Preheat oven 375°
2 Pkgs. Tofu Shirataki Noodles, Angel Hair or 1 medium Squaghetti
1 lb. Lean Ground Turkey or 93% lean Ground Beef
1 lb. Ground Italian Turkey Sausage or Ground, Italian Sausage
1 cup Onion, Diced
1 jar Pasta Sauce, Arriabbata works well
1 cup Pepperoni, diced
1 pkg. Cheese, Mozzarella or Italian mix, Shredded
Open noodles and drain liquid. Rinse thoroughly and allow to dry. Brown ground turkey or beef with onion, and Italian sausage. Add pepperoni to ground meat for a minute to release juices and drain to remove excess grease. Combine meat mixture with the noodles and sauce in a 9×12 baking dish. Sprinkle package of cheese on top and cover with foil. Bake for 20 minutes or until cheese in melted.
How long do you spend in the fresh produce section of the grocery store? If you are like we used to be, pre-diabetes, broccoli and lettuce was about the only fresh produce that found it’s way in to my cart. Besides, a place where you can buy a steak that was riddled with fat, a nice loaf of crusty French or Italian bread to be loaded with butter, and beautiful Yukon gold potatoes for baking, frying or boiling, vegetables were just not a high priority. Pasta in any form was preferred over something leafy green, and the color orange is not in my kitchen. I actually have a wall hanging that says, “Never Trust a Skinny Cook”. The wall hanging stays, the rest has changed.
When Mr. Solberg was diagnosed, I didn’t realize that my culinary preferences could potentially be the cause. The more investigating that I did, the harder the facts were to swallow. The potential for heart and blood vessel disease, nerve and kidney damage, eye, foot, and skin problems, and even Alzheimer’s is linked to diabetes type 2 according to the Mayo Clinic. Time to get to work!
I have found some greens and oranges to put in my kitchen now. Please stay tuned for some incredible recipes and I will also share my tricks for turning our old favorites into nutritious and diabetes-friendly meals.
So you have been diagnosed with diabetes type 2, now what do you do? Your alarm is going off and instead of buzzing, you hear it playing “Taps”. It doesn’t have to be like that. Time to make a change! You didn’t get here overnight, and the pills are not designed to cure you. It is time to pull up the big girl, or boy, panties and get to work!
This is not a food death sentence, it is the beginning of an new adventure where you can start to adapt to the things you should have been eating all along but no one told you.
Follow me on our journey to thumb our noses at diabetes and lower numbers will be coming to you before you know it! I will post recipes, information, and how my husband and I have been dealing with our lifestyle change.