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Healthy Diabetic Diet Thanksgiving Recipes

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Roasted Rainbow Carrots with Sage Brown Butter

Wow your guests with multicolored carrots dressed in a brown butter and sage sauce. They only take 15 minutes to roast, so pop them in the oven while you carve the turkey and they’ll be ready in time to eat.

» Roasted Rainbow Carrots with Sage Brown Butter

Polenta-Stuffed Kabocha Squash

The cheesy polenta filling in this healthy stuffed squash recipe makes a great alternative to mashed potatoes, as well as a hearty vegetarian entree. If you can’t find kobocha squash, try using a buttercup squash or pie pumpkin—or skip serving it in the hollowed-out vegetable altogether and use 2 cups of your favorite pureed winter squash in Step 5.

» Polenta-Stuffed Kabocha Squash

Beer-Braised Cipollini Onions

Creamed pearl onions have long been a staple Thanksgiving side dish, but this lighter, sweet-and-savory cipollini onion recipe may send that traditional recipe to the back of your file for good. For a fruity (and gluten-free) twist, use your favorite hard cider instead of beer.

» Beer-Braised Cipollini Onions

Sautéed Broccoli & Kale with Toasted Garlic Butter

In this easy vegetable side dish, broccoli and kale are drizzled with a butter, garlic and crushed red pepper sauce. Serve this healthy recipe alongside roasted chicken, turkey or ham—or on top of your favorite whole grain, such as quinoa or farro.

» Sautéed Broccoli & Kale with Toasted Garlic Butter

Fennel & Asiago Pie with a Wild Rice Crust

Wild rice bound with egg and cheese makes a lovely (and gluten-free) crust for this stunning, quiche-like pie stuffed with roasted garlic and fennel. Try it for brunch, as a vegetarian entree or as an impressive potluck offering.

» Fennel & Asiago Pie with a Wild Rice Crust

Warm Pear & Spinach Salad with Maple-Bacon Vinaigrette

Mature, larger-leaved spinach holds up better to the warm bacon vinaigrette than baby spinach in this healthy spinach salad recipe. If you don’t want the spinach to wilt, let the dressing cool before tossing it with the salad.

» Warm Pear & Spinach Salad with Maple-Bacon Vinaigrette

Apple-Sauerkraut Stuffing

Whether you call it stuffing or dressing, this healthy apple-and-sauerkraut stuffing recipe made with seeded rye bread is a flavorful twist on the classic holiday side. If you’re an extra-moist-stuffing type, bake it covered for the full 50 minutes; if you like some crispy bits on top, follow the recipe as written: bake covered for about 30 minutes, then uncovered for an additional 20 minutes.

» Apple-Sauerkraut Stuffing


Food plays a central role in family celebrations and holidays, especially at Thanksgiving. If you have diabetes—or if you’re cooking for someone who does—you don’t have to eat special foods or be excluded from what “everyone else” is eating. (In fact, everyone else should be taking their cue from what’s on your plate!)

Most of our diabetes-appropriate Thanksgiving recipes are low in calories (and between 1 to 2 1/2 carbohydrate servings), but any EatingWell recipe can fit into your diet. These Thanksgiving recipes are updates of classic dishes and twists on traditional fare, made healthy by using high-impact flavors like fresh herbs, spices and seasonal fruits and vegetables to minimize the need for gobs of butter, cream and salt. Enjoy!

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Healthy Diabetic Diet Thanksgiving Main Dishes

In this herb-roasted turkey recipe, apples and shallots...
Wild rice bound with egg and cheese makes a lovely (and...
The cheesy polenta filling in this healthy stuffed squash...
This quick and healthy turkey cutlet recipe delivers a...
This roast pumpkin with a mushroom-and-bread stuffing is a...
Frilly layers of phyllo dough surround the festive spinach...
For this fresh roast ham recipe, look for meat that hasn’t...

Healthy Diabetic Diet Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Creamed pearl onions have long been a staple Thanksgiving...
Make this low-fat gravy in the roasting pan while the...
Fresh cranberries get crunch from walnuts and an infusion...
Our savory cauliflower puree makes a perfect low-carb stand...
For a delightful change from mashed potatoes, try this...
Speed up roasting vegetables, like these lemon-and-thyme-...
In this easy vegetable side recipe, green beans are tossed...
This healthy revision of green bean casserole skips the...
Roasting sweet potatoes is even easier than boiling and...
In this recipe, Yukon Gold potatoes and sweet potatoes are...
Plain mashed potatoes may seem a bit tame after you've...
Up your appetizer game with this fruit-topped cheese...
Wow your guests with multicolored carrots dressed in a...
Buttery rutabaga and creamy goat cheese team up in this...
In this easy vegetable side dish, broccoli and kale are...
Finding tasty, healthy, whole-grain dinner rolls in the...
This scrumptious sweet potato casserole gets fabulous...

Healthy Diabetic Diet Thanksgiving Salads

The oranges in this healthy salad recipe are caramelized in...
Mature, larger-leaved spinach holds up better to the warm...
Jewel-like pomegranate seeds star along with bacon, tangy...
The sweetness of the roasted beets works well with tart...
This is a special-occasion salad that pairs grapefruit...
For this cousin of the Caesar salad use a combination of...

Healthy Diabetic Diet Thanksgiving Stuffings

Whether you call it stuffing or dressing, this healthy...
Crisping the prosciutto and toasting the nuts adds a...
This crab-cake-meets-stuffing recipe gets a double dose of...

Healthy Diabetic Diet Thanksgiving Desserts

These flourless orange-and-chocolate-flavored meringues are...
Panna cotta (“cooked cream” in Italian) is a silky-smooth...
Catherine Schumacher used to make hundreds of Christmas...
Try this Mini Berry Cream Pies recipe the next time you...
With just a few simple steps, you can transform plain...
These miniature empanadas, tender pastry dough wrapped...
Serve these caramelized pear slices over ice cream, stir...
If you’re ready for a change from standard pumpkin pie, try...
Coconut macaroons meet dark chocolate truffles in these...
Fresh or frozen raspberries work equally well in this quick...
Honey and almonds flavor this simple (and gluten-free) cake...
The haunting, subtle flavor of chai spices adds depth and...

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