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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.

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



  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; 30 g Protein; 4 g Fiber; 548 mg Sodium; 362 mg Potassium

1 1/2 Carbohydrate Serving

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.