Christmas Food for My Diet Restricted Aunt

I have a very elderly aunt, who is diabetic, and a very strict vegetarian. She also refuses to eat onions or garlic. Christmas was a real stumper for me until I came up with the idea to can some things for her when I did my own canning.

I make her vegetable soup without her hated onion and garlic, also a sort of Italian sauce. I use my own organic veggies and make her tomato juice, green beans, pumpkin, beets, carrots, etc all without salt or sugar. I also make up fruits and even some pie fillings using fructose (this is "not" the high fructose corn syrup), which is fruit sugar and her doctor allows in her diet. I also include a jar of homemade noodles and often times a jar of the layered dry soup.

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She talks about the couple of dozen jars of food I make her all year. She especially loves the fact that I told her that I think of her every time I plant something to can and how much fun it is.

By Margie M. from Mount Vernon, OH

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September 1, 20060 found this helpful

Gifts from the heart are the best!!!

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September 1, 20060 found this helpful

That's VERY nice of you!!! How thoughtful!! Have you ever thought of marketing any of your products. I'm sure others with diabetes would appreciate your handiwork, too.

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September 1, 20060 found this helpful

Hope this will work:

Coconut Raisin Bars

2 large eggs, slightly beaten

1 cup Equal® Spoonful*

6 tablespoons stick butter, melted

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup toasted flaked coconut

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1/2 cup seedless raisins

Beat eggs and Equal® in medium bowl. Mix in butter and vanilla. Stir combined flour, baking powder and salt into egg mixture. Mix in coconut, nuts and raisins. Spread batter in lightly sprayed 8-inch square pan.

Bake in preheated 350°F oven 18 to 20 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean and top is golden. Cool completely on wire rack. Cut into bars.

Store in airtight containers at room temperature.

Makes 16 bars.

* May substitute 24 packets Equal sweetener

Nutrition Information Per Serving:

calories 110, protein 2 g, carbohydrate 8 g, fat 8 g, cholesterol 38 mg, sodium 83 mg.

Food Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1 1/2 fat.

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September 2, 20060 found this helpful

You are a great niece and I know she must truly love you for being so considerate.

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