Ariel’s Turkey Pilaf

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Ariel’s Turkey Pilaf

So this is what you really use a dinglehopper for! While mom or dad cooks the turkey, guppies can tear the spinach and measure out the raisins and pine nuts.


Excerpted from Dishing It Up Disney Style: A Cookbook for Families with Type 1 Diabetes

Find more recipes at Lilly and Disney's Type 1 Diabetes Recipe Index


Serves 8

What you'll need

  • 1 onion
  • 3 carrots
  • 2 cups fresh spinach (3 handfuls)
  • 1 1/4 pounds ground turkey
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 6-ounce package rice pilaf mix
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 3/4 cup pine nuts

How to make it

  1. Peel and chop the onion and carrots. Rinse the spinach, remove the stems, and tear it into bite-size pieces.

  2. In a saucepan over medium-high heat, brown the turkey, stirring to break up the meat, for about 5 minutes or until it begins to brown.

  3. Pour off any liquid. Add the chopped onion and carrots and cook for 3 more minutes.

  4. Add the water, rice mix, and butter or margarine, and stir well. Add the raisins, pine nuts, and spinach.

  5. Cover and simmer over low, stirring occasionally, for 25 minutes.

Nutritional Information

Serving size: about 1 cup

Calories 370
Total Fat 18g
Total Carbohydrate 35g
Fiber 3g
Protein 20g
Carbohydrate Choice 2

Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the "typical" experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring.