International Diabetes-Friendly Recipes

Find healthy, delicious diabetes-friendly recipes from all over the world, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Chhole (Chickpea Curry)

Rating: 4.5 stars 45
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.
By Shefaly Ravula & Amee Meghani

Sunomono (Japanese Cucumber Salad)

Rating: 4.5 stars 6
This version of sunomono uses more readily available English or slicing cucumbers, but if you live near an Asian market you could substitute Japanese cucumbers. Some recipes call for salting the cucumbers first, but we found that squeezing them in paper towels removed enough excess moisture without adding additional sodium. This Japanese-inspired salad is cool, crisp and simply delicious.

Quick Cucumber Kimchi

Rating: 4 stars 9
While slowly fermented cabbage and pungent garlic are the ingredients most people associate with kimchi, there are dozens and dozens of other versions of Korea's national dish, featuring all manner of vegetables, such as these quickly pickled cucumbers with just a trace of garlic.
By Jamie Purviance

Classic Sesame Noodles with Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 4
Sesame noodles become a satisfying meal with lean chicken and tons of veggies in this quick, healthy noodle recipe. Be sure to rinse the spaghetti until it's cold, then give it a good shake in the colander until it's well drained. Are you a spiralizing pro? Swap 5 cups of raw zucchini, carrot or other veggie "noodles" for the cooked pasta.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Lemon & Dill Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 36
Fresh lemon and dill create a quick Greek-inspired pan sauce for simple sautéed chicken breasts. Make it a meal: Serve with roasted broccoli and whole-wheat orzo.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Peanut Butter & Chia Berry Jam English Muffin

Rating: 5 stars 3
The addition of chia seeds in the quick “jam” topping adds heart-healthy omega-3s to this healthy breakfast recipe.
By Sara Haas, R.D.N., L.D.N.

Beef Stir-Fry with Baby Bok Choy & Ginger

Rating: 5 stars 3
All the ingredients for this easy beef stir-fry recipe are cooked in one wok (or skillet), so not only is the meal-prep fast for this healthy dinner, cleanup is quick too. Look for Lee Kum Kee Premium oyster-flavored sauce in the Asian-foods aisle of your grocery store. It has the most concentrated oyster flavor. 

Kung Pao Chicken with Bell Peppers

Rating: 5 stars 1
Here's an easy chicken recipe you'll definitely want to add to your dinner repertoire. A quick marinade tenderizes the chicken and infuses flavor in this stir fry. Adding a little oil to finish the marinade coats the chicken and helps keep it from sticking to the pan.
By Grace Young

Grilled Blackened Shrimp Tacos

Rating: 5 stars 7
Give juicy shrimp tacos a Cajun flavor spin with spices and a quick sear on a hot grill. An easy avocado mash adds creaminess to cool off the spicy kick.
By Carolyn Casner

Slow-Cooker Arroz con Pollo (Chicken & Rice)

Rating: 5 stars 4
This one-pot chicken dinner, inspired by the traditional dish of Spain and Latin America, comes together easily in the crock pot. The instant brown rice is added near the end, to keep it from overcooking.

Chicken & White Bean Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 18
Once again, rotisserie chickens can really relieve the dinner-rush pressure-especially in this Italian-inspired soup that cries out for a piece of crusty bread and a glass of red wine.

Caprese Skewers

Rating: 4.5 stars 6
We take all the ingredients of a classic caprese salad and layer them onto skewers for a quick appetizer. These tomato-mozzarella-basil skewers are easy to assemble and perfect for a party.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen
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Inspiration and Ideas

Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette
Rating: Unrated 5
Orange juice and cilantro yield a tangy dressing that you'll want to have on hand.
Chicken Tetrazzini
Rating: Unrated 9
This retro dish will please kids and adults alike.
Tahini Dressing
Rating: 4 stars 1

Tahini adds richness to this creamy dressing. Its nutty flavor will enliven any salad.