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.

Friday, July 15, 2011

BLACK BEAN CHICKEN SALAD WITH LIME VINAIGRETTE DRESSING

SALAD:
6 cups mixed salad greens
1 1/2 cups cubed grilled or sauted chicken breast
1 can (15 oz) black beans, rinse well and drain
1 cup chopped fresh tomatoes
1 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/2 cup sliced, halved red onion
1/2 cup low-fat mexican-blend shredded cheese

DRESSING:
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup finely chopped tomato
1 tbsp vinegar (I prefer cider vinegar)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp lime juice
1/2 tsp lime zest
1 garlic cloved, minced
dash of salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp chili powder

In a large salad bowl, combine the salad ingredients. In a food processor or blender, combine the dressing ingredients. Place lid on container and process until you have a smooth dressing. Pour dressing over salad and toss to coat.

Makes 4 servings. Each serving: 298 calories, 26 g carbs, 28 g protein

Note: I adapted this recipe from one I saw in a Light & Tasty magazine a few years ago.