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What to cook for Christmas dinner!

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By: FatCatAnna

The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes! Whoo! Whoo!

I am a Type 1 diabetic diagnosed back in the early 60's as a child.  I am living in Montreal, Canada and enjoy scribbling about diabetes from time to time. I’ve had my ups / downs just like any person would experience with going through life - diabetic or not.  My motto in life?  Diabetes does not control me – I control it!! 

You can find more posts/discussions at my Facebook page called "The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes" and also on Twitter under the name of FatCatAnna.  Feel free to follow me at both places or send me a private message!

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Posted: Dec 25, 2008 13:59
  • What to cook for Christmas dinner!

    Well, all I have in my fridge is a block of tofu as far as protein goes.  Yes - I have some fish/chicken/sausages in the freezer - you know the regular everyday food - but I feel like something different for our meal tonight.  I'm searching the Internet to find what I can do with that block of tofu - that will somehow make my mouth water at the prospects of what it will become.  I've come across some great links - and so far - have come up with soup for a starter (roasted red pepper soup) - that doesn't require potatoes for a thickener since I used the last of the potatoes the other day.  I tend to be abit European when it comes to my shopping - only keeping what I need over a week at a time.  I'm very lucky to live in a small community here in the 'burbs of Montreal that caters to ethnic folks - so there is no shortage of foods available to meet some of the ingredients that are required to make up tasty food in my household - and also to test on my oh so obliging hubby Mike.  A few of my previous mates - did not go for my way of cooking off the cuff so to speak.  Mike bless his soul - will eat pretty well anything I plunk down in front of him.  Many of my friends have been taste testers of my meals - and so far - have not had to be rushed off to ER with life threatening food poisoning.  Some have even said I should open up a little cafe - but cooking in quantity is something I would not want to do.

    So, the first course is taken care of with the soup, along with a salad, it's that tofu that has me scratching my head as to what to whip up - with the ingredients I have in my pantry and fridge.  So, it's either tofu or lentils for dinner tonight (check out this recipe using lentils which I'll convert into a "meat loaf" instead of burgers - yum, yum - http://www.theveggietable.com/recipes/veggieburgers.html).  Now I know that many of you reading this will go - yuck - lentils or tofu - for Christmas dinner or any meal in particular.  Trust me - it will taste good - and I've fooled some meat lovers over the years with my veggie recipes.

    The only problem with some of these recipes for me tho' - being a diabetic - is the nutrition count.  Armed with a few of my many nutrition books (I should have gone to uni and become a dietician) - I will quickly work out the nutrients - and of course - the evil but not so evil carb that is to some diabetics the evil twin of the devil.  Trust me - carbs are not evil - they are what gives us our bodies fuel like petrol is for our 2 wheels/4 wheels that get us around from A to B. Just don't overload on the carbs - otherwise watch your waistline increase - as well as your BG if you don’t take the proper meds/insulin to cover them. Quality I say - over quantity.  I feel like Sir Winston Churchill here with my jowls trembling as I tell you this.

    Anyway, that's it for now - I'm going to trot off to the kitchen and start planning a Christmas meal for my hubby and myself.  If all else fails - there's always Chinese take away (haven’t done this in many years – and I doubt I will – I am a stubborn gal – and refuse to pay for food that I know I can make at home)....

    Happy Holidays to all!




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