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Basic Diabetic Dinner Ideas

Diabetics often face one of their biggest challenges of the day at the end - figuring out what to make for dinner. When you search the Internet for diabetic friendly recipes, you're immediately greeted by a ton of television-worthy recipes. This is a collection of recipes that are simple, easily modified, and most importantly don't feel like a sacrifice!

If you find yourself scrambling for dinner often, try planning ahead with some staples and basics. It’s much easier to take a basic idea and spice it up midweek, like choosing to make chicken tacos with your slow cooker chicken, than it is to find a whole new dinner idea. By creating a basic list of dinners you can turn to, it’ll take a lot of the guesswork out of “what can I eat for dinner that’s diabetic friendly?”

Pan-Roasted Chicken & Veggies

Not only does cooking everything on the same pan cut down on dishes, it makes this dish easy to prep and get in the oven. This is a great diabetic friendly recipe because by using olive oil and herbs you can infuse so much flavor that you don't need dips or sauces to go with your meal. There are plenty of classic and fun variations on this staple recipe.

Soup & Salad

The best part about planning for a soup and salad dinner is the versatility. You can create your own unique bistro pairings right in the comfort of your own kitchen! Homemade soups will generally be healthier as you can control how many carbs you add.


When making your salad, it’s important to pick the right vegetables to give yourself a good variety of vitamins and minerals. Aim to eat a rainbow of color in your salad! When dressing your salads, go for lighter dressing options with a low carb count.

Shrimp & Rice

While not all rice is created equal when it comes to eating with your diabetes in mind, shrimp and rice is a great staple meal to add to your dinner rotation. This dish can be spiced up in a variety of ways depending on how you prepare your shrimp and what type of rice you choose. Sure to become a new fan favorite, this is a great way to get healthy carbs and protein in a delicious dinner.

Stuffed Bell Peppers

Stuffed bell peppers are a creative way to sneak some veggies into the spotlight! If you rarely have vegetables as the star at dinner time, this is a fun way to try out a low carb vessel for your favorite stuffings. The possibilities with stuffed peppers are endless - you can use anything from hamburger to chili. A meatless option can be just as delicious as well. 

Pasta Primavera

Pasta primavera is pasta with veggies, so don't be afraid to make your pasta colorful! You can use any sort of vegetable blend, either fresh or frozen, to create your own version of this classic dinner. Your options for diabetic friendly sauces to add are plentiful. Chicken can also be added if you're looking for a little extra protein as well.

Slow Cooker Chicken & Roasts

A great way to make a diabetic friendly dinner is to throw some goodies in a slow cooker early to midday. There are so many options to make a healthy meal in a slow cooker - you can do a pork roast with veggies, or chicken breasts that you later shred to put in healthy chicken tacos. The ease of having your meat cooked in a way that doesn't add extra fat, sugars, or grease makes this a great choice for busy diabetics.


Plan For Dinner Success

The first step toward a healthier life is planning for it! Now that you’ve been presented with some examples of healthy dinners for diabetics, more will spring to mind as you plan out the week ahead. Remember to start with small changes and work your way into a healthier diet. It’s much easier to commit to a lifestyle change when the food feels familiar and tastes delicious!



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