Busy, busy, busy. We are constantly busy and in a hurry. But we can find time to prepare decent meals and don't have to depend on fast-food for all our sustenance. Preparing home-cooked meals is especially important if you have children. Our children need to know what it's like to eat a meal from their own kitchen. And I am a big proponent of sit-down meals for families, as you know if you follow my articles. To help you with easy and economical meal preparation here are a couple of good recipes. Chicken vegetable soup is a lite soup that is made in the crockpot. Throw everything in the crockpot in the morning and come home to a nice hot soup. For dessert make this quick microwave apple crisp. Both of these recipes are diabetic friendly.
LITE CHICKEN VEGETABLE SOUP
1 can (28-oz) diced tomatoes, undrained 2 cups reduced-fat & reduced sodium chicken or vegetable broth 2 cups cubed or shredded cooked chicken 1 cup frozen whole-kernel corn 2 celery ribs, chopped 1 can (6-oz) tomato paste 1/4 cup dry lentils, rinsed 1 tbsp Splenda 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 2 tsp dried parsley flakes 1 tsp dried marjoram
In a slow cooker, combine all ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or until vegetables are tender.
1 cup serving = approximately 140 calories, 17 g carbs, 15 g protein
MICROWAVE APPLE CRISP
6 cups sliced, peeled tart apples 2 tbsp Splenda 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon, divided 1/4 cup water 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1/8 tsp salt 2 tbsp + 2 tsp Splenda brown sugar blend 3 tbsp unsalted butter
In a bowl, toss apples with Splenda and 1/4 tsp of the cinnamon. Place apples in an ungreased 8-inch square microwave-safe baking dish. Sprinkle with water. In another bowl, combine the flour, salt, brown sugar blend, and remaining cinnamon. Cut in the butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over apples. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 10-12 minutes or until apples are tender.
Yield = 5 servings at the following per serving: 257 calories, 49 g carbs, 2 g protein
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