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Elise's Sesame Noodles

Whole-wheat pasta bolsters fiber and nutrients in this popular Asian noodle salad. The recipe is from Annelise Stuart of Germantown, New York.

» Elise's Sesame Noodles

Greek Orzo Stuffed Peppers

We steam brightly colored bell peppers in the microwave to save time and then stuff them with orzo, spinach and feta. This basic recipe will work with almost any filling—try substituting different types of cheese, herbs or beans. Serve with whole-wheat pita bread and cucumber salad.

» Greek Orzo Stuffed Peppers

Flourless Honey-Almond Cake

Honey and almonds flavor this simple (and gluten-free) cake. It's lovely for afternoon tea or a spring holiday dessert. Be careful not to overbeat the egg whites—they should be white and very foamy, but not at all stiff or able to hold peaks. If you beat them too much, the cake may sink in the middle as it cools.

» Flourless Honey-Almond Cake

Chili-Roasted Carrots

Roasted with chili powder and cumin then tossed with cilantro and lime juice, these carrots are bursting with zesty flavor. Serve them with simple roast chicken or pork.

» Chili-Roasted Carrots

Avocado Ice Cream

This is a creamy, refreshing dairy-free dessert Rick Bayless has served in his restaurant Frontera Grill for years.

» Avocado Ice Cream

Roasted Spring Vegetables with Arugula Pesto

These roasted vegetables tossed with arugula pesto are an easy side for a dinner party. Try serving them with a roasted leg of lamb. If you can find beautiful, freshly harvested small carrots, they’ll look and taste the best in this dish.

» Roasted Spring Vegetables with Arugula Pesto

Spinach & Frisée Salad with Tangerines & Coriander-Crusted Scallops

The flavors of coriander and tangerine complement the sweet scallops in this easy-to-make dinner salad. Frisée has a big flavor and a sturdy texture, which stands up to the warm scallops. If you can’t find frisée, make your own mix of greens; escarole and curly endive are great ones to include.

» Spinach & Frisée Salad with Tangerines & Coriander-Crusted Scallops


Options abound in this collection of healthy recipes for a diabetic diet.

“It’s time to debunk the myth of the ‘diabetic diet,’” says EatingWell nutrition editor and author Joyce Hendley. If you have diabetes, you don’t have to eat special foods or be excluded from what “everyone else” is eating. Current guidelines for diabetes are, in fact, the same as those for the population at large. “Everyone else,” says Hendley, “should be taking their cue from what’s on your plate.”

Most of our diabetes-appropriate recipes are low in calories (and between 1 to 2 1/2 carbohydrate servings), but any EatingWell recipe can fit into your diet. That’s because they are based on core principles:

* No food is a magic bullet or forbidden fruit
* Variety and sensible portions are key
* Whole foods trump processed foods
* Plant foods should be embraced, along with low-fat dairy, fish, lean meats and poultry
* Unsaturated “good fats” and interesting seasonings keep food tasty and healthy; saturated and trans fats weigh it down

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Enjoy these delicious recipes for a diabetic diet.

Diabetic Diet Main Dish Recipes

Arctic char, related to salmon and trout, is sustainably...
Sautéed onions, prosciutto and fontina cheese flavor this...
This pizza, topped with bacon, eggs and asparagus, was...
A quick and efficient way to cook a whole bird on the grill...
One of the Test Kitchen's favorites, this quick sauté...
Give chicken thighs a quick saute and finish them with a...
This crab and asparagus melt is delicious for a light...
Diced eggplant turns tender and tasty sautéed with garlic...
Whole-wheat pasta bolsters fiber and nutrients in this...
Kids love this combination of refried white beans and...
We steam brightly colored bell peppers in the microwave to...
This deconstructed version of a chile relleno turned...
Lamb with mint jelly is a tried-and-true combination and...
Pork tenderloin is about as lean as it comes so it's a...
Our quick take on paella is studded with mussels and shrimp...
A snappy pan sauce made with shallots, port and fruity...
This juicy spice-crusted steak gets finished with a...
Sweet aromatic spices, cilantro, mint and lemon marry well...

Diabetic Diet Side Dish Recipes

Roasted with chili powder and cumin then tossed with...
Inspired by a Lebanese pasta dish, we toss steamed green...
Enjoy this crunchy, refreshing alternative to mayonnaise-...
The flavors of fresh mint and feta enliven this instant...
Roasting is one of the easiest and tastiest ways to cook...
These roasted vegetables tossed with arugula pesto are an...
Sizzling green beans in a little oil helps to bring out...

Diabetic Diet Salad Recipes

Lemon, oregano and feta add zing to broccoli rabe tossed...
Packed with protein and fiber, this tuna and bean salad is...
For a sophisticated starter, try this colorful salad, which...
Bitter, sweet and peppery flavors marry well in this...
Light mayonnaise makes a velvety base for this zesty...
Reader Jennifer Sanders contributed this salad, which...
The flavors of coriander and tangerine complement the sweet...
Tender mixed salad greens (mesclun) from the garden or...

Diabetic Diet Dessert Recipes

This is a creamy, refreshing dairy-free dessert Rick...
These banana popsicles taste rich and decadent but are low-...
These brownies are a high-energy treat you can pack in your...
When you have a craving for a comforting dessert, try this...
Honey and almonds flavor this simple (and gluten-free) cake...
How simple and delicious are berries topped with a rich...
These oatmeal chocolate chip cookies have the familiar...

Diabetic Diet Snack & Appetizer Recipes

A classic Japanese preparation.
Lots of freshly chopped herbs add zing to our white bean...
Humble limas are transformed into a sensational...
Keep a batch of this on hand for a fiber- and iron-rich...
Almonds get a kick from cumin and cayenne.
In this deconstructed version of hot spinach-artichoke dip...

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