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Healthy Marinated Vegetables

 Healthy Marinated Vegetables
"This medley of healthy vegetables is so delicious, no one guesses it's suitable for diabetics," says Linda Pruitt of Greenfield, Indiana. "I take it to pitch-in dinners because it can be made in advance." Using a sugar substitute adds a subtle sweetness to the dressing without all the carbohydrates and calories.
7 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 3 cups sliced carrots (1/4- inch slices)
  • 1 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 medium onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat Italian salad dressing
  • Sugar substitute equivalent to 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water

Directions

  • Place 1 in. of water in a large saucepan; add carrots. Bring to a
  • boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 6-7 minutes or until carrots
  • are crisp-tender. Drain and rinse in cold water. In a bowl, combine
  • the celery, green pepper, onion, celery seed and carrots.
  • In a small saucepan, combine the salad dressing, sugar substitute,
  • vinegar and water. Cook and stir until mixture comes to a boil; pour
  • over vegetables. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, stirring
  • several times. Serve with a slotted spoon. Yield: 7 servings.
Nutritional Facts: One serving (2/3 cup) equals 75 calories, 3 g fat (trace saturated fat), trace cholesterol, 165 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1/2 fat.