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Asian Tofu Salad….

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Asian Tofu Salad … Diabetes Friendly Thursdays

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March is the month of start of Spring and cleansing of house and yards and discarding the old and welcoming the new. Let’s begin the onset of spring with some healthy PROTEIN PACKED Salads!

In our house We eat Salads as one of the regular rotation for lunch especially during summer months . My kids love to add loads of leafy greens along with carrots , cucumbers fresh mushrooms and other fresh vegetables and sprouts in their salads along with grilled chicken, shrimps, or fish.. I myself love to Sprinkle some nuts or seeds on top, add a few dried cranberries, some avocado chunks to take it to the next level and they’re filling enough to make into a main dish.

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Today I bring to you one of our favorite Asian flavors inspired tofu salad The slices of protein-rich tofu that top this salad is lightly seasoned in low sodium soy sauce and chili flakes and grilled to give it a bold, rich flavor Plus, they’re filling enough to make into a main dish.

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Asian Tofu Salad…

Makes 1 serving
Serving size 1 cup + 4 slices of tofu

Ingredients for the salad
1/4 cup shredded Red Cabbage
1/2 cup shredded lettuce of your choice ( I used iceberg )
1/4 cup carrots cut into matchsticks
50 grams pat dried tofu cut into 4 ( marinade all over in 1 tsp soy sauce or chili sauce and grill it )
1 tsp oil ( I used peanut oil )

For the dressing
1 tbs unsalted dry roasted peanuts
1 tbs juice of a lemon
1 small date
A pinch or two chili flakes optional
1 tsp fresh ginger

Method
Blend all the ingredients under dressing to a smooth paste . If the dressing becomes too thick then add a little water or low sodium soy sauce to thin it out .

The Salad
1. Heat a medium size skillet and add 1 tsp oil .
2. Once the oil is hot add all the ingredients for salad and toss for a minute EXCEPT GRILLED TOFU .
3. In a serving bowl add the tossed Salad , Top with tofu and serve with the salad dressing on the side .

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Lets look at the benefits of the ingredients used in making this Salad..

Red cabbage
Eating cabbage is an inexpensive way to add vitamins K and C, as well as antioxidants, to your diabetes-friendly diet. Cabbage also contains manganese, fiber, and vitamin B6. This low-carb veggie is at its peak in the fall and early winter. Pick a head that’s firm with shiny leaves. When you get it home, put it in the refrigerator. Cover it with plastic wrap once it’s cut to slow down the loss of vitamins. Experiment with recipes that use this low-carb vegetable raw as well as cooked.

Lettuce
The glycemic index estimates the effect of a food on your blood sugar levels, with foods having a low score being less likely to cause spikes in blood sugar levels than those with a high score. Lettuce have very low glycemic index scores, according to the American Diabetes Association, so you don’t have to worry about them greatly increasing your blood sugar levels.

Carrots
Rich in the antioxidant beta-carotene, vitamin A, B, C and K, magnesium, folate, and dietary fiber, carrots are bright in color and provide a sweet taste. Carrots are a good choice if you have diabetes as their carotenoid and vitamin A content helps protect your eyes from diabetic retinopathy or damage to the blood vessels in the eye from long-term diabetes. Carrots are a great low-carb, crunchy snack.

Tofu

The Joslin Diabetes Center recommends that adults get 20 to 35 g of dietary fiber each day, especially if they are diabetic, as fiber slows down the absorption of carbohydrates. Tofu has an excellent balance of the nutrients required to lower blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics. CalorieKing.com states that a fourth of a block of firm tofu only has 117 calories, but also 7 g of fat, 12.8 g of protein and almost 1.9 g of fiber. Tofu can be grilled, baked, used in a soup or in a stir-fry dish.

Disclaimer
I am not a nutritionist or dietician. My knowledge and information is based on my research and reading from different resources. Please consult your doctor or dietician before making any changes to your diet.

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FOR MORE DIABETES FRIENDLY SALADS RECIPES,CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW

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Black Bean “Meatless Meatballs” …

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Black Bean “Meatless Meatballs”..Diabetes Friendly Thursdays…
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Having diabetes doesn’t mean not having yummy appetizers & finger foods.
I have been looking for different ways to serve vegetarian finger food during holiday season . THIS DISH is one of the many ways!
The best part is that This will satisfy people who are not vegetarian as well… So don’t be afraid to give these deliciously packed with fiber and protein “MEATBALLS ” A TRY … These Meatless “Meatballs” has reduced carbs, fat, and calories too.
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Yield: 4-5 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained OR 1cup boiled and drained beans
1/4 cup cooked brown Rice
1/4cup fresh whole grain bread crumbs
1/4 cup frozen corn kernels
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 tsp finely chopped green chili
2 cloves garlic chopped fine
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 tsp red chili flakes or to taste
1 tsp cumin powder
salt as per taste
Nonstick cooking spray

For Assembly: OPTIONAL

red and yellow cherry tomatoes, halved
fresh basil/ baby spinach / baby kale leaves
Few Mozzarella Cheese balls
Dip or Marinara Sauce of your choice ..( I served them with spicy mint chutney on the side

Directions:
1. In medium bowl, mash the black beans and mix all the other ingredients except cooking spray. Form mixture into small balls.
2.Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Spray skillet with nonstick spray. Transfer meatballs to skillet; cook 6 to 8 minutes or until browned on all sides and warmed through, turning occasionally.
3. You can bake these Black bean Meatballs in an oven at 375*F for 10 mins or till golden brown in color ..
4. Serve Black Bean “Meatballs” with marinara sauce or any other sauce or dip of your choice ….

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LETS LOOK AT THE BENEFITS OF THE INGREDIENTS USED

Black beans
The deep, rich color of black beans is due to substances called anthocyanin flavonoids, which are powerful antioxidants that help cleanse the body of toxins . A cup of black beans contains 15 g of fiber, more than half the recommended daily requirement of fiber. This soluble fiber helps lower cholesterol and stabilize blood sugar levels for better diabetes control.

Brown Rice
The kinds of rice that people with diabetics should eat are brown rice and wild rice. Both of these are whole-grain rice that contain wheat germ and bran . Brown rice helps stabilize blood sugar levels; therefore, it’s an excellent food choice for those suffering from diabetes. Studies show that those who consume one half cup of brown rice daily reduce their risks of developing diabetes by 60%.

ONION
The American Diabetes Association recommends that you eat at least three to five servings of vegetables daily. Adding onions to your soups, stews, sandwiches, salads and casseroles boosts your vegetable intake without adding a large number or calories or carbohydrates to your diet.

Tomatoes
Because of their low carbohydrate content, tomatoes can play a big role in controlling blood sugar levels. The low carbohydrate content also helps lower calorie intake and can help diabetics to lose weight. Tomatoes are a rich source of antioxidants and help restore the body’s oxidative balance.

Green Chilies
chilly peppers have the ability to reduce the risk of hyperinsulinemia or high blood levels of insulin & help to lower the insulin levels significantly.

Disclaimer
I am not a nutritionist or dietician. My knowledge and information is based on my research and reading from different resources. Please consult your doctor or dietician before making any changes to your diet.

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