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.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

SANTA FE DIP

3 oz sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil!)
2 jars (7-oz each) roasted red peppers, rinsed and drained
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup chopped green onion
4-oz reduced-fat Neufchatel cream cheese, softened
Hot pepper sauce, to suit your taste
Fresh diced tomato, chopped red onion, fresh cilantro for garnish, if desired.

Soak the tomatoes in hot water for 5 minutes; drain, reserving 3 tablespoons of the soaking liquid.

In a food processor (or blender) process peppers, tomatoes, garlic, cumin, lemon juice, cilantro, and green onion until smooth.

Add the Neufchatel cheese to processor; process until smooth, adding the reserved tomato liquid to thin to the desired consistency while using a rubber or silicone spatula to scrape down the sides as needed.

Add the hot sauce and taste to adjust seasoning, if needed.

Don't ruin this healthy dip by serving it with unhealthy dippers. Serve with fresh veggies, baked tortilla chips, or whole-grain crackers.

Per a serving size of 2 tablespoonfuls: 35 calories, 1 g total fat, 5 g carbs, 3 mg cholesterol, less than 1 g fiber, 1 g protein, 163 mg sodium