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Picadillo

Fall 2003, The EatingWell Diabetes Cookbook (2005)

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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.



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"I don't eat much beef, but I bought some ground meet that I wanted to find an interesting recipe for. This recipe was quick and delicious. I served the picadillo in tortillas with the sliced hardboiled eggs on top, and a dollop of fat...
Picadillo Recipe

Makes: 4 servings, 1 cup each

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Ingredients

  • 2 eggs, (optional)
  • 1 pound lean ground beef, or ground turkey breast
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped scallions, divided
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped pitted green olives
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Preparation

  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.

Nutrition

Per serving (with beef): 313 calories; 9 g fat (3 g sat, 7 g mono); 45 mg cholesterol; 25 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 30 g protein; 4 g fiber; 548 mg sodium; 362 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Iron (25% daily value), Vitamin A (20% dv), Vitamin C (15% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 1 1/2

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.



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