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Jun 23, 2009 01:40 PM

Dinner suggestions for a difficult houseguest

Yes, it's my MIL. She's coming for a few days.

She is pre-diabetic and trying to be careful about what she eats. She's also very Southern, so not so great at being direct about what she needs/doesn't need. I know enough about nutrition to not make her Monte Cristos or banana splits, but do you have any suggestions for a not-terribly adventureous, blood-sugar watching person who doesn't care much for meat? We ate vegetarian food for a long time, but I can't imagine her tucking into anything with kale or lentils.

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  1. Do you know what she does like? If not meat, does she like chicken, fish, tofu?
    If she does it some meats, then some kind of green salad, additional veggie, lean meat simply prepared (grilled?) and potatoes or sweet potatoes or a whole grain side (brown rice, wild rice, whole what pasta, etc.) would be perfect.

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    1. re: milklady

      Black-eyed peas? Greens and pot likker? Cornbread? Gumbo? Creamed corn? Tomaotes and limas? Succotash?

    2. A good old cobb salad? That doesn't have much meat in it. I made one for my in-laws and they flipped for it - like they had never had a salad before! My MIL asked me where did I think that up and I told her it has been around probably as long as you have!

      Bean soup? It's too hot here for me to make that but if you are in a cooler part of the country that might do it. With a salad in the side. Red Beans & Rice?

      1. Of the top of my head, collards and a corn pudding/souffle/bread should serve your purposes. Also, black eyed peas might work.

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        1. re: Ali

          Unfortunately, cornmeal isn't a good choice for a prediabetic. So, spoonbread or cornbread, while delicious, is high on the glycemic index. Maybe okay if you eat it with beans? Don't know.

          1. re: amyzan

            I hadn't thought of it since Southern cornbread isn't sweet, but it makes sense that corn itself would be bad for prediabetics. That whole starch thing isn't so helpful. Oops.

            OP: perhaps a fruit salad with mint dressing for an ending instead of corn ... whatever with the meal?

        2. Gazpacho and pimento cheese sandwiches.

          1. If it isn't too late, I suggest these meals items for your pre-diabetic house guest: grilled anything including lots of veggies (zucchini, yellow/red peppers, carrots, eggplant, mushrooms. Vegetables are wonderful when grilled. Include grilled salmon, tuna steak or swordfish. And try grilled fresh fruit with yogurt (or facsimile). I'm guessing that all of those items would be special and suitable. I'm thinking that high starch foods are not recommended for someone who is pre-diabetic.