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30 Delicious Diabetic Friendly Dinner Recipes for Diabetic Living

30 Delicious Diabetic Friendly Dinner Recipes for Diabetic Living

We all know how challenging it is to prepare a dinner everybody likes, and it becomes even more difficult if someone in your family is diabetic. That is why I always prefer to plan my week/month ahead of the time so that I do not have go through the stress of coming up with interesting and healthy meals ideas every night.

Below you can enjoy a month of 30 delicious, diabetes-friendly dinners ideas to help you keep your blood sugar levels in check. The recipes in this plan limit carbohydrates, sugar, saturated fats and sodium – factors that can negatively impact your diabetes if you eats too much.

P.S. All the recipes are kids and family friendly, pretty much easy to make without creating a lot of mess in the kitchen.

Chicken and Vegetable Penne with Parsley-Walnut Pesto

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Homemade pesto may seem daunting, but in this quick pasta recipe you can make a simple sauce in minutes while the pasta water comes to a boil. You can substitute frozen green beans and cauliflower for fresh; in Step 4, cook the frozen vegetables according to package directions before tossing with the pasta and pesto.

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Spinach, Apple & Chicken Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing and Cheese Crisps

Start to finish: 20 mins

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Swap out store-bought for this tangy homemade buttermilk and poppy seed dressing to take this healthy salad recipe to the next level. For an even more impressive meal, make your own crunchy cheese crisps in a snap, using phyllo dough, for a delicious accompaniment to this dinner salad. Make extra dressing to keep on hand for other salads throughout the week.

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Hazelnut-Parsley Roast Tilapia

Start to finish: 30 mins

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Sweet and crunchy hazelnuts team up with bright lemon and fresh parsley to add oomph to the tilapia for an easy seafood recipe. Serve this atop a salad or alongside brown rice or orzo.

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Charred Vegetable & Bean Tostadas with Lime Crema

Start to finish: 45 mins

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Pile vegetables and black beans onto crisp tostadas and top them off with lime crema for a vegetarian dinner the whole family will love. Charring the vegetables under the broiler infuses them with smoky flavor while cooking them quickly.

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Pistachio-Crusted Baked Trout

Start to Finish: 35 mins

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Finely chopped pistachios take center stage in this baked fish recipe. Toasted seeds are mixed with the pistachios to create a fragrant and crunchy crust which nicely compliments the tender fish.

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Pork Medallions with Cranberry-Onion Relish

Start to finish: 30 mins

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Pork tenderloin is a great choice for dinner when it’s thinly sliced into quick-cooking medallions. A tart cranberry and onion relish adds delicious taste to each bite of this 30-minute entree.

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Lemon Chicken and Rice

Start to finish: 1hr and 35mins

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This easy Persian-inspired chicken and rice dish has a beautiful golden color and a wonderful fragrance. If you have saffron in the cupboard, do add that optional pinch; just a little will enhance the flavor and aroma of the dish.

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Pumpkin Seed Salmon with Maple-Spice Carrots

Start to finish: 35 mins

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Because this one-pan meal is ready in just 35 minutes, it’s a good choice for a healthy recipe after you’ve had a long day at the office. Maple-spiced carrots cook alongside pepita-crusted salmon fillets and deliver amazing taste and nutrition in a dinner the whole family will devour.

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Salmon Couscous Salad

Start and finished: 10 mins

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This healthy and easy salad is designed to be made with precooked or leftover salmon. To quickly cook salmon, lightly brush with olive oil, then roast in a 450 degrees F oven until the fish is opaque and firm, 8 to 12 minutes.

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Vegan Cauliflower Fettuccine Alfredo with Kale

Start to finish: 45 mins

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In this date-night-worthy vegan fettucine alfredo recipe, cooked cauliflower transforms into a rich, luscious sauce when it’s blended with softened cashews. A high-speed blender will give you the creamiest results. Opt for whole-wheat fettucine to add fiber to the vegan pasta recipe.

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Curried Sweet Potato & Peanut Soap

Start to finish: 40 mins

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In this flavorful soup recipe, sweet potatoes simmer in a quick coconut curry, resulting in a creamy, thick broth punctuated by notes of garlic and ginger. We love peanuts for their inexpensive price and versatile flavor. They’re also a great source of protein–1 ounce has 7 grams.

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Spinach & Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Start to finish: 15 mins

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Homemade poppy seed dressing pairs beautifully with tender spinach, crunchy almonds and juicy berries for a fantastically refreshing and easy spring salad. To make ahead, whisk dressing, combine salad ingredients and store separately. Toss the salad with the dressing just before serving. To make it a complete meal, top with grilled chicken or shrimp.

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Slow-Cooked Pork Tacos with Chipotle Aioli

Start to finish: 4 hrs 10 mins

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Follow this pork taco recipe as is to serve four and you’ll have enough shredded pork leftover to make it again next week. It’s so good, however, that we recommend doubling the rest of the ingredients and inviting over four more friends to enjoy everything right away!

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Tofu & Snow Pea Stir-Fry with Peanut Sauce

Start to finish: 30 mins

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A fast dinner recipe perfect for busy weeknights, this easy stir-fry recipe will quickly become a favorite. To save time, use precooked rice or cook rice a day ahead.

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Chicken & Sun-dried Tomato Orzo

Start to finish: 30mins

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Sun-dried tomatoes and Romano cheese pack a flavorful punch along with the tantalizing aroma of fresh marjoram in this rustic Italian-inspired dish. Serve with sautéed fresh spinach or steamed broccolini.

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Easy Pea & Spinach Carbonara

Start to finish: 20 mins

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Fresh pasta cooks up faster than dried, making it a must-have for fast weeknight dinners like this luscious yet healthy meal. Eggs are the base of the creamy sauce. They don’t get fully cooked, so use pasteurized-in-the-shell eggs if you prefer.

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Hearty Tomato Soup with Beans & Greens

Start to finish: 10 mins

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Garlicky kale and creamy white beans elevate simple canned tomato soup into a 10-minute lunch or dinner that really satisfies. Use a soup with tomato pieces for a heartier texture. Look for a brand that’s low- or reduced-sodium, with no more than 450 mg sodium per serving.

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Curried Chickpea Stew

Start to finish: 55 mins

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Who says a meatless meal isn’t filling? Packed with fiber-rich vegetables and chickpeas, this fragrant stew satisfies.

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Pork and Green Chile Stew

Start to finish: 4hrs 25 mins

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Let your slow cooker work–while you’re at work!–and come home to a delicious bowl of hearty stew for dinner. Full of potatoes, hominy, green chiles, and chunks of pork sirloin, this filling stew recipe takes just 25 minutes to prepare in the morning.

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Trapanese Pesto Pasta & Zoodles with Salmon

Start to finish: 35 mins

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Trapanese pesto is the Sicilian version of the sauce that uses tomatoes and almonds instead of pine nuts. This savory pesto sauce coats low-carb zucchini noodles and heart-healthy seared salmon to create an absolutely delicious pasta dinner.

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Jerk Chicken & Pineapple Slaw

Start to finish: 25 mins

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Ready in under 30 minutes, this spicy chicken dish with sweet pinapple slaw is perfect for any night of the week.

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Jambalaya Stuffed Peppers

Start to finish: 1 hr and 10 mins

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In this healthy stuffed peppers recipe, a delicious jambalaya filling of chicken and Cajun spices gets baked inside of bell peppers. Traditional jambalaya is made with green bell peppers, but you can use green, yellow, or orange peppers (or a mix) for this dish. Look for bell peppers with even bottoms, so that they stand upright on their own.

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Sweet Asian Beef Stir-Fry

Start to finish: 40 mins

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This Asian-inspired beef stir-fry recipe is loaded with crisp-tender vegetables and served over spaghetti with a sweet orange-teriyaki sauce. If you don’t have spaghetti noodles in your pantry, substitute soba noodles, rice or quinoa.

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Pork Skewers with Fruit Glaze

Start to finish: 40 mins

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Here’s a quick and easy entree for six–chunks of succulent pork loin and red and green bell peppers are threaded onto skewers and grilled with a sweet fruit glaze. Choose your favorite fruit preserve for the glaze, like apricot, red raspberry, or strawberry.

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Red Cabbage-Apple Cauliflower Gnocchi

Start to finish: 15 mins

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Tender Cabbage and a vibrant applesauce-mustard pan sauce are the perfect pairing for pillowy low-carb cauliflower gnocchi. Add diced chicken-apple sausage for extra protein.

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Chicken-Spaghetti Squash Bake

Start to finish: 1 hr 40 mins

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In this version of a chicken-and-broccoli casserole, spaghetti squash takes on a creamy texture when baked with cream of mushroom soup.

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Loaded Black Bean Nacho Soup

Start to finish: 10 mins

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Jazz up a can of black bean soup with your favorite nacho toppings, such as cheese, avocado and fresh tomatoes. A bit of smoked paprika adds a bold flavor kick, but you can swap in any warm spices you prefer, such as cumin or chili powder. Look for a soup that contains no more than 450 mg sodium per serving.

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Pesto Shrimp Pasta

Start to finish: 20 mins

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Using a packaged pesto sauce mix saves times in this 20-minute orzo pasta salad recipe.

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Honey Mustard Salmon with Mango Quinoa

Start to finish: 30 mins

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In this 30-minute dinner recipe, grilled, honey mustard-coated salmon is served with a tasty grain salad made with quinoa, mango, jalapeno and almonds.

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Pork Tenderloin with Apple-Onion Chutney

Start to finish: 30 mins

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If you’d like the chutney in this pork tenderloin recipe to be both sweet and tart, opt for sweet apples like red or golden delicious and sweet onion.

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About The Author

Danny

A Biohacker, A Keto Mystic and A Sugar Crusader who loves to cook healthy and delicious recipes without carbs.

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