What is a healthy dinner recipe for people with diabetes?

Try this recipe for Blackberry salad with pork.

Servings: 2 (1-1/2 cups greens, 2 ounces cooked pork, 1/2 cup berries and 2 tablespoons dressing each)

Carbohydrates per serving: 28 g
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Roast time: 20 minutes
Standing time: 3 minutes

  • 1 5- to 6-ounce piece pork tenderloin
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1/4 cup blackberries and/or raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 cups packaged mixed baby salad greens (spring mix)
  • 1 cup blackberries and/or raspberries
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts, toasted (optional)
Preheat oven to 425°F. Place pork on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Sprinkle with a dash each of salt and pepper. Roast, uncovered, for about 20 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in center registers 145°F. Remove from oven. Cover roast with foil and let stand for 3 minutes. Cool slightly. Cut pork into 1/4-inch-thick slices.

For dressing: In a small food processor or blender combine the 1/4 cup blackberries, the lemon juice, oil, honey, and a dash each of salt and black pepper. Cover and process or blend until smooth. Strain dressing through a sieve; discard seeds.

To serve: Divide greens between two salad bowls or serving plates. Divide the 1 cup berries, the tomatoes, pine nuts (if using), and pork slices between salads. Drizzle with dressing. Serve immediately.

Tip: To toast pine nuts, place them in a shallow baking pan. Bake in a 350°F oven for 5-7 minutes, shaking pan once or twice. Watch closely so nuts don’t burn.

Per serving: 283 calories, 13 g total fat (2 g saturated fat), 46 mg cholesterol, 147 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrates (7 g fiber, 20 g sugars), 18 g protein

Exchanges: 0.5 vegetable, 0.5 fruit, 1 carbohydrate, 2 lean meat, 2 fat

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