Diabetes-Friendly Vegetarian Recipes

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

Staff Picks

Cinnamon-Roll Overnight Oats

Rating: 4 stars 16
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.
By Carolyn Casner

Roasted Garlic-Parmesan Cabbage

Rating: 5 stars 1
Cabbage gets transformed in the oven with garlic, Parmesan and olive oil in this simple vegetable side. This irresistible side dish would make a welcome addition to any meal—try serving it alongside chicken or steak.
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By Wendy Lopez

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

Breakfast Lemon-Blueberry Oatmeal Cakes

Rating: 5 stars 6
A cross between muffins and baked oatmeal, these oatmeal cakes are perfect for an on-the-go breakfast or snack. If you prefer to use fresh blueberries, they're an equal swap for the frozen in this recipe. You can also make a double batch and enjoy one during the week and store the other batch in the freezer to savor later.
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By Sara Haas, RDN

Breakfast Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cakes

Rating: 4 stars 8
Peanut butter is the star ingredient in these oatmeal cakes, providing not only flavor, but a boost of plant-based protein too. Hiding a bit in the center of each muffin is a fun way to ensure that peanut butter makes it into every bite.
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By Sara Haas, RDN

Chhole (Chickpea Curry)

Rating: 4.5 stars 53
This healthy Indian recipe is an authentic chickpea curry that you can make in minutes. If you want to add a vegetable, stir in some roasted cauliflower. Serve with brown basmati rice or warm naan.
Shefaly Ravula, PA-C
By Shefaly Ravula, PA-C

Baked Banana-Nut Oatmeal Cups

Rating: 4.5 stars 34
Muffins meet oatmeal in these moist and tasty grab-and-go oatmeal cups.
By Carolyn Casner

Easy Pea & Spinach Carbonara

Rating: 4.5 stars 15
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.
By Adam Hickman

Peanut Butter Energy Balls

Rating: 3.5 stars 16
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.
By Lisa Valente

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

Slow-Cooker Mushroom Soup with Sherry

Rating: 4 stars 29
This comforting and creamy slow-cooker soup is loaded with earthy, umami flavor from the mushrooms and soy sauce. Garnish with additional black pepper and chopped fresh thyme, if desired.
By Cooking Light

Oven-Fried Panko-&-Parmesan-Crusted Zucchini

Rating: 4 stars 2
These oven-fried panko- and Parmesan-crusted zucchini rounds are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, with a hint of Parmesan cheese in the crust. Dip them into marinara, pesto or ranch dressing for an irresistible snack or appetizer.
By Carolyn Casner
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Inspiration and Ideas

16 Diabetes-Friendly Vegetarian Dinners You Can Make in 30 Minutes or Less
These vegetarian dinners are full of complex carbs like veggies and whole grains and have low counts of saturated fats and sodium, so they're perfectly suited for a diabetes-friendly eating pattern.
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.
Green Goddess Salad with Chickpeas
Rating: 5 stars 2

In this cucumber, tomato, Swiss cheese and chickpea salad recipe, a healthy green goddess dressing is made from avocado, buttermilk and herbs. The extra dressing is delicious served with grilled vegetables.