How to Make a Tasty Diabetic Meal featuring Sweet and Sour Pot Roast (Not Limited to Diabetics)

If you or a family member are diabetic, here is a menu for a delicious meal that shouldn’t raise your blood sugar level.  It is perfect because no one will even suspect it is a diabetic meal.  The whole family will love it.  The featured entree is Sweet & Sour Pot Roast  which is a very easy dish that cooks on top of the stove.  The aroma filling your house will be very enticing.  For your side dish these Glazed Carrots with Onions add a special touch.  Cooked carrots should always be eaten with a protein item so pairing them with the roast is a perfect combination.  If you have room for dessert, try this recipe for a delicious berry crisp.


3 1/2 lb chuck roast

2 tbsp canola oil

2 onions, quartered

1 bay leaf

1 tsp salt

1/2 cup water

1 tbsp Splenda Brown Sugar Blend

1/4 cup catsup

2 tsp vinegar

In a Dutch Oven Pot brown meat in canola oil.  Add all the remaining ingredients.  Add lid to the pot and simmer the mixture for at least 1 hour and a half to 2 hours.


3 beef bouillon cubes

6 medium carrots, quartered

boiling water

4 medium onions, sliced

1/4 cup butter

1 tbsp Splenda granular

2 tbsp chopped parsley

In a large saucepan combine two of the bouillon cubes with the carrots.  Add enough boiling water to cover the carrots; stir to dissolve the bouillon.  Cover pan and cook for 10 minutes.  Add the onions and cook another six minutes or until carrots are just tender; drain.

In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat.  Add the third bouillon cube and the Splenda.  Stir until the bouillon is dissolved.  Add the carrot and onion mixture.  Cook, stirring frequently, until the carrots and onions are golden and glazed.  Sprinkle with the chopped parsley just before serving.

Note:  This recipe can also be made with chicken bouillon.


1 cup old-fashion or quick cooking oats

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 tbsp Splenda granular

1 1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

1/4 cup firmly packed Splenda Brown Sugar Blend

1 stick unsalted butter, softened

5 cups fresh berries ie blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, pitted cherries, or a combination of more than one.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9 x 13-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray.

In a large bowl, mix together oats, flour, Splenda, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Add brown sugar blend and mix; break up any lumps with the back of your spoon.  Add butter, distributing through the oat mixture,  using your clean hands is the best way, until crumbly.  Place the berries in the bottom of the prepared baking pan.  Scatter the oat mixture over the top of the berries.  Be sure to cover the berries evenly.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes until the juices begin to bubble around the edges.  The topping should be lightly browned and crisp.

Note:  This crisp is really good served warm with vanilla sugar-free ice cream!


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The Colourful World of Oats

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Oats are one of nature’s super foods. A cereal with a thousand and one uses, oats can be consumed raw, cooked or mixed with other foods for a nutritious meal. First farmed in the bronze age in mainland Europe, oats have quickly become part of the staple diet of many nations but are easily overlooked for their health benefits that include lowering cholesterol, providing a natural source of fibre and serving up an alternative to wheat for those with coeliac disease.

So what kind of foods allow us to enjoy the goodness of oats on a regular basis? When asked this question, many people might say porridge oats. A staple part of the Scottish diet as well as plenty of other countries around the world, porridge oats can be enjoyed as a filling and wholesome breakfast when cooked with hot milk then topped with lashings of honey, fruit and chopped nuts. Porridge oats are also popular in cold cereals such as muesli or granola which can be enjoyed with a dollop of low-fat yoghurt as a healthy snack at any time of day.

Believe it or not, oats are also popular in liquid form. For those suffering from lactose intolerance or even people following a vegan diet, oats can be used to create a tasty and healthy alternative to regular cows’ or goats’ milk. Often containing a delicate blend of protein, fat and carbohydrates, oat milks are perfect for a balanced diet or those keen to reduce cholesterol. For drinkers looking for something a little harder, oats can even be used to make beers. Malt in particular is one of the four main ingredients involved in the production of beers and ales; many of which date back to the 12th century.

Whether eaten as part of a natural and healthy breakfast or even consumed in a pint glass down the pub, the wide ranging use of oats doesn’t stop there. Increasingly enjoyed in healthy cookies and fibre-rich muffins, oats can be enjoyed by those with sweet or savoury tastes alike. Oat biscuits in particular are seen as a wholesome alternative to high-fat, sugary baked goods that can contribute towards obesity and other life threatening illnesses. Instead, oat based biscuits offer a sweet pick-me-up without the synthetic added extras commonly found in processed foods.

Like the sound of oats? Now’s the time to add this super food into your diet and start enjoying the health benefits of one of Mother Nature’s most versatile crops.

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Plan your Meals Ahead of Time

It can be helpful for people who are struggling to control their diet and exercise in order to control their diabetes, to plan out their meals a week in advance so that there are no surprises, and there is no stress in deciding what to eat next, and wondering if it will be okay to eat or not. The following is a basic diabetic menu plan for a single day, and the rest of the week should be modeled approximately the same way. Diets are generally tailored to each patients specific needs, so consult a clinical dietician or the physician managing your diabetes before following any diet plan that was not created especially for you. This diabetic menu plan is intended only to be a guideline, and is meant to supply 7500 kJ, which is 1800 kcal, in addition to 180 grams of carbohydrates daily. This diabetic menu was created for diabetics who are at a normal or healthy weight.

The low-fat or non-fat milk allowance for Day 1 is 560 milliliters.

For Breakfast, have oats porridge with low-fat milk, along with Whole-wheat bread and light margarine. Drink tea or coffee with low-fat or non-fat milk from the allowance.

As a Mid-Morning snack, you should have fifteen grams of whole-wheat biscuits, and tea or coffee using low or non-fat milk from the allowance.

For lunch, you should have a grilled chicken breast, along with a boiled potato and a salad of tomato and lettuce. You can also have an orange, a small carton of low-fat or non-fat yogurt, and a glass or two of tea or coffee, using the milk from your allowance.

For your snack in the mid-afternoon, try some Provita with light margarine, and a glass of tea or coffee using the milk from your milk allowance.

Finally, for supper you should have a pan-fried lean pork chop, with steamed broccoli and a small amount of melted cheese. Try a carrot salad, using artificial sweetener and lemon. Add diabetic jam or a small amount of light margarine to whole-wheat toast, and have some sliced pineapple as a side dish. Finally, include some tea or coffee, using what is probably the last of your milk allowance for the day.

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Preparing your Home Cooked Meals for your Dog – Quick Easy Guide for Beginners

Preparation for home cooked meals for your dog is simple and need not be a pain at all. I have switched from commercialized pet food to home cooked meals 6 months back after my brother’s two lovely dogs died of cancer. They were on premium dried pet food all their life but still, both of them died at a young age at 6 and 7 of cancer.

I know that commercial pet food must have contributed it somewhat as both are really young. I put aside my initial struggle with thoughts about how difficult to cook home cooked meals for my dogs and just got started with it.

I do not even cook for myself! How can I cook nutritious meals for my pets! I started reading loads of books on home cooked foods and came out with my very own version that is simple and easy to prepare for busy executives like you and me. If I can do it, SO CAN YOU! So let’s step up and commit to making the lives of our pet a happy healthy one.

Take ote that we cannot change our dog’s diet overnight as it may cause stomach upset. Start gradually and mixing their feed gradually until they are completed switched to home cooked food.


Purchase the following ingredients, all the ingredients below in equal proportions, supplement should be added separately. The amount to cook depends on your pet’s weight. Use your own judgment when it comes to quantity to feed. The suggestion below is meant for a week’s supply for a 1 medium sized dog, healthy dog with normal weight range.

Please Modify your quantity for your pet accordingly:

– Grains choice, 3 cups (Choose 1): Brown rice or pasta (organic preferably) – 3 cups

– Vegetables (Choose 3 varieties): Brocolli, cauliflower, any green leafy vegetables, Carrots. Pulp the vegetables or chop them finely for easy absorption.

– Meats (Choose 1) 400 gms: Chicken, Lamb, Beef or Kangaroo.

To keep it simple, when shopping for your family, add your dog’s selection as well. Just avoid night shade vegetables for your pets.

Quick Easy Cooking Steps

Step 1: Put some olive oil in your pot and cook meats

Step 2: Cook rice (or any grain choice)

Step 3: Pulp or chop finely the vegetables

Step 4: When meats are almost cook, add the pulp vegetables into the pot

Step 5: Do not overcook the vegetables. Keep them half raw.

Step 6: Add 3 eggs and cook with the vegetables in the pot to make the food more palatable.


For convenience, cook your pet’s home cooked meals up to one week’s supply (or more) depending on your choice. Freeze the rest in daily portions separately for convenience.

Just remember to place next day’s food supply from the freezer to chiller compartment of your refrigerator for next day’s meal. Place a note at your fridge to remind you to do so everyday if not, your poor pet has not food to eat.

Feeding Preparation

Step 1: Place the chilled food in your pet’s bowl

Step 2: Boil some hot water

Step 3: Warm up the food to room temperature with some hot water.

Step 4: Add necessary supplements such as Vitamin C, Flaxseed oil (organic and cold pressed preferred), etc.

Step 5: Mix and serve!

Emergency meals

In case you’ve forgotten to defreeze your pet food. Here’s a simple guide to a quick no hassle wholesome meal in 5 mins!

Ensure you home has these at all times in case you need to whip out a wholesome meal in 5 mins!

– Oats (get those quick to cook kind or just add hot boiling water)

– Eggs (Break an egg for a small/medium sized dog)

– Supplements (Add your regular supplement)

That’s all to it for a day’s meal! To ensure not tummy upset from change in diet, feed this option once a while so they are well adjusted to this diet.

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Quick and Easy One Skillet Meal

Are you one of today’s busy, hard-working people who comes home at the end of the day dreading kitchen duty?  Here is a quick and easy meal that won’t break your food budget or keep you in the kitchen for an extended period of time.  Smoked Sausage Skillet Meal has meat, vegetables and fruit all in one skillet.  Add a salad of red tomato slices topped with sliced mozzarella cheese and drizzled with herbed olive oil.  Finish off your meal with Lace Cookies made with Equal sugar-lite.  The recipes for the Smoked Sausage Skillet and the Lace Cookies follow:


1 lb. Smoked Sausage

1 can sauerkraut, rinsed and drained

3 tbsp bacon drippings or canola oil

1 small onion, thinly sliced

1 medium apple, peeled and thinly sliced

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp celery seed

1/2 tsp dill seed

1 tbsp SPLENDA

1/2 cup water

1/8 tsp black pepper

In a heavy medium-size pan, heat bacon drippings or oil and add onion to saute.  Add the remaining ingredients except the sausage.  Cover and cook slowly for 15 minutes until apple slices are soft.  Cut sausage into wedges and add to pan.  Continue cooking until sausage is heated through.


1 egg

1/2 cup Equal Sugar-Lite

1 tsp melted butter

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Beat egg until light and fluffy.  Gradually beat Equal into egg.  Add butter and vanilla; combine well.  Add oats, pecans and salt.  Combine until well blended.  Drop batter to make 24 cookies onto a greased baking sheet.  Flatten using a knife or small spatula.  Bake for 5 minutes or until lightly browned.


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Oats are Good for You

WISE King Solomon once wrote: “I have come to know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good during one’s life; and also that every man should eat and indeed drink and see good for all his hard work. It is the gift of God.” Among the foods that are especially suited to enable man to do hard work is the grain known as oats.

Oats are grown around the world, some 3,000 million bushels annually, more than one-fourth of which is produced in the United States. In that country oats are exceeded only by corn or maize. There are some one hundred different varieties of oats, among which are white, red, yellow, gray and black oats. It is a favorite grain of the Scots, and not without good reason. It thrives on lean soil such as is found in Scotland, is the most economical of all grains as regards food value, and oat straw can be used for feed and for fertilizer.

In some lands a considerable portion of the oat crop is used for animal feed, such as for horses and chickens. In fact, it is the best of all feeds for horses, being unexcelled as a tissue or muscle builder. Horses prove their value to a farmer by using their muscles, and so need oats.

For many humans oats are also an excellent cereal food. Just how far back the production of oats goes is not known today, there being no reference to oats in the Bible. But, for that matter, neither is there any mention in the Bible of certain other important grains, such as corn (maize), rice and rye. (“Corn” in the King James Version refers to grain, not to maize.) However, oats are mentioned in the Mishnah, completed about the year 200 C.E. Earliest references tell about wild oats being a bothersome weed.

Hippocrates, the so-called father of the healing arts, who lived in the fifth century B.C.E., wrote that oats made into porridge or gruel (a thin porridge) “when eaten moistens and refreshes.” Pound for pound, oats lead all other grains in food value. In the form of oatmeal they are rich not only in carbohydrates, 67 percent, but also in protein, 16 percent; fat, 7 percent; minerals, 2 percent, and the rest moisture or water. All told, a pound of oatmeal contains 1,850 calories. It follows that a judicious use of oatmeal can cut down on the use of more costly foods. Oatmeal is in particular a good source of vitamin B1.

One of the reasons why oats have such an advantage over certain other grains is that, when they are milled, only the outer husk is removed, the bran and the germ remaining, the vitamin- and mineral-rich portions. It is therefore far more nutritious than any breakfast food made largely from white flour or polished rice. This is indeed something to be considered, for according to Dr. Jean Mayer, Harvard nutritionist, during the last twenty years there has been a decline in the vitamin and mineral content of the average American diet.

There are many ways in which rolled or cut oats can be used. For one thing, they can be used in making stuffing for chicken or turkey, even as they can be used instead of bread crumbs when making meat loaf. Oatmeal can also be used instead of flour as a thickening agent.

Many are also the uses to which oatmeal can be put in baking. Oatmeal cookies are as delectable as they are nourishing. For making them without flour take four cups of oatmeal, two cups of brown sugar, one cup of oil. Mix and leave it for eight hours. Then add two well-beaten eggs, one-half teaspoon salt, one teaspoon almond extract and raisins and nuts if desired. Bake in moderately hot oven for 15 minutes. Let cool before removing from pan. Result? As tasty, nourishing and wholesome a cookie as you could wish for.

Then there is also oatmeal bread, a favorite of the Scots, even as are scones made with oatmeal. Oatmeal can also be used with flour when making piecrusts, when making date-nut bars, and so forth. And, of course, the most common use of oatmeal is for porridge or as hot cereal. As such it has been a favorite for twenty-five centuries. Cooked with milk, honey and diced apples, and served with wheat germ and sliced bananas, it is a meal in itself.

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Quick and Easy Healthy Chicken Meal

If you are among those that have decided to eat more meals at home to cut back on your food budget, you are not alone.  Here is a menu that offers you a tasty, healthy and easy meal that won’t break the bank or take a lot of your time.  Perfect for a family meal.  Healthy Oat and Sesame Chicken is a great entree.  These are great recipes for the busy cook.  You can prepare the chicken and pop it into the refrigerator.  While it sits, prepare the vegetables and get them into the oven.  As the vegetables start to roast, you have time to set the table, make a quick salad, or whatever you need to do.  Then about 10 minutes before time for the vegetables to come out of the oven, fry your chicken.  In less than an hour, you have prepared a delicious, healthy meal and are sitting around the table with your family and/or friends.  Clean up is minimal.  Now what could be easier than that?


1 cup uncooked oat bran

1/4 cup sesame seeds

2 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

2 large egg whites

1/4 cup buttermilk

6 skinned and boned chicken breast halves

4 tbsp olive oil

Put oat bran, sesame seeds, paprika, salt and pepper in a clean brown paper bag.  Place bag inside another bag–double bagging will keep mixture from leaking out.  Set bag aside.  Beat egg whites and buttermilk in a pie plate until well blended.  Dip chicken into egg/buttermilk mixture, gently shake off excess and drop chicken,  2 or 3 pieces at a time, into the brown bag.  Fold down top of bag 2 to 3 times to seal.  Shake chicken in bag to coat evenly.  Remove chicken pieces and set in refrigerator for 10 minutes to several hours to allow coating to adhere.  Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add chicken to skillet and cook 3 to 4 minutes.  Turn chicken, add remaining oil, and continue cooking another 3 to 4 minutes or until done.  Chicken is done when juices run clear and it is no longer pink in the center.  It should feel springy to the touch. 

Each piece = 436 calories, 53 g pro, 11 g carbs


1 1/2 lbs small red potatoes, halved

1 1/2 lbs small fingerling potatoes, halved

1 lb baby carrots

2 medium sweet onions, each cut into 8 wedges

1 tbsp olive oil

Cooking spray

2 tbsp chopped fresh chives

1 1/2 tsp grated lemon rind

2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Combine the vegetables and olive oil in a large mixing bowl; toss well to coat.  Arrange vegetables in a single layer on two jelly-roll pans coated with cooking spray.  Bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes, turning after 15 minutes, or until tender and lightly browned.  Combine the vegetables, and remaining ingredients in a large bowl; toss gently to coat. 

Yields 12 servings of about 1 cup each.  Per serving: Calories 129, Fat 1.3g, Protein 3.1g, Carbs 26.3, Fiber 3.2g, Cholesterol 0mg, Iron 1.3mg, Sodium 139mg, Calcium 23mg.

NOTE:  I got this recipe from a ‘Cooking Light’ magazine.


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Oats has been widely known for its health benefits and its high nutrition value. It has the property to lower the cholesterol and has therefore made into the human diet. The outer covering of oats is called oat bran and is claimed to lower the low-density lipoprotein cholesterol which increases the risk of heart attacks. Oats are also not easily digested and that results in a feeling of fullness for a longer period. A trend of consuming oats began after there were reports that claimed oats reduce cholesterol. Oats contains globulin and contains the maximum amount of protein among cereals. Globulins give oats the property to dissolve in water and hence its ability to turn into milk but not into bread. Oats are the source of coeliac disease, a bowel-related disease when one cannot digest gluten. Although some studies suggest that the gluten is present in oats due to the fact that it is grown along with wheat, rye, and barley. There is a high risk of contamination of the oats and hence the presence of gluten in them. Post World War II it was suspected that gluten found in wheat was the cause for coeliac disease. As the common contaminants of oats are barley, wheat, and rye – which have high concentrations of gluten – oats were considered toxic to human beings.

There are the different steps for processing of oats:

Cleaning and Sizing – The oats are cleaned of all the foreign materials like rocks and other grains.

Dehulling – The outer hull is separated from the inner oat groat.

Kilning – This is a process to balance the moisture content in oats.

Sizing of Groats – The oats are sized and separated.

Final Processing – This process involves flaking, oat bran milling, and whole flour milling.

Oats is widely used as cattle feed and horse feed; some include it in the diets of dog and chicken too. Humans consume oats in the form of rolled oats and oatmeal.

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Medifast – Here’s Something Better! The purpose of this article is to answer the question “is the Medifast diet a good diet for most people?”. This will be achieved by sharing common experiences, opinions, and feelings about it. If you are considering this diet as a weight loss solution over the Christmas and New Year period, this article will help you make your decision. Medifast replacement meals include bars, soups, oat meals, puddings, etc. The 5 and 1 meal combination includes one “lean and green meal”, so dieters won’t have to starve themselves. Medifast reviews also show that most of the consumers who have tried have seen results in just a month’s time. There are pre-packaged meals that are suited for those with pre-existing illness like diabetes, high-blood pressure or heart ailments so they don’t have to worry about getting adverse effects on their health. Before, customers can only get this program through a physician or a dietician. But since the demand grew over the years, Medifast can now be ordered online or through distributors within the area. A 4-week package costs $275 while a 2-week package costs $140. There’s also a one week free trial package that prospect customers can take advantage of.

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