Diabetes Menu Planner – Week of January 16th – 22nd

This week’s diabetes-friendly meal plan is all about vegetables! Well, not really. Although I definitely try to make sure to serve something from the fruit and vegetable group with every dinner, I don’t necessarily make it a focal point of meal planning either. This year I am going to make a more concerted effort to include those healthy fruits and veggies whenever possible. (On a positive note…we do eat lots of green salads with dinner at my house!)

Make one night a week Vegetarian

Planning healthy menus week after week can become a challenge. To make it more fun, my strategy is to have a category in mind for any given night (i.e. slow cooker, vegetarian, mexican, chinese, etc.) then plug in a new recipe that I find online into the line-up. The beauty of planning ahead is that 1) you have a more detailed shopping list; and 2) you can plan around whatever you have going on during the week. If I have a meeting to get to, or want to stop at the gym on the way home from work, I pick something that is quick and easy to prepare. After all, there is only so much time you want to devote to your kitchen when you get home!

Tuesday Night – Lazygirl’s Ground Turkey Stroganoff

I’m always searching for a new ground turkey recipe to add into the rotation. This week I ventured over to AllRecipes.com to find the Lazygirl’s Ground Turkey Stroganoff recipe. I find that anything that has 200+ reviews logged and still maintains a 4 or 5 star rating is worth trying! Also, anytime I can serve whole wheat noodles, I do it. (My kids have been eating whole wheat pasta for so long, they don’t even like the other stuff–says it has “no flavor”).

Wednesday is a Vegetarian Mexican creation

The Chilaquiles Casserole recipe I found on EatingWell.com is an experiment. Like I mentioned, I want to include more [organic] vegetables and fruits in our diet. The only issue I have with vegetarian is I usually feel like we are missing out on protein. The nutritional value on this dish is okay…243 calories per serving/30 g of carbs/9 g of protein. I added the white cheese dip as a side to boost the protein in the meal. (Of course, both of my kids are slim so they can have all the yummy chips and cheese dip they want…I have to show “moderation…as Paula Deen would say!)

Slow Cooker Saturday – Chicken Tacos

This super simple slow cooker recipe is courtesy of my sister, Jennifer (who is a fantastic healthy southern cook). I found her recipe online here at the Celiac Family Blog. I love this recipe because it makes two meals in one. We normally make tacos the first time, then I store the leftovers in the freezer. This shredded chicken is perfectly seasoned to make yummy Restaurant-style chicken nachos later on.

Enjoy your week of diabetes-friendly cooking. As Hippocrates said…

“The wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings. Let food be your medicine.”

Meredithe Jini