DRAGON BITES carb-counted recipe
A family-friendly, mostly healthy (sometimes treat-y!) simple recipe for families living well with type 1 diabetes.
Quick and easy, one-pot meal… healthy, all-natural ingredients… gluten-free and dairy-free... low on the Glycemic Index.
We have this meal often in our home. It’s a favourite taste for the kids, and a welcome time-saver for me on those “oops! I forgot to get something out of the freezer and need to feed the fam within half an hour” evenings. The cinnamon, cumin and garlic give a hint of North African flavours without over-powering the palette.
The chick peas and basmati rice make this a low glycemic meal, which means the slower rate of digestion may lead to lows if all the insulin is delivered up front as a normal bolus. So instead in our family we match insulin delivery to the slower rate of digestion by using a combo bolus of 50% up front and 50% extended over 3 hours. (But of course your diabetes may vary… use your own individualized split and duration to manage post-meal blood sugars.)
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 20 mins to cook the rice, plus 10 minutes to cook the combined dish
Ready in: 40 mins
3 tbsp Olive Oil
¾ cup Onion, finely chopped (8g of carbs)
2 Cloves of Garlic, minced
2 tsp Cumin
1 tsp Cinnamon
5 cups Cooked Brown Basmati Rice (225g of carbs)
1 – 540 mL can Chick Peas, drained and rinsed (58g of carbs)
1/3 cup Raisins (38g of carbs)
1/3 cup Cashews (12g of carbs)
Sauté onions and garlic in the olive oil over medium heat until soft, about 3 minutes. Stir in cumin and cinnamon; sauté for another minute.
Add rice and stir to coat.
Add chick peas, cashews, and raisins. Stir and heat through.
Total yield: ~8 cups (~1200g finished weight).
Total carbs: 340g
Carb Content by Volume: 1 cup of rice & beans contains 42g carbs.
Carb Content by Weight: 100g serving of rice & beans contains 29g of carbs, for a Carb Factor = 0.29.
Please don’t rely exclusively on my carb counting! Nutritional information is given for general information only, and will vary depending on the amount, type and brand of ingredients you choose - Please verify your carb and fat content when you make your own version of this recipe.
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