Authentic BBQ Sauce has Less Sugar, Great Flavor

When it comes to barbecue sauce, some popular brands contain so much sugar, they could be located in the candy aisle of the grocery store. For those of us who have prediabetes, it’s  worth reading nutrition labels. For example, a two-tablespoon serving of Sweet Baby Ray’s Original Barbecue Sauce  contains 17 grams of sugar, aboutRead more

Marinated Green Beans a Potluck Winner

At a recent summer potluck lunch, one dish was particularly popular.  People went back to the buffet for seconds of the marinated green beans, a dish that happened to be low in carbs, calories and fat. Several of us at the potluck asked for the recipe. It turned out to be so simple! 1. Canned greenRead more

Easy Veggie Omelette in a Bowl

I’m lazy when it comes to breakfast – I hate to cook eggs because I don’t want to bother with dishes.   Happily, I’ve figured out a way to make an easy veggie  “omelette” in a bowl that requires no chopping or dirty pan to scrub. My no-fuss breakfast is packed with protein, has negligibleRead more

Quick Coleslaw for a Cookout

Most coleslaw recipes are either high fat or high sugar. It takes me less than five minutes to make a slaw that is low calorie, low carb and tasty. While it’s not a stunner, family and friends always finish their servings. This slaw has a sweet-tangy taste and requires no fancy ingredients. It’s perfect  forRead more

Salad Dressing for Herb Gardeners

On these bright days, it’s a joy to go out on the deck to check on my rosemary, basil, parsley, cilantro and thyme. I have lots of herbs to harvest, so I’m searching for ways to use them. I tried a beautifully simple recipe for a lemon-herb salad dressing one night last week. It wasRead more

White Chili for Chilly Days

The days are longer now in the Midwest, still cold but teasing of spring.  What sounds good is a dish that warms, but with a lighter touch.  White Chili, anyone? White Chili is loaded with  chicken breast, onion, and lots of white beans. It’s naturally low fat, high protein and high fiber – a wonderfulRead more

What I Wish Someone Had Told Me

In July 2015, I was diagnosed with prediabetes. A yellow light started flashing, a warning that Type 2 diabetes may be around the bend. Like many people with prediabetes, I left the doctor’s office nervous and knowing nothing. A diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes will get you expert education that is paid for by insurance; ifRead more

Healthy Chex Mix for Snacking Season

  Winter slogs on. The Super Bowl and Olympics beckon; time for a cozy snack. For weeks now, I’ve craved Chex Mix. This craving has come from I-don’t-know-where. Was it the prominent holiday displays of Chex Mix ingredients at the grocery? Beats me. I rarely eat the snack because it’s unhealthy. I decided to tinker withRead more

Review: Bumble Bee tuna kit

I  prefer to eat tuna with a splash of olive oil and lemon juice rather than with mayo,  so I was interested in Bumble Bee’s new “Protein on the Run” tuna in olive oil kits, released this past fall. The kit – which retails at $3.99 but I found at $2.69  – is part ofRead more