A sugarless feast
May 14, 2014 6:31 AM Subscribe
Give me your favourite diabetic-friendly recipes that would be suitable for my mum - someone who doesn't tend to like/can't get hold of exotic ingredients.
posted by mippy to Food & Drink (14 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I'm going to visit my mum next month - she's borderline diabetic and has been told to watch her diet to see if it changes things. She's struggling a bit, as while she understands that sweets and desserts are off the table, she can't get her head around avoiding carbs/starches. Her dad had diabetes, and the advice then was simply 'stop eating biscuits' - she was surprised to learn that she's not allowed bananas, crispbread, cereal or other things which she doesn't think of as 'sugary'. I was wondering if there was something I could cook for her when I go to visit.
- She lives in a small, economically deprived town, so to be on the safe side I'd say we are limited to regular supermarket ingredients - no nutritional yeast, tofu etc. There is a fair-sized Tesco down the road, and she does her main shop at Asda.
- She really likes Chinese food, chicken with stuffing sliced on a baguette, roast dinners, bacon sandwiches (is there such a thing as diabetic-friendly bread?) poached eggs, garlic bread. She is less a fan of pizza/pasta dishes, and things that are overly spicy. Basically, the kind of diet you'd expect a near-70yr old north-west lady to like. Curry is OK as long as it's mild, but the mild ones tend to be very coconutty. Recently she told me she likes salmon en croute, but I'm not sure if the 'en croute' bit is OK. She really doesn't like lentils, and isn't a fan of garlicky/spicy things like houmous or falafel.
- She is a pensioner so it would be good if the recipe was cost-effective so that if she likes it, she could make it herself.
- She has a microwave, oven and hob, but no steamer, George Foreman grill or other gadgety things. After years of being the sole cook in the family, she prefers not to cook these days - she's the only one living at home and finds it too much effort. (I wondered about getting her a steamer, but I'm not sure she'd use it.) Up to now she was eating a lot of ready meals as they were convenient and cheap, but I imagine most won't work for diabetics.
- My cooking skills are mostly limited to putting sime things in a pan, stirring them, then combining with some form of noodle, so if they're easy recipes, even better.
Bonus question - is there a book that's particularly good for people trying to regulate their insulin? We're in the UK but it's easy enough to get overseas things from Amazon.