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Diabetes Cook Off shows what healthy, affordable meals look like

So often people who discover they have diabetes assume that means they are sentenced to a life of dull meals.

Nothing could be further from the truth. (Of this I am sure; I am a diabetic.)

Don’t believe me? You can get the proof you need on Saturday (Nov. 14) at the fourth annual Diabetes Cook Off, sponsored by the South Side Diabetes Project.

Everyday home cooks will compete with diabetes-friendly recipes that are not only healthy but affordable, easy-to-prepare and tasty, dishes the whole family can enjoy. Participants will be presenting their original dishes in one of four categories: entree, side dish, snack or dessert.

Twelve local contestants will share their recipes and compete for a number of prizes, including the grand prize of $1,000.

The competition, which will be held from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., takes place at the Washburne Culinary School, 740 W. 63rd St. (You’ll find the action in Building U.)

While the afternoon promises to be great fun, it’s also a good opportunity for those with the illness to see how others put together diabetic-friendly dishes. It is sure to give you ideas and possibly introduce you to new ingredients — or ingredient combinations– you might not have considered before.