Diabetic meals don't have to be complicated or take hours to prepare. Also, diabetics do not have to eat separately from what everyone else eats. Diabetics can eat basically like anyone else, within reason of course. Here are some quick and easy recipes that are diabetic-friendly but the whole family will enjoy.  When you make the Vegetable Cumin Pilaf be sure to use brown rice.  The unsweetened baking chocolate in the mole is perfectly fine, in fact it is recommended, in a minimal amount, for a healthy diet.

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Samples of Easy Diabetes Recipes
EASY CHILI MOLE 
1 lb extra-lean ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 pkg 1 1/4-oz) chili seasoning mix
1 can (28-oz) tomatoes, do not drain
1 can (28-oz crushed tomatoes, do not drain
1 can hot chili beans, do not drain
1 oz (1 square) unsweetened baking chocolate, coarsely chopped
8 (6-inch) soft corn tortillas

Cook the ground beef and onion in a nonstick Dutch oven over medium heat.  Stir meat occasionally during cooking to break-up.  Cook until beef in cooked through; drain off excess fat.

Stir the seasoning mix, tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, and beans into them meat/onion mixture.  Turn heat to high and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Stir in the chocolate until melted. 


Serve mole with the corn tortillas.  Garnish with a sprig of fresh parsley, if desired.

VEGETABLE CUMIN PILAF WITH SAUSAGE 
3/4 cup instant brown rice
4 oz turkey breakfast sausage, removed from casings
1 1/2 cups chopped onions
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 oz pine nuts, toasted
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp salt

Cook the rice according to package directions leaving out salt and butter or other fat.

Meanwhile place a large skillet that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray over medium-high heat.  Cook the sausage until browned, stirring constantly.  Remove from pan and set aside.

Coat the pan residue with more cooking spray and cook the onions for 3 minutes.  Add the pepper and cook for another 2 minutes or until crisp-tender, stirring frequently.  Stir the sausage back into the skillet along with the pine nuts, cumin, and salt. 

To serve place the rice on a serving platter and spoon the sausage mixture evenly over all.

Yield: 4 (1 cup) serving
Per serving: 215 calories, 11 g (1 saturated) fat, 8 g protein, 22 g carbs, dietary fiber 3 g, 465 mg sodium, 45 mg cholesterol