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.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

PICANTE CHICKEN CASSEROLE

As diabetics it is important to use brown rice as the recipe directs. Using white rice will change this diabetic friendly recipe into a nonfriendly one.

4 tsp olive oil
1/2 cup sliced green onions
2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
1 can (8-oz) diced canned green chilies, drained
1 1/2 cups mild picante sauce
3/4 lb skinless boneless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
2 cups cooked brown rice
6 tbsp sour cream
4-oz shredded cheddar cheese
paprika, optional

In a skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add green onions and mushrooms cooking until tender. Stir in the chilies and cook for a couple of minutes. Add the picante sauce and cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.

Place the chicken in the bottom of a 10-inch baking dish that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Reserve a half cup of the picante mixture; set aside. Pour the remaining picante mixture over the chicken.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.

Combine the reserved half cup of the picante mixture with the brown rice and sour cream. Spread mixture over top of the chicken. Sprinkle the shredded cheddar over the top of the rice mixture. Sprinkle with some paprika, if desired. Return to the oven and bake an additional 5 minutes to melt cheese.

Yield: 4 servings.