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, October 11, 2013

CHICKEN, PASTA, & OLIVES

4-oz uncooked whole-grain rotini pasta
3/4 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, rinsed and cut into bite-size pieces
1/2 tsp dried rosemary
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
4 med-size garlic cloves, minced
1 cup grape tomatoes, quartered
1/2 cup Spanish stuffed olives, halved lengthwise
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1 1/2 cups packed baby spinach, coarsely chopped
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/8 tsp salt

Cook pasta according to the package directions; omit any oil or butter called for.

Meanwhile, coat a large skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken with the rosemary, thyme, and red pepper flakes for 2 minutes or until slightly pink in center, stirring often.  Add the garlic and cook 15 seconds, stirring constantly.  Stir in the tomatoes, olives, and parsley; remove from the heat.  Cover and let stand 3 minutes.

Add the drained pasta, spinach, oil, and salt; toss together until spinach is wilted.