Managing diabetes does not mean that you need to completely give up your favorite foods. There are plenty of foods like broccoli, nuts, raspberries, avocados, and black beans that are not only delicious but are full of fiber and healthy fats, which can help keep your blood sugar in check.
We’ve compiled a list of 15 tasty recipes to try out if you’re looking to manage your blood sugar.
We also highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App — with over 15,000 delicious recipes, it is the largest plant-based recipe resource to help you get healthy!
1. Protein-Packed Breakfast Quinoa Bowl
It may seem weird to eat quinoa in the morning, but it makes a great breakfast. This Protein-Packed Breakfast Quinoa Bowl by Jesse Lane Lee is a tasty vegan, gluten-free meal that will keep you feeling happy and full until lunchtime! The secret is making the quinoa in non-dairy milk with delicious spices. Then it’s topped with fruit and protein-packed seeds and nuts for extra power. This quinoa breakfast bowl is the perfect way to start your morning!
2. Savory Mushroom Oats
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A hearty recipe perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. This meaty, Savory Mushroom Oats recipe by Meredith Youngson is easy to make, uniquely delicious, and low in fat. The perfect combination for a healthy, warm meal on a cold day.
3. Lemon Garlic Zoodles
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If your summer harvest is exploding with zucchinis, these Lemon Garlic Zoodles by Holly Bertone is going to be your favorite go-to recipe. The lemon and garlic make the flavor pop. This super healthy zucchini noodle recipe is Whole30, Paleo, and Vegan.
4. Spicy Power Bowl with Miso-Lemon Dressing
Spicy Power Bowl at its best. It’s a good-looking and nutritious bowl of food. The lemon-miso dressing complements the umami and sweet flavors of the veggies and brings this bowl by Teri Macovei to the next level of tasty and satisfying.
5. Chickpea Chorizo Tacos
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This hot and spicy chickpea chorizo is like soyrizo, minus the soy! The chickpeas get their meaty “chorizo” flavor by crumbling them in a food processor with savory sun-dried tomato and being cooked in a skillet with a hot and spicy sauce. Load up your Chickpea Chorizo Tacos by Stephanie McKinnie with plenty of crisp lettuce, vegan sour cream, vegan cheese, and some guac to balance the heat.
6. Kimchi and Black Bean Tostadas
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When Lauren Lovatt first started traveling to expand her knowledge of food, she went to America and was particularly impressed by the South American influences. She was blown away by their high energy and lively flavors. This energy is totally in line with the Mind Food ethos. She created a take on tostadas with brain-boosting black beans, a tangy dressing laced with pomegranate and CBD, all with a crunchy kimchi base with these Kimchi and Black Bean Tostadas.
7. Sesame Broccoli
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Broccoli is a very interesting vegetable. It has that chunky texture and nutty flavor that is quite hard to find on other vegetables. On its own, it may taste very basic but with the proper seasoning, it can be wonderful, which is exactly what this Sesame Broccoli recipe by Raymund Macaala achieves!
8. Beluga Lentil Broccoli Salad
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Beluga Lentil Broccoli Salad is a protein-packed and fiber-rich dish that is perfect as a side dish or a light meal. This recipe by Pavani Nandula takes about 30 minutes to make if you have planned and soaked the lentils overnight. Other than that, it is really simple to make and only needs a few ingredients: broccoli, lentils, red onion, almonds, and the homemade dressing! Black lentils are called Beluga lentils because they look very similar to caviar. The good thing about these lentils is that they keep their shape even after cooking. This lentil broccoli salad is so hearty and delicious––you will love it!
9. Adzuki and Pinto Bean Burger Patties
Burger patties are typically made with potatoes in India, called Aloo ki Tikki and served with chutneys, not with burger buns. I tried Bean burger patties with chutneys, it turned out to be super yummy! I love home-cooked beans, but you can use canned beans in a pinch. Soak the beans overnight, rinse off, and cook with fresh water in a slow cooker on a high setting for 5 – 8 hours (depending on quantity and type of beans) or cook in a pressure cooker in less than an hour. Soaking makes them easier to digest. Red kidney beans, black beans, and chickpeas are good for making burger patties. Pinto and adzuki beans pair nicely in these Adzuki and Pinto Bean Burger Patties by Renu Agrawal.
10. Mexican-Inspired Pinto and Quinoa Veggie Burgers
Learn how to make delicious Mexican-Inspired Pinto and Quinoa Veggie Burgers which are packed full of flavor, nutrients, and protein. This pinto bean, mixed quinoa burger by Holly Jade served with homemade guacamole, fresh green jalapeños, tomato, lettuce, red onion, and Mexican spiced salsa, all in a seeded bun is so delicious! They’re super quick & easy to make and taste restaurant-worthy! These burgers are perfect for a healthy, filling lunch or dinner and would be ideal at a BBQ or event.
11. Dirty Cauliflower Rice
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This Dirty Cauliflower Rice recipe by Hannah Kaminsky is a fully plant-based take on a Creole classic. The only meat you’ll find in this modern revamp is in the form of nutmeat. Minced walnuts add a hearty dose of protein and richness, complementing a bold palette of spices. Cauliflower stands in for rice, further lightening the dish. Filled with aromatics and herbs like onion, pepper, celery, garlic, chili powder, paprika, and thyme, this savory, flavor-filled dish makes a great healthy side for stewed black beans or grilled vegan sausage.
12. Cream of Broccoli Soup
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13. Sunflower Muesli
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14. Baked Berry Oatmeal
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Even though traditional oatmeal comes together quickly, baked oatmeal is on another level. This Baked Berry Oatmeal by Jackie Sobon has the “set it and forget it” aspect that you’ll fall in love with!
15. Oven-Baked Oatmeal for One
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This Oven-Baked Oatmeal for One by Christina Bedetta can be prepared just before baking or in advance and stored in the refrigerator until ready to bake. The slightly crispy top and creamy center that is formed in the baking process truly take oatmeal to a whole new level.
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Learn How to Cook Plant-Based Meals at Home!
Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammation, heart health, mental wellbeing, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergies, gut health, and more! Dairy consumption also has been linked to many health problems, including acne, hormonal imbalance, cancer, and prostate cancer, and has many side effects.
For those of you interested in eating more plant-based, we highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App — with over 15,000 delicious recipes, it is the largest plant-based recipe resource to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy! And while you are at it, we encourage you to also learn about the environmental and health benefits of a plant-based diet.
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- Weekly Vegan Meal Plans
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- Plant-Based Nutrition Resources
- The Ultimate Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition
- Budget-Friendly Plant-Based Recipes
- High Protein Plant-Based Recipes
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