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Simple switches: qeema


There’s no such thing as a ‘diabetic’ diet.


If you’re living with diabetes, well-balanced meals are the best way to keep you – and your family – fit and healthy.


With some easy switches when you’re cooking, you can make your food that bit healthier – without losing out on taste. 

Six easy swaps for healthier qeema


  1. Qeema can be made from almost any meat – but it is important to chooselean meat. Make it healthier by stewing the meat, rather than frying, and limiting the amount of oil you use. You can also ‘dry fry’ at a medium-to-low heat. Try using a non-stick pan and the mince won’t stick.
  2. Choose basmati or easy-cook rice: it will keep you feelingfuller for longerbecause it releases energy slowly. Keep an eye on portion sizes, as, like all carbs, it will affect blood glucose levels. An average portion of rice is 2–3 tbsp.
  3. Measure the amount of oil you use when cooking curries, rather than free pouring. Usually, 1–2 tsp of oil is enough to feed a family of four.
  4. Add extra vegetables to your curries to make them go further and to add more goodness.
  5. Make rotis healthier by using wholemeal flour and leaving out the butter or ghee.
  6. Addherbs and spicesto add flavour, instead of salt.
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