Best of 2021: 50 of Your Favorite Diabetic Recipes
Another year has come and gone. We've continued to bring a diverse list of diabetes-friendly recipes, not only to our site, but straight to your inbox through our newsletter. This list is made up of all our most-searched recipes, from appetizers, to sides, to dinners, and desserts. It's been a great year, and we hope to bring even more delicious recipes to you in 2022!
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Amazing Appetizers & Comforting Soups
When it comes to starters, we try to make them full of flavor, and still diabetes-friendly! You clicked, we tallied, and these starter recipes came out on top. A fun fact! Our Southern Deviled Eggs also made the top 50 list last year!
The next time you're invited to a get-together bring along a plate of Southern Deviled Eggs. This deviled egg recipe is a simple one and calls for some of our favorite, classic ingredients, like mayo and sweet pickle relish. It's a recipe any Southern granny would approve of!
Who says the only way to enjoy a hamburger is between the buns? Our Easy Hamburger Soup recipe uses extra-lean ground beef and fresh veggies for a soup you won't be able to get enough of! It's got the same savory flavor of your favorite burger, but without all the added carbs. Trust us, you're gonna love this!
This is not another plain ol', boring cabbage soup recipe! A fresh, healthier alternative, our Zesty Cabbage Soup kicks the flavor up a notch! The secret is in adding a bit of green chilies to the mix. It's so delicious, everyone at the table will be asking for more!
Treat your guests to a taste of the Mediterranean with this recipe for 7-Layer Mediterranean Dip. This easy dip is made with healthy ingredients that are popular in the Mediterranean region, like hummus, cucumbers, tomatoes, and olives. Make this for your next potluck, and soak in all the compliments!
Low in fat and high in nutrition, lentils are always a super choice for anyone who has diabetes. Our Hearty Lentil Soup is so filling, you can enjoy it as a main dish soup or certainly have a cup as a starter for the rest of your meal.
Easy Beef Recipes You Loved
Bring on the beef! Easy beef recipes are one of our favorite categories, plus we love how versatile the recipes are. It's no surprise that these four recipes were top contenders!
Our Beefy Cabbage Skillet is a hearty dish that comes together in just one skillet! This meal is full of comfort and tons of delicious flavors. This easy cabbage skillet recipe comes together in less than an hour. One bite, and it will quickly become a weeknight favorite meal!
Oooh - this recipe is so beefy! Our Cheeseburger Pie is an easy recipe with ground beef that's popular with everyone from the young to the young at heart. This low-carb, ground beef casserole features lots of flavor, but not a whole lot of the stuff that isn't good for us. And since it's so easy, it's a good recipe to add to your rotation of weeknight meals!
Our version of a taco pie is so flavorful, it doesn't even need the tortilla shell. Crustless Taco Pie is a low-carb, weeknight dinner winner that's sure to be a hit with the whole family!
Typically, diner food isn't the best option for a diabetic diet, but with our recipe for lightened-up, Diner-Style Salisbury Steak you can enjoy an old-fashioned favorite without all the guilt! These ground beef patties are smothered in a delicious mushroom and gravy mixture you won't be able to resist!
If you're new to eating stuffed zucchini then you're in for a real surprise! This stuffed zucchini recipe is healthy, hearty, and full of Italian flavor. Perfect for a low-carb diet, our Beefy Stuffed Zucchini will soon become one of your favorites!
Can't Resist Cakes
We strive to make diabetic cake recipes that work with your meal plan, and have tons of flavor! The recipes in this category...well, they took the cake!
We hope you're ready to celebrate, 'cause our diabetic-friendly Pineapple Upside-Down Bundt Cake is a party in itself. This easy pineapple cake starts off with a simple, sugar-free shortcut, but gets dressed up with some yummy tropical toppings. It's so good, you're going to want to share with everyone!
We hope you're ready to fall in love with a new diabetic-friendly dessert because these Bakery Squares are simply perfect. With a homemade chocolate crust and a thick cream cheese layer, it's hard to resist these squares. And, as if that weren't enough, a simple streusel topping makes these extra-delicious!
Sure, you've probably had a good cake, and maybe even a great cake, but have you ever had a Better-Than-Anything Cake? This make-ahead poke cake is moist, creamy, crunchy, chocolatey, and most importantly, diabetic-friendly!
Everyone's gonna go "coconuts" over this diabetic recipe for Coconut Cake! This easy cake recipe is moist, delicious, and great for anyone who is following a diabetic diet (or who isn't!). This coconut cake recipe is going to be one of your favorites!
We ditched the flour to bring you this Flourless Applesauce Cake recipe that's a healthier choice for anyone following a diabetic diet. Not only is this cake better for you nutrition-wise, but the applesauce makes it super moist and the spices make it extra-flavorful. It's a winner all around!
Take your taste buds on a heavenly ride with our recipe for Heavenly Chocolate Cake. Your gang will love the tasty combination of chocolate cake with a surprising creamy layer at the bottom. Don't be surprised if they ask you to make this diabetic-friendly chocolate cake at all your get-togethers!
This cake is so light and so refreshing you'll think you've stepped into a dream. Truth is, our Orange Dream Angel Cake reminds us of those orange and cream pops we dream about in the summertime. You and your gang are going to love this no-bake dessert!
We've got a secret ingredient that makes this moist chocolate cake recipe so decadent, you'll never be able to tell that it's diabetes-friendly. What makes our Secret Devilish Chocolate Cake so delicious? We kick this recipe up a notch with diet cola! It's true. Try it for yourself. One bite, and you'll see exactly what we mean.
Your Favorite Casseroles
A ton of casseroles with chicken made the cut in this list. You're speaking, and we're listening! We're hoping to bring new recipes to you this year. Yum!
Give your family a hearty dinner they're sure to rave about with our easy recipe for Chicken and Squash Casserole. This casserole is brimming with creamy chicken flavor, and is sure to be a hit with everyone; they'll ask for time and time again! After all, a better combination of creamy chicken and healthy veggies just doesn't exist.
If you thought your diabetic diet couldn't include comfort foods, then think again! This Pork Chop Casserole recipe is perfect for anyone who is watching what they eat. It has all the taste and heartiness of a regular pork chop casserole, but with a lot less fat and sodium!
Our Creamy Crunchy Chicken Casserole hits all the high notes. Plus, it comes together so quickly, you'll have this easy casserole recipe on the table before your gang can ask, "What's for dinner?"
Our Hot Chicken Salad Casserole is a down-home casserole recipe that'll make your insides feel warm and cozy. With lighter ingredients and fresh veggies, this is an easy low carb recipe that's perfect for dinner or for bringing along to the next potluck!
If you love the taste of a loaded baked potato, but can't fit it into your diabetic diet, then you're going to love this healthier-for-you recipe for Loaded Cauliflower Casserole. We swapped the potato for cauliflower and kept all the same toppings you love, so you can enjoy your favorite flavors without the guilt!
While we love a traditional stuffed cabbage casserole, we don't always have time to make it, especially when we're feeding a large gang. That's when our recipe for "Unstuffed" Stuffed Cabbage Casserole comes in handy. This casserole has all the flavors you crave, without all the fuss involved!
Winner Winner Chicken Dinners
Some of your favorite easy chicken dinner recipes are not only new spins on traditional tastes, but unique ways to change up the flavors on your dinner table. They're our most popular chicken recipes for a good reason--they are exploding with great flavor!
This restaurant-fancy chicken recipe is one you'll want to use when you really want to impress company! We think the layer of mushrooms and flavorful sauce really add an extra-special flair to our Alice Springs Chicken. The best part? You can whip this up in just 30 minutes!
Make a fabulous diabetic-friendly stir-fry with chicken, fresh vegetables, and low-sodium soy sauce! Our Chicken Stir-Fry is a weeknight winner, since it cooks up in just about 15 minutes. You'll love how flavorful this dinner dish is!
Our baked version of this Crispy Oven Fried Chicken is a diabetic-friendly way to eat this Southern classic. Serve it with a low-carb deli salad and you've got a delicious dinner!
Our Pineapple Chicken Tenders start by bathing boneless, skinless chicken tenders in a flavorful Asian marinade, then stir frying them along with some tasty pineapple and green onions, for a healthy and delicious main dish meal.
Other Desserts in Demand
One of the things we tend to crave most is a recipe that will satisfy our sweet tooth, but help keep us on our diabetes-diet. You guys found the best-of-the best on our site, and the votes have been counted! What's your favorite dessert on the list?
Treat yourself to a little piece of sunshine! Our Luscious Lemon Squares look sunny and bright and have lots of lemony flavor. This is a great one to make for a picnic or summer potluck, 'cause it's a no-bake, make-ahead dessert. Plus, everyone will love it!
This classic recipe for Grandma's Oatmeal Raisin Cookies will take you back to the days of your childhood, when warm milk and cookies were waiting for you to devour as soon as you arrived home from school. The delicious flavors will give you that nostalgiac feeling, but the great thing about our oatmeal raisin cookies, is that they're low carb!
Here's an easy, low-fat, strawberry dessert recipe that'll taste heavenly, but won't cost you any work at all. Our Super Strawberry Fluff combines two of our favorite fruity flavors to create an easy dessert that'll really satisfy your dessert cravings!
There's no reason to feel left out during the holidays! Our homemade sweet potato pie recipe makes a great addition to your Thanksgiving menu. Best part? We use real sweet potatoes to make our Crustless Sweet Potato Pie, so you can enjoy a truly authentic taste!
If you're looking for that perfect chocolate cookie recipe, you've come to the right place. These Fudgy Chocolate Cookies are so decadent and delicious, nobody will know that they've been lightened up for a diabetes diet.
Side dishes can often make a meal. Well, you guys certainly like a wide variety, from deli salads, bread, and even squash! One great thing about sides is how you can mix and match your favorites! Plus, with a little tweaking, you can make a whole new taste.
The next time you make a sandwich, a hamburger, or any other meal that involves slices of bread, try it on Cloud Bread. Cloud Bread is a totally gluten-free, low-carb, low-calorie, and low-fat bread alternative. It's a healthier choice that looks like a fluffy cloud and tastes so good! Cloud Bread pizza, anyone?
Grab your favorite 9x13 cake pan, and let's get to making a salad! Our Cake Pan Layered Salad is just like those layered salads you see in the fancy-looking glass bowls, but is even easier to make and take! And don't worry, we didn't skimp on any of the yummy ingredients - there's still lots of fresh veggies, cheese, and even some bacon!
Here's a healthy macaroni salad recipe that's worthy of making it to every potluck you've got planned this year. It's simple, it's tasty, and it's ready to impress. What's even more fun is listening to people rave about it without 'em ever knowing that our Simple Macaroni Salad is a diabetic recipe!
We all love having several easy salad recipes to make during the summer, but this salad, is not only easy. It's gorgeous! Plus, whether you use it as an appetizer with pita chips, or as a side dish for the main course, everyone is going to love our Summer Party Salad! It's full of vibrant colors, and so much yummy flavor that no matter how you serve this up, it's going to disappear nearly as quickly as it took to throw together.
One bite of this veggie side dish and everyone at the table will be saying "This is My Favorite Spaghetti Squash!" If you're unfamiliar with spaghetti squash recipes, this is definitely the place to start. We've made this low-carb dish a little cheesy, a little creamy, and a lot flavorful, so that everyone at the table will enjoy!
If you're tired of passing on the baked beans at potlucks because they're full of sugar and fat, then you're going to love this recipe! Our Better Baked Beans have been lightened up, so you can fit them into your diabetic diet. Now, you can enjoy a helping of baked beans with your grilled chicken, meat or fish!
If you thought sandwiches were impossible to enjoy while following a diabetic diet, think again! Our Low-Carb Sandwich Bread has less than 1g of carbs per serving, making it the perfect bread for sandwiching your favorite, healthy deli meats and cheeses. It's hearty, it's easy, and it's tasty - it just doesn't get any better!
Our Oven-Baked Egg Rolls are so good, you'll want to make sure you put "egg roll wrappers" on your next grocery list! These have all the flavors of the ones you order in, but our baked egg rolls are made in a much lighter way.
Slow Cooker and Skillet Recipes
One of the best things about slow cooker and skillet meals is generally how easy are they are. They tend to be an all-in meal that also cuts down on the dishes. So, by popular demand, here are the best slow cooker and skillet recipes of 2021!
You're going to want to pick the coziest spot in the house to enjoy this Cabbage Roll Soup. That's 'cause this beefy and low-fat cabbage soup delivers so much comfort and heartiness, it deserves to be eaten in a comfy-cozy setting.