(NC) During the late winter months, it’s easy to hibernate and lean into warm comforting meals. But for most of us, months of comfort food and sedentary lifestyles come at a cost. For the over three million Canadians living with type 2 diabetes, it’s even more important to stay on track.
The great news is that by incorporating healthy foods into your diet, you can help balance blood sugar levels and manage health-related risks.
Have the best of both worlds; hearty and comforting meals, while keeping your diabetes top of mind.
Try this simple and fun spin on two family favourites:
Chilli Skillet Mac
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Serves: 6 cups / 4 (1 ½ cups per serving)
- 1 lb (454 g) extra lean beef (or ground turkey/chicken)
- 1 tsp (5 mL) canola oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 stalk celery, chopped
- 1 carrot, chopped
- 1 tbsp (15 mL) chili powder
- 2 tbsp (25 mL) tomato paste
- 1 tbsp (15 mL) yellow mustard (optional)2 cups (500 mL) sodium-reduced beef broth
- 1 cup (250 mL) canned, cooked, no-salt added red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup (250 mL) cooked small shell, bowtie or elbow pasta
- In a non-stick skillet cook beef for 8 minutes or until no longer pink. Drain in colander.
- Return skillet to medium heat and add oil. Cook onion, garlic, celery, carrot, and chili powder for about 5 minutes or until softened. Stir in beef, tomato paste, and mustard if using, to coat.
- Add broth and bring to a simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in beans and pasta; simmer for about 5 minutes or until heated through and thickened slightly.
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