Diabetes – Why Should We Care?

December 7, 2009 in Blog Recipes, Cooking & Baking Hints, Diabetes, Diabetic Menu Item, Mediterranean, Nutrition, Uncategorized by Joyce Bunderson

The number of cases of diabetes in the Untied States will “at least double” over the next 25 years, according the December issue of the American Diabetes Association’s publication Diabetes Care. That projection takes the numbers from 23.7 million to 44.1 million. The 23.7 million is at epidemic standards right now. I hope some Americans will see the writing on the wall and make some significant changes to avoid this killer disease.

A fellow healthcare professional visited my website recently and commented on the considerable focus of website on nutrition for diabetics. It seemed as though he was saying, “Your website is really great for diabetics, not necessarily for those without diabetes." All of you that read this blog and the newsletter know where I stand. I believe that eating menu items that are perfect for someone with diabetes is a great choice for those of us who do not have diabetes.

Although I do not have diabetes, I personally recommend avoiding, and strive myself to avoid, concentrated sweets (sugar, honey, high fructose corn syrup, and so on); saturated fats, trans fats and fatty foods in general; processed foods (like white flour and food-like substances); and frequent and large servings of red meat, especially processed meat.

Why should I eat like that if I don’t have heart disease or diabetes? The answer is very simple; I want to avoid the diseases that so often result from eating those foods/ingredients.

Can you live in the real world and eat a healthy diet? My quick answer is that it takes some effort. The following is an example of what kinds of things you can do if you want to move toward a healthier diet.

Our daughter brought a heavenly dessert to our Thanksgiving gathering. The nice thing about this dessert is that you can have a pumpkin dessert without fussing with piecrust.  This dessert held it’s own over a number of pies that were available.

I’m sharing the original dessert and a variation using whole grains, no added sugar and extra virgin olive oil. Alissa got the recipe from a friend, but I’ll remember it as Alissa’s.

Alissa’s Pumpkin Cake Dessert
1 yellow cake mix
1 tsp. salt
1 29 oz. can pumpkin
1 can evaporated milk
1 1/2 cup sugar
3 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup melted butter
4 eggs (slightly beat 1 egg)
Reserve 3/4 cup cake mix and set aside.
Mix the rest of the cake mix, 1/2 c. melted butter and 1 egg (slightly beaten).  Press into 9x13 pan.
In large bowl, mix eggs (other 3), sugar, salt, pumpkin, milk, cinnamon and vanilla. Pour over cake mix in pan.  Sprinkle with topping.

Bake 1 hour @ 350.  Do not over bake.

Top with whipping cream.

3/4 c. cake mix
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. butter

Mix till crumbly (depending on how melted the butter is, mix might be more like frosting consistency) and sprinkle or drop on top of cake before baking.

Dr. Grandma’s Pumpkin Cake Dessert
We so enjoyed Alissa’s dessert, but Dr. Grandpa and I try to not eat too much sugar, butter and white flour. So I made the following variation; it was extremely easy – just 1, 2, 3; no fooling around with a rolling pin and the work of making a crust.

When you see the very liquid pumpkin layer, don’t panic – it solidifies just like pumpkin pie. Move slowly as you put it into the oven – no sloshing.  This recipe is ideal for those who have ‘sworn off’ white flour, saturated fat and refined sugar – a great option for those with diabetes and those striving not to get it. American-Mediterranean can include desserts.

Bottom Layer:

2 packets of Dr. Grandma’s Muffins Your Way Mix
*remove 1 cup  of mix and set aside.
2 packets of Extra Virgin Olive Oil included in Muffin Mix package or ½ cup extra
virgin olive oil or canola oil
1 egg beaten (for crust layer)
Middle Pumpkin layer:
3 eggs (for pumpkin layer)
1 ½ cup Dr. Grandma’s Delight
29 oz. canned pumpkin
12 oz. evaporated milk
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup (reserved) muffin mix
1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ cup Dr. Grandma’s Delight
¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil or canola oil
•    Heat the oven to 350° F
•    Spray a 9 X 13 inch baking dish with vegetable spray
•    Mix the muffin mix (minus the one cup) with the oil and egg.  Press into a 9 X 13 inch baking pan.
•    Mix 3 eggs, Delight, pumpkin, evaporated milk, cinnamon and vanilla.
•    Pour pumpkin mixture over muffin mixture in pan.
•    Mix 1 cup of dry muffin mix, cinnamon, Delight, extra virgin olive oil or canola oil.
•    Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour at 350° F, until a table knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
•    Do no over bake.

This Pumpkin Cake Dessert Doesn't Need to Wait for a Holiday.

This Pumpkin Cake Dessert Doesn't Need to Wait for a Holiday.

Serve with a little whipped cream or ice cream.

Serve with a little whipped cream or ice cream.

Dr. Grandpa loves ice cream; a little of this helps him enjoy a treat.

Dr. Grandpa loves ice cream; a little of this helps him enjoy a treat.