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.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

ORZO PILAF

4 oz uncooked orzo
2 tsp olive or canola oil
1 small onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 small zucchini, diced
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 can (14-oz) artichoke hearts; drain and cut into 4ths
1 tomato, chopped
1/2 tsp dried oregano
dash of salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
sliced black olives for garnish

Cook the orzo according to package directions but omit any salt for fat.  Drain and keep warm.

Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.  Add the onion to the skillet and saute about 5 minutes; add the garlic and cook, stirring 1 minute.

Add the zucchini and the chicken broth to the skillet; reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes; zucchini should be crisp tender.  Stir the orzo into the skillet. Add the artichoke hearts, tomato, oregano, salt, and pepper to the skillet and cook, stirring, for another minute or until heated through.


Sprinkle with the feta cheese and olives.

Yield: 6 servings of 1/2 cup each
Per serving: 7 g protein to 23 g carbs.  Serve with fish or a lean piece of meat for more protein.