If you read the article on the new ADA nutritional guidelines, you will know that as diabetics we should not get more than 20% of our calories per day as protein . . . and that assumes that our kidneys are healthy.
Since many of us love beef, here we share four delicious beef recipes, making sure that the cuts we use are lean and served in small portions that fit within these nutrition guidelines. The recipes are full of interesting spices and flavors, perfect for quick suppers and more leisurely weekend meals.
Our first beef meal includes a grilled steak with spiced roasted sweet potatoes and a wonderful coleslaw that you’ll be fixing time and time again. Serve fresh fruit for dessert or a microwaved apple or pear. This is a meal made in minutes that will become a favorite.
Our second beef meal is easy to make and lends itself to substitutions. It can easily be made with chicken breasts, scallops, or even skinless duck breasts. The trick to slicing any protein thin enough is put it into the freezer for about 25 to 30 minutes so that it’s partially frozen and easy to cut.
The idea of combining orange zest in this type of stir fry came originally from an old Gourmet, but that recipe was very high in protein, low in vegetables, and high in sodium and fat. We revised the recipe to make it appropriate for someone with diabetes or for someone who wants great taste and healthy cooking.
For dessert, why not section the orange you zested, add a sectioned grapefruit, and broil the fruit with 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar and 1 teaspoon orange flavored liqueur. Coat with butter flavored cooking spray before placing under the broiler, and enjoy.
Our third menu features a delicious version of the all-American hamburger. Our entrée is made with extra-lean ground sirloin, savory with spices and herbs. Serve this with a delicious red potato salad and baked apples for dessert.
Our final menu features a hearty stew made easy with the help of a crockpot. This is simple, homey goodness that will be extra welcome on a cold rainy or snowy night. Although we prefer to serve this stew with creamy polenta, it’s equally delicious with mashed yellow turnips or Yukon Gold potatoes. For dessert we suggest piling some cubed fresh pineapple and kiwi fruit into pretty glasses for a refreshing, sweet change of taste.