Sunday Dinner with Family and Friends


#1

We had company over for dinner on Sunday, so I made a family favorite: Chicken Marabella with Mediterranean bean salad and tossed spring salad. Is there any better way to enjoy the company of family and friends than around food? I suspect not :slight_smile: .Because I had a couple of glasses of wine with the meal, I decreased my insulin bolus about 15%.

Chicken Marabella is a great recipe from The Silver Palette Cook Book. It is one of those never-fail easy dishes that always is a winner for entertaining. It goes like this:

CHICKEN MARABELLA
3 chickens (9 lbs) quartered
1 entire head garlic
1/4 c. dried oregano
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 c. red wine vinegar
1/2 c. olive oil
1 c pitted prunes
1/2 c. pitted Spanish olives
1/2 c. capers
6 bay leaves
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. white wine
1/4 c. finely chopped Parsley

Directions:
Peel and finely puree the garlic. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients except brown sugar, wine and parsley. Cover and let marinate in the fridge overnight. Preheat oven to 350F. Arrange chicken in a single layer in shallow baking pans. Spoon marinade over the chicken. Sprinkle chicken pieces with brown sugar. Pour white wine around the chicken. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, basting frequently with pan juices. Can be served hot or room temperature.

MEDITERRANEAN BEAN SALAD

This is my own recipe, which changes depending on what’s in the cupboard/fridge. It is very high fiber, and I find it easy on the bgl’s.

Combine the following:
1 can Primo black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can Primo lentils, rinsed and drained
1 can Primo garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
2 large stalks celery, diced
1 large bell pepper, diced
1 or 2 carrots, grated
½ red onion, diced
1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, sliced in halves
1 c. pitted Kalamati olives
½ c. crumbled feta cheese
½ cup Canola or extra virgin olive oil
Juice from 1 squeezed lemon or use balsamic vinegar
1 tsp crushed garlic
2 tsp cumin spice
Oregano, basil, salt & pepper to taste

SPRING SALAD
A large bowl of spring greens tossed with some sliced strawberries, lemon juice, olive oil, and fresh cracked black pepper and sea salt. Simple, and delish!


#2

Maureen…Thanks for sharing your healthful menu and recipes. I entertained his past weekend and used it as an excuse to “cheat.” I have T1 and one of our guests has T2. He was delighted to have an excuse to indulge, as well. I would have been way the more considerate hostess and much better off for preparing a meal like yours. Thanks for the inspiration.


#3

Why thank you, Elaine!