Diabetes-Friendly Vegetarian Recipes

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

Staff Picks

Chickpea Curry (Chhole)

Rating: 4.54 stars
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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.

Veggie & Hummus Sandwich

Rating: 4.92 stars
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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: 4.24 stars
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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.

Baked Blueberry & Banana-Nut Oatmeal Cups

Muffins meet oatmeal in these moist and tasty grab-and-go oatmeal cups. The nutty flavor of the pecans and the sweetness from fresh blueberries and banana make for an extra tasty snack or breakfast.
By Carolyn Casner

Peanut Butter Energy Balls

Rating: 4.2 stars
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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.

Vegan Superfood Buddha Bowls

Rating: 4.8 stars
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This nutrient-packed vegan Buddha 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.

No-Cook Black Bean Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars
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A classic black bean salad is a must for picnics and potlucks. This vegan version gets its creaminess from blended avocado. Any mix of salad greens will work well, but try arugula if you want to give this hearty salad a peppery kick.

Cinnamon Roll Overnight Oats

Rating: 5 stars
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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.

Really Green Smoothie

Rating: 4 stars
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The combination of kale and avocado makes this healthy smoothie recipe extra green. Chia seeds lend this creamy smoothie a heart-healthy punch of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids.

Everything Bagel Avocado Toast

Rating: 4.67 stars
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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.

Mediterranean Breakfast Sandwiches

Rating: 5 stars
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This veggie-packed breakfast sandwich delivers a healthy serving of protein plus fresh vegetables on low-carbohydrate sandwich bread.

Sweet Potato-Black Bean Burgers

Rating: 4.75 stars
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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.
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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.

Carrot Cake Energy Bites

Rating: 5 stars
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These no-cook energy bites keep well in the fridge or freezer and are easy to grab on the go for a healthy snack.