Diabetes-Friendly Vegetarian Recipes

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

Staff Picks

Slow-Cooker Mushroom Soup with Sherry

Rating: 4.21 stars 21
This comforting and creamy slow-cooker soup is loaded with earthy, umami flavor from the mushrooms and soy sauce.  Puréeing only some of the slow-cooker mushroom soup gives the dish complex texture and eye appeal. Garnish with additional black pepper and chopped fresh thyme, if desired.

Peanut Butter Energy Balls

Rating: 4.2 stars 6
These healthy peanut butter and chocolate energy balls deliver a mixture of simple and complex carbohydrates to help fuel you up whenever you need a little boost. They're no-bake and easy to make with ingredients you probably have on hand, like oats and nut butter. Feel free to experiment with different mix-ins--for example, dried fruit or chopped nuts--in place of the chocolate chips and coconut.

Veggie & Hummus Sandwich

Rating: 4.92 stars 13
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.

Baked Banana-Nut Oatmeal Cups

Rating: 4.17 stars 23
Muffins meet oatmeal in these moist and tasty grab-and-go oatmeal cups. Feel free to swap out the pecans for any other nut--walnuts would be great--or omit them altogether. Make a batch on the weekend and keep them in your fridge or freezer for quick and easy breakfasts all week. Reheat in the microwave for about 40 seconds.

Vegan Superfood Grain Bowls

Rating: 4.8 stars 6
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.

Super-Seed Snack Bars

Rating: 3.5 stars 3
Thanks to a mix of pumpkin, sunflower, hemp and chia seeds, these healthy snack bars are packed with protein, fiber, minerals and healthy fats. Because these bars pack well, they're great for taking along on all-day adventures.

Cinnamon Roll Overnight Oats

Rating: 5 stars 4
It takes just minutes to assemble this healthy no-cook breakfast and you'll have meal-prepped grab-and-go breakfasts on hand for the rest of the week. Top these delicious vegan oats--inspired by classic cinnamon bun flavors--with fresh or frozen fruit and your favorite nuts and seeds.

Chhole (Chickpea Curry)

Rating: 4.54 stars 44
Made with convenient canned beans, this quick and healthy Indian recipe is an authentic chickpea curry that you can make in minutes. If you want an additional vegetable, stir in some roasted cauliflower florets. Serve with brown basmati rice or warm naan.

Everything Bagel Avocado Toast

Rating: 4.67 stars 5
Get all the flavor of an everything bagel married with the creaminess of avocado toast in one healthy breakfast. Just toast, top, sprinkle and go for this quick morning meal when you need to get out the door fast. Want to take it up a notch? Top with a poached or fried egg.

Sweet Potato-Black Bean Burgers

Rating: 4.75 stars 9
These vegan sweet potato-black bean burgers spiced with curry powder are easy to make. Blending the mixture with your hands gives you a soft, uniform texture then the outside gets crispy by cooking in a cast-iron pan. To make this recipe gluten-free too, use gluten-free oats and serve the patty in a lettuce wrap, omitting the bun.

Creamy Fettuccine with Brussels Sprouts & Mushrooms

Rating: 4.02 stars 28
Sliced Brussels sprouts and mushrooms cook quickly and cling to the pasta in our fall version of pasta primavera. Look for presliced mushrooms to cut prep time. Serve with a tossed salad.

Slow-Cooker Vegetable Minestrone Soup

Rating: 5 stars 3
A winter classic, this crock pot version of minestrone is heavy on the vegetables and light on the pasta, keeping carbs in check while providing plenty of flavor.
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Inspiration and Ideas

22 Vegetarian Diabetes-Friendly Dinners to Make on Weeknights
These healthy recipes are low in sodium, saturated fat and calories, which makes it easy (and delicious) to follow a healthy eating pattern.
11 Diabetes-Friendly Vegetarian Casserole Recipes
Casseroles are a warm and hearty option for any meal and these diabetes-friendly, vegetarian recipes are no exception. These casseroles are low in calories, saturated fat and sodium, so they are perfect for someone following a diabetes-friendly eating pattern. Pair with a side salad and whole grain bread to round out the meal. Recipes like Eggplant Tortilla Casserole and Mediterranean Baked Penne are packed with vegetables and grains to create a balanced and nutritious dish.
Peanut Butter & Chia Berry Jam English Muffin
Rating: 5 stars
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The addition of chia seeds in the quick “jam” topping adds heart-healthy omega-3s to this healthy breakfast recipe.