Cyber Kitchen with Judith Jones-Ambrosini

Sometimes we want to stay home and enjoy a special dinner. This menu is easy to execute and when your friends or family tastes it, they will probably encourage you to quit your day job and open a restaurant. View the separate recipes or view the entire meals below.

Judith Jones-Ambrosini

My Story

Forty years ago, while busy being a rebellious teenager, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I didn’t know the difference between a carrot stick and celery rib, and all that really mattered was how I could sneak a hot fudge sundae.

My years of living with diabetes timeline have spanned the dark ages of testing urine for sugar spills with Benedict solution, an eyedropper, and lab tube, and boiling steel needles and glass syringes for that OUCH shot of NPH insulin each morning, to the bright lights now on the horizon, and to joy and amazement as new discoveries emerge. Then a convenient roll of litmus paper, called Testape, revolutionized the old eyedropper method of testing for sugar in the urine, disposable syringes replaced glass, multiple injections replaced that one shot in the AM, insulin analogs swallowed old pork-derived impurities, and the truly pivotal home blood glucose meter changed all our lives.

These days it’s Miss America sporting an insulin pump, successful pancreas transplants, 4th and 5th generation pills served up in a cocktail of combinations to the ever-growing multitudes of Type 2?, and, soon to arrive noninvasive BG monitors that have entered our collective consciousness, tempering the burden of living with diabetes day in and day out.

But until someone figures out a way for us to really take a vacation, we can enjoy good food, robust exercise, and enjoy an occasional Diet Pepsi or diet Snapple, instead of the No-Cal cream soda we guzzled in the dark ages.

One of the great lessons I’ve learned in forty years of living with diabetes is that it’s not “you are what you eat”, but rather your blood sugars are what you eat. This axiom remains an integral part of how well we feel as we continue to witness progress and developments and hope for more. So I invite you to stop by and visit me in the Diabetes Cyber Kitchen, where we will discuss cooking as a stress buster, restaurant adventures, whole foods, the vegetarian diet, the glycemic index suicide watch list, and how to treat ourselves well with delicious, healthy, nutritionally balanced recipes that feed appetite and hunger, strengthen the body and satiate the spirit.

1Fun MealLentil Minestrone Soup, Center Stage Salad, Baked Pears
2Restaurant DetectiveFish En Papillote, Couscous, Roasted Asparagus, Strawberries
3Summer GrillGrilled Veggies, Grilled Tofu, Grilled Bread, Grilled Peaches
4Harvest LunchSquash Soup, Swiss Chard Tart, Fried Green Tomatoes, Apple Bake
5Thanksgiving FeastCranberry Cookies, Pumpkin Mousse, Apple Pear Cake, Pumpkin Pie
6Holiday GiftsGift Baskets, Parsley Oil Vinaigrette, Fresh Jam Session
7Winter In The PantryGarlic Roast Chicken, A Good Loaf
8Tuscan Bean RecipesRibollita Bean & Veggie Soup, White Beans
9Diet Defenses For The Fat FightVinaigrette Sauce, Pita Sandwich, Mushroom Steak, Dessert Sauce
10Diabetes VegetarianVeg. Chicken Soup, Artichokes, Spaghetti Squash, Polenta Stuffed Mushrooms
11Food & War StoriesTaylor Bay Scallops, Chili Rub Shrimp, Crab Cakes, Hummus
12Exercise, a Functional CureJuicy Turkey Burger, Quick Fish Wrap, Crunchy-Smooth Slaw, Refreshing Parsley Salad, Peach and Raspberry Fool
13Very Berry SummerWhite Peach- Raspberry Fool, Blueberry Vinegar, Honeydew Soup, Blueberry Yogurt Smoothie, Whole Wheat Blueberry Kuchen
14Palate Pleasing Pasta’sCauliflower and Pasta, Linguine with Arugula, Spaghetti without Carbs or Calories
15Weeknight Cooking for the Non-CookMon: Linguini With Clam Sauce, Tue: Goat Cheese Omelet, Wed: Individual Meatloaf, Thur: Big Kahuna Tuna, Fri: Chicken With Balsamic Glaze
16Better Living Through SandwichesFrench Tuna, Tarragon Chicken Salad, Italian Hero, Chock Full Of Nuts
17Summer Exercise And CookiesJudith’s Health Nut Cookies, Everybody Loves A Brownie, Mango Banana Ice Cream
18A Potent Elixir For All SeasonsFarm Stand Gazpacho, Arugula Lettuce With Attitude, Ricotta Cheese; For Dessert?
19Yoga For Enhanced Diabetes CareKicheree, Marinated, and Baked Tofu
20Oranges and Olives for the Holiday SeasonOlivada Crostini, Orange and Olive Salad, Chicken Oranges and Olives, Mediterranean Oranges
21All About Philosophy And Fish SoupBouillabaisse, Philosophical Fish Soup, Endive Salad, A Perfectly Baked Apple
22A big fat Greek feastLima Bean Dip, Cucumbers and Yogurt, Spinach Rice Balls, Marinated Celery, Spanakopita, Spinach Triangles, Faki, Greek Lentil Soup, Moussaka, Moussaka, Bechamel Sauce, Souvlaki Apo Arni (Lamb Skewers), Dessert
23Reality Sandwiches and a Dessert PartyLike A Cannoli, Fresh Fruit Gratin, Towering Napoleon, Strawberry Shortcake, 6 Baking Powder Biscuits
24Allium Sativum, Prickly Thistle & JicamaSauteed Baby Artichokes, 6 Stuffed Artichokes, Sweet and Silky Roasted Bulbs, Great Garlic Bread, Jicama Salsa
25Healthy, Delicious & Festive Latino MenuTaco Bar, McClure’s Arizona Salsa, Laria’s Guacamole, Cuban Black Bean Dip, Plantanos With Mojo
26A Cooking Class For The Odd CouplePasta and Bean Soup, Delicious Autumn Vegetable Stew
27Less In, More OutGinger Chicken, Brussel Sprouts, Fresh Applesauce
28Organic LivingBroccoli Pancakes, Organic Finger-Lickin’ Chicken, Spring Rhubarb Cake
29The Carbohydrate ConspiracyCouscous and Vegetable Timbales, Spring Macaroni, Spring Risotto
30Catching Up On ControlSeasonal Vegetable Platter, Salt Baked Fish, Italian Tuna Wrap
31Yet Another LevelClassic Tuna Fish, Tuna Nicoise Salad, Tuna Wrap
32A Celebration Feast For HbA1cEasy Celebration Chicken, Gorgonzola Polenta, For the Wild Crowd
33Morning GloriesCitrus, OatBread Pudding, Breakfast Bread, Broccoli Quiche, Egg Sandwich
34Frozen FavoritesFrozen Grapes, Sugar Snap Beans w/ Toasted Nuts, Stuff Chicken Breast, Smashed Sweet Potatoes w/ Roasted Garlic, Stuffed Turkey Burgers
35Life is GoodGrilled Peaches, Peach Yogurt Mousse, Fresh Peach Salsa
36Diabetes and HappinessTomato Salsa with Pita ChipsWhole Wheat Pita BreadQuesadillas, Lean Burgers, Spaghetti Marinara
37Diabetes AdvocacyApple Cake, Pear Cake, Apple & Pear Dumplings
38Diabetes LibraryBaked Barley, Creamy Polenta, A Bowl of Noodles, White Bean Hummus Bruschetta
39Perennial Holiday FavoritesCurried Butternut Squash Soup, Acorn Squash With Fennel Puree, Cranberry Crunch Cookies
40Sometimes It’s A Bumpy RideChicken Parmigiana, Chicken, Excellent Eggplant, Sauteed Greens and Beans
41Positive Influences – Good TasteTuna and Spinach, Grilled Sardines and Fennel
42Diabetes And The Five TibetansSalads, Vegetable Soup StockSpring Asparagus Soup, Strawberries and a Ginger Cookie
43Diabetes in the GardenGrilled Catch of the Day, Poached Salmon, Cucumber Sauce, Potatoes and Herb Salad
44Diabetes: Take A HikeOat Bran Apple Muffins, Vegetable Bagelwiches, Grilled Wraps
45Diabetes Care For Ordinary PeopleItalian Vegetable Soup, “You’ll Never Eat Chicken Noodle Soup Again” Chowder, My Son’s Fish Soup
46Moving to Diabetes Tech TownPotato Pancakes, Homemade Applesauce, Fiber Loaded Chili, Spaghetti Squash and Friends
47Super FoodsTuscan Style Cannellini Beans, Wild Salmon Drizzled With Mustard Sauce, Nuts and Bolts Snack
48Almost Perfect Life with DiabetesVanilla Tea, Spice Tea
49Dreams and CGM’sQuick 10 Minute Recipes
50The Sisterhood of DiabetesRoasted Cod, Roasted Broccoli, Roasted Carrots, Harvest Grapes
51Just In Case….Easy and Robust Pasta Putanesca, Artichoke and Cannellini Bean Salad
52Freedom of ChoiceSpinach Frittata, Super Spinach Sauté, All Seasons Spinach Salad
53A Breath of SpringCitrus Chicken, Wild Rice Salad, Simple Spring AsparagusRefreshing Fruit Salad
54Daily Double Diet Watch: Diabetes and CeliacGrilled Halibut and summer Fruit Relish, Gluten Free Fudge Brownies, Gluten Free Salmon Cakes with Ginger Sesame Sauce
55Diabetes and ExtremesBaked Salmon with Vegetables, Broccoli and Garlic, Yogurt Parfait
56Diabetes Made Me Do ItBasic, Classic Chili Con Carne, Chili Blanco
57Splurging and LosingScones: Plain and Easy, Favorite Blueberry Corn Muffins, Wowza Winter Vegetable Soup
58Creating a Type 2 LifestyleBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner or Snack Frittata, All American Cornbread
59There’s Always More To LearnZucchini with Mint, Fregula with Jumbo Shrimp
60The Influence of ActivitySauerbraten (German Pot Roast), Sweet Potato Dumplings, Red Cabbage
61Climbing Stairs and Wild Salmon: A Common Bond?Mustard Crusted Baked Wild Alaskan Salmon, Summer’s Over But the Zucchini is Still Around Soup
62World Diabetes Day and PulsesRoasted Chick Peas, Lentil, and Spinach Soup
63A Tonic for the Diabetes DoldrumsBoiled Eggs, Poached, Scrambled Eggs, Egg Salad
64Can Someone Please Tell Me What’s Going On?Broccoli with a Kick, Broccoli, and Little Ears
65Get Your Bones Ready to Go OutdoorsRaspberries, Almonds
66What’s Cooking?Grilled Wild Salmon with Citrus and Fennel Relish, Mediterranean Spinach Salad, Homemade Croutons, Red and Yellow Beet Tabbouleh
67The Energy of DiabetesBetty Jones’ Applesauce, Cider Poached Apples