Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens……how could a song about favorite things only include one food reference (crisp apple strudels)? If I were writing a song of my favorite things there would be a lot more food being sung about! With that in mind here is a meal plan of my favorite and most often prepared foods.


Breakfast - 1/2 cup So Easy Applesauce mixed with 1/2 cup Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats

Snack - 1 piece Peanut Butter Power Bar

Lunch - 1 cup Oven Roasted Vegetables mixed with 1/2 cup garbanzo or cannellini beans

Snack - 1 serving fresh fruit of your choice

Dinner - 1 cup Kale and Kamut Salad

Snack - 1 cup hot chocolate made with 1 cup non-dairy milk, 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder and 1 tbsp raw honey

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  1. Laura Arledge says:

    Hello Kristy!I am so happy to have found your site on Pinterest! My Hubby is also borderline diabetic and rather apprehensive about healthier eating. We both turned 50 this year and both need to loose quite a bit of weight. Our meals for our 32 years of marriage have consisted of a meat, starch and veggie. Trying to change that is very difficult.

    Thank you for allowing the public to follow your example. What a difference you must have made for so many people!

    I have a couple of questions for you. If you prefer not to accommodate my request, I fully understand. I would imagine that if you took the time to answer every question, you would no longer have the time to cook such healthy meals for your family. However, if you do have a minute, I would very much appreciate it.

    I grew up in a household that didn’t have much money, and therefore learned to use a lot of white pasta and rice to make every type of casarole under the sun (also using canned creamed soup which is full of fat and sodium). Do you have a healthy suggestion for a healthy whole grain pasta that doesn’t taste aweful? I have tried several store bought pastas and received thumbs down from my family each and every time. Last night I substituted barley for pasta and it was accepted pretty well. Do you have any other suggestions?

    Thanks so much in advance.


    • Kristy says:

      Hi Laura, Thanks for writing. We are always happy to answer any questions or requests you might have. There are several good whole grain pastas on the market. For me I never had a problem adjusting to a whole grain pasta but my grandchildren did take a little more time. One thing I found worked well was to start by mixing regular white pasta with whole grain and then reducing the amount of regular pasta a little at a time. Sometimes it’s not the food that is the problem it’s getting used to a new taste. That being said I really like Delallo organic whole wheat, bionaturae organic whole wheat and Bella Terra (made by Racconto) 8 whole grain with sprouted wheatgrass. If you have a Whole Foods nearby they also make several good whole grain pastas in their 365 brand.

      I also really like to use quinoa. If you have never had it before it’s a very small grain that is super because it is a complete protein in itself. I would again start out mixing it with other things, in a soup, salad or mixed in a burger. We have several recipes for it that you can find using the recipe search box.

      Hope this helps,



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