The holiday season is upon us, as is the stress that comes along with it. Here are some quick tips to reduce your stress level this holiday season:
- Continue with your exercise regimen and schedule it in on a daily basis – it is a great stress reliever and you will feel better afterwards.
- Get all your prescriptions filled in a timely manner – do not wait until the last minute.
- If you are traveling, bring extra supplies, medications, and snacks just in case you experience delays. Be aware of time changes as it can impact your insulin dosing.
- Make a list when going shopping, take advantage of sales, gift cards, and coupons to help stay within your budget. Avoid impulse buys!
- Try online shopping from home – many sites offer free shipping!!!
- Delegate chores, tasks, cooking/baking, and shopping.
- Be flexible, not a perfectionist and allow time for relaxing.
- Most importantly don’t forget what this time of year is all about and why is it special to your family!
- 5 cups low-sodium vegetable stock
- 2 cups coarse-grind polenta
- 3 tablespoons non-hydrogenated margarine, divided
- 1 cup Parmesan, Asiago, or Romano cheese, grated & divided
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 10-ounce boxes frozen spinach, thawed & pressed dry
- dash of nutmeg
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Bring the stock to a boil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Slowly stir in the polenta. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes, or until the polenta thickens significantly. Remove from heat and stir in 2 tablespoons of the margarine and all of the cheese.
- Line an 11 x 17-inch baking pan with plastic wrap and spray lightly with oil.
- Pour the polenta onto a baking sheet and spread out evenly in a 1-inch layer using a spatula. Cool to room temperature.
- Melt the remaining tablespoon margarine in a skillet over medium high heat. Add the onion and cook for about 2 minutes, or until fragrant. Add the spinach and sauté for 3-5 minutes more, or until the liquid has evaporated. Season with the nutmeg, hot sauce and salt and pepper, to taste.
- Spread the greens in an even layer on top of the polenta. Carefully roll up the polenta from the widest side, as you would a jelly roll. Chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour, or until set.
- Remove the polenta roll from the refrigerator. Slice into 2-inch thick pieces and serve cut side up. Microwave for about 2 minutes, or until heated through and enjoy.
- Makes six servings.
*Recipe from Quick Easy Recipes Tips: www.QuickEasyRecipesTips.com*
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