and having enough left over to freeze for another meal is a great way to save time and save money. Each of these recipes has make-ahead directions to ensure you have everything set for saving some for later. Making a meal for tonight and having enough left over to freeze for another meal is a great way to save time and save money. Each of these recipes has make-ahead directions to ensure you have everything set for saving some for later. Continue reading >>

20 Make-ahead Freezer Meals That Are Delicious, Healthy & Cheap (!)

20 Make-ahead Freezer Meals That Are Delicious, Healthy & Cheap (!)

While we all strive to have healthy, home-cooked meals on the table each night, there are times when just making it through the day feels like an achievement. It’s those days when frozen meals seem like a Godsend. Thaw, pop into the oven and you have a meal ready, without the fuss of ordering food or resorting to a drive-thru. But have you seen what’s in those frozen food meals? The long list of preservatives, low-quality ingredients and steep prices are usually enough to keep me away from the frozen aisle (with the exception of frozen fruits and veggies, of course!). Luckily, there’s a better way to have delicious, homemade, easy meals ready for you in the freezer — by making them, of course! I love freezer meals, because you can do it so easily. You can either double up on meals you were already cooking and freeze extras, or designate a cook-up day, like a Sunday, where you prep and cook meals for the sole purpose of freezing them for later use. Not only does this free up valuable dinnertime, but it also means you’ll always have a meal you’ll love waiting for you. You can easily freeze both individual portion sizes and entire meals, making it easy to feed just yourself or the whole family with minimal fuss. You can even cook up and freeze specific meal ingredients. For instance, if you find a great sale on chicken breasts, you can cook up a batch and freeze, ready to be pulled out for ingredients that call for cooked chicken or added to salads. Freezer-ready meals are also an awesome gift to take to friends and family with a new baby or who are going through life changes, like illness or a death in the family. They’ll appreciate your gesture at a time when things are hectic. Freezer Meal Tips Once you start freezing meals, you’ll likely be a convert, b Continue reading >>

Diabetic Meals From The Freezer

Diabetic Meals From The Freezer

Stocking the freezer with the right foods helps people with diabetes ward off temptations. Reaching for junk food or fast food in a rush is always a poor choice. Make healthier decisions by keeping quick and easy diabetic meals in the freezer. Keep plenty of diabetes-friendly foods in your freezer to grab on-the-go. Frozen strawberries, blueberries and blackberries are tasty snacks and desserts. Heat up frozen broccoli, cauliflower and carrots for a side dish or quick meal by adding a protein source. Top them off with no-fat, no-calorie Walden Farms Sauces for robust flavor. Other yummy frozen vegetables to keep on hand include spinach, sugar snap peas and whole green beans. Fruits and vegetables are rich in essential vitamins and minerals including Vitamin C. You can also keep sources of lean protein in the freezer. Stock up on frozen tuna and salmon for dinner. Make breakfast a breeze with frozen low-fat turkey sausage and egg substitutes. Get ground flaxseed to sprinkle over yogurt or fruit for a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids. Thaw frozen food in the refrigerator the night before you cook it. Frozen food can also be thawed on a low setting in the microwave. Often pre-packaged frozen foods are high in fat, calories and sodium. Carefully read the labels before you get tempted by the convenience of packaged frozen foods. Certain brands make low calorie, low carbohydrate frozen dinners including Kashi, Atkins and Smart Ones. Shop wisely and limit your intake of pre-packaged frozen meals. Make your own meals ahead of time and freeze them to eat right in a hurry. For example, you can make mouthwatering broccoli and cheddar breakfast burritos that take just two minutes to heat up in the microwave. The ingredients include 12 tortillas, 10 eggs or equivalent of egg beat Continue reading >>

Freezing Food | Diabetes Uk

Freezing Food | Diabetes Uk

Freezers are a great way to make the most of your food - and your money. Freezing items can help to minimise food waste and is an ideal way to preserve extra portions of dishes, so you need only cook once to enjoy the same meal twice. As freezing stops food from deteriorating, you can freeze produce right up until the use-by date. The other great news is that you can freeze pretty much everything - bread, milk, butter, cheese, fruit, cooked meat. Freezers should be at least -18C - remember, freezers will not kill any bacteria already present, but will stop bacteria and yeasts from growing.Always wrap food well for the freezer, remove as much air as possible from the package, and use air-tight containers or bags. Food exposed to the air can become dry, soggy, develop freezer burn, and absorb odours from other frozen foods. If food has been left exposed to the air before freezing, it may already contain some bacteria and perish sooner. Also, don't forget to labeleverything with the date and what it is to avoid UFOs (unidentified frozen objects). Freezing leftovers is a great way to have ready-made meals to hand. Try to cool food as quickly as possible before putting it into the freezer - remember, if you refrigerate, food should be cool enough to maintain the fridge temperature before it's placed in. Make sure that you defrost the leftovers properly before reheating place them in the fridge overnight, or in the microwave if you plan to use them immediately. Never leave food on the side to defrost as the outer layers can be exposed to warm temperatures, allowing bacteria to grow. Eat leftovers within 24 hours of defrosting and do not refreeze. Food that has been defrosted provides the perfect temperature for bacteria to grow. When it's placed back in the freezer, these ba Continue reading >>

Carb-counted Freezer Meals

Carb-counted Freezer Meals

Brought to you by Lilly Diabetes | Disney Brooke Wheeler, guest blogger, FingerPrickinGood.com It was after the birth of my second child that I discovered the amazingness of freezing meals at first out of desperation, but later out of pure convenience. I soon learned some tricks of the trade, through personal experience and even workshops, and Ive never looked back.Life gets busy, and it can become exhausting to plan meals week after week. To help combat that chaos that busy schedules can bring, what I do each month is freeze four to five meals to be used throughout the month. At the beginning of each week, I pull one or two meals out, let them thaw in the refrigerator, and turn to the freezer meal on the most hectic day of that week. Its such a time-saver, and it keeps us from what we would otherwise do on a busy night just eat out. Of course, for those of us who have kiddos with type 1 diabetes, having a meal on reserve like this is only really helpful if the nutritional information is already calculated as well. Because if we still have to carb-count the entire meal on a busy night, the point is kind of lost. Ive compiled three of our very favorite freezer meal recipes, all of which are a breeze to prepare, withstand freezing and thawing really well, and are absolutely delicious. And, of course, each one comes with a carb count. Easy Baked Honey Mustard Chicken Freezer Meal Allowing chicken time to marinate during the freezing and thawing process really lets it fully absorb all of the great flavors in a marinade. This recipe is proof of that. The flavor it takes on is so surprising and delicious, and the chicken is so juicy and succulent, my entire family loves it. The addition of green beans makes it a complete healthy meal, and best of all one that is easy on my s Continue reading >>

Diabetic Make Ahead Recipes

Diabetic Make Ahead Recipes

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Freezer Meal: Honey Orange Sesame Chicken And Broccoli

Freezer Meal: Honey Orange Sesame Chicken And Broccoli

Support and education for parents of children with type 1 diabetes, Sylvia White Dietitian and Diabetes Educator Freezer Meal: Honey Orange Sesame Chicken and Broccoli Freezer meals are awesome for those days when I am too busy with work, doctors appointments or a sports game and I get home late and wonder what I can cook. I need to get better at planning a menu each week, but I usually am last minute or think about what to cook in the afternoon. I try to keep some freezer meals handy for those last minute meals so we do not end up going out to eat, which is not healthy usually plus tough on the budget. I bought a large package of boneless chicken breasts recently and while I was packaging them into smaller freezer bags, I took 2 of the chicken breasts and went on made this Honey Orange Sesame Chicken meal in a freezer bag. Its super easy! You just dump the ingredients into the bag and freeze. The only thing that needs cutting is the onion and chicken. I keep a jar of minced garlic in the fridge so I used that instead of garlic cloves. To cook, I just set the frozen bag into a sink of warm/hot water and let it sit and thaw about 20-30 minutes. Heat up a skillet (I love my cast iron skillet, mainly because its non-stick after using so much so its easy to clean!) You can have any vegetable with it, I just decided Id throw a bag of broccoli in there to steam as it finished cooking. Serve over rice or another grain such as quinoa and enjoy a quick and healthy meal! Be sure to pin for later when you may be doing freezer meals and need easy ideas! Quick and easy Honey Orange Sesame Chicken Freezer Meal: Honey Orange Sesame Chicken and Broccoli Continue reading >>

Diabetic Recipes

Diabetic Recipes

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Budget-friendly Recipes

Budget-friendly Recipes

On a budget? With these recipes, you can feed a family of four for ten dollars or less. Searing beef on the stovetop adds a few minutes to your slow cooker routine, but its well-worth the payoff in flavor. Serve this stew with a side of steamed green beans for a balanced weeknight meal that makes your kitchen smell inviting all day long. This tried-and-true stir-fry keeps things simpleand fastwith just six ingredients, but plenty of vegetables, lean protein and whole grains. Like many meals with tofu, its budget-friendly to boot! Calculate the number of calories you should eat each day to maintain your present body weight: Please select an option before you continue. I don't do any physical activity other than what I need to do for my usual activities, such as going to work or school, grocery shopping, or doing chores around the house. I do some moderate exercise every day in addition to doing my usual activities. For example, I walk about 1.5 to 3 miles a day at about 3 to 4 miles an hour. Or I do something else that's moderately active. I am very active every day in addition to doing my usual activities. For example, I walk more than 3 miles a day at about 3 to 4 miles an hour. Or I do something else that's very active. This number estimates how many calories you should eat per day to keep your body weight where it is now. If you want to lose weight, you may need fewer calories. You should talk with your health care team for more personalized recommendations, but this calculator can help to get you started. Continue reading >>

Slow-cooker Recipes

Slow-cooker Recipes

Share: Email: Print: Slow-cooker recipes like these spicy-sweet tacos are great time-savers for weeknight meals. If you don't use all of the pork at once, freeze some for another quick dinner! Searing beef on the stovetop adds a few minutes to your slow cooker routine, but it’s well-worth the payoff in flavor. Serve this stew with a side of steamed green beans for a balanced weeknight meal that makes your kitchen smell inviting all day long. This scrumptious chicken cooks so quickly because of the high heat and the chicken’s proximity to the oven’s heating element. It’s adapted from a Weight Watchers recipe. Wheat berries are a type of whole grain that normally take an hour to cook on the stove. But this recipe slow cooks your wheat berries, making them easier than ever to prepare. Make this recipe on the weekend and serve it up for weekday lunches over a bed of fresh greens. Creamy Artichoke Parmesan Dip Here's a tasty artichoke dip that you can bring to your next tailgate or Sunday football gathering. It's simple to make and can be kept hot in your slow cooker. Items 1 - 10 of 19 1 2 Next Continue reading >>

11 Healthy Casserole Recipes For Diabetics

11 Healthy Casserole Recipes For Diabetics

Whole-Wheat Mac and Cheese with Spinach Recipe Taste of Home We’ve made this comfort food favorite diabetes-friendly by using whole-wheat pasta, a lightened cheese sauce, and a surprise layer of spinach. Serves 6 Prep time 15 minutes Cook time 45 to 55 minutes • Salt for pasta water, plus 1/4 tsp. for sauce • 1 3/4 cups low-fat (1%) milk, divided • 3 tbsp. flour • 2 cups (6 oz.) grated extra-sharp fat-free cheddar cheese • 1 cup low-fat (1%) cottage cheese • 1⁄8 tsp. nutmeg • Ground pepper to taste • 1 package (10 oz.) frozen spinach • 2 cups (8 oz.) whole-wheat macaroni • 1/4 cup toasted wheat germ 1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Coat an 8-inch-square (2-quart) baking dish with nonstick spray. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil for cooking the macaroni. 2. Whisk 1/4 cup of the milk with the flour in a small bowl until smooth. Set aside. Heat the remaining 1 1/2 cups milk in a heavy medium saucepan over medium heat until steaming. Add the flour mixture and cook, whisking constantly, until the sauce boils and thickens, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat. Add the cheddar cheese, stirring until melted. Stir in the cottage cheese, nutmeg, 1/4 tsp. salt, and pepper. 3. Cook the spinach according to package directions. Drain and press out excess moisture. 4. Cook the macaroni, stirring often, in the boiling water until not quite tender, 4 to 5 minutes. (The macaroni will continue to cook while baking.) Drain, rinse with cold running water, then drain again. 5. Mix the macaroni with the cheese sauce in a large bowl. Spread half of the macaroni mixture in the baking dish. Spoon the spinach on top. Spread the remaining macaroni mixture over the spinach layer. Sprinkle with wheat germ. 6. Bake the casserole until bubbly and golden, 35 to Continue reading >>

Low Carb Chicken Philly Cheesesteak Bowl

Low Carb Chicken Philly Cheesesteak Bowl

Low Carb Chicken Philly Cheesesteak is the perfect recipe for a delicious, health and quick-fix meal. In less than 30 minutes, you can enjoy a diabetes-friendly meal the whole family will love. CLICK BELOW FOR THE LOW CARB CHEESESTEAK VIDEO: I’m back with more philly cheesesteak!!! Now do you believe me when I say “I’ll never give up my quest for the ultimate low carb philly cheesesteak recipe”? First there was Low Carb Philly Cheesesteak Cups, next there was Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Mushrooms and then Low Carb Philly Cheesesteak Bowl! Now my fellow cheesesteak lovers, I give you my low carb chicken-based version. ♥ This recipe is perfect if you are cooking for either low carb eaters or people with diabetes and also for those who have no diet restrictions. Just add in a hoagie roll or hamburger bun and dinner is done. It all begins with thinly sliced chicken breasts. I sliced my chicken partially frozen which helps tremendously with getting the super thin slices I wanted. If your chicken is fresh or thawed, simply place it back in the freezer for 15-20 minutes to get it to a semi-frozen state. (You can slice the chicken breasts without freezing them, it just makes things a little easier) Next, I added my seasonings to the raw sliced chicken and made sure all pieces were coated. I let this sit a few minutes while I warmed up a little olive oil in my skillet. (You could complete this step up to a day ahead of time if you’d like. Just store the chicken in fridge until your ready.) When your olive oil is heated, add the chicken slices and spread them out. I used a large skillet here and it allowed enough room for 2 large chicken breasts. As the chicken browns, continue spreading the pieces out and turning them so each side is nicely browned. For this part, you Continue reading >>

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