Oxford NC Farmer’s Market Finds


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Chilled Avacado and Yogurt Summer Soup From Fage




  • 17.6 fl oz FAGE Total 0% Yogurt
  • 3 large ripe avocados
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 pint 2% milk
  • 1 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped
  • ¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • ½ tsp chopped chives for garnish
  • A few drops of Tabasco sauce to taste
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2.0 oz homemade croutons

Preparation Directions:

  1. Peel and chop the avocado into chunks, then place into a food processor.
  2. Pour over the lemon juice; add the remaining ingredients and process until smooth.
  3. Refrigerate for at least two hours before serving.
  4. To serve, chill four soup bowls, pour in the soup, and garnish with croutons and chives. So simple, quick and delicious!

Additional Notes:

Chef’s Tip | To make the homemade croutons, simply take a thick slice of your favorite (crusty cottage loaf or crusty olive bread) and cut into bite-size pieces. Place onto a baking sheet, drizzle then with some Greek olive oil and bake until golden brown.

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Dreamfields Elbows with Prosciutto Marinara

I found this on the Dreamfields site. They have so many great ideas.


Elbows with Prosciutto, Olives and Marinara (Gobetti alla Boscaiola)

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

1 box Dreamfields Elbows
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup chopped red onion
3 ounces prosciutto or cooked ham, cut into thin strips
1 jar (26 ounces) marinara sauce
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons pitted Kalamata olives, halved
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and prosciutto; cook 5 minutes or until onion is tender, stirring frequently. Stir in marinara sauce, parsley and olives. Simmer, uncovered, 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions; drain and return to pan. Add sauce; toss. Serve with Parmesan cheese.

Note: Make chopping easy by using a kitchen scissors—chop everything from snipping herbs, slicing ham and cutting olives in half.

Makes 6 main dish servings.

Nutrition information per serving (1/6 of recipe): 388 calories; 17 g protein;
24 g digestible carbohydrates*; 10 g total fat; 3 g saturated fat; 19 mg cholesterol;
884 mg sodium; 9 g total dietary fiber.

*If traditional pasta is used in this recipe there is a total of 65 g carbohydrate. For more information go to www.dreamfieldsfoods.com.

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An Upscale Twist on Eating your Green’s

This is an easy recipe low fat low calorie and carbs. It was a big

hit at the Thanksgiving Day pot luck. Okay here we go.

Chopped Chard Leeks


2 bunches of Rainbow chard

1 medium red onion (you can substitute shallots or leeks) chopped

1 stalk of celery chopped

2 cloves of garlic chopped

1 tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/4 cup of chicken or vegetable stock

1/4 cup of sparkling apple pomegranate juice(or your fav juice)

2 table spoons of pomegranate vinegar or balsamic is good too

1 pinch or more of salt to your liking

A few grinds of ground black pepper

1 small dried sage leaf crumbled

1/4 cup of dried bread crumps(optional)

Separate the leaves from the stems

Chop the stalks and stems into very fine pieces, rinse well

Chop the leaves into thin strips set aside later rise well to
remove any grit or dirt.

Sauté the chopped stalks in a deep pan with onions, garlic and celery
in the olive oil over medium low heat unit the onion become clear, add the chicken
stock and let simmer for 30- 45 minutes or until the stalks are soft. Then add the
sparkling apple/pomegranate juice, stir well, turn off the heat and add the
strips of leaves mix well, put the lid on the pot and the leaves will be tender
and soft but not mushy.

Put into a serving dish. For a wow I add 1/4 cup of organic whole
wheat bread crumbs along with a table spoon of organic French fried onion
rings. Pop under the broiler for a few minutes just long enough for the bread
crumbs to toast. You have a sophisticated and fun side dish. The apple
and pomegranate juice add a bit of sweetness which contrasts with the bitterness
of the greens. Its and all around winner and the rainbow colors will be
attractive on any dinner table.

Completed Dish

Next, my cousin’s wonderful pumpkin bread with agave instead of
sugar. Yummy I had a piece yesterday.

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Fantastic Diabetic Food for 2

WOW found this great blog post from scherps.org well worth a look


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Diabetic Cooking News

Discover The Secrets To Cooking Restaurant
Recipes At Home At A Fraction Of The Cost!

Learn the Secret of People Who Get Off Insulin!
Eating the way this book suggests: lots of veggies hidden in wonderful flavors, and very low-glycemic, combined with steady, regular exercise, has helped some people get off insulin and lead healthier, more energetic lives. Articles abound about people who have eaten lots of vegetables and fruits, fiber and protein and exercised several times a week and have gotten off insulin.

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Sinfull Cookies: A low carb twist on Paula Deans Loaded Oatmeal

Okay looking at Paula’s recipe I have posted below, I have made a few changes to make it a little less carbs and fat for us Type 2 diabetics. Lord knows I love Paula Dean  but I have to pick and choose my holiday goodies. I have changed the real butter to Smart Balance blend, used Splenda ,  Egg Beater eggwhites and Blue Diamond almond milk. As always finding diabetic cookbooks and recipes is my goal. I have tried in the past to use whole wheat flour, sometimes it works out great, other times not so great. Now that most of the carbs have been eliminated I think we can use just regular flour.  Enjoy the holidays without adding to your list of sins 🙂 good eating BL

Paula’s Loaded Oatmeal Cookies

Paula Deen

Recipe courtesy Paula Deen

Show: Paula’s Home CookingEpisode: Cookie Swap

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  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened ( change to smart balance butter sub)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening  (change to smart balance)
  • 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar( I used Splenda brown sugar mix)
  • eggs ( egg beaters egg whites)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk ( almond milk unsweetened vanilla)
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 1/2 cups quick-cooking oatmeal
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Brown Butter Icing, recipe follows


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Grease 1 or more cookie sheets. Using an electric mixercreamtogether butter, shortening, and sugar in a bowl until fluffy. Add eggs and beat until mixture is light in color. Add buttermilk. Sifttogether flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, ginger, nutmeg,cinnamon, cloves, and allspice; stir into creamed mixture. Fold in oatmeal, raisins, walnuts, and vanilla, blending well. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto cookie sheet. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Drizzle with Brown Butter Icing.

Brown Butter Icing:

  • 1/2 cup butter ( Smart Balance butter blend)
  • 3 cups sifted powdered sugar( 1.2 cup powdered sugar and the rest Splenda)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons water

Picture of Paula's Loaded Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

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Surviving the Holidays Whew

As always finding diabetic cookbooks and recipes is my goal. The holidays have taken me away from my search but with good reason.

We made it through Turkey day pretty much unscathed, my cousin Peggy, you know the famous cook that I talk about, created a killer meal. And some of the food was not diabetic but we all ate in moderation. My daughter brought her homemade pecan pie with homemade crust. yoummmmmm. My contribution was braised kale/swiss chard with a balsamic reduction. With shallots and garlic. You gotta have garlic.  I used 2 large bunches of organic Kale and 1 large bunch of swiss chard. I soaked then drained the greens overnight, stripped the stems, sauted in a pan with olive oil, i pat of butter, 2 chopped shallots and 2 chopped garlic, kosher salt and fresh ground pepper. Let that simmer down. I another pan I poured in one bottle of balsamic vinegar, I added a teaspoon of sugar at the end as this was not the highest grade of balsamic vinegar, I let it cook down stirring all the time as it bubbled, you can see it begin to reduce and thicken. I added the bit of sugar and poured it over the greens. So good. Peggy is skimming the fat off to make turkey gravy. I know we will have more to eat for Christmas but bring it on.

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