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Food Stamp Challenge Diabetic Choices

I have been looking at recipes for diabetics since this runs in my family. The American Diabetes Association is a good source for diabetics but they also realize that gluten-free is important to many.

In their Food and Fitness section, they discuss what foods are gluten-free:

  • Amaranth
  • Arrowroot
  • Beans (kidney, black, soy, navy, pinto, etc.)
  • Buckwheat
  • Corn (look for pure corn tortillas)
  • Flax
  • Gluten-free baked products (made from corn, rice, soy, nut, teff and/or potato flour)
  • Kasha
  • Millet
  • Potatoes (sweet potatoes are best)
  • Quinoa
  • Rice (brown or wild rice is best)
  • Sorghum
  • Soy
  • Tapioca

I decided to take one of my favorite recipes from Food Network (Fastest Ever Chicken Enchiladas) and make them not only gluten and dairy-free but see how they fit into a diabetic diet. This is a more expensive recipe than I would use this week but it makes six servings so it can be used for multiple meals or for a family or group. Even my extremely fussy mostly vegetarian grandson loves these. 

Taco

The easy part of this remake would be to use corn tortillas. Corn tortillas are easier to break than flour tortillas so they need to be warmed (warm in a pan or several wrapped in a damp paper towel and covered in foil then warm in the oven) prior to rolling. I found a recipe for a substitute sour cream and cheese sauce instead of the grated cheese. I use a jar of salsa instead of making my own but making your own can give you more control over the ingredients and the cost. OK, this one is way off the chart for diabetics (and the Food Stamp Challenge budget) but if you eat a small portion of an enchilada (half to three-quarters would probably be more than enough) along with some salad or a vegetable, you should be all right. You will definitely be full.

 

Posted by Vicki Berg, Director of Finance and Administration - Wednesday, 03/21/12, 03:07 PM - Comments - Category: Food Stamp Challenge 2012

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