Recipes: Saffron Chicken and Rice 

Recipes for health conditions-Diabetes 

Easy, low fat meal, great source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals

Serves 2

Ingredients 

  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 organic (if available) boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 small red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 1/4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 Roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • Large pinch of saffron
  • 2 tsp tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup brown rice
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 3 cups reduced salt vegetable stock
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Sauté onion in oil in a Dutch oven with a lid till softened. Add chopped pepper and garlic and sauté for additional 3 minutes over medium heat. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, saffron, and stock. Cover and simmer for 35 minutes or until rice is cooked. Stir occasionally and add more stock or water if needed. Meanwhile brush chicken breast with olive oil and grill or cut into strips and sauté in oil till fully cooked, do not overcook or chicken will be dry.Add peas to rice mixture a few minutes before end of rice cooking. Season to taste with salt and pepper and stir. Place rice on serving platter and top with chicken.

What is diabetes:

Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the way your body metabolizes sugar (glucose).

With type 2 diabetes, your body either is either insulin resists, insulin is a hormone that regulates the movement of sugar into your cells or your body doesn’t produce enough insulin to maintain a normal glucose levels.

Type 2 diabetes is more common in adults. There is no cure for type 2 diabetes, but you may be able to control it by eating well, exercising, and maintaining a healthy weight. If you cannot manage your diabetes with diet and exercise, you also may need diabetes medications or insulin.

Health Benefits of Saffron

  • It’s manganese content is nearly 400% of the daily recommended value!
  • Vitamin C is 38%; magnesium 18%; and iron 17%.
  • Potassium and vitamin B6 are 14% of the daily recommended value.

Manganese helps regulate blood sugar, metabolize carbohydrates, and absorb calcium. It also helps form tissues, bones, and sex hormones. Vitamin C is an infection fighter; iron purifies your blood; and the vitamin B6 content helps form red blood cells and assures nerves will function as they should. Potassium helps balance fluids in cells, which, if low, can cause painful muscle cramps.

Saffron also contains more than 150 volatile compounds, Picrocrocin is the main substance responsible for the strong taste. Safranal adds to saffron its characteristic odor and fragrance. Crocin, from which the intense orange color, is an indication of this spice’s medicinal qualities, and it’s powerful carotenoids and antioxidants can protect your body from free radical damage.

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