Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Vegetarian "Green Enchilada" Mexican Casserole

I had some fresh Corn and needed something to make with it.
As I looked through my pantry and freezer to see what other ingredients I had available I recalled the fact that I used to make Mexican Casseroles all the time.
I used to make them with tons of Meat and Cheese.
Looking at the items I had I realized that I could make a much healthier version!

I had Whole Wheat Tortillas in the freezer, as well as diced Red Bell Pepper, diced Onions and some shredded Cheddar Cheese.
I also had canned Black Beans and Green Enchilada Sauce in the pantry.
This was everything I needed!
I sauteed the Beans, Corn, Peppers and Onions together, added some Chili Powder, Garlic Powder, and Cumin and then layered them "Lasagna Style" in a Casserole Dish with the Cheese, Enchilada Sauce, and Tortillas!
I went kind of light on the Cheese, so ultimately this was quite a healthy dish!

I figured that this would taste pretty good, but I didn't realize just how delicious it was going to be!!!
As leftovers it was really good as well, and to give it a little extra zip I used one of Paula Deen's tricks and topped it with a dollop of Greek Yogurt - You would never know that it wasn't Sour Cream!

I plan to share more recipes like this here for you all to enjoy!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Paula Deen

Last week I got to attend a Diabetes Lecture and Cooking Class with Paula Deen!

I had received an email (possibly because I was a blogger or possibly because I am on a Florida Hospital mailing list) but either way I was invited to go to the Florida Hospital sponsored "Cooking to a Healthy 100" Lecture and Cooking Demo.
I was given a media pass which got me a seat in the 4th row!!!

This allowed me to get some pretty decent photos.

As I expected Paula was funny, witty, and very open with her own struggles with diabetes. 
I feel like the auditorium was mostly filled with Paula Deen fans (which I include myself in that group too - those of you that know me know that my TV constantly stays on the Food Network, and living in Savannah throughout my college years I can definitely relate to her).
However I was not there just because I was a fan, I was there because I am diabetic and I wanted to learn something from the Lady!
When she told the stories of not wanting to admit that she was a diabetic, and also her daily struggles of balancing healthy food with food that she has made a career of, that is when I really fell in love with her. She also talked about the importance of eating what you want - but maybe just having a "bite of this" or a "piece of that" instead of eating "the whole thing".
She did a Cooking Demo of "Healthy 100" approved Chicken Fajitas that was so fun to watch, and they also brought up several chefs from local restaurants that are now serving "Healthy 100" approved items on their menus.

Such a fun day, such a great Lady, so glad I went!!!!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Latest Endocrinologist Appointment

On 3/5/13 I had another appointment with Dr. Banda. 
This was my first meeting with him (with follow up bloodwork) since December. 
Previously my HA1C was 8.2. 
During this time I stepped up my exercise a little by joining the YMCA and attending Pilates and Water Aerobics classes in addition to the exercise that I had previously been getting.
I also have given up Meat (for a little while - over two months now and I am still loving it)
My latest bloodwork results - HA1C - 7.9.
Not a huge decrease, but a little bit.
Dr. Banda would still like to see me with a lower number (As would I), so he decided to add another pill to my regimen.
I am maxed out on Glimepiride and Metformin, so to that he added a 5mg tablet of Tradjenta.
Then he scheduled me to come back in four months (Early July) to see how it has worked out.
I will continue on my quest for Healthy Eating and I will also continue (and increase) my exercise.