Monday Motivational Meal - Apple Peel Pancakes

Monday, October 25, 2021


Apple Peel Pancakes

As the seasons change it is fun to try new recipes and get re-inspired with healthy fresh ingredients. Apple Peel Pancakes are a great way to make use of leftover peels. They are whimsical to look at, easy to make, and tasty to eat. Enjoy serving them up on our Celebrate Healthy Lifestyle dishes! Happy Fall! 

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Monday Motivational Meal - Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Tacos

Monday, October 18, 2021


Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Tacos

Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Tacos are great for anytime of year! The idea is to keep it easy, tasty and healthy. Our recipe is also gluten free if you use corn tortillas. This makes for an easy leftover lunch too...whenever you eat this delish meal, make sure to serve it up on Livliga's Healthy Lifestyle dinnerware!


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Guest Blog: Slow Cooker Cuban-Style Beef Stew By Shelby Kinnaird

Friday, October 15, 2021


Slow Cooker Cuban-Style Beef Stew by Shelby Kinnaird
Cuban-Style Beef Stew called Carne con Papas Served Up on Livliga!

Fall has arrived and you know what that means: it’s slow cooker season! Dust off your pot and let’s make a Cuban-Style Beef Stew called Carne con Papas.

When I told my friend Anna Norton, CEO of DiabetesSisters, that I was writing a healthy slow cooker cookbook, she told me about a traditional Cuban recipe from her mother, Caridad Tang. Anna had taken her mother’s recipe and adapted it for both the slow cooker and to make it more diabetes-friendly. She wanted to make sure she exposed her son to the foods of her childhood.

Let me tell you, after this dish had been cooking for a few hours, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the beef stew my mom and grandma used to make. The aroma was intoxicating and very familiar even though I don’t have a drop of Cuban blood in me.

Slow Cooker Cuban-Style Beef Stew by Shelby Kinnaird
Cuban-Style Beef Stew ready for Slow Cooking!

This stew may just bring back some childhood memories for you too, no matter where you’re from.

Slow Cooker Cuban-Style Beef Stew Recipe

Note: This recipe appears in Diabetes Slow Cooker Cookbook. Diabetes not required to enjoy the book!

Guest Blogger Bio

Shelby Kinnaird, Founder of Put on Your Apron, hosts fun, healthy cooking experiences online and in-person. She has written three books, Diabetes Slow Cooker Cookbook, The Diabetes Cookbook for Electric Pressure Cookers and The Pocket Carbohydrate Counter for Diabetes. A passionate diabetes advocate, Shelby leads two DiabetesSisters support groups in Richmond, Virginia. She has lived with Type 2 diabetes since 1999.



Book Review - Diabetes Slow Cooker Cookbook by Shelby Kinnaird and Simone Harounian

Monday, October 11, 2021


Diabetes Slow Cooker Cookbook

I want to mention upfront that I received a complimentary copy of this book and was asked to share a review of my honest thoughts regarding “Diabetes Slow Cooker Cookbook.” The thoughts below are my own and come from reading the cookbook and testing out some of the recipes.

This is a great Slow Cooker cookbook! I have been a follower and admirer of Shelby Kinnaird for many years. The partnership between Shelby and Simone Harounian shines through this book. It is clear they want to help people live life as their healthiest selves. They do this throughout the cookbook by sharing their expertise, experience and passion. Shelby and Simone put their personal and practical knowledge on the line for all of us. It is clear they have put thought and their love for us and good food on every page.

First they share why slow cookers can be great for your health. This includes a section about “Eating Healthy with Diabetes” which is an uncomplicated overview of the basics. It is a great reference guide for those living with diabetes…and honestly relevant to all of us wanting to eat healthy.

Then there is a section on “Golden Rules of Slow Cooking.” You are going to love this part! Again it is filled with common sense advice when using slow cookers. We all need to be reminded of these Golden Rules!

There are many other parts of the book that help you be a better cook and a successful chef with a slow cooker. For instance, they guide you on how to make a balanced meal using the recipes in the cookbook. Shelby and Simone also point out that there is always room for Comfort Food in a healthy lifestyle and they list some of their favorites they have included in the cookbook.

Diabetes Slow Cooker Cookbook by Shelby Kinnaird and Simone Harounian
Sweet and Sour Scallops from Diabetes Slow Cooker Cookbook

When checking out the merits of a cookbook it is a must that you also check out the recipes. I can say I have prepared two recipes so far: “Sweet and Sour Scallops” (see photo above) which I served with brown rice and steamed edamame as well as a side dish, “Orange Carrots and Parsnips” which I served with roasted pork and steamed broccoli. The ingredients included are primarily fresh and focused on wonderful combinations of whole foods that are accessible at your local grocery store. Both were easy to follow, created attractive dishes, and were tasty. My true test is to share recipes with my family and if they say the recipes are a “repeat” then I know they have hit the mark. Both recipes were voted to be “repeats.”

If you are looking for a slow cooker cookbook that also provides a great resource for those living with diabetes as well as those wanting to live a healthy lifestyle, this book is for you. I for one am adding it to my bookshelf with my other favorites that I use regularly. I recommend this cookbook.

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Monday Motivational Meal - Pumpkin Spice Protein Smoothie

Monday, October 4, 2021

Pumpkin Spice Protein Smoothie


Pumpkin makes us think of the fall, pumpkin patches, the turning of the leaves and the festivities to come. Pumpkin is very versatile and easy to add to your diet in both sweet and savory dishes. Incorporating pumpkin into your diet is a wonderful way to reap health benefits. Try our easy recipe for a pumpkin spice protein smoothie and remember to serve it up in our stylish Aveq beverage glass for your perfect 8 ounce pour!

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