Editor’s Note: Living a healthier lifestyle and finding diabetes-friendly recipes can become more of a challenge when the holidays roll around. So Mamiverse Food met up with Chef and Author Leticia Moreinos Schwartz for some inspiration in that department plus, she offers a delicious recipe that can be adapted for holiday leftovers.
Mamiverse: Tell us about your involvement in Diabetes Awareness. Moreinos-Schwartz: My grandfather died from complications of Type 2 Diabetes and I started working with Merck since the Latino Community has a high risk for Type 2 Diabetes. We don’t want to give up on traditional ingredients just make small changes and live a healthier lifestyle.
Mamiverse: What are some changes we can make? Moreinos-Schwartz: First, it’s important to talk with your doctor to create an individualized plan. This is not a one size fits all disease. It’s also about cooking close to your heart; cooking at home more. The lack of awareness in our own Latino Community is an alarming fact; part of the reason why our community is at high risk. People can use this website, Cuida Tu Diabetes, Cuida Tu Corazón, to learn the ABC’s of diabetes.
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BLACK BEAN & SAUSAGE SOUP Serves: 4
Ingredients 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 3 turkey or chicken sausages (about ½ lb)* 3 cloves garlic, finely minced Half onion, finely chopped (about ½ cup) 2 scallions (white and green parts), chopped 2 plum tomatoes, peeled seeded, and chopped 1 teaspoon dried oregano Freshly ground pepper 1½ cup chicken stock (or turkey stock) 1½ cups cooked black beans (or ½ lb or 1 cup dry black beans) 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley *You can also substitute turkey leftovers.