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Baked Zucchini Pancakes
Low Carb

13g carbs

Talk about how a recipe changes year after year. This recipe started out as a way to make Latkes (Hanukah potato pancakes) with less fat. Then it changed with my diagnosis of Diabetes to zucchini pancakes. The most recent change is using some whole wheat flour in the batter to replace some of the white flour. The change was just intended to add nutritional value to the recipe, but it popped the flavor even more than the older version. This is a delicious side dish to go with a protein in place of potato pancakes at dinner.

Broccoli Soup

16g carbs

There are two ways to prepare the broccoli. Either roast as below or blanch in sweetened water. While the finish taste is different, I like both ways equally well. BE CAREFUL NOT TO OVER COOK THE BROCCOLI before adding to the soup. Can be served either hot or cold.

Pizza with Sausage
Low Carb

14g carbs

Feel free to change the topping to reflect your tastes. It takes more time to preheat the oven then it does to prepare this recipe.

Zucchini Corn Boats
Low Sodium

160 cal22g carbs7g fat90mg sodium

This recipe is easy to make and a great presentation for family and friends alike!

Chinese Stir Fried Peas and Greens
Low Carb

110 cal14g carbs4g fat300mg sodium

This is a yummy stir fry that can be serve with tofu, chicken or shrimp. It is really easy to make!

Roasted Asparagus Dijon Style
Low Carb

35 cal6g carbs1g fat20mg sodium

Asparagus are so elegant. This recipe is great to serve for guest or anytime.

Rhubarb Chili with Ground Beef

270 cal33g carbs9g fat210mg sodium

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the leaves of the plant are poisonous, do not eat them. This rhubarb recipe from the “Farmer’ Market Favorite Recipes Cookbook” published by Cornell Cooperative Extension Saratoga County, New York edited by Diane Whitten. Their website is: www.ccesaratoga.org.

Braised Red Cabbage
Low Carb

10g carbs

Skinny Slaw
Very Low Carb

5g carbs

This recipe comes from a restaurant I managed in New York City called The Diet Gourmet. The original was made with Sweet and Low and a fat-free mayonnaise. We sold buckets of it every day.

Black Bean and Chicken Casserole

252 cal26g carbs4g fat360mg sodium

This dish has excellent flavor. Kidney beans can be substituted for black beans. Recipe courtesy of Quick & Healthy Volume II, 2nd Edition, Brenda J. Ponichtera, RD, Published by Small Steps Press, a division of the American Diabetes Association.

Pork Chop Suey

219 cal16g carbs5g fat370mg sodium

Using pork tenderloin eliminates the extra trimming of fat and bone. It also makes this a quick and tasty dish. If you like crisp vegetables, simmer for the less amount of time. Recipe courtesy of Quick Healthy Recipes and Ideas, 3rd Edition, Brenda J. Ponichtera, RD, Published by Small Steps Press, a division of the American Diabetes Association.

Tomato and Basil Pasta
Low Fat

193 cal39g carbs1g fat10mg sodium

Fresh tomatoes and basil add a wonderful flavor to this light dish. Recipe courtesy of Quick Healthy Recipes and Ideas, 3rd Edition, Brenda J. Ponichtera, RD, Published by Small Steps Press, a division of the American Diabetes Association.

Easy Skillet Creamed Corn
Low Sodium

160 cal24g carbs6g fat140mg sodium

Hearty Leek, Potato and Vegetable Soup
Low Fat

100 cal18g carbs2g fat60mg sodium

This is a crowd pleasing hearty soup that is made in a large size batch. Leftovers can be frozen in individual serving containers to be part of a soul warming lunch or dinner. This soup has a pureed base with vegetables added for texture. Let the flavors blend over night if possible to bring out the soups best character (keep in the refrigerator). One cup serving is a good source of fiber and a high source vitamin A and vitamin C. People with bigger appetites may enjoy two servings of this wonderful soup for a meal served with a mixed green salad and a serving of fruit or a yogurt frozen treat ......Delicious!

Salmon Cakes with Coleslaw and Lime Dill Yogurt Sauce
Low Carb

180 cal15g carbs5g fat680mg sodium

Turkey, Black Beans, and Vegetable Chili
Low Fat

110 cal16g carbs1g fat100mg sodium

This chili is easy to make ahead and very healthy. Watch out when you have a crowd as it will disappear fast. Two servings are commonly used for a dinner and served with a salad and a piece of crusty bread. It can be frozen in single serving size containers. One serving makes an excellent lunch for those watching their calories served with a piece of fruit and a low calorie yogurt. You might find yourself making this recipe again and again!

Baked Red Snapper Almandine
Very Low Carb

134 cal3g carbs5.3g fat200mg sodium

Pecans may be substituted for the almonds for a unique twist, but then you could not call it Almandine!

Turkey Cutlets Florentine
Low Carb

227 cal10g carbs10g fat220mg sodium

The word "Florentine" on a menu means spinach. This deep-green leaf is full of antioxidants and fiber, and it's delicious too!

Chickpea Parmesan Spread
Low Carb

92 cal10g carbs3.9g fat150mg sodium

This spread can be served hot or cold. Omit the hot sauce altogether if you have mild taste buds.

Garlic Cauliflower

Cauliflower is great for a low carb diet, but is often bland. Not with this recipe! Garlic, paprika, red wine vinegar, cayenne pepper and salt and pepper give it lots of flavor and nutrition. There are two main ingredients in cauliflower, and all of the cruciferous family, that are the main disease fighters. These are indole-3-carbinol, or 13C, and the photonutrient sulforaphane. Cauliflower also contains vitamin C and folate.

Miniature Crab Cakes
Low Carb

102 cal10g carbs4g fat270mg sodium

Traditionally, crab cakes are fried in butter. This healthy alternative bakes them. It also takes advantage of panko, a type of bread crumb that adds a lot of crunch to a dish without adding a lot of fat.

Mixed Vegatables
Low Carb

135 cal12g carbs9g fat400mg sodium

A dish brimming with healthful vegetables! Colorful peppers, zucchini, squash, snow peas, mushrooms and seasoned with garlic, soy sauce, Worcestershire and your favorite herbs. Diets rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of some types of cancer and other chronic diseases. Vegetables also provide essential vitamins and minerals, fiber and other substances that are important for good health.

Mock Mashed Potatoes
Low Carb

91 cal9g carbs7g fat90mg sodium

Cooked cauliflower processed with sour cream. Garnish with grated cheese and fresh minced chives.


110 cal16g carbs5g fat200mg sodium

This rich vegetable stew can be served over brown rice, pasta, or couscous, either hot or cold.

Single Knot Rolls
Low Carb

118 cal12.1g carbs5.9g fat150mg sodium

Use Texas white rolls you can purchase in your grocers freezer and create these pretty knot rolls.

Stir-Fried Singapore Noodles

287 cal44g carbs10.7g fat190mg sodium

Vermicelli noodles are sometimes known as rice sticks or rice noodles.

Mashed "Potatoes" (Mashed Jerusalem Artichokes)
Low Carb

80.4 cal13.5g carbs2.4g fat10mg sodium

If you desire mashed potatoes at your Thanksgiving dinner, this is a great alternative.

Turkey Meatloaf
Low Carb

217.3 cal6.1g carbs11.1g fat420mg sodium

this recipe requires little preparation time but needs an hour to bake. It is simple enough to prepare in the morning and throw in the oven as soon as you get home from work.

"Peanut" Sauce
Low Carb

156.8 cal5.1g carbs15.2g fat90mg sodium

Peanut sauce is a favorite accompaniment with Thai dishes such as salad rolls and sate skewers. Using almonds instead of peanuts loses none of the savory goodness. Red curry past and fish sauce are available in Asian groceries or in the Asian aisle of most supermarkets.

Seared Tuna Over Raw Vegetables
Low Carb

195.3 cal6.8g carbs5.6g fat580mg sodium

Many fish lovers agree that the best way to enjoy high-quality tuna is served rare. However, if you have a difficult time eating partially raw fish, you can bake or sear the tuna for this recipe until it is cooked all the way through.

Blackened Salmon
Very Low Carb

201.2 cal4.1g carbs9g fat884mg sodium

Blackened salmon is always a hit. Vary the level of spice depending on who will be joining you for dinner.

Okra and Tomato Curry (Bhindi)
Low Carb

74 cal15g carbs2g fat350mg sodium

Butter Chicken (Makhani Murgh)
Low Carb

142 cal7g carbs4g fat270mg sodium

Mixed Vegetable Curry with Cheese (Paneer Bhurji)
Low Carb

101 cal10g carbs2g fat300mg sodium

Chickpea Rice (Channa Chawal)
Low Fat

175 cal32g carbs3g fat270mg sodium

English Muffin Cheese Pizza
Low Carb

115 cal15g carbs3g fat210mg sodium

Hearty Italian-Style Soup
Low Fat

173 cal25g carbs2g fat539mg sodium

Reduced sodium broth with garlic, pepper, kidney beans, lean chicken or beef, cabbage, tomatoes, potatoes, carrot, celery, onion parsly and of course, Italian seasoning.

Pepper-Potato Barley
Low Fat

147 cal29g carbs2.8g fat10mg sodium

Barley isn't just for soup anymore. This grain makes an excellent choice as the starring ingredient in main courses, side dishes, breakfast fare and more. In addition to its versatility, barley is a nutritious food that is high in fiber and low in fat.

Crispy Orange Roughy
Low Fat

186 cal17g carbs2g fat328mg sodium

If you are fond of crispy fried fish, this flavorful alternative will convert you to light eating.

Green Split Pea and Barley Soup
Low Fat

152 cal21g carbs1.3g fat31mg sodium

Split peas, carrots, celery, onion and pearl barley in a chicken or vegetable stock flavored with bay leaf, salt and pepper to taste, garlic and fresh dill.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Corn-Pepper Relish
Low Carb

140 cal13g carbs2g fat530mg sodium

This low fat , healthy and satisfying main dish serves up a good source of vitamins A and C along with the corn and red peppers.

Pork Tenderloin Supreme
Very Low Carb

129 cal4g carbs5g fat251mg sodium

Cook up tender pork tenderloin with tomato soup and onion mix. Delicious.

Pesto Potatoes
Low Fat

134 cal24g carbs2g fat45mg sodium

A surefire dinner favorite, these mashed potatoes are lightened with fat free cream cheese and a homemade, lower fat pesto featuring basil and spinach.

Bacon Spaghetti Squash
Low Carb

82 cal7g carbs4g fat370mg sodium

Cook up some nice, lean bacon crisp, use fat free evaporated milk, egg substitute, add some Parmesan, season and presto - a fantastic spaghetti squash guilt free!

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

297 cal28g carbs10g fat630mg sodium

A comforting favorite, Macaroni and Cheese, this Creamy Macaroni and Cheese Diabetic Recipe makes it even better for your diabetic diet needs.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Low Sodium

140 cal26g carbs3.5g fat140mg sodium

Veal Meatballs
Low Carb

172 cal14g carbs6g fat590mg sodium

Ground veal with onion, garlic, red bell pepper, Parmesan, chili sauce or ketchup, basil, chili powder and tomato sauce.

Vegetable-Filled Burgers

257 cal24g carbs9g fat409mg sodium

No meat in this wholesome Vegetable-Filled Burgers Diabetic Recipe that turns out some pretty good vegetable burgers!

Chicken Tacos

408 cal28g carbs16g fat685mg sodium

Fresh Fruit Clafouti
Low Fat

92 cal17g carbs1g fat92mg sodium

Turkey Divan

300 cal22.9g carbs4.2g fat566mg sodium

Bean Burgers
Low Fat

122 cal19g carbs3g fat490mg sodium

Potatoes and Beans
Low Sodium

129 cal16g carbs7g fat105mg sodium

Cheesy Baked Eggplant
Low Carb

150 cal15g carbs6g fat810mg sodium

A serving of this Cheesy Baked Eggplant provides an excellent source of calcium from the mozzarella cheese and a good source of vitamins A and C from the tomatoes. It is also low in cholesterol.

Red Cabbage with Apples
Low Fat

85 cal18g carbs2g fat35mg sodium

Broccoli with Black Olives
Low Carb

80 cal8g carbs4.5g fat240mg sodium

Enhance your meal with this broccoli side dish that is rich in vitamins A and C.

Pickled Carrots
Low Carb

28 cal6g carbs20mg sodium

Pickle your own baby carrots! These are delicious with the additions of dried dill weed and mustard seed. The solution is made of cider vinegar, pickling spices and whole black peppercorns.

Ants on a Log
Low Carb

69 cal6g carbs4g fat90mg sodium

Green Beans and Fennel
Low Carb

67 cal10g carbs3g fat120mg sodium

Chopped, fresh fennel offers the delightful crunch of celery, but with a subtle licorice flavor. To crush fennel seeds, place them on a cutting board, then roll over them with a rolling pin.

Maple Glazed Squash
Low Sodium

228 cal21g carbs8g fat41mg sodium

Acorn squash baked tender then cooked with apple, raisins and walnuts. Maple syrup is added at the end of cooking time for the finishing touch.

Herb Crumbed Broccoli
Low Carb

61 cal9g carbs2.1g fat64mg sodium

Make broccoli better than ever with chopped pecans, breadcrumbs, marjoram, chervil, parsley and salt and pepper to taste.

Stuffed Bell Peppers

339 cal18g carbs14g fat690mg sodium

Healthy bell peppers stuffed with lean ground beef mixed with sloppy joe seasoning and tomato sauce. Delicious.

Crazy Carrots

151 cal16g carbs10g fat400mg sodium

Stir-Fried Zucchini
Low Carb

90 cal8g carbs6g fat155mg sodium

Fried zucchini is great but frying isn`t so try this stir-fried zucchini recipe and enjoy a similar taste without the health threats.

Tuna Rice Pie

190 cal16g carbs5g fat320mg sodium

While tuna is most commonly used in this tasty pie, you can also choose salmon in place of the tuna for an omega-3 packed dish. Greatly reduced in fat, not flavor!

20-Minute Ravioli

234 cal29.1g carbs9.4g fat320mg sodium

Fresh sun dried tomato ravioli in a sauce with onion, garlic, olive oil, kidney beans, tomato, thyme and salt and pepper to taste.

Peppered Potatoes
Low Fat

79 cal17g carbs0g fat134mg sodium

Whole black peppercorns give these Peppered Potatoes a spicy and tasty change of pace from regular potatoes.

Beef Roulades
Low Carb

192 cal12g carbs3g fat405mg sodium

In this tempting dish, sweet pepper strips are rolled up inside seasoned beef. Try a combination of red, yellow, orange, and green sweet peppers for a colorful stuffing.

Fresh Tomato Ketchup
Low Carb

49 cal11g carbs1g fat20mg sodium

Garlicky Chicken Breasts
Very Low Carb

220 cal3g carbs5g fat700mg sodium

Grilled Fish Over Linguine With Roasted Pepper Sauce

310 cal23g carbs7g fat610mg sodium

Grilled fish tastes even better when served with this flavorful sauce. The red peppers add an excellent source of vitamins A and C.

Spinach Lasagna

268 cal27g carbs5.8g fat1050mg sodium

This traditional family favorite is rich in both calcium from the cheese and vitamin A from the spinach.

Herbed Beef Tenderloin
Very Low Carb

207 cal2g carbs10g fat90mg sodium

Flavorful beef tenderloin you can grill or roast. With either choice, the meat will be tender and juicy. Served with a delicious sour cream mixture.

Roast Pork with Cabbage and Carrots
Low Carb

156 cal12g carbs2g fat210mg sodium

Crisp-tender cabbage and carrots, accented with dillseed, make a flavorful accompaniment to pork.

Grilled Tuna with Rosemary
Very Low Carb

145 cal1g carbs3g fat180mg sodium

Firm-fleshed fish grills nicely without falling apart.

Stuffed Sole Fillets
Low Carb

204 cal11g carbs6g fat740mg sodium

Key West Grilled Salmon
Very Low Carb

269 cal2g carbs16g fat330mg sodium

Saucy Pork Chops
Very Low Carb

187 cal5g carbs7g fat480mg sodium

Spicy Artichoke Dip
Very Low Carb

30 cal3g carbs2g fat178mg sodium

Artichoke hearts and green chiles blended in food processor with light mayonnaise, fresh lemon juice, a little olive oil and some hot pepper sauce for a little kick.

New Potato and Green Bean Salad
Low Carb

121 cal14g carbs7g fat50mg sodium

Use new, small, red or Yukon Gold potatoes cooked and enjoy in a salad with green beans, Dijon mustard, cider vinegar, chives or green onion tops and Roquefort or blue cheese.

New Potatoes with Olive Oil & Garlic

123 cal19g carbs5g fat153mg sodium

Use new, small, red or Yukon Gold potatoes cooked and enjoy in a salad with green beans, Dijon mustard, cider vinegar, chives or green onion tops and Roquefort or blue cheese.

Spaghetti Squash
Low Fat

120 cal20g carbs3g fat

Roasted Vegetables
Low Carb

80 cal14g carbs3g fat13mg sodium

Greek Green Beans
Low Sodium

123 cal20.5g carbs4.3g fat30mg sodium

Greek Green Beans Diabetic Recipe makes a very healthful side dish with a wonderful Greek cuisine taste.

Almond Rice
Low Carb

96 cal10g carbs1g fat120mg sodium

Cranberry Salad
Low Carb

92 cal9g carbs5g fat43mg sodium

Turkey Rice Stew

250 cal24.6g carbs3.8g fat196mg sodium

Boneless, skinless turkey breast with reduced sodium chicken broth, wild rice, broccoli florets, sage, salt and pepper. This is great for anyone, not just diabetics.

Spicy Chicken Thighs
Very Low Carb

186 cal5g carbs8g fat140mg sodium

Chicken thighs drenched in low-fat plain yogurt, hot salsa or picante sauce, curry powder and ground cumin.

Oven Swiss Steak
Very Low Carb

209 cal4g carbs10g fat112mg sodium

Herbed Steak and Onions
Low Carb

193 cal10g carbs6g fat270mg sodium

Turkey Broccoli Casserole
Low Carb

195 cal12g carbs6g fat522mg sodium

Fresh or frozen broccoli with diced cooked turkey, reduced fat cream of mushroom soup, fat free milk and reduced fat Cheddar cheese.

Italian Chicken

319 cal32g carbs8g fat289mg sodium

Skinless boneless chicken breasts seasoned and flavored with Italians best tastes and served over hot couscous.

Honey-Mustard Chicken Wings
Low Carb

129 cal6g carbs7g fat113mg sodium

Seasoned New Potatoes

123 cal19g carbs5g fat150mg sodium

New potatoes have a moist, almost nutty-tasting flesh. They are better in salads than old potatoes. They have a rich, buttery flavor that doesn`t need a lot of fat to bring out the flavor. They only need a touch of butter and salt to make a memorable side dish.

Eggplant Parmigiana

185 cal24g carbs7g fat600mg sodium

Tomatoes, pasta sauce, mozarella and parmesan turn your Eggplant into this wonderful Parmigiana Diabetic Recipe delight.

Hash Brown Strata
Low Carb

152 cal14g carbs4g fat359mg sodium

A strata (Italian for "layered") is an egg-and-bread casserole. In this recipe, frozen hash browns substitute for the bread.

Picante Potato Skins
Low Carb

99 cal14g carbs3g fat115mg sodium

Delicious potato skins with salsa or picante sauce and shredded reduced fat Monterey Jack cheese with jalapenos.

Eggplant Swiss Cheese Casserole

385 cal17g carbs26g fat497mg sodium

Eggplant - or zucchini if you prefer - in a satisfying meatless casserole sesasoned with oregano and parsley. Swiss and Parmesan cheese complement.

Individual Meatloaf
Low Carb

250 cal15g carbs11g fat

Just enough for one serving! Lean beef mixed with dry oatmeal, milk, onion, Worcestershire, hot sauce and pepper and tomato sauce. Best of all, you can microwave this meatloaf.

Chicken Paprika

263 cal20g carbs6g fat450mg sodium

Chicken breast halves seasoned with garlic and of course, paprika and mixed with onions and fresh mushrooms in a creamy sauce.

Mashed Potato Puff

164 cal17g carbs6g fat241mg sodium

These are somewhat like making twice baked potatoes in a pan! Cook and mash potatoes, the add remaining ingredients and bake in a casserole dish. Great side dish!

Tuscan Tuna and White Bean Salad
Low Fat

129 cal18g carbs1g fat395mg sodium

Combine the tuna, beans, onion, green pepper, and ground pepper and toss with the prepared light Italian dressing.

Speedy Chive Potatoes
Low Fat

81 cal17g carbs0g fat53mg sodium

Mashed potato flakes speed up this dish. Add buttermilk, fresh chives, green onion tops and freshly ground black pepper for a great side dish.

Best Ever Cole Slaw
Low Carb

53 cal10g carbs1g fat224mg sodium

Why the best ever? First because it is packed with heathful ingredients and second, it is very creamy and seasoned to zesty perfection.

Vegetable Chowder

141 cal20g carbs4g fat370mg sodium

Nutritious veggies! Zucchini, parsley, corn, seasoned with fresh basil and a grand finale of cubed cheese.

Big Kahuna Tuna Steak
Very Low Carb

125 cal2g carbs2g fat

Three ingredients for a delicious main dish! Tuna steak, crushed peppercorns, and fresh lemon juice and rind.

Macaroni and Two-Cheese Casserole

270 cal28g carbs10g fat300mg sodium

This recipe makes three cups of a creamy two cheese macaroni side dish. The two cheese are Cheddar and Parmesan or Asiago.