SALAMI DAY

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There’s no better sight at a party or other get together than a snack tray with tons of low-carb goodies!  Since today is Salami Day, I’m going to focus on this delicious cold cut favorite.  Sometimes it’s difficult to come up with original ideas for salami.  Back when I ate more carbs, I used to make a nice roll-up snack with cream cheese and salami that was very popular.  I wondered what would happen if I made it but used the salami in place of the tortilla.  Well…  it wasn’t bad – not bad at all.

SALAMI AND CREAM CHEESE ROLL-UPS

Makes 15 servings

INGREDIENTS:

15 salami slices

1.25 oz. cream cheese

1 red bell pepper, sliced

1 banana pepper, sliced

INSTRUCTIONS:

Stuff each salami slice with equal amounts of the other ingredients.  Hold it closed with a toothpick.

This is a great way to have a snack ready to eat when you get a case of the munchies but don’t want to reach for chips or crackers.  It only takes about ten minutes to fix these up, so there are no excuses.

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Here are some different types of salami available:

  • Soppressata:  Usually made with pork, soppressata has a higher fat content and a more rustic appearance than most salami.  It’s pressed with a heavy weight while curing and cured until it loses 30% of its weight, intensifying its flavor.
  • Cotto:  Salami that has been partially cook or smoked before or after curing.
  • Genoa:  Made with pork and veal, it’s seasoned with garlic, red wine and pepper.
  • Nduja:  An addictive spreadable salami made of pork meat, pork fat and spicy red peppers.
  • Peppered:  It’s HOT because it’s been rolled in cracked peppercorns or dried herbs.
  • Pepperoni:  Finely ground, lightly smoked and spicy.  This is an Italian-American invention and most of us have enjoyed it on a pizza at one time or the other.

There are football games in some of our futures, and other family times…  this is just one of many ideas of how to stay on track while making it look like you are splurging.  Cold cuts, cheese, olives…  it’s all good.

When we lose twenty pounds… we may be losing the twenty best pounds we have! We may be losing the pounds that contain our genius, our humanity, our love and honesty.  – Woody Allen

I sure hope Woody Allen is not right about that!  I hope and pray that my genius, humanity, love and honesty are still intact.  To date I have lost 20 pounds – and I’m thrilled!

There are so many great recipes online – and my friends on facebook – especially the people in my group, A SECOND HELPING OF WELLNESS…  WITH A DASH OF HUMOR & A PINCH OF FAITH are so supportive and have helped me along so much!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/asecondhelpingofwellness/

You know, they say it takes a village to raise a child…  but let me tell ya…  it takes a village to keep a dieter from giving in to temptation and eating all the wrong things – it really does!  There are days I want to eat Texas toast or the rolls at Logan’s or one of those little 4-packs of Hawaiian rolls…  with some dill dip!  I’m just being honest.  One of my co-workers got me hooked on the Hawaiian rolls and dill dip – don’t knock it till you’ve tried it…  oh – but don’t even get started on it because it’s bad.  It’s very very bad!  Forget I mentioned it.  😉

 

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NATIONAL BLUEBERRIES MONTH

TL JULY IS NATIONAL BLUEBERRIES MONTHSometimes breakfast can be as simple as a bowl of steel-cut oats with a few blueberries on top.  Once in a while I just eat the blueberries by themselves.  I don’t always have to do much prep work to enjoy blueberries.BLUEBERRIES

I’d go to a lot of trouble to make a great coffee cake!  Fortunately, this recipe is not that difficult to follow, so I can have a piece of moist, melt in your mouth coffee cake in the afternoon with coffee.  At only 4g of carbohydrates per piece, there is absolutely no guilt associated with eating it.  That’s a wonderful feeling!

BLUEBERRY CREAM CHEESE COFFEE CAKE

Makes 16 servings, 3g carbohydrates each

INGREDIENTS:

Topping:

1 C. almond flour

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 C. Splenda

1/8 tsp. salt

4 Tbs. butter, chilled & cut into small pieces

Cream Cheese Layer:

6 oz. cream cheese

1 egg

1/4 C. Splenda

Cake Layer:

2 C. almond flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. salt

3/4 C. Splenda

1/2 C. sour cream

2 Tbs. oil

2 tsp. vanilla extract

2 eggs

1 C. blueberries

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray 9×9-inch pan with PAM.

Topping:
Mix 1 cup of the almond meal, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ½ cup sweetener, a pinch of salt and the 4 Tablespoons butter until crumbly. Set aside.
Cream Cheese Layer:
Mix cream cheese, 1 egg, and ¼ cup sweetener. Set aside.
Cake layer:
Mix 2 cups of almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¾ cup sweetener (if using a powder). Set dry ingredients aside. Blend the sour cream (or yogurt), oil, extracts, liquid sweetener (if using), and 2 eggs and mix well. Add the mixed dry ingredients and blend well.
Assembly:
Spread the cake layer in the pan, and spread the cream cheese on top (if it’s the larger amount of cream cheese, you won’t be able to spread it evenly, but that’s OK). Then sprinkle the blueberries on the cream cheese and the streusel on the top of that.
Bake for 30-40 minutes or until toothpick not inserted into center comes out clean. Cool and slice.
It’s just as good as it sounds!  Enjoy!  🙂
UPDATE: I just this moment walked in the door from a doctor’s appointment.  My A1c has gone from 8.9 back in April to 6.2!!!  I told her that I’ve not been needing my Levemir and she told me I could discontinue it – PRAISE THE LORD!  But wait…  there’s more…  she also told me that I could take just ONE Metformin in the morning and ONE at night – I was taking TWO in the morning and TWO at night.
First, THANK YOU GOD for guiding me to the right pathway.  And thank you to my friends in the DOC and others on facebook for all the helpful hints, ideas, suggestions and kicks in the rear when I needed them!  And thank you to my doctor for being so patient with me…  for keeping that little voice in my head that said, add regular exercise and cut carbs.
Why do I post this here?  Because there are some who don’t believe that a little activity can make such a big difference in A1c numbers.  It can!  I take a 30 minute walk on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays – and go to PLANET FITNESS to tone up and do more cardio on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  It takes about an hour – and they have these amazing massage chairs – sitting in one of those is my reward for doing my workout.  That’s what I need – a NON-FOOD reward!
Life abundant is what God wants for all of us…  I challenge you to take the first step toward a healthy and ABUNDANT life.  ❤

 

 

NATIONAL BAGELS & LOX DAY

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Bagels originated in Southern Germany but were eaten by Jewish families in Poland in the early 17th century.  It was a matter of convenience really, bagels could be baked very quickly so they ate them on Saturday evenings after the Sabbath.  It sort of reminds me of our sandwich night after Sunday night church service.  By the time service is over, you are hungry and want something fast but good.

It’s NATIONAL BAGELS & LOX DAY!!!  If you’re not familiar with lox, it is thinly sliced cured salmon that is spread on the bagel.  It’s an iconic Jewish-American dish.  It was once only found in New York delis, but it’s now available all across the country.  Our local deli here in Wichita even has it!  Woo-hoo!!!

Lox symbolizes the saltiness of tears and was invented by America.  In the 1800’s the transcontinental railroad began shipping barrels of salted salmon to the East Coast.  Bagels symbolize the circle of life.

Take part in this Jewish-American tradition and enjoy a tasty bagel topped with cream cheese, lox, red onion, tomato and capers!

Have you heard the word “schmear”???  That’s the Yiddish word for “grease” which back years ago was slang for a bribe, as in greasing someone’s palm.  But today, a “schmear” in a bagel baker’s world is anything that can be spread on a bagel.  They don’t spread – they “schmear”. 

The bagel, an unsweetened doughnut with rigor mortis.  – Beatrice & Ira Freeman

Why is there a hole in the middle?  It’s thought that bagels were sold off of a dowel on street corners – and it made it easy to tote them around.  And why are they called bagels?  The original name was derived from the Yiddish –  beygel from the German dialect word beugel, meaning ring or bracelet.

Was that lox…  or box???  This is a few years old – but so cute.

I wanted to see if I could find something a little more healthy than cream cheese – and found this recipe online:

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/The-B-L-A-Bagel-with-Lox-and-Avocado-350142

I think that might be pretty good.  Avocado still has fat in it, but it’s healthier fat than cream cheese!

All this talk of bagels and lox is making me – ya know…  hungry!!!  🙂

 

 

NATIONAL BROWNIE DAY

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12-8 OUR GOD OF TOO MUCHIt’s NATIONAL BROWNIE DAY!  That’s great, especially if you are not a type 2 diabetic or on a diet that frowns on such indulgence.  Is there a brownie recipe that will be kind to my blood sugar and keep my weight in check?  Well, as usual I’m on the lookout for a diabetic-friendly recipe so all of us can join in the fun!

 http://allrecipes.com/recipe/sugar-free-brownies/

If you add the walnuts to the mix it provides some healthy fat and protein which is a good thing.  The recipe makes 25 squares, just to keep the portion control in check.  If you start cutting and only have 10 squares, you cut them too big!  LOL!

My blood sugar spiked when I watched her take that bite!  Yikes – cream cheese and marshmallow as well as all that chocolate???  Rich???  Well…  yeah!

One more crazy rich brownie recipe – I’d be lying if I said they are not yummy:

http://www.bunsinmyoven.com/2009/10/15/good-ol-homemade-brownies/

OK – back to common sense brownie recipes.  LOL!

 http://www.cooks.com/recipe/1w5rn6xe/diabetic-brownies.html

I chose this recipe because it uses graham crackers instead of flour.  For some reason as I get older, my tummy gets less tolerant of gluten.  Maybe the graham crackers would work better for me and others who are bothered by flour products.

This is another example of COMA ON A PLATE!  1 cup of sugar – 1 cup of brown sugar as well as regular Dr. Pepper (a.k.a. more sugar)???  You know that little disclaimer that says, “Kids – don’t try this at home” – ???  Well – nobody has any business doing this unless your blood sugar is about 40.  Wow – that’s just bad!

But here’s the other end of the spectrum…  do we all have protein powder setting around the house?  Um…  no comment (that means no).  There were a couple of other ingredients that she rattled off that I wondered where in the heck I need to go to get…  I’m guess Wal-Mart won’t have some of that stuff.  Oh – and yeah, that’s how I dress when I cook brownies too.  Not! 

The diabetic recipes I appreciate are the ones that use real ingredients – just common sense, real food.  Not tons of sugar along with regular sugary soda.  Not protein powder and other ingredients that I can barely pronounce, let alone find at the store.

Hopefully there is a recipe here you can use.  Just because I have diabetes does not mean I can’t join in the fun.  Have a blessed day!

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