Picnic Recipes and Games

Diabetic Picnic Recipes

For many diabetics, it can be a challenge to keep dietary restrictions in check while eating at functions like picnics. It may be tempting to eat the carbohydrate laden potato salad or that tantalizing piece of pie and hope for the best. However, the consequences of such actions can be detrimental at best, and possibly downright dangerous. Fortunately, there are many recipes that are perfect for picnics and meet the requirements for diabetics. Main dishes that are focused on protein and desserts that have sugar substitutes instead of sugar can be made for everyone to enjoy. There simply is no reason to sacrifice taste when preparing diabetic friendly foods. Here are two recipes worth trying that will certainly be appreciated by both your diabetic and non-diabetic friends and family.

Pork Loin Barbecue
Makes 6 servings

1 1b. pork tenderloin, fat trimmed
4 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Cooking spray (Pam or something similar)
½ cup chopped onion
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 15 ounce can crushed tomatoes
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon maple syrup
¼ teaspoon liquid smoke
1/3 cup Equal sweetener
Salt and pepper to taste
6 whole grain hamburger buns

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Rub pork with 1 teaspoon of chili powder and garlic powder. Place in greased baking pan. Place in oven and cook until meat is browned and juices run clear (about 30 to 40 minutes). Let stand for 15 minutes and cut into 2 inch slices. Shred slices into small pieces with fork.

Spray large saucepan with cooking spray. On medium high heat, sauté onion and garlic until lightly browned. Add remaining ingredients, except Equal, salt, pepper, and buns. Heat until boiling. Reduce heat and let simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in Equal, salt and pepper. Stir pork into sauce and cook for 5 minutes. Spoon mixture onto buns.

Diabetic Barbecue Beans
Serves 6

1 slice turkey bacon
½ cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 tablepoons water
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 15 ounce can Great Northern Beans, drained
1/3 cup Equal sweetener

Cut turkey bacon into small pieces. Cook in large saucepan over medium-high heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add onion and sauté for 5 minutes. In small bowl, combine vinegar, water, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Add mixture to saucepan. Stir in beans. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in Equal.

Sweet Potato Pie
Serves 6

1 9 inch prepared piecrust
2 cups cooked, mashed sweet potatoes
2 eggs
1 cup Equal sweetener
1 tablespoon butter, softened
1 tablespoon flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
¾ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground mace
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 12 ounce can evaporated milk

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

In a large bowl, beat eggs. Add sweet potatoes, Equal, butter, flour, spices, salt, vanilla extract, and evaporated milk. Mix until smooth. Pour into piecrust. Place in oven and cook for 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake until filling is set (about 35 minutes. Cool on wire rack.

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