Mouthwatering Feast for Diabetics
Preparing a feast for family members with diabetes does not have to be
difficult. When you think about it, a healthy diabetic diet consists of
fewer carbohydrates and calories with increased fiber and healthy fats—which
practically covers most diets of healthy eaters nowadays. This season,
treat yourself or your loved ones to a mouthwatering holiday feast with
our diabetes-friendly recipes!
Spinach Artichoke Dip
Start your festivities with this crowd pleaser. This dip has always been
a party staple that many don’t realize makes this a perfect appetizer
for diabetics with just a few tweaks.
What you’ll need:
- 1 cup spinach, chopped
- 1 and 1/2 cups artichoke hearts, chopped
- 5 light garlic and herb cheese wedges
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 2 tbsp. light sour cream
- 3 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
Boil spinach and artichokes in a small pot with a cup of water until tender.
Drain liquid and set aside spinach and artichokes.
Melt cheese wedges over low heat. Add the remaining ingredients and mix
well. Continue cooking for up to two minutes then add spinach and artichoke.
Stir and cook for an additional two minutes.
Serve in a colorful bowl with a variety of vegetables, such as celery,
carrot, cucumber and zucchini slices. You may also opt for whole-wheat crackers.
Slow-Cooked Pork Roast
As the star of the festivities, this main dish is easy to make. You can
start cooking in the morning or the night before and completely forget
about it until it’s time to eat! This diabetes-friendly pork roast
is packed with so many delicious flavors, you may want to make it into
a holiday tradition.
What you’ll need:
- 2 cups unsweetened crushed pineapple, undrained
- 1 cup barbecue sauce
- 2 tbsp. unsweetened apple juice
- 1 tbsp. fresh rosemary, minced
- 1 tsp. garlic, minced
- 2 tsp. grated lemon peel
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 3 to 4 lbs. boneless pork loin roast
Combine the first nine ingredients in a saucepan and bring to boil. Reduce
heat and simmer uncovered for three minutes.
Coat a skillet with cooking spray and brown the pork roast on all sides.
You may cut the roast in half if it’s too large for the skillet.
Place the pork roast in a slow cooker. Pour over the sauce making sure
that you coat the pork roast thoroughly. Cover and cook on low for six
to seven hours or until the meat becomes tender. Let the roast stand for
10 minutes before slicing.
Warm Apple Cinnamon Cobbler
Apples and cinnamon are the perfect combo during the holidays. This recipe
is sugar-free and packed with loads of fiber from the apples, making it
the perfect finish for your holiday feast.
What you’ll need:
- 4 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
- 1 cup water
- 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 2 tbsp. cornstarch
- 1/4 cup sugar substitute (you may use artificial sweeteners or fructose)
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1 tbsp. honey
- 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
Start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees F.
Place apples, water, cinnamon, cornstarch and sugar substitute in a large
saucepan over medium heat. Cook for about 10 minutes or until apples are
soft and mixture is thickened. Pour apple mixture in a casserole dish.
Combine whole-wheat pastry flour and baking powder for the biscuit dough.
Add oil and mix well. Follow this with the honey and buttermilk. Stir
until flour mixture is moist. You may add additional buttermilk if necessary.
Scoop biscuit dough on top of apples and bake for 20 minutes or until biscuits
are golden brown. Serve warm on its own or with low-fat frozen yogurt.
Everyone deserves a flavorsome feast during the holidays, and that includes
diabetics, too. With these mouthwatering diabetes-friendly recipes, you
will surely be looking forward to the next holiday feast!
This article contains general information about medical conditions and
treatments. The information is not advice and should not be treated as
such. The information is not intended to replace the advice or diagnosis
of a physician.
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