And now, here's a recipe for an otherwise tricky-to-carb-count casserole! Enjoy ...

Beef and Cheese Skillet Casserole

Makes: 7 servings
Serving Size: 1 cup

Ingredients:
2 cups rotini pasta, uncooked
1 pound 90% lean ground beef
1 14.5-ounce can crushed tomatoes
1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon sugar or sugar substitute
2/3 cup shredded, reduced-fat cheddar cheese

Directions:
1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt. Drain.
2. In a large nonstick skillet, cook ground beef until beginning to brown, about 8-9 minutes. Drain any excess fat.
3. Add remaining ingredients except cheese and pasta and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 6-7 minutes or until beginning to thicken. Fold in cheese and toss with pasta.

Nutrition Information: 243 Calories, 8g Total Fat, 4g Saturated Fat, 47mg Cholesterol, 504 mg Sodium, 25g Total Carbohydrate, 2g Dietary Fiber, 6g Sugars, 19g Protein

Copyright © American Diabetes Association from Healthy Calendar Diabetic Cooking. Reprinted with permission from The American Diabetes Association. To order this book, please call 1-800-232-6733 or order online at http://store.diabetes.org/.

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Last Modified Date: June 21, 2013

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