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Makes 6 servings, 2 skewers per serving
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Grilled Chicken, Fennel & Ripe Olive Skewers

Contributed by: NAPSA

Smart Diet Choices Can Help Prevent Diabetes (NAPSA) - Olives can a) make meals more delicious, b) be a healthy part of a weight loss diet, c) "olive" the above.

The answer is "c" and that's important health information because losing weight may help reduce a person's risk of type 2 diabetes. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says type 2 diabetes affects 17 million Americans-a figure that's tripled in the last 30 years.

Here are some smart diet choices that may help you reduce weight and your risk of diabetes:

  • Use healthy types of dietary fats, such as monounsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids.

  • Avoid excessive saturated and hydrogenated fatty acids.

  • Eat more whole grains, beans and legumes and less refined carbohydrates.

  • Develop meals that are moderate in calories and appropriate in portion sizes to maintain or reduce weight in a healthy manner.

Here's a mouthwatering example of how California black ripe olives can add healthy flavor. The recipe is suitable for diabetics:


  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup chopped oregano
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 1/2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 11/2-inch pieces
  • 1 fennel bulb, wedged and blanched in boiling water
  • 1 1/2 cups Yukon gold potatoes, quartered and blanched
  • 1 red onion, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 1/3 cups California Ripe Olives, whole, drained
  • 1 cup nonfat, plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped chives
  • bamboo skewers


In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, oregano, salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add next 4 ingredients and toss gently to coat. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour.

Set aside 36 California Ripe Olives. Place remaining olives in bowl of food processor, add yogurt, lemon zest and remaining pepper and pulse until combined. Stir in chives, cover & refrigerate. Soak skewers in water 15 minutes.

Make kebabs by threading skewers with olives, chicken, fennel, onion, potato, repeating to fill skewer. Grill over medium-high heat for 3-5 minutes per side. Serve with yogurt olive dipping sauce.

Serving Size: Makes 6 servings, 2 skewers per serving

Nutritional Information: Dietary exchanges: 1 starch, 3 meat. Calories 243, Total fat 6 g, Carb, 17 g, Calories from fat 22 percent, Sat fat <1g, Fiber 5g, Protein 31g.



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