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Originally published: 2013-08-27 15:35:31
Last modified: 2013-08-27 15:36:15

Lovin’ Spoonful: Dining with diabetes

Sherrie Norris / (

Several of my dearest friends and close family members are always looking for new and innovative ways to deal with their diagnosis of diabetes.
Everything changes when that label becomes personal — from physical activity to meals – and everything in between.
I am reminded quite often that there just aren’t enough recipes floating around for those restricted diets.
I apologize to those of you dealing with this condition for not being more sensitive to your needs on a regular basis.
Even those of us on regular diets would do well to make a few healthy adjustments by consuming less sugar and fewer carbohydrates.

Applesauce Nut Bread
• 1/3 cup butter or margarine, at room temperature
• 3 Tbs. sugar
• 3 large egg whites, at room temperature
• 1 cup flour
• 2/3 cup finely ground graham cracker crumbs
• 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
• 1 Tbs. baking powder
• 1 tsp. baking soda
• 1/2 tsp. salt
• 1 cup unsweetened applesauce;
• 3 Tbs. liquid sugar substitute
• 1/2 cup nuts, chopped
Cream butter or margarine with sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg whites to creamed mixture and beat at medium speed for 30 seconds.
In separate bowl, mix together flour, crumbs, spices, baking powder, baking soda and salt until well blended.
Add applesauce, sweetener, and nuts, along with flour mixture, to creamed mixture. Mix at medium speed only until dry ingredients are moistened. Do not over beat. Spread evenly into a greased loaf pan.
Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes or until tested done from center.

Ham and Pineapple Kabobs
• 1 can (14 oz. pineapple chunks, juice packed)
• 3 Tbs. orange juice
• 1 Tbs. parsley, dried
• 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
• 1/2 t. Tabasco sauce
• 1 Tbs. olive oil
• 1.25 lb. cooked ham, cut into 1.5 -inch cubes
• 2 green peppers, cut into 1.5-inch cubes
• 2 onions, cut into 1-inch pieces
Drain pineapple and save juice. Combine 2 Tbs. pineapple juice, orange juice, parsley, garlic powder, Tabasco sauce and olive oil in a small bowl.
Thread cubes of ham, pineapple, peppers and green onions alternately onto six long metal skewers. Brush all sides with juice mixture.
Place skewers on preheated grill, turning once and basting with juice mixture. Cook until vegetables are softened, about 10 minutes.
*For a bit of variety, next time you want kabobs, replace the ham with chicken, pork tenderloin or scallops. Adjust cooking time to ensure the meat is cooked through. Scallops are quickest.
The kabobs also can be broiled instead of grilled.

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