Good nutrition is one way to reduce your risk of developing heart disease and stroke. But, eating a healthy, balanced diet can be a challenge. Making these tasty dishes at home can help you manage your diabetes.
Try these healthy recipes today:
Spicy Beef and Onion Kebab
These wonderfully zesty kebabs are perfect for the grilling season. You can grill zucchini or yellow squash seasoned with no-salt-added lemon pepper right alongside the kebabs for an equally flavorful side dish.
Crustless Asparagus & Tomato Quiche
With no crust needed, this quiche is so simple to prepare. Sweet grape tomatoes help create a nice balance of flavors and textures and add a striking color contrast with the bright green asparagus. Perfect for breakfast on its own, or serve it for lunch or dinner with a salad of mixed greens.
Chicken Stir-Fry with Snow Peas and Mixed Bell Peppers
Bell peppers provide a rainbow of colors in this attractive stir-fry. The crispness of the peppers and snow peas contrasts with the juicy chunks of chicken, while a traditional stir-fry sauce bathes the dish in Asian flavors of soy, garlic, and ginger. Add brown rice for a meal that rivals your favorite from the Chinese takeout menu.
Flavorful chicken legs are smothered in a Louisiana-style mixture of tomatoes, okra, onion, and bell pepper, and spiced up with hot-pepper sauce. Serve them in shallow soup bowls so you can easily spoon up all the great tasting sauce or serve them on a bed of fluffy brown rice.
Fanned Avacado Salad
Earthy spinach, crunchy cucumber, fragrant tomatoes, and sharp feta complement the creamy richness of avocado in this attractive salad. A slightly spicy lemon-lime dressing takes it from simple to sensational.
Boneless Barbecue “Wings”
Boneless chicken breast meat with a crunchy baked coating stands in for traditional chicken wings in this easy-to-prepare recipe. An enhanced barbecue sauce gives it a spicy-sweet appeal.
Ham and Broccoli Frittata
Serve this tasty egg dish with some seasonal fresh fruit for a hearty breakfast. This frittata also works as a quick and easy dinner with a salad of mixed greens.
Ronaldo’s Cuban Sandwich
There is no substitute for a true Cuban sandwich, but this recipe is a light, delicious take on the classic. Add a green salad on the side for a quick-and-easy lunch. Look for low-fat, low-sodium deli meats (uncured, nitrate/nitrite-free) and cheeses when shopping.
Baked Parmesan Chicken
The crisp coating on this chicken is livened up with Parmesan, parsley, and oregano before it’s baked to golden perfection.
Fresh Vegetable Summer Rolls
Fresh summer rolls are easy to make. Here, tofu replaces the Vietnamese shrimp filling for a vegetarian version of the classic and popular dish. Enjoy a small amount of low-sodium peanut or chili sauce for dipping, if desired.
Grilled Sirloin with Tapenade
The pungent flavor of olives and capers accentuates the beefiness of grilled sirloin, which tastes best with simple sides, such as steamed green beans and brown rice or farro that let the steak take center stage.
Chopped Veggie Salad with Feta
When you want a change from tossed green salad, try this easy alternative with a Greek flair. Tender artichoke hearts are combined with earthy mushrooms, juicy tomatoes, a variety of aromatic herbs, and tangy feta cheese. This salad is so full of flavor, you won’t need any dressing!
Farmers’ Market Omelets
Brighten up your breakfast with these flavorful omelets, full of fresh vegetables, fragrant basil, and pungent feta cheese.
Mojo-Marinated Pork Tenderloin
This recipe takes the classic pork shoulder dish (pernil) and makes it healthier by using pork tenderloin instead of pork shoulder. You’ll still taste the amazing Cubano flavor.
Lemon-Mint Sugar Snap Peas
The taste of delicate sugar snap peas teamed with fresh lemon and mint is definitely a harbinger of spring. Serve them with grilled or broiled lamb chops or fish fillets.
Tomato Basil Bisque
Fresh basil flavors every spoonful of this smooth soup that can be served warm or chilled. The leeks offer a more subtle taste than onions, but either will work. Try this bisque with a low-fat grilled cheese sandwich on whole-grain bread for a light lunch.
Spinach + Artichoke Dip
This creamy dip gets a surprising bit of bite from a small amount of horseradish. And it’s loaded with tasty morsels of artichoke hearts, spinach, roasted red bell peppers, and green onions, making it a breeze to sneak some extra vegetables into your diet. Serve it with whole-grain pita chips or raw vegetables for dipping, or spread it on triangles of whole-grain toast.
Tender baked fish fillets are topped with a sauce that starts with the “holy trinity” of onion, celery, and bell pepper, then builds flavor with the addition of tomatoes, green onions, capers, and a touch of hot-pepper sauce. Serve this with brown or wild rice and a dark green leafy salad.
Roast Turkey with Orange-Spice Rub
An aromatic spice rub cooks into a rich paste that penetrates deep into the turkey breast. This turkey is great year-round or served as the centerpiece for a holiday feast with roasted sweet potatoes and a green vegetable.
Tex-Mex Shrimp Tacos
Light and healthy seafood tacos are so refreshing and fun. Fresh greens and herbs top the delicately spiced shrimp, while the white sauce keeps it all cool.
Beef Boti Kebabs
This recipe takes its inspiration from an Indian kebab recipe that uses tender pieces of boneless mutton dipped in spices and egg wash, rolled in crumbs, and deep fried. Our healthier version keeps the flavorful spices, but it’s cooked on the grill instead.
Lemony Tilapia and Asparagus Grill
Dinner is incredibly quick and easy when you grill tilapia and asparagus side by side. A combination of chili powder and lemon pepper enhances the mild fish, and a mild vinaigrette seasons the spears.
Seared Chicken with Strawberry Salsa
Luscious strawberries are a different but delectable choice for this salsa, although you can substitute mango or peaches if you prefer. Whatever fruit you choose, the sweet and spicy salsa pairs perfectly with seared chicken breasts. Serve with mild sides such as steamed vegetables and quinoa to keep the flavor focus on this mealtime star.