I was working from home today and I had been craving something sweet for hours. Of course, I have no diabetic friendly treats here and because I am expecting a FedEx delivery, I can't leave the house to buy anything.
I needed something quick to make on my afternoon break. Looking through the cabinets, I discover I have the ingredients to make a version of pumpkin muffins. Now the last time I made pumpkin muffins, I hadn't been diagnosed with diabetes yet, so didn't worry about the white flour or loads of sugar in them.
I decided to use the same recipe, but cut the white flour with whole wheat flour. I also cut down the brown sugar from 1 cup to 1/3 cup and added a bit of Stevia to bring it up to around 1/2 a cup in total.
easy pumpkin muffins
Note: If you want to cut out the sugar completely, you can substitute applesauce instead of the brown sugar/sweetener. If you do this, cut out the tbsp of milk and cut the oil down to 1/4 cup.
I spent the last week with a bad cold and didn't do a lot of healthy cooking. Toast...yeah, that's my go-to food when I am sick. Toast and jam, no sugar added jam of course.
Well, I am feeling much better today and was in the mood for some "real" food, but nothing too heavy. And of course, I didn't want to expend much energy either. What could be easier than whipping up some home made soup.
Chicken & Brown rice soup
6 cups chicken broth
2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
1 cup diced celery
1 cup diced onion
1/4 cup diced carrots
1/4 cup corn kernels
1/4 cup drained and rinsed black beans (canned)
3/4 cup brown rice, cooked and rinsed
Salt & Pepper to taste
Bring chicken broth to a boil in a large pot. Add carrots, onion & celery.
Cook until carrots are tender. Add shredded cooked chicken, corn and black beans and simmer until they are heated.
Add cooked rice to the pot and simmer another few minutes to make sure all is heated through.
Serve and enjoy.
I was born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and spent the first half my life there. I became a mom just after I turned 20 and within a couple of years, decided to move from a small town to a bigger city to take advantage of better job opportunities. After a few great jobs, I finally settled in at a legal publishing company. 13 years later, I'm still there.
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