Diabetic Recipes and Tips for Creating Healthy Balanced Meals

Diabetic Friendly Recipes and Tips for Healthy Balanced Meals

Are you pre-diabetic, diabetic, or know someone who is struggling with Type 2 diabetes? Wondering what type of food you should or could eat and how to best manage or improve your condition?

For those who are pre-diabetic or know they have a diabetic family history and are looking for ways to make changes that are manageable, sustainable, and will help them create a healthy lifestyle to prevent or overcome diabetic health issues (such as high blood pressure or diabetic retinopathy), we wanted to share some recipes and suggestions for building daily balanced meals.

There can be so much information that’s overwhelming, so we’ll try to keep this simple and make things easy.

The American Diabetes Association (see their Create Your Plate guide) suggests creating a plate guide where half the plate is made up of vegetables (ones that are not starchy) – such as spinach, zucchini, broccoli, asparagus, celery, cauliflower, green beans, lettuce, mushrooms, and kale.

Create your Plate - American Diabetic Association

Next divide the other half of the plate in half again, and in one section put protein (fish, chicken, eggs, turkey, tuna, cheese, tofu, etc). And in the last small section place a helping of some grains or starchy foods — such as rice, potatoes, pasta, peas, beans, corn, quinoa, or tortillas.

In addition to this, one small serving of fruit or dairy is suggested to round out the meal, along with a low-calorie beverage like iced tea, coffee, or water. Healthy fats can also be added in small amounts (i.e. avocado, nuts, or seeds added to a salad).

If you are wanting to track carbs and calories for your chosen foods with each meal, check out the Carb Counting and Meal Planning booklet from Novo Nordisk.

Lisa Statzer of Prediabetic Support has a fabulous program that helps individuals who are pre-diabetic make the needed changes to their diet and lifestyle to avoid the many health issues of the full-blown diabetic condition. She is so encouraging, helpful, and knowledgeable on the topic, and you can download her free Eat This, Not That guide on her website.

Eat This Not That - Prediabetic Support

We have lots of diabetic friendly recipes right here on Dish Dish – which you can save to your own free recipe box account and use to create your grocery list each week – saving you time and sanity when planning meals.

Here are a few diabetic friendly breakfast, snack, lunch, dinner, and even dessert recipes. Please be sure to comment below with which ones you’ve tried and let us know if you have other ideas and suggestions.

Arugula and Feta Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette Recipe

A simple salad made with arugula leaves, fresh strawberries and crumbled feta cheese; topped with a homemade strawberry vinaigrette (or use your favorite one from the store).

arugula and feta salad with strawberry vinaigrette recipe


Vegetable Frittata Recipe

Sauteed onion and garlic are mixed with chopped broccoli, bell peppers, and seasonings with beaten eggs. Pour into a dish and bake for about 30 minutes for a nice, healthy brunch, lunch or dinner. Serve with some salsa and avocado for even more flavor.

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Skinny Turkey and Vegetable Soup Recipe

Dish up this delicious soup with diced turkey, a little bit of whole wheat orzo (optional), carrots, onion, celery, sweet pepper, peas, broth and lots of seasoning. Though it will take a few minutes to do the prep (chopping and dicing ingredients), cooking time is only about 30 minutes, making it a relatively quick meal to get on the table.

And it’s freezer friendly – so make a large batch and freeze the extra for pulling out on a day when cooking sounds too onerous or time-consuming.

Skinny Turkey and Vegetable Soup Recipe


Tart Individual Blueberry Crisp Recipe

Fresh blueberries baked for about 20 minutes with a crumbled oat topping for a quick and easy dessert that’s already in small portions so you won’t be tempted to over-indulge. Enjoy!

Tart Blueberry Crisp Recipe


Herb Dip Recipe

This yogurt-based dip with green onions, mint, red chili, and a dash of lemon is a refreshing dip with your favorite veggies – celery, cucumber, broccoli, grape tomatoes or asparagus. It also makes a nice “sauce” with your favorite grilled meat.

greek yogurt dip, appetizer recipe

Additional resources:

Mayo Clinic Diabetic Recipes
Low Carb Maven
Ten Diabetic Diet, Recipe and Lifestyle Ideas Worth Sharing


Family Heritage – Saving Family Recipes




Do you remember watching grandma or an older aunt retrieving favorite recipes from her recipe box when you were young?  Maybe you have fond memories of large family meals, fun times anticipating the delicious food tempting your taste buds as the aromas wafted from the tiny kitchen?

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Have family members often lamented about how no one is exactly sure whatever happened to some or all of those recipes?  Or maybe one person was able to save most of them, but no one is sure of the best way to share them with everyone?

Preserving those famous favorite family recipes and passing them down to future generations is a beautiful way to continue a tradition of preserving family heritage and history through food and fond memories.  Dish Dish provides a way for families to do just that (especially made easy with our Digital Recipe Album package).

Members can set up an account and password, enter recipes themselves (or recruit other family members to help with the entering and typing process), complete with notes, references, and photos.  Then invite other family members to access and share the recipes with their own account on Dish Dish (this allows the option of saving the recipe to their own account and editing it a bit – if their family likes to make it just a little bit differently); or choose to keep the recipes private (and even with private recipes, members can choose to share a link to their “cookbook” – allowing only invited people to view those recipes).

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We are excited to offer such a wonderful tool for helping families preserve their heritage, traditions, and recipes in a way that is easy to share and enjoy with extended family around the world any time through the website and iPad/iPhone App.

So, don’t delay!  Set up your free account to get started digitizing those recipes into a digital cookbook and preserve family traditions before they are lost.  (And if the thought of all that typing scares you, set up a Pro Account and we’ll do the typing for you – simply take a picture or scan your recipes and fax, email, or mail to us; or take advantage of our Digital Recipe Album – we’ll send a postage paid envelope for you to mail your recipe collection to us and we’ll type them all in for you and then send them back with digital access and downloadable PDF).

Happy Dishin’!