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What is a Certified Diabetes Educator?

June 15, 2017

A Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) is a health professional that has comprehensive knowledge of an expertise in diabetes management and diabetes prevention. They educate and provide support to people living with diabetes. They have knowledge about a broad range of topics such as healthy eating, how to take medications as directed, exercise, and coping with stress, and can help people to better understand and manage their condition so that people can maintain or improve overall health.

The Diabetes Education program at Frisbie’s Diabetes and Endocrine Center is led by a team of Certified Diabetes Educators, registered dietitians and nurses that provides group and individual diabetes education classes, including the popular Recipe of the Month cooking demonstrations.

The Recipe of the Month is free and open to anyone who has diabetes and living in greater Rochester. Led by Frisbie’s Certified Diabetes Educators, attendees learn how to prepare nutritious and delicious foods – tastings and recipes included!

Classes are scheduled on the first Friday of the month from 10am to 11am (second Friday in January and March. No classes in July and August). Pre-registration is required and can be made by calling (603) 994-0120.

From June 2017 Recipe of the Month:

Adapted from

Quinoa and Tuna Sliders with Creamy Avocado Sauce

Serves 4


Creamy Avocado Sauce:

  • 3 hass avocados
  • 1/2 cup Greek plain yogurt
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • Salt and pepper

Tuna and Quinoa Sliders:

  • 1 cup of light tuna (two 4-oz. cans)
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 Tablespoon finely chopped garlic
  • 1 cup shredded spinach
  • 3/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3-5 Tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 8 small buns
  • 2 medium tomatoes, sliced


  1. To make the creamy avocado sauce, combine avocado, yogurt, lime juice, cilantro, salt and pepper in a food processor and pulse a few times until smooth.
  2. Add 1 Tablespoon of olive oil to a large pan and heat on medium heat.
  3. Add onion and garlic and cook until onion becomes translucent.
  4. Add spinach and heat mixing with onion until wilted.
  5. Remove onion and spinach from heat and let cool.
  6. In a large bowl, combine tuna, quinoa, Panko bread crumbs, spinach, garlic, onion mixture, and salt and pepper.
  7. Stir in eggs and mix well.
  8. Heat 2 Tablespoons of olive oil on medium high heat.
  9. Pack a 1/3 measuring cup with the tuna patty mixture and carefully drop in hot oil.
  10. Lower heat to medium low and flatten patty with the back of a spatula.
  11. Repeat for each patty.
  12. Cook for 3-5 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
  13. Remove from heat and place on paper towel-line plate.
  14. Cut the buns, place patty on the bread, spoon creamy avocado sauce on top and top with slice of tomato.

Nutritional Facts per 2 sliders:

Calories: 320       Carbs: 42g           Fiber: 3g           Fat: 9g             Saturated Fat: 2g


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