DIABETES QUICK FIX: Beer adds intriguing flavor to sausage, potato stew

Sweet potatoes, tomatoes and apples are combined with turkey sausages to make a tasty stew. (Dreamstime/TNS)
Sweet potatoes, tomatoes and apples are combined with turkey sausages to make a tasty stew. (Dreamstime/TNS)

Sweet potatoes, tomatoes and apples are combined with turkey sausages to make this a tasty stew. I cooked the ingredients in beer which added an intriguing depth of flavor.

There are several types of turkey sausage available in the supermarket meat case. I prefer the mild ones for this dinner; but if you like your stews with a kick, buy the ones marked hot.

Helpful hints:

Any type of beer can be used. The alcohol burns off in the cooking.

Any type of apple can be used. Golden Delicious hold their shape when cooked.

Fennel seeds can be found in the spice section of the market.

Sausage, potato, beer stew

6 ounces low-fat, mild turkey sausage

½ pound sweet potato

1 cup sliced onion

1 cup sliced green bell pepper

1 cup sliced golden delicious apple

2 cups canned low-sodium, no-sugar-added diced tomatoes

12 ounces beer

2 teaspoons fennel seeds

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

¼ cup broken walnuts

Cut sausages into 2-inch pieces. Peel sweet potato and cut into ½-inch pieces. Sauté sausage, potato, onion and green pepper in large casserole over medium-high heat for five minutes. Add the apple, tomatoes, beer and fennel seeds. Bring to a simmer, lower heat, cover with a lid and simmer gently for 15 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Divide between two large soup bowls and sprinkle with walnuts.

Yield two servings.

Per serving: 518 calories, 156 calories from fat, 17.3 g fat, 2.7 g saturated fat, 3.8g monounsaturated fat, 63 mg cholesterol, 24.2 g protein, 58.9 g carbohydrates, 10.9 g dietary fiber, 21 g sugars, 604 mg sodium, 1442 mg potassium, 368 mg phosphorus