Diabetes-Friendly Lunch Recipes

Find healthy, delicious lunch recipes for diabetes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Veggie & Hummus Sandwich

Rating: 4.5 stars 19
This mile-high vegetable and hummus sandwich makes the perfect heart-healthy vegetarian lunch to go. Mix it up with different flavors of hummus and different types of vegetables depending on your mood.
Katie Webster
By Katie Webster

Vegetable Weight-Loss Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 33
A big bowl of this veggie-packed minestrone will leave you satisfied for hours without consuming a lot of calories, which is helpful when trying to lose weight. Plus, it's an easy way to boost your vegetable servings for the day—something all of us could benefit from. Top with a dollop of pesto before devouring this delicious vegetable soup and consider serving with a hunk of toasted whole-wheat bread to help round out the meal.
Hilary Meyer
By Hilary Meyer

10-Minute Tuna Melt

Rating: 5 stars 1
This variation of a classic sandwich uses mayonnaise, but not where you think! Mayo is brushed on the outside of the sandwich in place of butter to make the sandwich golden and crispy as it heats in a skillet. Plain Greek yogurt takes mayo's place in the salad—along with crunchy celery, roasted red bell peppers and scallions—for a satisfying lunch with less saturated fat.
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By Joy Howard

Three Sisters Stew

This Three Sisters Stew recipe is easy to make, nutritious and delicious. The Three Sisters are corn, beans and squash, which have been planted together for centuries by Native peoples and have spiritual significance for some. In New Mexico, it is often said that a healthy environment means a healthy culture, which leads to healthy people, and the way these vegetables grow in the garden exemplifies this notion of interconnectedness. The beans climb the cornstalks, the squash leaves shade the soil, limiting weed growth, and the beans fix nitrogen into the soil as well as help stabilize the cornstalks. This stew is perfect for a cold winter day, and wonderful as an encore the next day if you have any leftovers. This recipe is part of our spotlight, There's a Movement to Revitalize Indigenous Cuisines and Knowledge—Here's Why That Matters.
By Lois Ellen Frank, Ph.D.

Vegan Superfood Grain Bowls

Rating: 4.5 stars 7
This nutrient-packed grain bowl recipe comes together in 15 minutes with the help of a few convenience-food shortcuts like prewashed baby kale, microwavable quinoa and precooked beets. Pack these ahead to keep on hand for easy meal-prep lunches or dinners on busy nights.
By Carolyn A Hodges, RD

Cucumber Vinegar Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 7
This cucumber vinegar salad has the perfect balance between sweet and sour flavors, plus a hint of fresh dill. The red onion adds nice crunch. Enjoy this salad right after you're done making it or store it away to snack on for later.
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By Liv Dansky

Avocado-Egg Toast

Rating: 5 stars 10
Try it once and we think you'll agree: Topping avocado toast with an egg is a near-perfect breakfast.
By Ellen Davis

Slow-Cooker Braised Beef with Carrots & Turnips

Rating: 4.5 stars 10
The spice blend in this healthy beef stew recipe—cinnamon, allspice and cloves—may conjure images of apple pie, but the combo is a great fit in savory applications too. Serve over creamy polenta or buttered whole-wheat egg noodles.
Hilary Meyer
By Hilary Meyer

Florentine Lasagna Roll-Ups

Rating: 3.5 stars 3
Think portion control with these individual lasagna roll-ups. Leftovers are great for lunch the next day.
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By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Salmon-Stuffed Avocados

Rating: 4.5 stars 9
Canned salmon is a valuable pantry staple and a practical way to include heart-healthy, omega-3-rich fish in your diet. Here, we combine it with avocados in an easy no-cook meal.
By Abbie Gellman, MS, RD, CDN

Garlic Hummus

Rating: 5 stars 9
This classic hummus recipe couldn't be easier--just toss a few ingredients in the food processor and whir away! Aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chickpeas) makes this healthy dip extra smooth and creamy. Serve with veggie chips, pita chips or crudités.
By Devon O'Brien

Instant Pot Chicken Soup with Root Vegetables & Barley

Rating: 5 stars 2
Be sure to use bone-in chicken here--it enhances the flavor of the broth, and the bones are easy to remove after cooking. This healthy chicken soup can be made in an Instant Pot or pressure cooker.
Patsy Jamieson
By Patsy Jamieson
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Inspiration and Ideas

17 Diabetes-Friendly Lunches You Can Make Ahead For Busy Weeks
From grain bowls and salads to soups and chilis, you can easily make these lunches ahead for busy weeks.
12 Diabetes-Friendly Lunch Ideas in 10 Minutes
From salads and grain bowls to wraps and sandwiches, these diabetes-friendly lunches only take 10 minutes or less to prep, making them perfect to pack on busy days.
Strawberry-Pineapple Smoothie
Rating: 4.5 stars 2

Blend almond milk, strawberry and pineapple for a smoothie that's so easy you can make it on busy mornings. A bit of almond butter adds richness and filling protein. Freeze some of the almond milk for an extra-icy texture.