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, November 8, 2012

ORANGE-CHICKEN QUINOA

2 tsp canola oil
1 lb thin-sliced boneless skinless chicken, cut into strips
1 cup water
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 cup fresh orange juice
1 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
1/2 cup sliced green onion
1 cup sliced carrots
6-oz snow peas, ends cut off
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

Heat the canola oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. 

Add the chicken to the hot oil and cook, stirring, about 6 minutes until no longer pink.  Remove from the skillet and keep warm.

Meanwhile, put the water and quinoa in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.  Reduce to simmer, cover, and simmer until all water is absorbed.  This will take about 12 to 15 minutes.

Whisk the cornstarch, orange juice, and soy sauce together; add to the skillet.  Bring back to a simmer, stirring often.  Add the ginger and onion; cook a couple of minutes while stirring.  Add the carrots and snow peas; simmer 3 to 4 minutes just until crisp tender.  Add the chicken back to the skillet and heat through.  Turn off heat and let stand about 3 to 5 minutes before serving.

To serve, place the quinoa on serving plate and top with the chicken mixture.  Sprinkle with the red pepper flakes.
Yield: 4 servings