Diabetes-Friendly Recipes

Updated:Jan 31,2013

Eating a healthy, balanced diet can be a challenge. Avoiding excess saturated and trans fats, cholesterol, sodium and added sugars can be easy if you follow our tasty diabetes-friendly recipes.

Snacks and Appetizers

Honey-Ginger Fruit Dip
Fresh ginger adds the "wow" factor to this dip. It is especially good with crisp apple or pear slices.

Mushroom-Thyme Toasts
Try these toasts when you want a tantalizing snack or appetizer or a sophisticated accompaniment to a soup or salad lunch.

Fresh Tomatillo-Poblano Salsa with Tortilla Wedges
This lively-tasting salsa will make you feel as if you're dining in an authentic Mexican restaurant!

Garlicky Greek Yogurt Dip
Whether you serve this quick mixture as a dip, spread, or condiment, you will love having it in your recipe repertoire.

Breakfast and Fruits

Applesauce Bran Muffins
Bake a batch of these tasty muffins to enjoy throughout the week.  They're great for breakfast on the go.

Baked Apple Frittata
This custardy creation, brimming with apples and cinnamon, will fill your kitchen with a tantalizing aroma.

Farmer's Market Omelets
Brighten up your breakfast, lunch, or dinner menu with these flavorful omelets, full of fresh vegetables and fragrant basil.

Spinach-Parmesan Quiche Bites
Serve these savory bites for a nutritious snack or pair them with a fresh fruit cup of kiwifruit slices, cantaloupe cubes, strawberries, and red grapes for breakfast.

Individual Three-Cheese and Vegetable Quiches
These veggie-studded crustless quiches are easy to make and reheat well. They are equally good for breakfast on the run or a leisurely brunch.

Strawberry Breakfast Mousse Crème
No more skipping breakfast! This breakfast treat, even creamier than the typical mousse, is a fabulously cool way to begin the day. You can even make it up to 24 hours in advance.

Fruit Salad with Cranberry Poppy Seed Dressing
Ginger-tinged cranberry dressing complements the summertime fruits in this salad that seems made to order for outdoor entertaining.


Mediterranean Shrimp Salad
Traditional Mediterranean ingredients—lemon, garlic, oregano, and feta cheese—liven up this main course salad.

Cucumber and Onion Salad with Mint

With its hint of mint, this salad is a refreshing accompaniment to your dinner entrée.

Chicken Rotini Salad with Rosemary
The combination of bright green spinach, rich red tomatoes, and shiny black olives makes this salad pop with color as well as taste.

Chipotle Chicken Salad
This chicken salad looks and tastes good enough to be served at a restaurant, but it has been adapted for your guilt-free enjoyment.

Main Dishes

Tortilla Soup with Grilled Chicken
Every spoonful of this zesty and satisfying soup is full of hearty chunks of vegetables and chicken.

Sunday Pork Roast with Vegetables
Once you get this easy-to-assemble dinner in the oven, you can sit back and relax. A small amount of brown sugar and apple juice sweeten the pork, and the vegetables get a lot of flavor from the pan juices.

Salmon with Tomato-Basil Salsa
The fresh tomato-basil salsa will have you "hooked" on this delicious salmon dish. Rich in omega-3 fats, salmon is good for your heart as well as your taste buds.

Lemony Tilapia and Asparagus Grill
A combination of chili powder and lemon pepper enhances the mild flavor of the fish, and a seasoned vinegar and oil mixture adds flair to the asparagus.


Tex Mex Corn and Zucchini
Colorful and a snap to make, this side dish is sure to become one of your favorites.

Lemon Green Beans with Parsley and Almonds
Jazz up your green beans with the taste of lemon and dry-roasted almonds.


Peach Melba Parfait
If you like fruit then you will love this delicious recipe featuring fat-free, no sugar added vanilla yogurt that is pureed with fresh raspberries, layered with peaches, and topped with more raspberries.

Easy Pear Crisp with Frozen Yogurt
Keep the ingredients for this delicious dessert on hand so you can easily put it together when you need a quick, nutritious treat.

Nutty Chocolate Pudding with Banana Slices
Dark cocoa powder intensifies the flavor of this chocolate pudding, which tops slices of fresh banana. Crunchy pecans provide a nice texture contrast to the creaminess of the homemade pudding.

Chocolate Pudding Cake

Rich and gooey, this easy-to-prepare pudding cake is intensely satisfying. It magically bakes into two distinct layers, one cakelike and the other a chocolate pudding sauce.

Spiced Peach Packets with Frozen Yogurt
You can enjoy this dessert year round by using either fresh or frozen peaches and cooking the packets in the oven or on the grill.

Cheesecake Dainties
Wonton wrappers sprinkled with crushed graham cracker create mini-baskets for a luscious cheesecake-style filling.

This content was last reviewed on 7/5/2012.


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