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With Love.. From My Diabetic Kitchen!

24 Nov

I love sugar.  Let’s be honest – so do most humans living on this Earth.  However, I live with Type 1 Diabetes and with the holidays coming around I have to think of fun and creative ways to get that sugar taste – without actually using the white devil-ish stuff!  My mother is a Saint and has been coming up with these amazing delicious recipes for as long as I can remember.  I’ve had Diabetes for the past 19 years (this December is my anniversary!) and to this day, I can tell you with complete honesty and sincerity that when I eat these deserts, I don’t miss sugar at all.  AT ALL.  Please, I urge you to give them a try.  Whether you know someone living with Diabetes, or if you just want to reign in your waistline for the holiday season and cut your carbs a bit, these two deserts won’t make you feel deprived at all.  In fact, they will probably give you a little boost at the end of your meal because you won’t have that sugar crash and food coma!  Chow down my loves!!

Low Carb Key Lime Pie 🙂

15 grams of Carbohydrate per serving.  Serves 8

 

1 packet Knox unflavored gelatin

3 Tablespoons lime juice

½ cup boiling water

9 packets Equal

1 cup evaporated skim milt

1 teaspoon vanilla

Juice of 1 ½ limes

2 drops green food coloring

9” graham cracker crust

  • Sprinkle gelatin over 3 Tablespoons lime juice and let stand for 1 minute.  Add boiling water and Equal.  Stir.  Refrigerate for 45 minutes.
  • Combine milk and vanilla in a small bowl.  Freeze for 30 minutes.  Remove from freezer and whip at high speed until stiff.  Stir the juice of 1 ½ limes and the food coloring into the whipped milk.  (Save the remaining ½ lime for garnish)
  • Blend the gelatin/lime juice mixture into the whipped milk/vanilla/lime juice mixture.
  • Spoon into the graham cracker crust.  Chill until firm.  Garnish with slices of lime.

Apple Pear Crisp – YUMMY!! 🙂

1/8 of this dish = approximately 20 carbs

Preheat oven to 375°

1 ½ lbs baking apples (such as Cortland,) peeled, cored and thinly sliced
(The apples must be sliced thinly, not cubed.)
1 ripe pear, also peeled, cored and thinly sliced
3 Tablespoons flour
3 Tablespoons butter or margarine, softened in the microwave
¼ cup frozen, unsweetened apple juice concentrate (in the freezer section of the grocery store)
½ teaspoon cinnamon
Dash of nutmeg
¾ cup (10) graham crackers, crushed
4 packets of Equal or Splenda

  • In an 8” square baking dish, toss the fruit with 1 Tablespoon of the flour, plus the apple juice concentrate.  Stir.
  • In a small bowl, combine the remaining 2 Tablespoons flour, the spices and the butter.  Mix well.  Gradually stir in the graham cracker crumbs.  Sprinkle this mixture over the fruit.
  • Bake 30 minutes at 375°
  • Remove from oven and sprinkle with the Equal or Splenda

 

 

A few more additions to St. Malo…

18 Nov

I just can’t stop myself.  I had such an incredible time in St. Malo, and I took SO many pictures, that I feel compelled to share them all!

Barbie loves the St. Malo open markets too..

Barbie, mannequins and more shopping – oh my!  I would return here in a mili-second… if I didn’t have a live here, in Boston!

In front of Blanc du Nil. This place was SO busy, everyday!

The bottom two pics, are at the restaurant Lion d’Or.  We ate here more often than not.  It might have been the cute waiters, or maybe it was the fact that they had outdoor seating and a live band.. or most likely it was because the menu was in French AND in English.  Merci, Lion d’Or!!

Plan Accordingly..

16 Nov

Autumn in Boston…  My favorite time of year!  Many restaurants have begun to put out there special holiday menus for Thanksgiving, and I couldn’t be more thrilled.  Thanksgiving evokes memories of family, envelopes the senses and makes us all smile a little wider (even if we can’t cook to save our lives!)  Some of my favorite restaurants in and around the city are starting to advertise their special (usually tasting menus, paired with wine.. etc) on their websites.  Also, you can check out http://www.boston.com or http://www.opentable.com for a listing of some (if not all) restaurants that are participating for not just Thanksgiving, but Christmas Eve and New Years Eve also!  OpenTable is my personal favorite, as you can instatnly check availability and build points when you fufill those reservations made.  Once you get to a certain number of “points,” OpenTable will send you a $100 gift card to spend at any participating restaurant that is part of the OpenTable family!  (and we’re not talking about The Cheesecake Factory here people.. places like Sel de la Terre, Grille 23, CityTable, Atlantic Fish.. a few of my faves!)

If you’re going to eat out for Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Years I really urge you to think about the setting and how comfortable you want you and your family to be while you eat.  Have these questions in the back of your mind:  Am I dining with a variety of age groups?  Is bringing my 3 year old appropriate at a 4 star restaurant?  What types of food do I want to have?  Do I want traditional fare or something a bit more interesting?  How big is my party?  (I ask you to remember this, because come the few days before the big holiday, and you’re trying to get a table for 12 at a busy place, don’t be surprised if it doesn’t happen.. usually these fantastic restaurants book up to 45 days in advance, espeically for the busy holiday seasons!)

Don’t be frustrated if you can’t find “the perfect restaurant,” because there are so many choices, and so many fantastic meals to be hand.  And don’t forget, the holiday season is a time to reflect on how precious our families are.  Enjoy their company, and don’t stress too much!

xoxo,

Blondie