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45 Diabetic-Friendly Recipes for Winter

Cozy up to these diabetic recipes perfect for when the temps fall.

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Makeover Meatless LasagnaTaste of Home

Makeover Meatless Lasagna

If you've never tried tofu before, this is the best recipe to give it a try. It 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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Pumpkin-Coconut SoupTaste of Home

Pumpkin-Coconut Soup

Thai food lovers will go crazy for this soup. It has a deep flavor from the combination of onion, coconut milk and spices. —Susan Hein, Burlington, Wisconsin

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Apple & Spice Pork TenderloinTaste of Home

Apple & Spice Pork Tenderloin

My family loves pork tenderloin, so I created this hearty meal. This slightly sweet preparation is one of our favorites. It's also an impressive dish for company.—Joyce Moynihan, Lakeville, Minnesota.

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Italian Turkey MeatballsTaste of Home

Italian Turkey Meatballs

What's not to love about moist and tender homemade Italian meatballs? Because they're made with lean turkey, they're lower in saturated fat, too! —Mary Berg, Lake Elmo, Minnesota

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Blood Orange Avocado SaladTaste of Home

Blood Orange Avocado Salad

My refreshing side salad is such a nice addition to our calorie-loaded Thanksgiving dinner. Use regular oranges if you can't find blood oranges. Finely chopped walnuts work well in place of the pomegranate seeds, too. —Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, Nevada

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Slow-Cooked Mexican Meat LoafTaste of Home

Slow-Cooked Mexican Meat Loaf

Chopped onion and garlic plus spicy seasonings add outstanding flavor to this attractive round loaf. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Fiery Stuffed PoblanosTaste of Home

Fiery Stuffed Poblanos

I love Southwest-inspired cuisine, but the dishes are often unhealthy. As a dietitian, I try to come up with nutritious twists on recipes, which is how my stuffed chile dish was born. —Amber Massey, Coppell, Texas

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Cauliflower MashTaste of Home

Cauliflower Mash

This quick and easy mashed cauliflower is a great alternative to same-old mashed spuds, and it's healthier, too!—Nick Iverson, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Marinated Shrimp and OlivesTaste of Home

Marinated Shrimp and Olives

This is my favorite appetizer to serve party guests. The flavors in this colorful dish blend beautifully, and the shrimp are tender and tasty.—Carol Gawronski, Lake Wales, Florida

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Slow-Cooker Beef Tips BurgundyTaste of Home

Slow-Cooker Beef Tips Burgundy

Here's a heartwarming classic that's so simple in the slow cooker. Mushrooms, red wine and tender beef make for an easy, elegant supper. —Deanna Zewen, Union Grove, Wisconsin

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Beef Daube ProvencalTaste of Home

Beef Daube Provencal

This dish is perfect on cold winter days, especially after we have been out cutting wood or white-tail hunting. If you are lucky enough to have venison, try it here for melt-in-your-mouth goodness. —Brenda Ryan, Marshall, Missouri

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Beef Cabbage Roll-UpsTaste of Home

Beef Cabbage Roll-Ups

Cooking up original recipes is a hobby of mine. My version of classic cabbage rolls is delicious served over rice or noodles. —Irma Finely, Lockwood, Missouri

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Beef Roast DinnerTaste of Home

Beef Roast Dinner

Because this healthy dish is slow-cooked, you can use less expensive roasts with results as mouthwatering as the more costly cuts. Change up the veggies for variety, nutrition or to suit your tastes!—Sandra Dudley, Bemidji, Minnesota

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Citrus Avocado SaladTaste of Home

Citrus Avocado Salad

This recipe nicely showcases grapefruit and oranges, which are at their peak around the holidays. Citrus fruits pair well with a sweet dressing. —Sonia Candler, Edmonton, Alberta

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Turkey CurryTaste of Home

Turkey Curry

I'm always looking for new and interesting ways to use leftover turkey—especially around the holidays. Make this skillet meal as spicy as you like by varying the amount of curry powder. —Martha Balser, Cincinnati, Ohio

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Turkey Meat LoafTaste of Home

Turkey Meat Loaf

I first made this recipe when my husband and I had to start watching our diet. Since then, I've been asked to make my turkey meat loaf many times. —Ruby Rath, New Haven, Indiana

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Roasted Beet WedgesTaste of Home

Roasted Beet Wedges

This beet recipe makes ordinary beets taste tender and delicious with just a few sweet and good-for-you ingredients.--Wendy Stenman

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English Pub Split Pea SoupTaste of Home

English Pub Split Pea Soup

This family favorite is the same recipe my grandmother used. Now with the magic of the slow cooker, I can spend 15 minutes putting it together, walk away for five hours, and come back to "soup's on." Finish it with more milk if you like your soup a bit thinner. —Judy Batson, Tampa, Florida

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Pressure Cooker Indian-Style Chicken and VegetablesTaste of Home

Pressure Cooker Indian-Style Chicken and Vegetables

This easy Indian-influenced dish is one just about everyone will love. Feel free to add more or less tikka masala sauce according to your taste. —Erica Polly, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin

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Orange Pomegranate SalmonTaste of Home

Orange Pomegranate Salmon

A colorful, festive salmon dish makes an impressive addition to your holiday table—and it’s as delicious as it is beautiful. What no one will guess? How easy it is to cook. I serve this with roasted baby potatoes and asparagus for a show-stopping holiday meal. —Thomas Faglon, Somerset, New Jersey

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Chicken & Goat Cheese SkilletTaste of Home

Chicken & Goat Cheese Skillet

My husband was completely bowled over by this on-a-whim skillet meal. I can't wait to make it again very soon! —Ericka Barber, Eureka, California

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Savory Turkey PotpiesTaste of Home

Savory Turkey Potpies

This will perk you up on a cold, rainy day. You can use chicken in place of turkey, and I like to serve the potpies with a fresh green salad or cranberry sauce on the side. —Judy Wilson, Sun City West, Arizona

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Pressure-Cooker Italian Shrimp 'n' PastaTaste of Home

Pressure-Cooker Italian Shrimp 'n' Pasta

This dish will remind you a bit of classic shrimp Creole, but it has a surprise Italian twist. Pressure cooking gives it hands-off ease—perfect for company. —Karen Edwards, Sanford, Maine

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Slow-Cooked Swiss SteakTaste of Home

Slow-Cooked Swiss Steak

This is one of my favorite recipes to make because I can flour and season the steaks and refrigerate them overnight. The next morning, I just put all the ingredients in the slow cooker, and I have a delicious dinner waiting when I arrive home from work. —Sarah Burks, Wathena, Kansas

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Nutty Maple Roasted Green BeansTaste of Home

Nutty Maple Roasted Green Beans

These roasted green beans taste extra special thanks to the addition of pure maple syrup and salted peanuts. It's an excellent side dish that goes with everything! —Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, Nevada

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Smoky Cauliflower BitesTaste of Home

Smoky Cauliflower Bites

These healthy little treats work well as a side or as fun bite size appetizers. Roasting the cauliflower adds deep flavor and gives it an irresistible crunch. —Courtney Stultz, Weir, Kansas

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Turkey White ChiliTaste of Home

Turkey White Chili

Growing up in a Pennsylvania Dutch area, I was surrounded by excellent cooks and wonderful foods. I enjoy experimenting with new recipes, like this change-of-pace chili. —Kaye Whiteman, Charleston, West Virginia

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Pressure-Cooker Beet, Grapefruit & Onion SaladTaste of Home

Pressure-Cooker Beet, Grapefruit & Onion Salad

My husband loves, loves pickled beets. I paired them with a little citrus for an Eastery salad. It has such a great color combination! - Michelle Clair, Seattle, Washington

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Pressure-Cooker Coq au VinTaste of Home

Pressure-Cooker Coq au Vin

Don’t be intimidated by the elegant name. The classic French dish is now made easier in one appliance! This Instant Pot coq au vin has all the classic flavors of a rich red wine-mushroom sauce but is so simple to make. My family loves it with whole grain country bread or French bread for dipping into the extra sauce. —Julie Peterson, Crofton, Maryland

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Italian Hot DishTaste of Home

Italian Hot Dish

My husband had a poor perception of healthy food until he tried this beefy casserole. The combination of pasta, oregano, mushrooms and green peppers makes it a favorite in our house. —Theresa Smith, Sheboygan, Wisconsin

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Carrot and Kale Vegetable SauteTaste of Home

Carrot and Kale Vegetable Saute

Thanks to fresh veggie dishes like this one, I almost forget I'm wheat- and gluten-free. Bacon adds another layer of flavor and depth to this gorgeous side dish. —Darla Andrews, Schertz, Texas

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Slow-Cooker Pork and Apple CurryTaste of Home

Slow-Cooker Pork and Apple Curry

Here's a gentle curry dish that's sure to please American palates. For fun, try varying the garnish—add a few chopped peanuts or a little chutney. —Nancy Reck, Mill Valley, California

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Chicken with Celery Root PureeTaste of Home

Chicken with Celery Root Puree

Celeriac, or celery root, is a root veggie that combines well with other seasonal ingredients and adds nice texture and flavor to this puree. —Healthy Cooking Test Kitchen

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Winter Beet SaladTaste of Home

Winter Beet Salad

To save a little time on this sweet and savory beet salad, we recommend using packaged salad greens in this original recipe. The simple dressing is easy to assemble. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Grapefruit-Gremolata SalmonTaste of Home

Grapefruit-Gremolata Salmon

If you're looking for a simple fish dish, make this Italian-inspired recipe that combines salmon, broiled grapefruit and a fragrant gremolata. Halibut may be substituted for the salmon. —Gilda Lester, Millsboro, Delaware

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Mediterranean CauliflowerTaste of Home

Mediterranean Cauliflower

I adapted a recipe I received from a friend to make this delicious—and deliciously different—cauliflower dish. It's prepared quickly in a skillet and uses only a handful of ingredients. What a great way to take ordinary cauliflower to a whole new level! —Valerie Smith, Aston, Pennsylvania

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Pepper-Stuffed Pork TenderloinTaste of Home

Pepper-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

Spicy stuffing balances the delicate flavor of pork in this dish that looks great on the plate—and tastes even better! —and tastes even better! —Margaret Allen, Abingdon, Virginia

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Spicy Lime ChickenTaste of Home

Spicy Lime Chicken

I've been turning this spicy lime chicken into tacos for years, but it was my son Austin who put it on cooked rice with all his favorite taco toppings. A family favorite was created out of leftovers! —Christine Hair, Odessa, Florida

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Cranberry and Roasted Beet SaladTaste of Home

Cranberry and Roasted Beet Salad

I created this as a healthy, tasty side dish to complement Christmas dinner. This enticing substitute for cranberry relish is excellent with turkey. Even the children loved it! Serve the beet blend alone or on a bed of salad greens. —Brianna St. Clair, Worland, Wyoming

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Chicken with Pear & Sweet PotatoTaste of Home

Chicken with Pear & Sweet Potato

When my husband was deployed to Iraq, one of my girlfriends shared this yummy chicken. When he returned home, I made it a tradition at our house. —Cathryn Eckley, Annandale, Virginia

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Slow-Cooked Coffee Beef RoastTaste of Home

Slow-Cooked Coffee Beef Roast

Day-old coffee is the key to this flavorful beef roast that simmers in the slow cooker until it's fall-apart tender. Try it once and I'm sure you'll cook it again. —Charles Trahan, San Dimas, California

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Sweet Potato Chili with TurkeyTaste of Home

Sweet Potato Chili with Turkey

My slow-cooker chili is packed with flavor. Swapping ground turkey for ground beef lightens it up, and sweet potato puree sneaks in a healthy dose of vitamin A. —Rachel Lewis, Danville, Virginia

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Pot Roast with Asian Black Bean SauceTaste of Home

Pot Roast with Asian Black Bean Sauce

I love stir-fry with black bean sauce. This recipe takes the delicious flavor of black bean sauce and joins it with fork-tender pot roast. —Judy Lawson, Chelsea, Michigan

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Brussels Sprouts SaladTaste of Home

Brussels Sprouts Salad

My husband and I like Brussels sprouts, so I'm always looking for new ways to use them. I most often serve this colorful salad with roast pork or duck. —Nancy Korondan, Yorkville, Illinois

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Spicy Pork and Butternut Squash RaguTaste of Home

Spicy Pork and Butternut Squash Ragu

This recipe is a marvelously spicy combo that's perfect for cooler fall weather and satisfying after a day spent outdoors. —Monica Osterhaus, Paducah, Kentucky

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