- Cut ends of squash off and slice down the middle so you have two halves. Using the narrowest setting on your mandolin, slice the squash into long, flat strips. You’ll end with around 70 or so strips.
- In a large pan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and a pinch of salt and saute for about 5 minutes, until nearly translucent. Add garlic and saute until fragrant.
- Add ground chicken to onion and garlic and saute until chicken is cooked all the way through.
- Squeeze all the excess water out of the spinach, then ad chicken, spinach, salt, pepper, and mascarpone to a food processor or blender and puree until mixture reaches desired consistency (I like it relatively smooth).
- Assemble the ravioli by just barely overlapping two strips of squash (pictured above). Do the same over the middle of the first two strips, but perpendicular, creating a cross or “t” shape.
- Spoon filling in the center of the cross, then bring the ends of the strips together, overlapping each other. If that doesn’t make sense, just see the picture above.
- Secure with a toothpick.
- Before serving, steam raviolis for about 4 minutes, or until squash is tender and inside is warm.
- Top with basic tomato sauce.
MYTH: If you have diabetes, you should only eat small amounts of starchy foods, such as bread, potatoes and pasta.
FACT: Starchy foods can be part of a healthy meal plan, but portion size is key. Whole grain breads, cereals, pasta, rice and starchy vegetables like potatoes, yams, peas and corn can be included in your meals and snacks. In addition to these starchy foods, fruits, beans, milk, yogurt, and sweets are also sources of carbohydrate that you need to count in your meal plan.
Wondering how much carbohydrate you can have? A place to start is about 45-60 grams of carbohydrate per meal. However, you may need more or less carbohydrate at meals depending on how you manage your diabetes. You and your health care team can figure out the right amount for you. Once you know how much carb to eat at a meal, choose your food and the portion size to match.