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ASK4JJG Posts: 1,795
7/22/11 12:34 P

From EatingWell: Fall 2003, The EatingWell Diabetes Cookbook (2005)

Picadillo, which means "small bits and pieces," is a sweet-and-savory spiced ground- meat mixture from Latin America. Serve with warm corn or whole-wheat flour tortillas.

This recipe was quick and delicious. I served the picadillo in tortillas with the sliced hardboiled eggs on top, and a dollop of fat free Sour Cream.

4 servings, 1 cup each
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Nutrition Profile

2 eggs, (optional)
1 pound lean ground beef, or ground turkey breast
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 cup chopped scallions, divided
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 teaspoons chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup chopped pitted green olives
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1. If using eggs, place in a small saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil; simmer on medium-low for 15 minutes. Drain; let cool; peel and slice.

2. Meanwhile, cook meat in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, crumbling it with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a colander; drain off fat.

3. Add oil to the skillet. Add onion, 1/4 cup scallions and garlic; cook over medium heat, stirring often, until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in chili powder, oregano, cumin, cinnamon and cayenne; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add raisins, olives, tomato paste, water and the browned meat; stir to blend. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Season with pepper. Garnish with the remaining scallions and the hard-cooked eggs, if desired.

Per serving (with beef): 313 calories; 9 g fat ( 3 g sat , 7 g mono ); 45 mg cholesterol; 25 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 30 g protein; 4 g fiber; 548 mg sodium; 362 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Iron (25% daily value), Vitamin A (20% dv), Vitamin C (15% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 1 1/2

Exchanges: 1 other carbohydrate, 1 vegetable, 4 lean meat

Nutrition Note: Per serving (with turkey): 277 calories; 9 g fat (0 g sat, 5 g mono); 45 mg cholesterol; 25 g carbohydrate; 30 g protein; 4 g fiber; 548 mg sodium.

RICCILYNN Posts: 2,454
7/21/11 11:02 A

Since I had never heard of it before I had to do a google search to see what came up... it sounds interesting. What about substituting ground turkey for the ground beef? That would make it much more healthy. The one recipe I looked at had green olives and capers in it. I would think that rinsing some of the brine off will help to cut on sodium. I am sure there are other ways to take a traditional recipe and make it healthier...

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7/21/11 2:40 A


Does anyone have a good Picadillo recipe. It's got to be healthy with no dark meat included. Please help. Thank you!!

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