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Chef Morrone

There are several reasons why Chris loves me, but my ability to cook is definitely not high on my list of assets.

I know how to eat well.  In a restaurant situation, I can order a meal that satisfies my taste buds, contains healthy ingredients, and keeps my blood sugars from orbiting.  When it comes to food, I know what I should be consuming to stay fit and healthy and I keep careful tabs on what I'm eating.

Unfortunately, none of those items should be burnt to a crisp.

My kitchen is generally very clean because I don't cook much.  My culinary prowess is very limited, including scrambled eggs, homemade chicken soup, preparing and seasoning a whole chicken, and banana bread.  According to Chris, I make the best scrambled eggs ever.  And my chicken soup is pretty slammin'.  But everything else I cook becomes an unrecognizable disaster.  I'm too distracted to cook anything!

This becomes a point of contention between me and Diabetes, because Diabetes is always demanding these carefully calculated and prepared plates. 

"Make me something healthy.  And low-fat.  And low-sodium.  Oh, and low-carb."  It crosses its arms over its chest and stares me down.

"Dude, listen.  I bought you those green beans for snacks.  And walnuts.  We have our coffee with equal instead of sugar.  Didn't you like those sugar-free, all natural popsicles Chris picked up?  And how about the tasty soup I made the other night, which we only needed about 1.5 units of insulin to cover.  Huh?  Wasn't that nice?"  I fold my arms over my chest and stare back.

"Nice?  Kerri, that soup had about eight pounds of salt in it."

"Yeah, but it tasted nice, right?"

Narrowed eyes.

"I'm trying, man.  My blood pressure is under control.  My kidneys are healthy.  And my A1C is nothing to sneeze at."  Siah walks by and sneezes daintily.  "Things are okay.  Can't you just be content with the eggs and the soup and the chicken?"

"I'm bored.  Make me something nice."Oh goodness, I definitely can't cook cartoons.

I try and keep my palette entertained.  Alternating between snacks like walnuts, almonds, fresh fruit, green beans, protein bars, and sliced vegetables, I'm eating well and feeling pretty damn healthy.  But I am a little bored and looking for some snacky/meal alternatives.  Ones that I am able to make without too much effort or time, as I'm so short on time these days it's suffocating, and I'm so short on kitchen talent that I'm surprised I'm still alive.

I did, after all, light the kitchen curtains on fire when I was a kid as I attempted to make toast. 

Comments

Kerri-
I love to cook, and I just want to assure you that you don't have to have a ton of time or culinary expertise to make a healthy meal. Check out our recipe section on Diabetes Daily... I just posted a new recipe for Spaghetti Squash, which is easy and healthy. I also have other fast and healthy meals (which I have made all of) so check it out... Hope it helps!

I recall about a year or so ago I sent you easy recipes to add to your culinary repetoire.

Don't make me come there and make you cook them!

The caption on the picture is too much! Literally - LOL!

Elizabeth - I just printed out the recipe. If I can prepare and make it in less than 20 minutes, it's a keeper. :)

Shannon - You did. You sent me the one for the delicious chicken, which is on the very short list of crap I can make. Imagine if you were threatening me to cook? "Damnit, you put that chicken in the pot or I will beat you, woman!" Whoa.

Sara - I never think anyone notices the captions. Thanks for noticing! :)

I make this soup alot. It is from a Weight Watchers book my mom gave me years ago, and it's nearly impossible to mess up.
The carbs for this aren't bad, and it makes a nice little meal with a nice salad on the side.

Lemon-Tortellini Soup

cooking spray
1 C sliced fresh mushrooms
1/2 C sliced scallions
1 clove minced garlic
2 (14 1/4 oz) cans no salt chicken broth
1/4 tsp. salt
1 small head broccoli cut into florets
1 (9 oz.) package refrigerated cheese tortellini
2 T lemon juice

Coat large saucepan with spray; and heat on medium- high. Add mushrooms, scallions and garlic and cook 5 minutes until tender.

Add broth, broccoli, tortellini and salt; bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to a simmer for about 5 minutes or until broccoli is tender and pasta is done. Stir in lemon juice at the very end.
Makes 6 (1-cup) servings

PER SERVING:
calories 160
CARBS 25.2g
fat 2.8g
protein 9.2g
sodium 267mg

Kerri, cooking is a drag. I have some recipes in my blog, check 'em out, some are SUPER easy. Recipe tab at the top.

I'm impressed by your curtain fire. I once left cookies in the oven as a kid for 1 hour longer than they should have been in (10 minutes!), but all I made was black smoke. I should have tried harder ;)

Actually, the chicken goes in the oven.

ALOL.

I wasn't home last night for dinner and the kid's were at soccer practice. Ann (my wife) said to her kid's Lauren and Liam that they would be going to Subway for dinner. To which they replied "I know why we are going to Subway"
"Ann-Why?"
"Because Dave is not here to cook."
The real reason being of course that she wanted dinner to be quick and easy.
I have pretty much kicked Ann out of the kitchen not because she is a bad cook but because I am the Chef and the one who has worked in restaurants for the last 13 years and gone to the "CIA."
I can see why the kids are confused!!!
Their response did make me laugh.

Let me know how it turns out!

Finding decent recipes that are easy, healthy, and heck, I'll even throw in FUN to make is the $10,000 question in my household. I CAN cook and yet I rarely come up with decent ideas for dinners around here. Of course it's a bit more challenging when you're feeding six people including a few picky kids.

Register for a crock pot.

Seriously.

Easiest, tastiest meals come from that.

I know what you should do...get cooking lessons from BATMAN!!!!!!!!

Kerri, I can't cook either. My cooking skills are limited to chopping salad veggies! I'll be lucky if I don't poison myself one day.

Ditto on crock pot...one night can have pot roast with 2 quarted onions with a Lipton Onion soup mix and a glass of water in the crock pot. After you have the pot roast, save the broth. and the next night can have french onion soup with cheese broiled on top. As a mom of a very busy toddler, I too like quick, simple and delicious meals.

We have to make sure our lab dog is not in the house when we cook a crock pot meal. He's known to eat defrosted steaks or chicken off the counter. Smile. Not sure if Siah would be mischievous with a crockpot. LOL

There is a turkey in a bag you can cook one day on the weekend and you can make three meals out of it (turkey tacos, day after thanksgiving sandwiches, turkey spaghetti or parmesan) that week.

This is our favorite recipe from Rachael Ray...her avacado dressing is to die for. (Do I sound like a valley girl) being silly

http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recipes/recipe/0,1977,FOOD_9936_28187,00.html

I would love the recipe for the banana bread. There's lots of frozen bananas in the freezer waiting to be made into banana bread.

Happy three day weekend!

Yea Im not allowed to cook anymore because I tend to leave things on.

I now just buy groceries and bring them to my friends house and she will cook for me. I think I would actually starve without her!

I'm sure you saw my IM, but in case anyone else was wondering, Trader Joe's is a great place for people who can't cook! They have an awesome selection of healthy frozen and pre-cooked food, plus organic fruits and veggies. They also have a great snack aisle and a huge selection of nuts if you're looking for a new variety. I definitely recommend checking them out!

I have to say, if you're able to make chicken soup from scratch, you should have no problem making lots of other delicious, healthy foods. Cooking is not this mysterious skill that some people have and others don't. When you think about it, it's pretty much one of the essentials to life, so I'm betting that instinctively, every human knows how to cook on some level. Just get in touch with your inner cavewoman, and before you know it, you'll be whipping up duck l'orange au haricots verts. Or salisbury steak. Here's a quick illustration: when my very Italian father married my very Italian mother, she didn't know how to cook. She used to make casseroles a lot. Like, a LOT. But she learned over time, and damned if she doesn't make the best home cookin' this side of Lidia Bastianich.

You may want to check out my new food blog: cookinghussy.wordpress.com

I don't have a lot on there now, but I'll add as I cook.


tek

hey Kerri,
I feel like I'm in a food rut too. And my blood sugars have been really whack so I feel guilty eating carbs as much as I am (even if it is whole grain toast and cereal).

One of my favorite easy meals - not really low carb but they're slow carbs especially if you make sure to get enough fat/ protein:
-poke holes in a sweet potato and nuke it in the microwave (or the oven if you're feeling ambitious)
-heat up a can of black beans
-eat with cheese, sour cream, or plain yogurt (there's this really amazing greek yogurt called fage that's expensive but SO yummy and also has less carbs and more protein than other plain yogurt. And I swear the 2% and whole versions undergo a reaction with black beans in your mouth that makes them both exponentially more delicious).

On the low carb front (not low sodium, sorry! I am bad about that) I'm a big fan of throwing kale or broccoli and olive oil, garlic, and soy sauce in a pan for a few minutes. If I want a meal I add protein like soy sausage or chicken sausage.

Also: plain yogurt + frozen fruit in blender (flaxseed optional) = delicious & easy.

You will find some awesome recipes and great support here: http://forum.lowcarber.org/forumdisplay.php?s=8629fe7d23d9b5cb6e713b0dbea1e956&f=2

A few basic tricks like substituting protein powder for some white flour in pancakes and using sprouted bread for breadcrumbs has helped me.

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