With World Diabetes Day recently passing, it is important to recognize this disease and the millions of people it affects, especially in the home care community. There are currently 28.5 million Americans with diabetes with 1.9 million new cases diagnosed in 2010 alone. It is a disease that has become more common among those age 65 and older.
While diabetes can be hereditary, it can many times develop due to a poor diet high in sugar, salt and fat. Once one has diabetes, he or she has to be very careful about what they consume and regularly monitor their insulin levels. Meals that once consisted of a steak dinner with salt and butter will now need to be altered to a healthier option like a green salad topped with grilled chicken.
The good news is that there are still ways to enjoy the same tastes you have grown accustomed to while still choosing healthy options to decrease your chances of developing diabetes.
That said, I would like to share a recipe with you that has loads of flavor with little salt, sugar and fat.
MEATBALLS IN TOMATO SAUCE
The greens give it an appealing succulence and the golden raisins add a subtle, sweet note. Makes 18 to 24 meatballs.
1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
2 Tbsp. nonfat milk
360g minced pork
360g minced topside beef
2 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 Tbsp. parsley, finely chopped
1 Tbsp. dry white wine
Freshly ground black pepper
1 large egg, lightly beaten
For the sauce
1-2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 medium cloves garlic, very thinly sliced
450g silver beet, stems chopped, leaves shredded crosswise
1/2 tsp. salt, or to taste
Pinch crushed chili flakes
1/4 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup water
3 cups low-salt tomato sauce (preferably homemade, but a low-salt, ready-made pasta sauce is fine)