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25 Easy Diabetic-Friendly Copycat Recipes

These diabetic-friendly copycat recipes let you indulge guilt-free! You'll find delicious, dietitian-approved recipes for your favorite items from restaurants and takeout joints.

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Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa Exps Thedscodr19 198500 E02 13 4b 3

Inspired by: Chipotle Barbacoa

I love this beef barbacoa because the meat is fall-apart tender and the sauce is smoky, slightly spicy and so flavorful. It’s an amazing alternative to ground beef tacos or even pulled pork carnitas. For a low-carb option, skip the tortillas and pile high in a bowl with lettuce, cheese and other toppings. —Holly Sander, Lake Mary, Florida
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Chicken Nuggets Exps Sdon18 1500 E06 13 1b 9

Inspired by: McDonald's Chicken McNuggets

I like to make these golden chicken nuggets because they’re so quick and easy. My whole family loves them. You can also use the seasoning to cook chicken breast halves. Stack them on rustic bread with mayo, lettuce and tomato for delicious sandwiches. —Annette Ellyson, Carolina, West Virginia
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Slow Cooked Chili Exps Hscbz17 2864 C08 16 2b 9

Inspired by: Wendy's Chili

This hearty slow cooker chili can cook for up to 10 hours on low in the slow cooker. It's so good to come home to its wonderful aroma after a long day away. —Sue Call, Beech Grove, Indiana
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Basic Meat Loaf Exps Ft20 27563 F 0519 1 Home 7

Inspired by: Boston Market Meat Loaf

Since I can't have much salt, I've come up with a recipe for easy meatloaf that is really tasty without it. —Lillian Wittler, Wayne, Nebraska
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Inspired by: PF Chang's House-Made Chicken Egg Rolls

These egg rolls are low in fat but the crispiness from baking will fool you into thinking they were fried! —Barbara Lierman, Lyons, Nebraska
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Inspired by: Starbucks Iced Lemon Pound Cake

For this lovely golden cake, I use fat-free yogurt to trim the calories. It's a comforting dessert for days when it's warm enough to dine outside. —Lauren Gilmore, Pennington, New Jersey
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Inspired by: Maggiano's Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes

Ready-to-go crabmeat makes these delicate patties easier than other crab cake recipes. You can also form the crab mixture into four thick patties instead of eight crab cakes. —Charlene Spelock, Apollo, Pennsylvania
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Cashew Chicken With Ginger Exps Sdfm17 34369 D10 04 6b 2

Inspired by: The Cheesecake Factory 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: Cracker Barrel Grilled Pork Chop

My mom gave me the recipe for these savory chops with a sweet and tangy marinade. The apple juice and Dijon mustard complement the pork nicely. With a vegetable and some rice or pasta, you have a meal. —Babette Watterson, Atglen, Pennsylvania
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Oven Fried Chicken Drumsticks Exps Ff20 167360 B02 25 2b 2

Inspired by: Kentucky Fried Chicken 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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Makeover Meatless Lasagna Exps Thca18 167473 D08 31 1b 4

Inspired By: Olive Garden Lasagna Classico

If you have never tried tofu before, go for it with this recipe. The tofu blends in with all the other ingredients, adding protein without the fat and calories of ground beef. —Mary Lou Moeller, Wooster, Ohio
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Lemon Chicken Rice Soup Exps Ssmz20 151442 E10 08 3b 4

Inspired by: Panera Bread 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, but 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: The Cheesecake Factory Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake

You’ll fall in love with this sweet treat. Each silky slice is topped with juicy raspberries. Yes, you can have cheesecake without breaking the calorie budget. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Inspired by: California Pizza Kitchen 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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Berry Chicken Salad Exps47579 Cw143042b02 27 1b Rms 6

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: PF Chang’s Lettuce Wraps

This recipe is as tasty as the lettuce wraps found in national restaurants, but it's healthier! — Linda Rowley, Richardson, Texas
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Inspired by: Red Lobster New England Clam Chowder

I ran across this recipe in one of my antique cookbooks. It's a timeless classic I like to prepare for friends and family throughout the year, but especially during the holidays. —Betty Ann Morgan, Upper Marlboro, Maryland
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Cheesy Cauliflower Breadsticks Exps Thcoms17 207460 B09 08 3b 10

Inspired by: Pizza Hut Cheese Sticks

These grain-free, cheesy cauliflower breadsticks are made with vegetables instead of flour. Serve with your favorite marinara sauce.—Nick Iverson, Denver, Colorado
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Homemade Guacamole Exps Thjj18 38391 D01 31 3b 11

Inspired by: Chipotle Guacamole and Chips

Nothing is better than freshly made guacamole when you're eating something spicy. It is easy to whip together in a matter of minutes and quickly tames anything that's too hot. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas
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Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast Exps Ft20 250448 F 0313 1 1

Inspired by: Denny’s Slow-Cooked Pot Roast

I love this easy pot roast Crock-Pot recipe for a couple of reasons. First, it's delicious. Second, it's easy! I can't describe the feeling of walking into my house after work and smelling this dish that's been simmering in the slow cooker all day. There's nothing better. —James Schend, Taste of Home Deputy Editor
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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: Olive Garden Tilapia Piccata

We aren’t big fish eaters, but a friend made this for us, and we couldn’t believe how wonderful it was! Now we eat it regularly. I love making it for guests because it’s simple, looks lovely and tastes restaurant-worthy. —Beth Cooper, Columbus, Ohio
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Steak Fajitas Exps Hcka19 12539 D08 24 5b Basedon 4

Inspired by: Chili’s Steak Fajitas

Zesty salsa and tender strips of meat make these air-fryer steak fajitas extra special. —Rebecca Baird, Salt Lake City, Utah
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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: The Cheesecake Factory 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.

Katie Bandurski
Katie is an Associate Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in writing and email newsletters. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and combing through antique shops.

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