No-salt-added tomatoes reduce the sodium in this favorite beef casserole recipe. Using ground turkey or lean ground beef helps to keep the fat content low.

Source: Diabetic Living Magazine


Recipe Summary

35 mins
1 hr 5 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat a 2-quart square baking dish with nonstick cooking spray; set aside. In a small saucepan, bring the 1 1/3 cups water to boiling. In a small bowl, stir together the cornmeal, the 1/2 cup cold water, and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt. Slowly add the cornmeal mixture to the boiling water, stirring constantly. Cook and stir until mixture returns to boiling; reduce heat. Cook over low heat about 10 minutes or until mixture is very thick, stirring occasionally.

  • Pour the hot mixture into the prepared dish. Cover and chill while preparing filling.

  • To prepare the filling: In a large skillet, cook turkey, onion, sweet pepper, and garlic until meat is brown. Drain off fat. Stir chili powder and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt into meat mixture in skillet; cook for 1 minute. Stir in the drained tomatoes, corn, tomato paste, and the 2 tablespoons cilantro.

  • Spoon the meat mixture on top of the chilled cornmeal mixture in baking dish.

  • Bake, uncovered, about 25 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with cheese. If desired, sprinkle with additional snipped cilantro.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice
182 calories; protein 14.4g; carbohydrates 25.4g; dietary fiber 4.3g; sugars 6.6g; fat 3.2g; saturated fat 1.4g; cholesterol 21.7mg; vitamin a iu 1006.7IU; vitamin c 20.1mg; folate 8.4mcg; calcium 158.1mg; iron 1.5mg; magnesium 23.9mg; potassium 275.9mg; sodium 545.9mg.

1 1/2 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable