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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Spinach Salad With Fig Dressing - Diabetic Recipes

Diabetics should include as many dark greens in their diet as possible. This salad also incorporates fresh figs which lower blood sugar and an excellent choice for diabetics. This is another recipe I made up for figs which is really a variation of another delicious spinach salad I make that I keep meaning to post.

Ingredients For Spinach Salad With Fig Dressing

1/2 Bag of Organic Pre-cleaned Fresh Spinach
6 Medium Size Organic Fresh Figs
Small Handful of Walnuts
Approximately 2 Tablespoons Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
Healthy Splash of Extra Virgin Organic Olive Oil
Approximately 1 Heaping Tablespoon Crumbled Organic Blue Cheese
Sea Salt - to taste
Honey - to taste and optional


Put the apple cider vinegar in the bottom of a large salad bowl. Chop half the figs and mash into the apple cider vinegar and stir until it gets mixed good and the figs are "disintegrating." Add in the olive oil and sea salt to taste. Taste and if it isn't sweet enough (figs are pretty sweet though), add a little slight warmed honey. Next add the fresh spinach and toss until the spinach is coated well with the fig dressing and is turns dark green and a little wilted. Next add the blue cheese and toss lightly just until mixed throughout. Dish the salad out (or I eat it right out of the bowl if I'm be myself). Slice the remaining figs into slices and add to the top along with the walnuts. YUMMY!

Additional notes:

Try not to over stir the blue cheese or it will get a little gummy. Also, if you are just starting to reverse your diabetes, you will definitely want to skip the honey. You can always add that back in later after you've reversed your diabetes.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Fig Chicken Recipe - Diabetic Recipes

Fresh figs help lower blood sugar and are an excellent food choice for diabetics for many other reasons. You can read my article, "Diabetes and Figs - Enjoy Them While They're Fresh!" to learn more. This is a recipe I made up myself. It is both delicious and very healthy for a diabetic, especially if you add some greens on the side!

Ingredients For Fig Chicken Recipe (you can call this "Fig Walnut Chicken" if you use the walnuts):

2 Organic Chicken Breasts
8-10 Fresh Organic Black Figs - cut into thick slices
6-8 Walnut Halves (optional)
1/2 Organic Onion - thinly sliced and cut into smaller pieces
1-2 Tablespoon Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil
Sea Salt (to taste)
Course Black Pepper (to taste)


Cut the chicken into strips. Salt and pepper to taste. Brown the chicken strips in the coconut oil. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside. Quickly place the onions in the skillet and add a tad of sea salt. Saute the onions until they turn clear but not until mushy - you may need to add a bit more coconut oil or you can also add a tiny amount of water to steam them a little. Remove the onions from the skillet and set aside. Place the fig slices on the skillet and quickly brown just a little on each side and then reduce the heat to low. The fresh figs will begin to "melt" down. Just at this point, add the onions back in and lightly mix with the melting figs. Place this fig and onion concoction on top of the chicken. Sprinkle the walnut halves on top of this if you use them. Voila and yum!

Additional Notes:

Serve the fig chicken as is or with a shallow bed of quinoa and a side salad or another green vegetable. If you are tempted to substitute a different oil, please read the following articles:

"Coconut Oil and Diabetes - The Benefits Of Coconut Oil To Diabetics"

"What Is Canola Oil and Should Diabetics Eat It?"

"If Your Oil Is Smoking You're Creating Trans Fat"
(many oils that are otherwise healthy, like olive oil, just can't take the heat)