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, August 21, 2014

CHICKEN SALAD WITH WILD RICE & TARRAGON VINAIGRETTE

1/2 cup uncooked wild rice
2 cups chopped cooked chicken breasts
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped toasted, blanched almonds
Tarragon Vinaigrette (recipe below)
1 cup loosely packed watercress leaves (or other salad greens)

Rinse rice in a fine mesh strainer.

Bring 1 1/2 cup salted water to a boil over medium-high heat in a small saucepan. Stir rice into boiling water and return to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, 40 to 50 minutes or until tender; drain and rinse under cold water then drain again.

Stir together the chicken, onions, celery, almonds and rice in a large bowl until well combined. Drizzle vinaigrette (amount to suit taste) over all; toss to coat.

Chill chicken salad for an hour before tossing with the greens to serve.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings.

Tarragon Vinaigrette:
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

In a small bowl, slowly add the oil to the vinegar, whisking constantly until smooth.  Whisk in the tarragon, salt, and pepper.

Yield: Approximately 3/4 cup