If you love chicken noodle soup, try it with fewer noodles and more veggies. For chicken and rice soup, use brown rice and less of it too. Are mashed potatoes a favorite? Mash turnips, rutabagas, or cauliflower and mix it in with your potatoes. There are plenty of ways to have your comfort foods without all the carbs.

There's something about fall that makes cooking fun and inviting. The cool weather and turning leaves make for a great time to be in the kitchen chopping vegetables and creating meals. Here, again below, is my husband's favorite. Try it this weekend.

Salsa Turkey Meatloaf

Serving Size: 1/6 recipe
Yield: 6 servings

Cooking spray
1 pound lean ground turkey
1 egg
1/2 cup bread crumbs* (whole grain)
1 finely diced onion
1 garlic clove, minced
3/4 cup salsa, divided

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat a 5x9-inch loaf pan with cooking spray. In a large mixing bowl, combine turkey, egg, bread crumbs, onion, garlic and 1/2 cup salsa. Mix thoroughly.
2. Place turkey mixture in loaf pan and spread evenly. Top with remaining 1/4 cup salsa. Bake for 50-60 minutes.

*Gluten-Free Tip: You can substitute grits or gluten-free crackers (crumbled) for bread crumbs in this recipe.

Nutritional Info: 185 calories, 9 grams total fat, 3 grams saturated fat, 99mg cholesterol, 265mg sodium, 10g total carbohydrate, 1 grams dietary fiber, 17g 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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NOTE: The information is not intended to be a replacement or substitute for consultation with a qualified medical professional or for professional medical advice related to diabetes or another medical condition. Please contact your physician or medical professional with any questions and concerns about your medical condition.


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Last Modified Date: June 17, 2013

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