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Recipes for Special Diets

A special diet recipe blog of cathy Collections of special diets for special people. The journal aims to present guides to eat healthier foods without losing the taste you are enjoying in the traditional food favorites. Make that switch from high to low calorie-fat-carb diets quick and easy.

Recipes for Special Diets

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    I am not a culinary expert, so I won't teach you the art of cooking. I leave that to my favorite blogger-chefs.I am not a gourmet so I am not a good judge of fine food and wine. But I am diabetic with hypertension and high cholesterol run in the family's royal red blood. Then I found out that I am not alone. Many of my friends are in the same boat. Many are unaware that we can still enjoy food minus calories without having to eat bland diet. So I will share with you the food recipes provided by my doctor as well as those recommended by some friends.

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Crispy Crusted Steak

This recipe is for people with diabetes but can also be shared with the other non-
diabetic members of the family.

Crispy Crusted Steak
Serving Size: 1 steak 4 servings


1 can (2.8 ounce)French-fried onions coarsely crushed
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons spicy brown mustard
4 thinly sliced beef top round steaks
1 pound total
How to:
1. Place the broiler track 8 to 10inches from the heat source and preheat the broiler. Place the French-fried onions in a shallow dish.
2. In another shallow dish,combine the oil and the mustard. Dip the steaks into the oil mixture, then into the onions,coating completely with each.
3. Place the steaks on a rimmed baking sheet and broil for 3 to 4 minutes per side,
or until cooked through.
Calories: 313
Total Fat: 192

58 mg.
Sodium:259 mg.
Carbohydrate : 9 g.
Protein : 20 g.
Source: AMA booklet on diabetic cooking


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Food Scale Without the Scale

I can't imagine an obsessive-compulsive-special diet freak person like me to bring a food scale wherever I want to check whether I am within my precribed food intake.

This is from a booklet I received from my doctor when I complained about the
impossibility of determining the correct measurements especially when I am dining

Very practical and easy to remember.

1. ounces of meat = one deck of cards
2. 1 ounce of meat=matchbox
3. medium apple= golf ball
4. medium potato= computer mouse
5. medium onion = baseball
6. 1 cup fruit = one average orange
7. 1/2 cooked pasta= ice cream scoop
8. 1 ounce bread = CD case
9. 1cup broccoli=light bulb
10. 2 tablepoons butter=golf ball
11. ounce cheese= domino

It is also to use your regular drinking glass to measure milk or any drink
without using the measuring cup.Simply measure a cup of any liquid in a meausuring cup then pour into one drinking glass. Mark or memorize where the liquid comes
up to.


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Guiltless Skillet Pork Chops

For my diabetic friends, here is a recipe that you can enjoy without being uilty.

Serving size (1 chop) Total 4 servings

4 pork loin chops ( 8 ounces each) well trimmed
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon butter
2 tablespoons butter
2 medium onions, cut into 6 wedges each
3 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch chunks

Total calories 319
Total Fat 15 g
Cholesterol 109 mg
Sodium 294 mg
Carbohydrate 10 mg
Protein 34 g

Cooking instruction

1. Season both sides of the pork chops with cinnamon, salt and pepper.

2. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Brown the
pork chps for 4 to 5 minutes per side.

3. Add the onions and carrots to the skillet.
Reduce the heat to low,cover and cook for 25 to 30 minutes or until
the vegetables are tender and the pork chops are cooked through.
4. Serve the vegetables with the pork chops.

Next, how to measure without the scale.

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Low Sodium Diet-Scrambled Eggs on a Mountain

Due to popular demand,(ahem) I am coming up with
more special diet recipes. This one is low

According to ADA (American Diabetes Association)
our bodies require 220 mg sodium (salt) per day.But
average person normally takes in almost 5,000
mg per day. The ADA recommends that people
with diabetes should keep their daily sodium
to less than 3,000 mg and those with mild
or moderate hypertension stay under 2,400
mg per day.

But it does not necessarily mean that we
should cut sodium completely from our diets.
We need it as much as we need vitamins. The
word is moderation.

So here is a low sodium diet recipe.
Scrambled Eggs on a Mountain

2 tbsps vegetable oil or corn oil

2 eggs

pepper and herbs, (optional)

salt or salt substitute,(garlic salt)

Use eggs only-no cream, milk or water

Cooking instruction

1.Beat eggs several hours in advance preferably
the night before.

2.Keep in refrigerator until cooking time.

3.Briely beat up eggs again and season with
pepper, herbs and salt.

4.Heat the oil in a heavy frying pan, pour in
the eggs and just as the eggs begin to set,
slip one prong of a large fork underneath the
eggs across the pan.

5.Rotate the fork slowly to roll the egg
up on fork as it cooks and to let the
uncooked part move to the edge of the pan.

6.When most of the egg is cooked
raise the fork, pulling the center of
the eggs up unto a high mountain and letting
the rest of the uncooked eggs roll
against the side of the pan. Then slip
it off onto a warm serving platter.

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American Fish Chowder

This recipe is for those who want
to cut down on calories in order
to see their waistlines shrink by a
few inches and trim down the fat
in their bellies.

Courtesy of a friend who was
put into diet by his doctor.

Guaranteed results.

American Fish Chowder
1 teaspoon butter
1/4 cup finely diced onion
1/2 lb lean white fish
1 teaspoon minced parsley
1 buillion cube
3/4 cup skim milk
salt and pepper

Cooking instruction
1. Place butter in a small saucepan.
2. Add onion and let cook about one minute.
3. Cut fish in 1-inch cubes and add to onion.
3. Add 3/4 cup water, parsley and buillion cube.
4. Boil in 5 minutes .
5. Let simmer over low heat until fish is done.
6.Add milk and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Makes 2 eight-ounce serving with 210 calories or 105
calories per serving.

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Chicken with Mushroom

This one is recommended for candidates
for diabetes or are already diabetic.
Chicken With Mushroom
chicken(broiler) 1/2 120 grams
onion 2 tsps
butter 1 tsp 5 g
mushrooms 4 pcs
salt few grains
pepper few grains
Calories 336
P=Protein=28 g
F=Fats=20 g

Cooking instruction:
1. Melt the butter.
2. Put the chicken and onion in pan and fry
until golden brown.
3. Cover after adding the salt and pepper and
cook slowly until done.
4. Cook the mushrooms in boiling water.
5. Drain and add to the chicken while
it is still cooking.

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Cathcath2005 2005