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23 Diabetic-Friendly Copycat Recipes

These diabetic-friendly recipes let you indulge guilt-free! You'll find copycats for your favorite items from restaurants, takeout joints and the grocery store snack aisle.

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Inspired by: Chinese Takeout Cashew ChickenTaste of Home

Inspired by: Chinese Takeout Cashew Chicken

There are lots of recipes for cashew chicken, but my family thinks this one stands alone. We love the flavor from the fresh ginger and the crunch of the cashews. Another plus is it's easy to prepare. —Oma Rollison, El Cajon, California

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Inspired by: Olive Garden’s Eggplant ParmigianaTaste of Home

Inspired by: Olive Garden’s Eggplant Parmigiana

Because my recipe calls for baking the eggplant instead of frying it, unlike most eggplant Parmesan recipes, it’s much healthier! It takes a little extra time, but the Italian flavors and rustic elegance are well worth it. —Laci Hooten, McKinney, Texas

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Inspired by: Kentucky Fried Chicken’s Original Recipe®Taste of Home

Inspired by: Kentucky Fried Chicken’s Original Recipe®

This fabulous recipe uses Greek yogurt to create an amazing marinade that makes the chicken incredibly moist. No one will guess that it has been lightened up and is not even fried! — Kim Wallace, Dennison, Ohio

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Inspired by: P.F. Chang’s Lettuce WrapsTaste of Home

Inspired by: P.F. Chang’s Lettuce Wraps

This recipe is so flavorful and fresh tasting. The teachers and staff at my school love it because it's fun to put together. —Laureen Pittman, Riverside, California

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Inspired by: Panera’s Lemon, Chicken and Orzo SoupTaste of Home

Inspired by: Panera’s Lemon, Chicken and Orzo Soup

Years ago, I fell hard for a lemony Greek soup at Panera Bread. It was just a special back then, and I re-created it at home so we could eat it whenever a craving hit! —Kristin Cherry, Bothell, Washington

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Inspired by: California Pizza Kitchen’s Mexican Street CornTaste of Home

Inspired by: California Pizza Kitchen’s Mexican Street Corn

My mother-in-law came up with this corn skillet dish one night for dinner. Everyone who tries it absolutely loves it! —Chandy Ward, Aumsville, Oregon

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Inspired by: Wendy’s Berry Burst Chicken SaladTaste of Home

Inspired by: Wendy’s Berry Burst Chicken Salad

Bright berries and creamy goat cheese make this one a winner! —Wendy Ball, Battle Creek, Michigan

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Inspired by: Gorton’s Fish SticksTaste of Home

Inspired by: Gorton’s Fish Sticks

I wanted a healthier approach to fish sticks and developed a baked tilapia with a slightly peppery bite. My husband and sons love the crispy coating. —Candy Summerhill, Alexander, Arkansas

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Inspired by: Old Chicago’s Artichoke DipTaste of Home

Inspired by: Old Chicago’s Artichoke Dip

Folks are sure to gather around this ooey-gooey, lightened-up dip whenever it's placed on any buffet table. With cheese, jalapenos and a hint of lemon, it's a treasured favorite. —Mary Spencer, Greendale, Wisconsin

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Inspired by: Cheesecake Factory’s TiramisuTaste of Home

Inspired by: Cheesecake Factory’s Tiramisu

This is the perfect guilt-free version of a classic dessert. My friends even say that they prefer my lighter recipe over other tiramisu.—Ale Gambini, Beverly Hills, California

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Inspired by: Chinese takeout Lo MeinTaste of Home

Inspired by: Chinese takeout Lo Mein

If you like a good stir-fry, this dish will definitely satisfy. I discovered the recipe at an international luncheon, and it's now a favorite go-to meal. —Denise Patterson, Bainbridge, Ohio

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Inspired by: Red Lobster’s New England Clam ChowderTaste of Home

Inspired by: Red Lobster’s New England Clam Chowder

This is the best 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

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Inspired by: California Pizza Kitchen’s California Veggie Pizza on Cauliflower CrustTaste of Home

Inspired by: California Pizza Kitchen’s California Veggie Pizza on Cauliflower Crust

My mother-in-law shared the recipe for this unique pizza with me. It's just right for brunch, lunch or a light supper. Loosen the nutritious zucchini crust from the pan with a metal spatula. —Ruth Denomme, Englehart, Ontario

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Inspired by: Ruby Tuesday’s Grilled SalmonTaste of Home

Inspired by: Ruby Tuesday’s Grilled Salmon

Let this sensational salmon perk up dinner tonight. With a super flavorful glaze that kicks you right in the taste buds, this weeknight dish is anything but boring. —Melissa Rogers, Tuscaloosa, AL

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Inspired by: McDonald’s Egg McMuffinTaste of Home

Inspired by: McDonald’s Egg McMuffin

If you're looking for a grab-and-go breakfast for busy days, this high-protein sandwich is low in fat and keeps me full all morning. Plus, it's only about 200 calories! —Brenda Otto, Reedsburg, Wisconsin

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Inspired by: McAlister’s Deli Harvest Chicken SaladTaste of Home

Inspired by: McAlister’s Deli Harvest Chicken Salad

When the weather sizzles, get your chill on with a cool chicken salad. Mine uses grapes, pecans and celery for that signature crunch. —Sarah Smiley, Bangor, Maine

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Inspired by: Chili’s Steak FajitasTaste of Home

Inspired by: Chili’s Steak Fajitas

These are the best fajitas ever, and a much healthier version of the typically pan-fried fajitas you find in restaurants. I also like to serve them in flatbreads instead of tortillas. —Erin Michniacki, Manhattan, Kansas

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Inspired by: Bomb PopsTaste of Home

Inspired by: Bomb Pops

My kids love homemade ice pops, and I love knowing that the ones we make are good for them. We whip up a big batch with multiple flavors so they have many choices, but these patriotic red, white and blueberry ones are always a favorite! —Shannon Carino, Frisco, Texas

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Inspired by: McCormick & Schmick’s Seared Sea ScallopsTaste of Home

Inspired by: McCormick & Schmick’s Seared Sea Scallops

You'll want to slip this recipe into the front of your last-minute guests file. Pasta and mixed greens nicely complement the tender, citrusy shellfish. —Margaret E. Lowenberg, Kingman, Arizona

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Inspired by: Cheesecake Factory’s Spicy Tortilla SoupTaste of Home

Inspired by: Cheesecake Factory’s Spicy Tortilla Soup

My wife created this recipe as a healthy way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers. It’s a nice alternative to the typical fare, and it’s so easy. Our family looks forward to this soup every year. —Matthew Szyndler, Maumee, Ohio.

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Inspired by: Portillo’s Greek Pasta Side SaladTaste of Home

Inspired by: Portillo’s Greek Pasta Side Salad

For a light meal, we toss rotini pasta with cucumber, zucchini and sweet peppers. Make this cucumber pasta salad into a main dish by adding grilled chicken. —Christine Schenher, Exeter, California

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Inspired by: Chinese takeout Orange BeefTaste of Home

Inspired by: Chinese takeout Orange Beef

This dinner for two is loaded with lots of flavor and color. Red pepper flakes add a little kick to the orange beef sauce, and the tender veggies add a pop of color. — Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Inspired by: Casey’s General Store Sausage Breakfast PizzaTaste of Home

Inspired by: Casey’s General Store Sausage Breakfast Pizza

I love breakfast pizza, but not all the fat and calories that go along with it. My lighter version gives you a big energy boost whether you eat it at brunch, dinner or somewhere in between. —Vicki Meyers, Castalia, Ohio

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