Monday, January 17, 2011

Where's the Food?!

Enough about this diabetes crap....gimme some food!!!

But first, a few comments on ingredients before proceeding to the recipes.

Trader Joe's Whole Wheat English Muffins! I have a thing for them. They're cheap. They're versatile. They're good. And with 23g of carbs, I know exactly how many units of insulin I need in order to eat one!

Cinnamon is also a popular ingredient for me. It always has been, but after diabetes, I use it even more. Supposedly, consuming a 1/2 tsp of cinnamon a day can lower your LDL cholesterol and help regulate blood sugar levels. I use it in sweet and savory dishes.

Frozen blueberries. I actually prefer them to fresh blueberries. It's a texture thing. They're easy to defrost quickly and be thrown into all sorts of breads, know, all the things diabetics should eat!

English Muffin French Toast with Pear-Blueberry Compote

English Muffin French Toast
3 TJ's whole wheat english muffins, split in half
2 eggs
1/3 cup milk
1 packet of Truvia
1/2 to 1 tsp cinnamon (I like a lot of cinnamon)
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ginger (or any variation of spices you like)

1. Heat frying pan over medium-high heat.
2. Beat together eggs, milk, and spice until well combine.
3. Soak each piece of english muffin in egg mixture. You'll want to leave each half in for a while since the bread can be pretty dense.
4. Place in frying pan for 4 - 5 minutes or until browned. Flip and repeat until browned.
5. Remove from pan and top with Pear-Blueberry Compote.

Pear-Blueberry Compote
1 pear, cored* and cut into 1/4 inch pieces
1/4 cup frozen blueberries
1 small pad butter
sprinkle of cinnamon
sprinkle of dried rosemary (What?! Rosemary? Yes, rosemary!)

1. Melt butter in frying pan over medium heat.
2. Throw pears into pan. Toss to coat with melted butter and then leave it alone! You want it to caramelize on the butter, which is best done if left to sit and cook.
3. After a few minutes of cooking the pears, throw in the frozen blueberries. Sprinkle in cinnamon and rosemary. Let come to a simmer. A sauce will begin to form from the fruit juices and butter. All in all, it takes about 12 to 15 minutes of cooking time. 

*An easy way to take the core out of a pear is to use a melon baller. Just melon ball (?) around the core to remove completely. Don't have a melon baller? Use a teaspoon. Duh!

1 comment:

  1. Sounds yummy! If only there was a Trader Joe's within 100 miles ...