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For our diabetic neighbors in need the concern is not only affording food but affording the healthy food they need to manage their disease. That is one of the many concerns our Diabetic Education Program addresses in our community.

We teach our diabetic neighbors how to help manage their disease with nutrition and exercise. Also how to track their blood levels and what they can do to move towards a healthier life. One of the ways we do this is by introducing them to healthy and inexpensive recipes they can make at home and afford on a budget.

We thought it would be fun to share one with you, just in time for the holidays!

Spiced Sweet Potato Casserole

Makes: 8 servings
Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Per Serving: Calories 100, Fat 7g (Sat. Fat 1.2g), Carbohydrate 10g (Fiber 2g, Sugars 5g), Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 55mg, Potassium 155mg, Protein 1g, Phosphorus 30mg

Finished Casserole

 

Begin by assembling your ingredients and preheating oven to 350 degrees

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Peel carrots and sweet potato and slice into 1 inch pieces

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Fill large saucepan 2/3 full with water and add diced potatoes. Bring to rolling boil for 20 mins

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Add sliced carrots and continue to boil for 15-20 mins until veggies are tender

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While the veggies boil chop a little less then 1/3 cup of pecans (once chopped they fill the 1/3 cup)

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Reserve 1/4 cup of cooking water then drain carrots and sweet potatoes

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Mash sweet potatoes, carrots, 1/4 cup cooking water, 2 tbsp melted buttery spread, 1 tbsp brown sugar, 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ground cloves, 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg until combined

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Spray 1 qt casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray and then add mixture to dish

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Top with chopped pecans and 1 tbsp melted buttery spread

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Bake covered for 15 mins, Uncover and bake an additional 10 mins until lightly browned

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Enjoy!

 

 *Recipe credited to Diabetes Forecast by American Diabetes Association