Butternut Squash, Black Bean and Feta Enchiladas with Salsa Verde by Holly Clegg

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Butternut Squash, Black Bean and Feta Enchiladas with Salsa Verde by Holly Clegg



Always saddle your own horse. Always know what you’re doing. And go in the direction you are heading.” Connie Reeves

Our Divabetic Father’s Day Celebration takes on a Spaghetti Western theme to encourage you to embrace your ‘inner cowboy and cowgirl’ and keep riding high with diabetes health!

There are plenty of cowgirls to inspire you, like Connie Reeves, who paved the way for women everywhere she went. Although she was one of the first women to study law at the University of Texas, when tuition money came up short during the Depression she took a job teaching high school, reports WIRED. There she started a girl’s drill team, one of the first in the state (and now a passion in Texas). Then she began teaching horseback riding. Over the years this horsewoman taught riding along with her own brand of confidence to an estimated 36,000 children.

The documentary American Cowgirl shows 101-year-old Ms. Reeves riding, assisting at a girl’s summer camp, and trying to keep herself from cussing on camera. As she said, “There’s nothing as expressive as profanity.” The woman described as America’s oldest cowgirl said, “My life’s not important to very many people. But what I have done may be something that will motivate someone else. I hope so.”

One of our favorite experts, Best-Selling Cookbook Author Holly Clegg shares this Southwestern menu for a Divabetic Father’s Day Celebration.  Holly’s menu includes Southwestern Roasted Vegetables, Asparagus with Zucchini Rings., Vodka Pasta, Beer Bread , Butternut Squash, Black Bean and Feta Enchiladas with Salsa Verde,  Southwestern Pasta (Check out all of Holly’s healthy recipes for our Father’s Day Celebration on our Divabetic blog).

Butternut Squash, Black Bean and Feta Enchiladas with Salsa Verde by Holly Clegg 

“Six ingredient vegetarian enchiladas burst with flavor and effortless to make,” says Holly Clegg. 


4 cups peeled butternut squash

1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 bunch green onions, chopped

3/4 cup crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese, divided

8 large (about 7-inch) corn or flour tortillas

2 cups salsa verde

1.  Preheat oven 400°F.  Coat baking pan with foil and coat with nonstick cooking spray.

2.  Place squash on prepared pan.  Bake 20-25 minutes or until squash is tender but not mushy.

3.  Reduce heat to 350°F.  In bowl, combine cooked squash, black beans, green onion and 1/2 cup feta.

4.  Coat 3-quart oblong baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and spread a little of salsa verde on the bottom.  Fill tortillas with about 1/2 cup filling, rolling up and place seam side down in dish.  Pour remaining sauce over enchiladas.  Sprinkle remaining cheese over sauce.

5.  Cover pan with foil and bake 20 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

Nutrients: Calories 202 kcal, Calories from Fat 13%, Fat 3g, Saturated Fat 1g, Cholesterol 5 mg, Sodium 539 mg, Carbohydrates, 36 g, Dietary Fiber 7g, Total Sugars 7g, Protein 8g, Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 lean meat

Holly’s Terrific Tip:  Roasted vegetables are easy to prepare with easy clean-up, and more flavorful. Look for pre-cut butternut squash in grocery.

Nutritional Nugget: Make this recipe gluten free with corn tortillas.

With over 1 million cookbooks sold, Holly Clegg has become a culinary expert on easy healthy everyday recipes through her nationally recognized best-selling trim&TERRIFIC® and Eating Well cookbook series, including Eating Well Through Cancer, (English, Spanish and Chinese editions), Eating Well to Fight Arthritis and Diabetic Cooking with the American Diabetes Association. Holly Clegg attended the Cordon Bleu Cooking School, London. For more information, visit About Holly or The Healthy Cooking Blog for more recipes and tips.

The happy healthcare host, Mr. Divabetic shines the spotlight on author and chef, Holly Clegg, in this half-hour special edition of Diva Talk Radio. This fun-filled food frenzy will feature expert advice on quick, flavorful and healthy eating from Holly’s latest book, ‘Too Hot in the Kitchen: Secrets to Sizzle at Any Age’ LISTEN NOW

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Although there is no conclusive link to high sugars or insulin use, long-term complications of diabetes may include changes in the connective tissue that occur as a result of high glucose levels.

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You might notice that Spaghetti Westerns are usually fitted with titles that sound suspiciously like other movies. The original title of “Fistful of Dollars,” for instance, was “The Magnificent Stranger,” a knock off of “The Magnificent Seven.” In short, if the words “Dollar” “Gold” or “Coffin” are in the title, you’re probably watching a Spaghetti Western.

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Carrie Fisher died from ‘Sleep Apnea & other Causes’

Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher died from sleep apnea and “other factors”, the Los Angeles County coroner says. Sleep apnea is a common condition in which a person stops breathing during sleep, either for a few seconds or minutes. As well as listing sleep apnea as a cause of death, the coroner’s statement cited other factors, including heart disease and drug use.

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times. This means the brain — and the rest of the body — may not get enough oxygen.

There are two types of sleep apnea:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA): The more common of the two forms of apnea, it is caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses during sleep.
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Am I at Risk for Sleep Apnea?

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  • Having large tonsils, a large tongue, or a small jaw bone
  • Having a family history of sleep apnea
  • Gastroesophageal reflux, or GERD
  • Nasal obstruction due to a deviated septum, allergies, or sinus problems

Divabetic ‘Spaghetti Western’ Father’s Day Celebration Playlist: “She’s in Love with the Boy” is a song written by Jon Ims and recorded by Trisha Yearwood. It was released in March 1991 as the lead single from her self-titled debut album. The song reached number one on the Billboard U.S. Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and was the first of five number ones on the country chart for Trisha Yearwood.

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