The days of bland diabetic dishes are gone for good. Try out the following recipes for diabetics. Perhaps you and the diabetic senior in your house can cook together and continue to make lasting memories. Plus, that collaboration will keep your mealtime family caregiving responsibilities to a minimum.
Salmon with Mustard and Dill
Salmon is one of the easiest entrée recipes for diabetics to prepare. Prevention calls salmon a “power food” because it’s packed with omega-3 fatty acids. It’s also a high non-dairy source of calcium.
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried dill
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon dry white wine (optional)
- Cooking spray
- 4 salmon fillets
- Salt and pepper
- Lemon wedges
- In a small bowl, whisk together garlic, dill, oil, mustard, and wine (if using). Set aside.
- Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Season salmon with salt and pepper. Arrange on the baking sheet.
- Broil for 2 minutes. Spoon sauce over salmon. Continue broiling for about 5 minutes or until salmon is just cooked through and golden brown.
- Serve with lemon wedges.
Butternut Squash and Apple Soup with Pecans
Butternut squash is a great replacement for sweet potato because it contains half the carbohydrates and sugar.
- 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup diced onion
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups water
- 8 cups cubed butternut squash
- 1 Granny Smith apple peeled, cored, and diced
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds or pecan pieces
- In large soup pot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onions, and cook for 3-4 minutes or until translucent.
- Stir in broth, water, squash, apple, bay leaf and cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 25–30 minutes or until squash and apples are tender.
- Remove from heat and remove bay leaf and cinnamon stick. Purée soup with immersion blender or in a food processor. Stir in salt and nutmeg.
- Garnish bowls with pumpkin seeds or pecans.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
According to the University of Maine Extension, Brussels sprouts are high in vitamins C and A, and also contain high levels of potassium.
- Brussels Sprouts
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Balsamic vinegar
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- Trim Brussels sprouts, slice in half, and remove outer leaves.
- Arrange on baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, and salt and pepper.
- Roast for 35–40 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally.
- Just before serving, drizzle with balsamic vinegar and toss.
Now that you’ve had a little taste of a few recipes for diabetics, you know that you and your senior can enjoy a range of flavors while maintaining a low-glycemic load. Thanks to the Internet, finding mouthwatering recipes for diabetics is a breeze.