Tuesday, September 30, 2014


For those of us who have Type II diabetes, you KNOW how hard it is to find something quick, easy and tasty that won't send your glucose meter into a spin. Well, here is a recipe that is very diabetes friendly and it SCREAMS comfort food taste.

This recipe is super quick and easy to make!!  It is definitely going directly into my 5 star recipe box and I will be freezing single portions of it for my busy day quick hot lunch!!

This is delicious at room
temperature too !!


1 cup chopped sweet onion
2 cloves garlic minced
1 seeded and deveined jalapeno pepper chopped (optional)
1 cup quinoa (rinsed well and drained)
15 ounce can rinsed and drained kidney 
1  diced red bell pepper
14.5 ounce can fire roasted tomatoes (un-drained)
1  14.5 ounce can of water
1 cup corn  (I used frozen)
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons salt (depending on taste)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (see note below)
4 ounce can diced mild green chile's (un-drained)

I like making this in my electric skillet for better heat control. S

Saute the chopped onion in a tablespoon of vegetable oil until the onions are soft and starting to smell sweet. Add the garlic and saute for almost a minute (but watch so it doesn't burn).

Add everything else (except the avocado); stir well, and bring to a boil. Lower heat to a gentle simmer and put the lid on to cook for 15-20 minutes (depending on how hot your pan is).  After 20 minutes, turn heat OFF but leave lid on and let it sit for about 10 minutes.

Just before serving add:
1 peeled and diced avocado
Juice of 1 lime (optional)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro (optional)

NOTE: I usually add 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper to this recipe instead of the jalapeno pepper, but then I don't care for super spicy food. That's the nice thing about this recipe...it is super adaptable.

NOTE: This freezes very well (before you add the avocado). I put it in one cup containers and freeze them.  To eat, put it in the microwave frozen and heat for 2 1/2 minutes. It makes a great lunch.

NOTE: My all time favorite way to eat this (and maybe it is just me), but I love it steaming hot, topped with a scoop of ice cold fat free cottage cheese.  Yum!!!