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, February 13, 2014

SWEET-AND-SOUR CHICKEN AND RICE

1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 lbs skinned and boned chicken thighs
vegetable cooking spray
1 small onion, diced
1 medium-size red bell pepper, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup uncooked long grain rice
1 cup sweet-and-sour low-sugar dressing (recipe below)
1 cup low-sodium, fat-free chicken broth
2 green onions, chopped

Sprinkle salt and pepper evenly over the chicken. Brown the chicken in a Dutch oven that has been coated with the cooking spray. Brown on medium-high heat for 2 to 3 minutes per side.  Remove chicken from the Dutch oven and set aside.

Respray the Dutch oven if necessary and add the onion, bell pepper, and garlic; saute 5 minutes.  Add the rice and saute for 2 to 3 minutes or until rice turns opaque. Stir in the sweet-and-sour dressing and the chicken broth.  Add the chicken back into the Dutch oven.

Place cover on the Dutch oven and reduce the heat; simmer 45 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed and rice is tender. Chicken should be cooked through.

Sprinkle the green onions over all before serving.