Let’s dispel the myth once and for all– diabetic meals are not bland. We’ve rounded up recipes guaranteed to please your palate. More than half are vegetarian friendly and some can be made in ten minutes or less! Check out our favorites for breakfast, lunch, and dinner so you’ll never struggle with meal planning again.
Filling whole-grain toast, protein-packed eggs, superfood spinach, and fresh fruit make this a winning breakfast that gives you fuel for your day.
2. Cinnamon Roll Overnight Oats
Use non-dairy milk [such as almond or coconut] with some old-fashioned rolled oats– make sure they are gluten-free if you have sensitivities– and let them sit overnight for a breakfast that stays fresh for almost a week.
3. Really Green Smoothie
Avocado. Kale. Banana. Honey. Chia seeds. Need we say more?
4. Crustless Asparagus and Tomato Quiche
Truth be told, this delectable dish could be served for any meal. It’s colorful, nutritious, and a wonderful combination of flavors. Consider making this for weekend brunch as it takes more than a half-hour to prepare.
5. Oatmeal Pecan Pancakes
These pancakes are so tasty, even the kids will eat them. A healthier, diabetic-approved twist on the breakfast staple is sure to start the day on the right foot.
6. Vegan Superfood Buddha Bowls
Quite possibly the most nutritious item on our list, these superfood bowls boast greens, quinoa, beets, and sunflower seeds. They’re high in fiber, low in sodium, and an all-around clean eat.
7. Chicken Caesar Salad Lunch Wraps
Who doesn’t appreciate a chicken Caesar wrap? To make it as healthy as possible, get a low-carb, whole wheat tortilla and make sure the Caesar dressing is light. These can be quite filling, so you may want to save the other half for tomorrow’s lunch.
8. Good Gazpacho
We’re obsessed with tomatoes. Get a hearty dose of tomatoes– along with zucchini, cucumber, and red bell pepper– in this delicious, chilled soup. It’s the perfect way to chill down on a hot summer day, but delicious enough to enjoy year-round.
9. Low-Carb Lunchbox
Flashback to the days of packing a brown bag lunch with these tasty morsels. Think breadless sandwiches, carrots, green apples, hard-boiled eggs, and walnuts. Double the recipe and pack for the kiddos to take to school.
10. Four-Layer Stuffed Avocado
Sub sour cream for plain, nonfat Greek yogurt to keep this recipe healthy. Believe it or not, Mexican food can be nutritious and diabetic-friendly. It’s like a tasty Mexican meal– without all the bad fats and carbs– with less than five minutes of prep time!
11. Turkey-Stuffed Bell Peppers
Turkey makes for a great red meat substitute. This recipe offers a plethora of tips for how to make the ingredients more enjoyable to individual tastes. Spices work wonders– tweak to individual liking.
12. Parmesan Chicken with Artichoke Hearts
One user raves: “This dinner is always so much fun to serve!” Thyme and rosemary dial up the flavor while olive oil and artichoke hearts create a memorable meal.
13. Grilled Veggie Pizza
Pizza probably isn’t the first food that comes to mind when thinking about optimum nutrition, but with six veggies, spices, and a whole-wheat crust, this colorful masterpiece does not disappoint.
14. Shrimp Avocado Salad
While this dish takes about half an hour to prepare– and requires some time to chill– it’s totally worth it. Consider serving this to guests as it looks and tastes like something from a chic restaurant.
15. Chili-Lime Mushroom Tacos
A vegetarian version of tacos, these mushrooms combine with chili powder and red pepper flakes for a spicy sizzle. Feel free to make it more or less spicy depending on your preferences.
16. Chopped Greek Salad
Few things top a glorious Greek salad. It’s chock full of crisp veggies and healthy fats with olive oil and Kalamata olives. Our mouths are watering just looking at this.
17. Tomato & Avocado Sandwiches
Sometimes a sandwich just hits the spot. Crisp, toasted wheat bread serves as the backdrop for the tomato and avocado. With creamy hummus, the meat won’t even be missed.
18. Lemon-Basil Chicken Rotini
Make pasta with pizazz thanks to this recipe. Lots of little touches combine for a flavor explosion. Cream cheese, lemon zest, and red pepper flakes create a mouthwatering dish with several veggies and hearty chicken servings.
19. Caesar Salmon with Roasted Tomatoes & Artichokes
If a colorful, gourmet-looking fish dinner sounds good, here’s something that makes it even more appealing– all you need is five ingredients! The reduced-fat Caesar vinaigrette fuses wonderfully with the salmon.
20. Asparagus Tofu Stir-Fry
You don’t have to be a vegetarian to appreciate this tofu stir-fry. Veggies, almonds, and brown rice come together for a filling, nutritious, Asian-themed dish that will have everyone wanting seconds.
Perhaps we should have warned you not to read these on an empty stomach! It’s always our pleasure to bring you a variety of healthy cuisines guaranteed to please even the pickiest eaters. Which is your favorite? Let us know in the comments.