diabetes25.85 million Americans live with diabetes and have to be careful about eating a carb-controlled diet. Having experienced gestational diabetes with my first pregnancy, I know how daunting it can be to find recipes that seem filling, tasty, and easy to make. Here are some recipes that hopefully help you out of that dinnertime rut.

Garden Frittata – Most frittata recipes make a great breakfast, dinner, or lunch option for diabetics. The eggs make it super high in protein, and you can toss anything but the kitchen sink in one – veggies, meat, cheese…if you want it, toss it in! Plus, they’re  super easy to make and you usually already have all the ingredients on hand.

Salmon with Pepita Lime Butter – Not only is salmon high in protein and low in carbs, it’s packed with those all-important Omega-3s everyone’s always touting. Topping this salmon with a lime and chile-flavored butter gives a tasty twist on a dinnertime classic.

Cat Cora’s Chicken Kebab’s with Chimichurri Sauce Recipe – Celeb chef Cat Cora makes eating a low-carb, high-protein meal easy with these delicious chicken kebabs. The trick is all in the zesty marinade. Toss them on the grill, and voila, they’re ready! Pair it with some roasted or grilled veggies for an easy, healthy dinner.

Cauliflower Crust Pizza – Think you have to avoid pizza forever? Think again! This yummy, ooey gooey pizza swaps out the carb-heavy crust for a cauliflower crust! The cheese adds protein, and you can top with healthy veggies. If you want to up your protein even more, crumble up some sausage and toss it on there!

Roasted Chicken – This dinnertime classic is also a diabetic favorite. It’s easy, delicious and versatile. Pair with roasted root vegetables or a fresh spring salad for a hearty and satisfying meal. Save any extra meat to toss on salads for lunches throughout the week.

Baba Ghanoush – This creamy Middle Eastern dip is easy is so easy to make you’ll wonder why you haven’t done it yet. It’s a great dip for veggies, or whole wheat pitas, or even to top your protein with.

Coconut Rice Noodles with Shrimp and Peas – Craving something with more of an Asian flavor profile? These savory coconut rice noodles should do the trick! It’s super easy and super fast to make too – both a win win in my book.

– Esther Carlstone


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