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LanieG
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   Posted 6/16/2007 1:51 PM (GMT -7)   
This snack is from Richard Bernstein's book, Diabetes Solution (updated and revised 2007).  This is a very interesting and informative book and I thank Fergusc for recommending it.  Ok, this is what he says:  microwave a slice of American cheese on a piece of freezer paper on a plate for 1 to 2 minutes, depending on your microwave.  It will bubble and puff up.  Then, put it (plate and all) in the refrigerator to cool. When it's cool, you just take it off the paper and eat it as a snack.  He also suggests making 2 and using them lilke bread for a sandwich.  I really liked it and was surprised it was so good.  Gives a nice 'crunch' like chips.
 
I never buy processed anything but I did buy Kroger's brand "Deluxe American" process American cheese just for this.  1 slice has 70 ca., less than 1 g. carb, 4 g. protein, no trans fats.  It's high in sodium, though, at 270 mg.  If you make this snack, make sure the whole slice is bubbling and maybe starting to brown, or else it'll be gummy rather than crispy.  My microwave took about 1 min. 45 sec.  I used parchment paper because I didn't have freezer paper and it was fine.  Don't use wax paper, according to the book.
 
The book also suggests if you really need a snack, have 2 to 3 oz of cheese or a couple of slices of cold cuts (no bread).  Also, if you like sugar-free Jello, make sure it's without maltodextrin.
Lanie
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following low/no carb diet, no meds


gelchick
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   Posted 6/16/2007 2:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Lanie
 
I just finished reading the updated version and I bought his cookbook too. There are some very interesting recipes in both. I had wondered about the cheese puffs- do you think they'd be good with guacamole?  I'm getting tired of guac lettuce wraps.  sandy
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LanieG
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   Posted 6/16/2007 10:30 PM (GMT -7)   

I think they'd be very good with guacamole.  Actually I was thinking that you could cut the cheese puff into strips when it cools and use them easily for dips.  I'd like to try them as a sandwich "bread" too.  I've made them twice.  The first time I didn't microwave it long enough and it was too soft, but the next time it was perfect.  They're a welcome addition to the diet, nice and crunchy if a little salty.  I know what you mean about lettuce wraps.  I eat a lot of them for lunches with a couple of slices of cold cuts or tuna or chicken salad.  They don't bother my numbers but I'd like something different. 

That's the only thing I've tried from his book.  I haven't bought the cookbook though.  Actually, when I looked through the recipes in this book, they looked pretty similar to the South Beach book.

Lanie


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following low/no carb diet, no meds


Phishbowl
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   Posted 6/17/2007 8:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Agreed - A bit on the salty side. I quartered the slice of cheese to make little 'crackers' with ham on them and a bowl of home-made soup. Yum! (I love all cheeses :-)

Kris
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4sons
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   Posted 6/17/2007 5:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow ... I'm going to have to check out this book! I've become a fan of the romaine lettuce "wrap" this spring and ate one daily for lunch when I was at school.

Kris, what home made soups can you recommend?
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LanieG
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   Posted 6/17/2007 7:35 PM (GMT -7)   

PS:  My two "normal" kids like the cheese puffs and I'll need to buy another package of the American cheese since we finished half of it this afternoon while they were preparing and grilling steaks for Father's Day.  Better than eating potato chips (which I don't buy anyway) or some other poison.  We re-used the parchment paper for each batch of 2 squares and we didn't put them on plates as it was just as easy to slide the paper out of the microwave.  Also, we didn't put the puffs in the refrigerator because they cooled off so fast, more so because they weren't on a plate, which keeps the heat.  We just left them on the paper on the counter and ate them after a few minutes.  So, that's our experience with the puffs and I thought I'd share that with you.  (My husband and son said they were really good with the beer, fyi.)  :)

Lanie


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following low/no carb diet, no meds


4sons
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   Posted 6/18/2007 5:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Beer, beer??? Let's raise a glass to the occasional "lite" beer!!!
Cheers -

Ruth/4sons

age 52/Type 2 diabetic/"controlled" by diet and exercise


Jeannie143
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   Posted 6/18/2007 7:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Something I do for the wraps is use collard greens instead of romaine. I have been using raw collards, turnip and mustard greens in my salads for years and love the low cost, high vitamin content and great variety of flavor. Mustard greens are extremely spicy and taste like horseradish so they go great with meat wraps but you have to be careful not to use too much. I usually use one or two leaves of mustard greens along with a couple of collard greens for my wraps. I keep them in a large plastic bag with paper towels in the bottom. This helps absorb the moisture that condenses in the bag and keeps them fresh longer in the week.
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gelchick
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   Posted 6/18/2007 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Aren't those collard green hard to chew? (tough?)  I love collards, but I boil them down (without the ham hocks of course) and then saute them in olive oil and minced garlic. I eat mustard, beet, kale, cabbage and other dark greens. I do beans and greens ( Italian style) too, but never heard of eating raw collards....sandy

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   Posted 6/21/2007 6:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Actually, they are chewy, but since I'm not getting my chewy tortilla wraps any more I enjoy the texture. And the middle ribs are about as tough as celery...

Just fixed my first cheese puffs today... Strips work best for me on parchment paper...
YUMMMMMMM! They were great!
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LanieG
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   Posted 6/21/2007 7:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jeannie, I think the cheese puffs are wonderful too.  Gives you that crunch like a potato chip.  Best of all - no carbs.  Just wish they didn't have all that sodium.  Today I made a cheese puff sandwich.  It was so easy:  just microwaved 2 slices side by side.  Then, put some sliced roast beef (thin deli slices, not thick) and mayo on the "flat" sides of the puffs and voila.  This has solved an annoying problem for me because any bread or wrap or tortilla, you-name-it, sends my blood sugar up.  Now I can eat a sandwich.  And my 2 'normal' kids love them, too.  Much better than chips for them or anyone.
Lanie
"pre-diabetic" controlled so far by diet and exercise
following low/no carb diet, no meds


Jeannie143
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   Posted 6/22/2007 7:52 PM (GMT -7)   
True, they are a tad salty but so are chips... I'm going to save them for 'special' or days when it's really hot in the bakery and I'm perspiring like a horse! ... How does that go???

Horses sweat,
Men perspire ... and
Ladies GLOW...
and sometimes this lady GLOWS like a horse!!!
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LanieG
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   Posted 6/22/2007 8:04 PM (GMT -7)   

I've been eating them as a snack sometimes, more satisfying than just nuts or the mozzarella cheese sticks.  Now my normal son eats them as a breakfast on the way out the door to work.  He never ate breakfast before, which I nagged him about.  Now, I'm wondering if the mozzarella sticks can be microwaved.   They'll either melt or explode but, hey, worth a try. devil

Lanie


"pre-diabetic" controlled so far by diet and exercise
following low/no carb diet, no meds

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