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Chicken Lettuce Wraps

(Yield: 6 servings)

• 1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
• 1 tablespoon plus 1-1/2 teaspoons peanut oil, divided
• 3/4 cup chopped fresh mushrooms
• 1 can (8 ounces) water chestnuts, drained and diced
• 1 tablespoon minced fresh gingerroot
• 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
• 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium teriyaki sauce
• 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
• 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
• 1-1/2 cups shredded carrots
• 1/2 cup julienned green onions
• 12 Bibb or Boston lettuce leaves
• 1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted


1. In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook chicken in 1 tablespoon oil for 3 minutes; drain. Add the mushrooms, water chestnuts and ginger; cook 4-6 minutes longer or until chicken juices run clear. Drain and set aside.
2. In a small bowl, whisk the vinegar, teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, garlic powder, red pepper flakes and remaining oil. Stir in the carrots, onions and chicken mixture. Spoon onto lettuce leaves; sprinkle with almonds. If desired, fold sides of lettuce over filling and roll up.

Light, crispy and chocolately bite-size cookies


(makes 48 cookies)
• 4 egg whites (at room temperature)
• 1/4 tsp. cream of tarter
• 2 Tbsp. honey
• 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tarter until foamy.
3. Beat in honey and almond extract until egg whites form stiff peaks. Drop by spoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets.
4. Place 1 baking sheet on the middle shelf of the oven. Close oven door and immediately turn oven off!
5. Leaving baking sheet in the oven for 1 1/2 hours.
6. Transfer cookies to a rack. Again, preheat oven to 375 F. Bake second sheet of cookies in the same manner.
7. Place chocolate chips in a zip lock bag and microwave on HIGH for 1 minute, until chocolate is melted.
8. Snip 1 corner of the bag and drizzle chocolate over meringue kisses with zigzag motions.


Hearbeat Fruit Trifle


• 1 pkg. Sugar-free white chocolate pudding (or vanilla pudding)
• 1 8oz. Carton nonfat plain yogurt
• 1 c skim milk
• 1 red. Calorie pound cake or angel food cake cut into ½ inch cubes
• 1 pint strawberries (sliced)
• 3 pkgs. Artificial sweetener
• 1 8oz. container light whipped cream


1. Combine pudding, yogurt, and skim milk.
2. Mix until smooth and allow to set for 3 minutes.
3. In a separate bowl combine fruit and artificial sweetener.
4. Line a clear glass serving bowl with half the cake.
5. Spread half of the pudding mixture over the cake.
6. Top with half the fruit mixture. Repeat the layers. Garnish with whipped topping. Serves 8. Each serving contains 179 calories, 5g of fat, 1mg cholesterol, and 200mg of sodium.

Other comments:
You can add other fruits or use different combinations. Bananas or pineapple make a great addition. Garnish with chopped pecans for a low-fat version of a sundae. Or for a fresher taste garnish with orange zest.

Fruit Smoothies


• Low-fat or skim milk.
• Yogurt or tofu
• Crushed ice
• Any fruit or combination you like
• Sugar Substitute

       Process in blender until thick and smooth.

Key Lime Pie 


• 1 small pkg. Sugar-free lime jello
• 1 8oz. container light whipped cream (thawed)
• 1 box reduced fat graham crackers
• 1 container of low-fat key lime yogurt


1. Crumble graham crackers in blender or food processor. Line the bottom of a pie dish with the crumbs or for individual servings line the inside of dessert cups. Dissolve jello in boiling water. Add yogurt and stir with whisk. Gently fold in whipped cream. Pour mixture over graham cracker crumbs. Chill at least one hour. Garnish with slices of lime.
2. This dish can also be served as layers of graham cracker crumbs and key lime mixture in alternate layers
For additional recipe help try the following:


Diabetic Gourmet

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