Fun Food Idea:
This month's menu idea is brought to you by Lilly Diabetes Disney's Cookbook for Families with Type 1 Diabetes
Beef and Black Bean Chili
Southwest Seasoning Mix (see ingredient list below)
1/2 pound ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups tomato juice
1 1/2 to 2 cups beef or chicken stock
1 cup canned crushed tomatoes in puree
3 to 4 cups cooked black or red beans
3/4 teaspoon salt
Black pepper, to taste
Sour cream, grated cheddar cheese, and/or chopped parsley, for garnish
Southwest Seasoning Mix:
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon mild chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons coriander
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1. In a small bowl, blend all of the ingredients for the Southwest Seasoning Mix, then set the bowl aside.
2. Heat a medium-size casserole or Dutch oven. Add the ground beef and brown over medium heat for several minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the meat to a small bowl and set it aside.
3. If there's very little fat left in the pan, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Add the onion and green pepper and saute over moderate heat for 8 to 9 minutes, until the onion is translucent. Add the garlic and seasoning mix, stirring constantly for 30 seconds.
4. Stir in the remaining ingredients and the reserved meat, using enough stock to achieve a consistency that is neither too thin nor too thick. Bring the mixture to a simmer gently for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring often. Thin the chili with a little more stock if necessary. Serve hot with the garnishes.
Serving: 1 cup (does not include garnishes)
Total Fat: 9g
Total Carbohydrates: 23g
Carbohydrate Choice: 1
Gluten-Free Note: Prepare with gluten-free chicken broth
Delicious Gluten-Free Old-Fashioned Rice Pudding
Ingredients (Serves 4)
--3 Tbsp. short-grain pudding rice
--2 1/2 cups milk (dairy, rice, almond, coconut, or soy)
--1 Tbsp. honey or agave nectar
--1/2 tsp. gluten-free vanilla extract
--1 Tbsp. butter or nondairy alternative
--1/2 cup seedless raisins, cranberries, or other additions of your choice
1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees fahrenheit. Grease or butter a shallow baking dish.
2. Mix the rice, milk, honey, and vanilla extract together in a bowl. Pour into the greased baking dish and dot the top of the mixture with butter.
3.Bake for 30 minutes, then stir the skin into the pudding.
4.Bake for 1 1/2 to 2 hours more, again stirring the skin into the pudding every 30 minutes. Stir in the raisins or other additions and reduce the oven temperature to 250 degrees fahrenheit after 1 full hour of baking.
5.Remove from the oven when the pudding is set through.
(Credit: Celiac Disease and Living Gluten-Free by Jules E. Dowler Shepard)