WELCOME TO DIABETIC ENJOYING FOOD

I have chosen this name for this blog because it truly states my story. I am a type II diabetic who most certainly enjoys food. When I was diagnosed with diabetes several years ago, my blood sugar level was over 400. With some oral medications, a lot of research and some trial and error, I have found that unlike my ancestors I truly can continue to enjoy food. I hope this blog will help you to also enjoy food and be healthy. Some recipes are my originals and some I have collected.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

ANGEL HAIR AND MEATBALLS

This is a recipe I got from a Fiber One cereal diabetic posting.

1 lb 90% lean ground beef
3/4 cup Fiber One cereal
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3/4 tsp Italian Seasoning
1/4 to 1/2 tsp garlic powder (depending on taste)
1 can (8-oz) tomato sauce
1 can (14 1/2-oz) diced tomatoes with green pepper and onion (do not drain)
1/8 tsp paprika
6-oz uncooked whole-wheat angel hair pasta
chopped fresh parsley for garnish, if desired
grated Parmesan cheese for garnish, if desired

Finely crush Fiber One cereal in food processor or in a sealed plastic bag by crushing with a rolling pin. Pour crumbs into a large mixing bowl along with the ground beef, Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and 1/4 cup of the tomato sauce. Blend well and and shape into meatballs about 1 1/2-inch in diameter.

Spray a 12-inch nonstick skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Over medium heat, cook the meat balls approximately 10 minutes, turning occasionally to brown on all sides. Drain off excess fat, if necessary. Add the remaining tomato sauce, the canned tomatoes, and the paprika to the skillet; turn meatballs to coat. Cover skillet and cook over medium-low heat for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until the meatballs are cooked through.

Meanwhile, cook and drain the angel hair as the package directs. To serve, place the meatballs with sauce over the pasta. Top with additional Parmesan and the chopped parsley, if desired.

Yield: 4 servings
Per serving: 460 calories, 54 g carbs, 10 g fiber, 33 g protein, 12 g (5 g sat)fat, 75 mg cholesterol, 950 mg sodium.
Diabetic exchanges: 2 1/2 starch, 1 other carb, 3 1/2 lean meat