Save on Pinterest

The Best Diabetic-Friendly Recipes of 2022

The best diabetes-friendly recipes of 2022 recipes are here! Find mains, sides and even desserts that are so good, you won't believe they're diabetic-friendly.

1 / 49

Chicken Piccata with Lemon Sauce

Once you’ve tried this tangy, yet delicate lemon chicken piccata, you won’t hesitate to make it for company. Seasoned with parmesan and parsley, the chicken cooks up golden brown, then is drizzled with a light lemon sauce. —Susan Pursell, Fountain Valley, California

Go to Recipe

2 / 49
Contest Winning New England Clam Chowder Exps Ft20 41095 F 0623 1 8

Contest-Winning New England Clam Chowder

This is the best New England clam chowder recipe, ever! In the Pacific Northwest, we dig our own razor clams and I grind them for the chowder. Since these aren't readily available, the canned clams are perfectly acceptable. —Sandy Larson, Port Angeles, Washington

Also, check out our diabetic-friendly oatmeal recipes.

3 / 49
Margarita Chicken Exps Ft20 48807 F 0729 1 2

Margarita Chicken

Marinated in flavors of garlic and lime, this tangy margarita chicken is ready to go whenever the coals are hot! Serve with roasted corn on the cob and lemonade. —Kelly Bruneman, Cedar Park, Texas
4 / 49
Pineapple Pudding Cake Exps Ft20 26937 F 0406 1 Home 17

Pineapple Pudding Cake

My mother used to love making this easy pineapple sunshine cake in the summertime. It’s so cool and refreshing that it never lasts very long! —Kathleen Worden, North Andover, Massachusetts
5 / 49
Vanilla Meringue Cookies Exps Hcbz22 45262 Dr 06 02 10b 7

Vanilla Meringue Cookies

Want to learn how to make meringues? This meringue cookie recipe creates light, airy morsels. It's the perfect fat-free treat to really beat a sweets craving. —Jenni Sharp, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
6 / 49

Best Curried Pumpkin Soup

I whipped this up for my family on Thanksgiving, and everyone was crazy about it! Even my brother, who is one of the pickiest eaters I know, asked for seconds of this curry pumpkin soup. —Kimberly Knepper, Euless, Texas
7 / 49

Italian Tomato Cucumber Salad

This yummy Italian cucumber and tomato salad recipe is a cool complement to zesty fish dishes or barbecued meats and poultry. —Florine Bruns, Fredericksburg, Texas
8 / 49
Bean Burritos Exps Ft20 8898 F 0521 1 Home 3

Bean Burritos

I always have the ingredients for this cheesy bean burrito recipe on hand. Cooking the rice and shredding the cheese the night before save precious minutes at dinnertime. —Beth Osborne Skinner, Bristol, Tennessee
9 / 49
Crumb Coated Red Snapper Exps Ft20 37513 F 0623 1 3

Crumb-Coated Red Snapper

I reel in compliments with this moist, crispy red snapper recipe. Heart-healthy omega-3 oils are an added bonus with the simple but delicious entree that’s done in mere minutes. It’s one of the best red snapper recipes I’ve found. —Charlotte Elliott, Neenah, Wisconsin
10 / 49
Zucchini Pasta Exps Ft22 38471 St 08 23 1 2

Zucchini Pasta

The taste of this rich and creamy pasta with zucchini will have people convinced it’s not low-fat, but it is! Garlicky and fresh-flavored, this will be a hit. —Maria Regakis, Saugus, Massachusetts
11 / 49
Coconut Curry Chicken Exps Hca22 42486 B09 14 6b 14

Coconut Curry Chicken

My husband and I love this coconut curry chicken recipe! It’s a breeze to prepare in the slow cooker, and it tastes just like a meal you’d have at your favorite Indian restaurant. —Andi Kauffman, Beavercreek, Oregon
12 / 49
Best Angel Food Cake Exps Ft20 14878 F 0430 1 Home 2

Best Angel Food Cake

For our daughter's wedding, a friend made this lovely, angel food cake from a recipe she's used for decades. It really is one of the best angel food cake recipes I've found. Serve slices plain or dress them up with fresh fruit. —Marilyn Niemeyer, Doon, Iowa
13 / 49
St Paddy S Irish Beef Dinner Exps Ft21 82271 F 0224 1 3

St. Patrick’s Irish Beef Dinner

A variation on shepherd’s pie, this hearty St. Patrick’s Irish beef dinner brings together saucy beef, mashed potatoes, parsnips and other vegetables. It’s always the star of our March 17th meal. —Lorraine Caland, Shuniah, Ontario
14 / 49
Corn And Black Bean Salad Exps Ft22 25999 St 10 13 1

Corn and Black Bean Salad

This colorful, crunchy black bean and corn salad is chock-full of nutrition that all ages love. Try it with a variety of summer entrees, or as a wholesome salsa! —Krista Frank, Rhododendron, Oregon
15 / 49
Garlic Tomato Bruschetta Exps Diyd19 18320 E06 26 9b 13

Garlic Tomato Bruschetta

This appetizer or side dish makes a crispy complement to any Italian entree. I just started with my grandmother’s bruschetta recipe and added fresh tomatoes! It’s one of the yummiest bruschetta recipes I’ve found. —Jean Franzoni, Rutland, Vermont
16 / 49
Lemon Thyme Chicken Exps Ft21 29800 F 0225 1 6

Lemon Thyme Chicken

Buttered onions are a great addition to this easy lemon chicken recipe. Best of all, it takes only a few minutes to brown the lightly breaded chicken on the stove top. —Kay Shimonek, Corsicana, Texas
17 / 49
Yogurt Pancakes Exps Ft21 36477 F 0715 2 12

Yogurt Pancakes

Get your day off to a great start with these yummy yogurt pancakes. Short on time? Make a batch on the weekend! —Cheryll Baber, Homedale, Idaho
18 / 49
Down Home Pork Chops Exps Ft20 44059 F 0401 1 Home 6

Down-Home Pork Chops

Zippy sauce adds personality to these otherwise straightforward brown sugar pork chops. —Denise Hruz, Germantown, Wisconsin
19 / 49
Devil S Food Snack Cake Exps Ft20 114038 F 0616 1 Home 1

Devil’s Food Snack Cake

My husband and his friends request this devil’s food snack cake for camping trips because it’s easy to transport. That makes it great for taking to potlucks and other events, too, as there’s no frosting involved. —Julie Danler, Bel Aire, Kansas
20 / 49
Turkey Cabbage Stew Exps Ft21 18748 F 0715 1 1

Turkey Cabbage Stew

Chock-full of ground turkey, cabbage, carrots and tomatoes, this turkey cabbage soup delivers delicious down-home comfort on cool days. If you don’t like cabbage, replace it with chopped green peppers. Simply saute the peppers with the turkey, onion and garlic. —Susan Lasken, Woodland Hills, California
21 / 49
Easy Salisbury Steak Exps Ft21 614 F 0713 1

Easy Salisbury Steak

This easy Salisbury steak recipe can be made in 25 minutes or made ahead and reheated with the gravy in the microwave. I often double the recipe and freeze a batch for busy nights. —Carol Callahan, Rome, Georgia
22 / 49
Baked Lemon Chicken Exps Diyd21 3467 E06 09 9b 25

Baked Lemon Chicken

I found this baked lemon chicken recipe many years ago when my children were toddlers. I've changed it a little over the years to make it my own. Everyone in my family just loves it!
23 / 49
Loaded Mexican Pizza Exps Ft21 39441 F 0721 1

Loaded Mexican Pizza

My husband is a picky eater, but this healthful Mexican-style pizza has such amazing flavor that he actually looks forward to it. Leftovers taste even better the next day. —Mary Barker, Knoxville, Tennessee
24 / 49
Pumpkin Oat Muffins Exps Pcbbz21 23920 B04 21 4b

Pumpkin Oat Muffins

It isn’t considered Thanksgiving or Christmas in my house until these are on the table. Enjoy the flavors of pumpkin pie in easy-to-eat muffin form. —Carol Hale, Sarver, Pennsylvania
25 / 49
Tilapia Lemon Sauce Exps Ft20 42077 F 0402 1 Home 10

Tilapia & Lemon Sauce

Serve this lemon tilapia with any tossed salad full of your favorite vegetables and buttered bread. It’s easy, quick and unique. And it’s a big hit with company, too. —Susan Taul, Birmingham, Alabama
26 / 49

Baked Garlic Parmesan Potato Wedges

As savory as they are good for you, these baked garlic Parmesan potato wedges have a mouthwatering cheese-and-herb coating that adds a pretty golden color and just the right amount of flavor. —Linda Rock, Stratford, Wisconsin
27 / 49
Chinese Chicken Spaghetti Exps Ft22 22737 F 0315 1

Chinese Chicken Spaghetti

It’s hard to believe that something that comes together so easily could be this tasty and lower in fat, but this Chinese spaghetti with chicken does it all. If you like your stir-fries extra spicy, increase the red pepper flakes a bit. —Jenna Noel, Glendale, Arizona
28 / 49
Applesauce Muffins Exps Ft20 17 F 0414 1 Home 6

Applesauce Muffins

These are such a popular item at the restaurant I own that I had the recipe printed on a card to share with guests. —Linda Williams, LaFayette, Alabama
29 / 49
Quick Green Beans With Bacon Exps Ft20 22818 F 0903 1 1

Quick Green Beans with Bacon

Green beans with bacon and onions makes such an easy side dish. Fresh beans lend a crisp, bright flavor to any meal. They’re best when served hot. —Mari Anne Warren, Milton, Wisconsin
30 / 49
Easy Mediterranean Chicken Exps Tohescodr22 47047 Dr 02 18 2b

Easy Mediterranean Chicken

“Friends and family love this. I made it healthier, but it tastes just as good.” Kara Zilis – Oak Forest, Illinois
31 / 49
Butternut Squash Soup With Cinnamon Exps Scbz18 49701 E07 25 3b 3

Butternut Squash Soup with Cinnamon

This soup’s golden color, smooth texture and comforting taste make it welcome on a chilly fall day. It has a slightly tangy flavor from the cream cheese, and the cinnamon really shines through. —Jackie Campbell, Stanhope, New Jersey
32 / 49
Spaghetti Squash With Meat Sauce Exps Ft21 6032 F 0126 1

Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce

When my mom and I cooked spaghetti squash with meat sauce, all we could do was grin and say "Wow!" It's fun to separate the noodle-like strands from the squash shell, but eating it is the best part! —Lina Vainauskas, Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina
33 / 49
Zucchini Ricotta Bake Exps Ft21 12111 F 0513 1 14

Zucchini Ricotta Bake

I have made this lasagna-like zucchini ricotta bake frequently over the years and shared the recipe with many people. It’s a little bit lighter than other layered casseroles, making it an amazing choice for anyone trying to eat right. —Eleanor Hauserman, Huntsville, Alabama
34 / 49
Beef Tenderloin Roast Exps Ft20 16494 F 1215 1 2

Beef Tenderloin Roast

This beef tenderloin roast is a simple way to dress up dinner. Prepare the rest of your meal while it bakes in the oven. —Judith LaBrozzi, Canton, Ohio
35 / 49

Hard-Boiled Eggs

In the kitchen, it’s important to start with something simple, like how to cook hard-boiled eggs. Use this egg recipe in plenty of dishes, or eat them plain for a quick protein fix. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
36 / 49
Garden Salsa Exps Ft20 12628 F 0924 1 15

Garden Salsa

This garden salsa recipe combines ripe ingredients and subtle seasonings to make a real summer treat. —Michelle Beran, Caflin, Kansas
37 / 49
Spaghetti Squash Boats Exps Ft22 7185 St 09 14 1 1

Spaghetti Squash Boats

With a bounty of fresh ingredients, this recipe makes a fun summer dish.
Spaghetti squash has an interesting texture that’s delightfully different.
—Vickey Lorenger, Detroit, Michigan
38 / 49
Hearty Beef And Barley Soup Exps Ft21 6325 F 0420 1

Hearty Beef and Barley Soup

This hearty beef barley soup is a favorite menu item in our house throughout the year. Everyone savors the flavor. —Elizabeth Kendall, Carolina Beach, North Carolina
39 / 49
Quick Garlic Lime Chicken Exps Ft21 5159 F 0126 1 9

Quick Garlic-Lime Chicken

After tending the farm and growing our own produce, I don’t have much time left for cooking. I’ve found this simple chicken dish ideal for hectic days. —Doris Carnahan, Lincoln, Arkansas
40 / 49
Flavorful Mashed Potatoes Exps Dobz21 41194 B08 18 2b

Flavorful Mashed Potatoes

Earthy herbs bring a full chorus of flavor to creamy red potatoes, making this side dish anything but ordinary. Save it for special occasions or serve as a dressy accompaniment to a weeknight meal. —Mary Relyea, Canastota, New York
41 / 49
Slow Cooker Turkey Breast Exps Ft20 56214 F 0730 1 3

Slow-Cooker Turkey Breast

Try this wonderfully flavored, easy-to-fix slow-cooker turkey breast when you’re craving something delicious. It makes a great holiday dish for smaller families, too. —Maria Juco, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
42 / 49
Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole Exps Ft21 46326 F 0421 1 9

Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole

This savory, scrumptious hash brown breakfast casserole uses an egg substitute for lower fat and cholesterol. Serve with fresh fruit for a morning meal that’ll keep your family going strong until lunch! —Cindy Schneider, Sarasota, Florida
43 / 49
Soft Honey Cookies Exps Ft20 41958 F 1014 1 5

Soft Honey Cookies

These old-fashioned honey cookies have a subtle honey-cinnamon flavor and a tender texture. This recipe has been a favorite in my family for years and now it can be one at your house, too. —Rochelle Friedman, Brooklyn, New York
44 / 49
Stuffed Grilled Zucchini Exps Cwjj18 32001 C01 26 9b 2

Stuffed Grilled Zucchini

Pair these zucchini boats with charred pork chops, smoked fish or other grilled greats. —Nancy Zimmerman, Cape May Court House, New Jersey

Also check out our diabetic-friendly bread recipes.

45 / 49
Black Bean Tortilla Casserole Exps Ft21 18014 F 0727 1

Black Bean Tortilla Casserole

A cousin gave me this recipe because she knows my family loves southwestern fare. —Sue Briski, Appleton, Wisconsin
46 / 49
Easy Citrus Seafood Salad Exps Tohjj20 242786 E02 05 1b 6

Easy Seafood Salad

This super simple, deceptively delicious recipe was inspired by a seafood salad I had in the Bahamas that featured conch. I substituted crab and shrimp for the conch and like it even more! —Cindy Heyd, Edmond, Oklahoma
47 / 49
Air Fryer Potato Chips Exps Edaf20 227041 C03 18 7b 7

Air-Fryer Potato Chips

For Christmas one year, I received an air fryer. Potato chips are simple to make in it and are an essential, crispy side for lunch. —Melissa Obernesser, Oriskany, New York
48 / 49
Sheet Pan Chicken Curry Dinner Exps Tohesodr21 205867 E02 17 4b 14

Sheet-Pan Chicken Curry Dinner

This sheet-pan chicken curry is a quick way to get a meal on the table without fuss. Everyone loves it, and it’s healthy to boot! Serve it with a side of jasmine rice. —Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho
49 / 49
30 Minute Coq Au Vin Exps Thon21 134428 B06 22 2b 24

Quick Coq au Vin

This quick coq au vin recipe is really fabulous served with rice. I love being able to fix this gourmet dish in 30 minutes and still have it turn out so delicious. To reduce fat, I use chicken tenderloin pieces or skinless chicken breasts. —Judy VanCoetsem, Cortland, New York