Diabetic Friendly Chicken with Pears & Blue Cheese

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Happy Monday to you all!. Hope you all had a fabulousssssss weekend :) Today I’ve got a delicious guest post recipe to share with all of you.

Enjoy!

Live Healthy MD

Last week the lovely people over at livehealthy-md. contacted me about a guest post on the blog. In case you haven’t heard of livehealthy-md here’s what they are all about:

livehealthy-md.com is brought to you in association with The Center for Medical Weight Loss, and is dedicated to helping people find the most practical, real-life solutions for achieving and maintaining healthy weight. We understand there is often no straight path to success with long-term weight loss, and we strive to bring you the most current thinking, the best techniques, the most helpful tips and the latest research on what’s happening in the field of weight loss.

Not only is their site full of tons of “how to” articles and great health tips, it is also run entirely by physicians. Talk about a reliable source!

Today’s guest post features not one but two fabulous recipes that are delicious, healthy and diabetic friendly!

I hope you enjoy and share with all your diabetic and non-diabetic friends alike!

Diet for Diabetics

Doctors that specialize in treating diabetes understand the importance of a diabetic diet that is both appetizing and healthy. Following a physician-recommended diet will allow you to eat foods you enjoy while successfully controlling your blood sugar levels.

And by consuming nutritious foods and exercising regularly, you’ll boost your immune system while shedding unwanted pounds.

Diabetic Diet Guidelines

When you are creating a balanced diabetic diet, there are certain factors to take into consideration. Meals that are high in nutrients and low in fat are highly recommended by physicians. Fruits such as berries, apples, pears, and apricots are healthy carbohydrates with small amounts of sugar. Fiber-rich foods such as figs, nuts, and vegetables should also be included in the diet. Fish that contain omega-3 fatty acids reduce cholesterol levels and are low in fat; and lean meats such as turkey and chicken are good sources of protein.

Tasty Diabetes Diet Recipes

Simple to prepare and chock full of flavor, the following diabetes diet recipes will make it easier than ever to incorporate low glycemic foods into your daily menu. This and other diabetic diet recipes are provided courtesy of http://livehealthy-md.com

Chicken with Pears and Blue Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ tbsp whole grain pastry flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6-8 oz each), cut in half
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 large onion, cut into wedges
  • 2 medium pears, halved, cored, and sliced
  • 1 bag (6 0z) baby spinach
  • ½ cup apple cider or apple juice
  • 1 ½ tsp fresh thyme leaves or ½ tsp dried
  • ½ cup crumbled reduced-fat blue cheese

Directions

  1. Mix the pepper, flour, and salt in a shallow bowl. Put the mixture on the chicken and set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Next, add pears and cook until for 2 minutes. Then add spinach and cook until wilted. Put the mixture in a serving plate.
  3. Heat the remaining 1 tbsp of oil in the same skillet. Cook the chicken for 6 to 8 minutes and turn the chicken over once. Add cider and thyme and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes or until the sauce is reduced by half.
  4. Place the chicken on the spinach mixture, drizzle with the cider mixture, and sprinkle with the blue cheese.

Apples with Dip

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz of fat-free cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp chopped peanuts
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 4 apples, cored and sliced

Directions

  1. Place the cream cheese on the counter for 5 minutes so that it can soften.
  2. Combine the brown sugar, vanilla and cream cheese in a small bowl; mix until smooth and stir in chopped peanuts.
  3. Place the apples in another bowl; drizzle orange juice over the apples to prevent them from turning brown and serve the sliced apples with the dip.

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Physician-assisted diet plan for diabetics

Managing diabetes is possible by incorporating a well-balanced diet and workout plan into your daily routine. At the Center for Medical Weight Loss, physicians create an easy-to-follow diabetic diet program that is customized to fit the needs and lifestyle of each patient. An experienced physician will monitor your progress and adjust your medications, as needed.

According to Dr. Michael Kaplan, Chief Medical Officer and founder of the Center for Medical Weight Loss, a personalized diabetes diet for weight loss has helped patients control their condition and completely reverse diabetes in many cases. “When patients lose 5% to 10% of their body weight, it is a given that they will reduce their blood sugar significantly,” states Dr. Kaplan.

Boasting more than 450 locations throughout the country, the Center is the largest network of professional weight loss physicians in the US.

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 Do you make diabetic friendly recipes at home?

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Loaded Oatmeal Cookies

I hope you guys like cookies, because boy do I have a fantastic recipe to share today!

When I put together my 2012 Holiday Gift Guide, I noticed that I forgot to include one of my favorite gifts to give as well as to receive. Any guesses as to what it might be?

If you said cookies (or any homemade baked good), then you’re right! According to me (a very reliable source!), homemade baked goods are the ultimate holiday gift.

Baking something for someone else (especially around this time of the year) shows that you care enough to go out of your way to create something personal. Not to mention that baking (as opposed to buying gifts) it’s relatively inexpensive. Also, who wouldn’t enjoy a surprise bag of homemade cookies?

I have been pondering for a few weeks over what to give my co-workers for Christmas.

Should I buy a gift card? A bottle of wine? Is a card sufficient? Then it dawned on me, I will bake some cookies, package them up nicely and hand them out! Genius, I tell ya! ;-)

 Since I wanted to make sure that these cookies were extra special, I turned to the one and only Paula Deen. I followed her Loaded Oatmeal Cookies with Brown Butter Icing recipe to a tee and was overjoyed by the outcome!

I wouldn’t necessarily call these a “healthy holiday treat”, but it’s the holidays and everything in moderation, right?

Loaded Oatmeal Cookies 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 1/2 cups quick-cooking oatmeal
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Brown Butter Icing, recipe follows
Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Grease 1 or more cookie sheets. Using an electric mixer, cream together butter, shortening, and sugar in a bowl until fluffy. Add eggs and beat until mixture is light in color. Add buttermilk. Sift together flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and allspice; stir into creamed mixture. Fold in oatmeal, raisins, walnuts, and vanilla, blending well. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto cookie sheet. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Drizzle with Brown Butter Icing.

Brown Butter Icing:
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons water

In a small saucepan heat the butter over medium heat until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Remove saucepan from heat; stir in 3 cups sifted powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Stir in enough water (3 to 4 tablespoons) to make an icing of drizzling consistency. Drizzle on warm cookies. Enjoy!

Recipe yields 5 dozen cookies.

Prep time- 15 min

Cook time- 15 min

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Do you bake gifts for your friends and family during the holidays?

What is your favorite Christmas cookie?

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Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Marshmallow Filling

Question: What do you get when you cross a cake and a cookie with the fall season?

 

Think about it………Think about ittttttttttttttttttttttt……………..

 

Answer: A Pumpkin Whoopie Pie!

Whoopie pies are one of my all time favorite types of desserts. A whoopie pie has the texture of a cake, but the look of a cookie. It has frosting like a cupcake, but resembles a “cookie sandwich”.  It is better than a pie, and easier to make too. Basically it is the best of both worlds!

Whoopie pies are also easier to eat than a cake (no fork needed) or a cupcake, because the frosting is neatly tucked in between the two “whoopies”. I personally like to break apart my whoopie pie and eat one half and then the other, kind of like an oreo!

However you like to eat your whoopie pie is completely your prerogative. No matter which way you choose , one thing is certain. Each bite will provide you with a moist and tender flavor of pumpkin, filled with marshmallow cream cheese goodness that will leave you wanting more!

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If you had to choose would you rather have a cake, a cookie, a pie or a whoopie pie?

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“All grand thoughts come from the heart”

-Luc De Clapiers

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Whole Wheat Pumpkin Yogurt Bread

Pumpkins are finally in season, and you know what that means! Time for a new Fall baking recipe!

I’ve always loved baking no matter what season it is, but there’s just something about the Fall that really inspires me get out my spatula and oven mitts and start making a mess baking up a storm in the kitchen!

This healthy pumpkin bread is made with whole wheat flour, non-fat Greek Yogurt and pure pumpkin. It’s perfect for breakfast with a cup of coffee, as a mid-day snack or an after dinner treat!

Enjoy!

Ingredients

1 1/2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
1 Tsp Baking Powder
2 Tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
1/2 Tsp Salt
1/4 Tsp Ground Cloves
1 Egg Beaten
3/4 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
3/4 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt
1 Can Pure Pumpkin
3 Tablespoon Canola Oil
1 1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract

Instructions

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a bread loaf pan.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pumpkin pie spice and cloves
In a medium bowl, combine the egg, sugar, yogurt, pumpkin, oil and vanilla with a mixer. Mix in the flour mixture until just combined. Stir in the walnuts.
Pour into the bread pan and bake for 50-55 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean
Cool, slice and enjoy!

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Chicken and Broccoli Quiche Recipe

Holy Yum! I have another delicious recipe for you guys to try, and no it’s not oven roasted brussel sprouts this time, but it’s still good, trust me! Introducing: My FAVORITE Chicken and Broccoli Quiche recipe EVER! I absolutely love almost any type of quiche because they are quick and easy to make, can stay in the fridge for a few days and can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner! It doesn’t get much better than that, I hope you guys like it as much as I do!

Chicken & Broccoli Quiche

Makes one whole quiche 

Ingredients 

  • 1 nine inch pie shell, unbaked
  • 1 cup of cooked chicken breast, cut
  • 1 cup of broccoli, chopped
  • 1 cup of grated mozzarella cheese
  •  3 eggs beaten
  • 1.5 cups of milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon of pepper
  • A dash of nutmeg

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Whip eggs and add milk to blend
  • Combine remaining ingredients and pour into unbaked pie shell, but make sure to leave out about 1/3 of the cheese
  • Sprinkle remainder of cheese along the top of the mixture
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes, or until an inserted knife comes out clean
  • Enjoy!

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Do you like quiche? What is your favorite type?

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Oven Roasted Brussel Sprout Recipe

Hello all!

I hope that you are all having a fabulous week thus far. It’s already Tuesday, which means that it’s one step closer to the weekend! :)

Breakfast

This morning I enjoyed the usual Chobani 0% plain yogurt with ground Spectrum flax seed, almond halves and a cup of decaf coffee with skim milk!

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Oven Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Brussel sprouts have gotten a bad reputation over the years, and have quickly become the dreaded vegetable of children and parents alike. Cook them the right way though, and these miniature cabbages can easily become a vegetable staple in your home. They are quick and easy to make, nutritious in so many ways, and have an absolutely phenomenal flavor! In this recipe I combine my favorite roasting ingredients, (olive oil and Grill Mates Montreal Steak Seasoning) in order to create a savory tasting brussel sprout! Enjoy!

Ingredients 

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Rinse and halve brussel sprouts
  • Toss the sprouts into a large bowl, pour oil and sprinkle Grill Master Steak Seasoning all over them
  • Mix all the ingredients together and continue to add more seasoning until each brussel sprout is covered.

This seasoning is a blend of coarsely ground peppers, garlic and spices normally used  on  steaks and burgers, but believe me it is fabulous on vegetables as well!

  • Pour onto an aluminum lined cookie sheet
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 25 min or until all the sprouts have become soft and browned
  • Enjoy!
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Do you like brussel sprouts?
How do you cook them?
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Chobani Yogurt Banana Bread

I’ve been craving banana bread for weeks now, but haven’t been able to make it due to the lack of overly ripe bananas in my house. Luckily, this week I had a few leftover brown bananas that were just perfect for baking. I ceased the opportunity as quickly as possible because as much as I LOVE the taste of banana bread, I love the SMELL of it baking in the oven even more! This time,as the banana bread was baking I was still excited to smell the rich aroma, but quite a bit nervous to taste it. This was my first attempt at baking a yogurt banana bread loaf, and I was a little skeptic as to how it would turn out. Fortunately, the banana bread Gods were smiling down on me, because it was a huge success! This banana bread tastes more moist than an average loaf, and also contains a nice boost of protein! What more could you ask for?

Chobani Yogurt Banana Bread

Ingredients

Yields 1 full loaf

  • 1 & 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 3/4 cup mashed very ripe banana (about 3)
  • 1 container(6oz) of Chobani Greek 0% yogurt
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees and grease the bottom of a 9×5 inch loaf pan with shortening or cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl,beat all of the ingredients except the nuts with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds. Increase the speed and then continue to beat for 45 seconds (make sure to scrape the bowl frequently).
  • Once all the ingredients are fully beaten, stir in the nuts.
  • Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 45-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the bread comes out clean.
  • Cool for 10 minutes, and then transfer to a cooling rack. Cool completely for 1 hour before cutting.

Enjoy! :)

Have you ever used yogurt when baking? How so?

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