Diabetic Cooking

Ham and cheese on a stick

Preparation time: 15 minutes.


  • 1/2 pound Tuscan-style or French-style round bread loaf
  • 1 eight-ounce, 97% fat-free, fully cooked, ham steak (1/2 inch thick)
  • 4 ounces part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 4 small leaves Romaine hearts lettuce
  • 8 cherry tomatoes
  • 4 12-inch wooden skewers
  • 4 baby kosher dill pickles, drained


Cut bread into 2-inch cubes. (If your loaf weighs more than 1/2 pound, tightly wrap remaining bread, and store at room temperature for another use.) Cut ham steak into approximately 1-inch squares, for a total of 16 squares. Cut mozzarella into 4 one-ounce squares. Roll up lettuce leaves from one end to the other into a little bundle. To assemble sandwich, place a cube of bread on a skewer, then follow with 4 squares of ham, 1 square of cheese, 2 tomatoes, the lettuce bundle, and another piece of bread. Add a baby kosher dill pickle to the end of the skewer.

Note: For those following a lower-sodium diet, omit the pickle and replace the cheese with a slice of red pepper to reduce sodium by about 375 mg.

Yield: 4 servings.

Serving size: 1 skewer.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 268 calories, Carbohydrates: 24 g, Protein: 25 g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 4 g, Cholesterol: 35 mg, Sodium: 1,296 mg, Fiber: 2 g

Exchanges per serving: 1 1/2 carbohydrate, 3 lean meat. Carbohydrate choices: 1 1/2.

Kathleen Stanley is a Diabetes Educator at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. She is coauthor of Quick & Easy Diabetic Recipes for One, published by the American Diabetes Association in 2007.