Wandering into the kitchen to be greeted with a freshly baked pie is the stuff dreams are made of. Especially when you have diabetes and are following a diet made of carefully balanced sources of carbohydrate, protein, and fat. So can pie fit into that diet? Yes, within reason if made low-fat and low-sugar and with every gram of fat and carbohydrate counted to fit within your daily allowance.
During the holidays we have more than the usual numbers of guests who visit us. Here we share with you a perfect meal for you and young guests who like to eat pizza. We’ve selected the toppings we used to have on those fat laden meals of take-out pizza. This is an easy one-dish dinner, which only needs a great salad, some garlic bruschetta, and fresh fruit for dessert.
We love Mexican food during the holiday season and this tamale pie fits right into our meal plan. Substituting for the usual ground beef with ground white turkey meat significantly lowers the fat content, and turkey blends well with the strong flavors of Mexico. If you don’t want to roast fresh chiles for this dish, you can buy them already roasted in a can.
Of course, an article on pie wouldn’t be complete without a sweet pie or two. Here’s one we particularly like during the holidays. Made like a croustade, using only one crust, we’ve cut down significantly on the fat content. Make sure your dried cranberries are the no-sugar-added kind. If your market doesn’t carry them, substitute no-sugar-added dried cherries.
This is another favorite during the holidays – full of rich white chocolate flavor and a sweet bite of strawberry. If you can’t find really good strawberries at your market, substitute slices of kiwi fruit, with little change in calories and carbs.