Thursday, December 24

A Time to Give - Community Involvement

I love to cook, no doubt about it. My grandparents have been ill and both have diabetes. They still don't really watch what they eat and feel ill afterwards. There are many diabetics in our area, south Texas and lots of them do not know what that means. This week I attended a medicare seminar and was asked by one of my grandmother's nurses to offer a cooking demonstration of a diabetic friendly meal. I thought I would do a something that really wouldn't be so difficult. I choose Spiced Mixed Fruit! Here in South Texas we eat a lot of dried fruit seasoned with salt or sugar, so I thought this would be something they would enjoy.

I loved talking to all the people at the seminar. They all learned some great information on the new Medicaid plans and also how to take care of themselves and eat healthy. They asked lots of questions on the recipe and how to make other recipes diabetic friendly. They were very friendly and I had a great time helping them out. Here is the recipe:
Spiced Mixed Fruit Recipe

Ingredients 2 packages (8 ounces each) mixed dried fruit1 can (15 ounces) fruit cocktail, undrained1 cup raisins1 cup apple cider or juice1/2 cup brandy or additional apple cider or juice4-1/2 teaspoons chopped crystallized ginger1-1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom1-1/2 teaspoons ground allspice2 medium apples, chopped1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries Directions In a 3-qt. baking dish, combine the first eight ingredients. Cover and bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until fruit is softened. Stir in apples and cranberries. Bake, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes or until apples are tender. Serve warm or at room temperature. Yield: 6-1/2 cups. Nutrition Facts: 1 serving (1/2 cup) equals 152 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 10 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 1 g protein.
There are many ways that you can help out your community. What are your strengths or what do you love or are passionate about. Most business would gladly invite you to come teach a class or hold and be apart of. If you love to scrapbook visit your local library or visit your local store they might have room for you to hold a quick 15 minute class. You will feel so good that you are doing something good.HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
This post is for Saving and Giving's "A Time To Give" McLincky, sharing how we can give anytime of the year.

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