40+ Diabetic-Friendly Christmas Recipes Everyone Will Enjoy (2024)

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40+ Diabetic-Friendly Christmas Recipes Everyone Will Enjoy (1)Katie BandurskiUpdated: Dec. 08, 2023

    Keep your holidays healthful with these diabetic-friendly Christmas recipes. We have festive ideas for main dishes, sides, appetizers and more.


    German Red Cabbage

    Sunday afternoons were a time for family gatherings when I was a kid. While the uncles played cards, the aunts made treats such as this traditional German red cabbage recipe. —Jeannette Heim, Dunlap, Tennessee

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    Horseradish-Encrusted Beef Tenderloin

    Wow friends and family with this tender beef encased in a golden horseradish crust. Roasted garlic boosts the robust flavor even more. —Laura Bagozzi, Dublin, Ohio

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    Hot Spinach Apple Salad

    With a light sweet-tangy dressing, the spinach doesn’t wilt and the apples retain their crunch. We serve this salad with homemade bread. —Denise Albers, Freeburg, Illinois

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    Rosemary Walnuts

    My Aunt Mary started making this recipe years ago. Each time we visited, she would have a batch ready for us. The use of cayenne adds an unexpected zing to the savory combo of rosemary and walnuts. When you need a good housewarming or hostess gift, double the batch and save half for yourself. —Renee Ciancio, New Bern, North Carolina

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    Honey Garlic Green Beans

    Green beans are a reliable standby, but they can seem ordinary on their own. Just a couple of extra ingredients give them a sweet and salty attitude. This is definitely my family's favorite way to enjoy them. —Shannon Dobos, Calgary, Alberta

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    Roasted Apple Salad with Spicy Maple-Cider Vinaigrette

    We bought loads of apples and needed to use them. To help the flavors come alive, I roasted the apples and tossed them with a sweet dressing. —Janice Elder, Charlotte, North Carolina

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    Orange Pomegranate Salmon

    A colorful, festive salmon dish makes an impressive addition to your holiday table—and it is as delicious as it is beautiful. What will no one guess? How easy it is to cook. I serve this with roasted baby potatoes and asparagus for a showstopping meal that is wonderful for special occasions. —Thomas fa*glon, Somerset, New Jersey

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    Fresh Artichokes with Lemon-Yogurt Dip

    Artichokes are at their best when you prepare them simply, without a lot of fuss or seasonings to overdress them. Many people dip the petals in melted butter or mayonnaise, but I think you'll love my tangy lemon-yogurt dip. —Jill Haapaniemi, Brooklyn, New York

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    Citrus Scallops

    My husband and I like to eat seafood at least once a week. Oranges and lemon juice give scallops a refreshing burst of flavor. —Cheri Hawthorne, North Canton, Ohio

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    Carrot and Kale Vegetable Saute

    Thanks to fresh veggie dishes like this one, I almost forget I'm wheat- and gluten-free. Bacon adds another layer of flavor and depth to this gorgeous side dish. —Darla Andrews, Schertz, Texas

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    Cod with Sweet Peppers

    This quick and delicious recipe is a long-time family favorite. I like to use three or four different-colored peppers for an extra-pretty presentation. Then serve with couscous or brown rice to round out the meal. —Judy Grebetz, Racine, Wisconsin.

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    Blood Orange Avocado Salad

    My refreshing side salad is such a nice addition to our calorie-loaded Thanksgiving dinner. Use regular oranges if you can't find blood oranges. Finely chopped walnuts work well in place of the pomegranate seeds, too. —Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, Nevada

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    Cornish Hens with Wild Rice and Celery

    Stuffed with a succulent combination of wild rice, mushrooms and dried cranberries, these golden hens are sure to become a special-occasion entree in your home. They're a wonderful change of pace from traditional turkey. —Nancy Horsburgh, Everett, Ontario

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    Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

    The first time my friends tasted my new side dish, they said it was phenomenal. The longer you let it chill in the fridge, the more tender the sprouts will be. —Nick Iverson, Denver, Colorado

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    Roasted Fall Vegetables

    I love serving this tender veggie side dish as part of a comforting dinner on a chilly night. The cayenne pepper lends zippy flavor that's not overpowering. —Juli Meyers, Hinesville, Georgia

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    Pomegranate Splash Salad

    The sparkling pomegranate gems make this salad irresistibly beautiful. My family loves it at holiday gatherings when pomegranates are in season. Even the children can't get enough of this antioxidant-rich delight. —Emily Jamison, Champaign, Illinois

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    Hazelnut Almond Biscotti

    Pour a cup of coffee and indulge! Crisp, crunchy biscotti cookies are perfect for dunking. Hazelnuts and almonds make my favorite version even better. —Johnna Johnson, Scottsdale, Arizona

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    I love the simplicity of this easy beef tenderloin recipe. Olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper—just add the tenderloin and pop it in the oven. In an hour or so you’ve got an impressive main dish to feed a crowd. This leaves you with more time to visit with family and less time fussing in the kitchen. —Mary Kandell, Huron, Ohio


    Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes with Pancetta

    Classic American mashed potatoes take a trip to Italy with the flavors of olive oil, garlic, and pancetta. —Bryan Kennedy, Kaneohe, Hawaii

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    Brussels Sprouts Salad

    My husband and I like Brussels sprouts, so I'm always looking for new ways to use them. I most often serve this colorful salad with roast pork or duck. —Nancy Korondan, Yorkville, Illinois

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    Honey-Butter Peas and Carrots

    This classic combination of peas and carrots is enriched with a handful of flavor enhancers. Slow cooking allows the ingredients to meld for maximum richness. —Theresa Kreyche, Tustin, California

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    Green Beans in Red Pepper Sauce

    For easy veggies, I make a simple sauce of sweet red peppers, almonds and parsley. We also like this sauce with zucchini or roasted cauliflower. —Elisabeth Larsen, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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    In an effort to add more greens to our meals, I created this dish—and my kids eat it up. The crispy salami is the "hook." —Jennifer Mcnabb, Brentwood, Tennessee

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    I created a bright spinach salad with raspberries for a big family dinner. Even those who don't normally like spinach change their minds after the first bite. —Robert Aucelluzzo, Simi Valley, California

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    Orange-Glazed Pork Loin

    This is one of the best pork recipes I've ever tried. My family looks forward to this roast for dinner, and guests always want the recipe. The flavorful rub, and the glaze brightened with orange juice, are also outstanding on pork chops. —Lynnette Miete, Alna, Maine

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    Honey-Thyme Butternut Squash

    This golden, honey-sweetened squash is just as hearty and comforting as your favorite potato dish. With its bright color, it makes an attractive side for special autumn meals. —Bianca Noiseux, Bristol, Connecticut

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    Italian Herb-Crusted Pork Loin

    I like to change things up during the holidays with pork loin recipes that incorporate my favorite herbs and veggies. This showpiece dish really dazzles my family. —Kim Palmer, Kingston, Georgia

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    Wilted Spinach Salad with Butternut Squash

    Make quick work of peeling butternut squash. First, prick it with a fork and give it 45 seconds in the microwave. Then, trim an inch from the base of the squash, making it stand up straight and tall while you run the peeler from top to bottom. —Margee Berry, White Salmon, Washington

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    Orange Pomegranate Salad with Honey

    I discovered this fragrant salad in a cooking class. If you can, try to find orange flower water (also called orange blossom water), which perks up the orange segments. But orange juice adds a nice zip, too! —Carol Richardson Marty, Lynwood, Washington

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    When we have company, these sprouts are my go-to side dish because they look and taste fantastic. Fancy them up a notch with pancetta instead of bacon. —Mandy Rivers, Lexington, South Carolina

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    Thyme-Roasted Vegetables

    The smell of our house as this is baking calls everyone to dinner. Normally, it serves eight, but my husband's been known to have more than just one serving at a time. It's that good..—Jasmine Rose, Crystal Lake, Illinois

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    Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

    Sure, it’s simple and healthy but, oh, this roasted broccoli is also delicious. Cutting the stalks into tall trees turns the ordinary veggie into a standout side dish. —Holly Sander, Lake Mary, Florida

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    Cranberry Stuffed Apples

    Cinnamon, nutmeg and walnuts add a homey autumn flavor to these stuffed apples, while the slow cooker does most of the work. —Graciela Sandvigen, Rochester, New York

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    Sunday Pot Roast

    With the help of a slow cooker, you can prepare a down-home dinner any day of the week, not just on Sundays. The roast turns out tender and savory every time. —Brandy Schaefer, Glen Carbon, Illinois

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    Glazed Rosemary Pork

    A honey-rosemary glaze delicately seasons pork tenderloin in this delightful entree. As elegant as it is easy, the main course is ideal for weekend dinner parties and weeknight suppers alike. —Barbara Sistrunk, Fultondale, Alabama

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    Cranberry and Roasted Beet Salad

    I created this as a healthy, tasty side dish to complement Christmas dinner. This enticing substitute for cranberry relish is excellent with turkey. Even the children loved it! Serve the beet blend alone or on a bed of salad greens. —Brianna St. Clair, Worland, Wyoming

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    Originally Published: November 04, 2019

    40+ Diabetic-Friendly Christmas Recipes Everyone Will Enjoy (37)

    Katie Bandurski

    As Senior Shopping Editor, Katie connects Taste of Home readers with the best gifts, deals and home products on the market. An avid foodie and a holiday enthusiast, Katie is an expert at cultivating meaningful moments.When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and watching Christmas movies.

    40+ Diabetic-Friendly Christmas Recipes Everyone Will Enjoy (2024)


    What can diabetics drink at Christmas? ›

    • Soy Nog For Diabetics. ...
    • Mulled Apple Cider For Diabetics. ...
    • Mint Hot Chocolate For Diabetics. ...
    • Flavored Seltzer Water For Diabetics. ...
    • Sparkling Punch For Diabetics. ...
    • Mock Sangria For Diabetics. ...
    • Diabetics Can Drink Beer. ...
    • Diabetic Nightcap.

    What foods can diabetics eat freely for dinner? ›

    Dinner ideas when you have diabetes
    • lasagne and salad.
    • roast chicken and vegetables, with or without potatoes.
    • beef stir-fry and vegetables, with or without brown rice.
    • chicken tortillas and salad.
    • salmon and vegetables, with or without noodles.
    • curry with chickpeas and brown rice.

    Can diabetics eat Christmas dinner? ›

    Eating at Christmas is part of the fun, and there's no need to completely miss out on certain foods. But a healthy diet is important for managing diabetes and having healthier versions of classic Christmas dishes is a good way to enjoy food, whilst also looking after your diabetes.

    Is Christmas pudding OK for diabetics? ›

    Healthy eating for people with diabetes is the same as for everyone else. All of the traditional Christmas foods such as mince pies, Christmas pudding and Christmas cake can still be enjoyed but just don't eat too many or too much in one go.

    What is the golden drink for diabetes? ›

    May Lower Blood Sugar Levels

    The ingredients in golden milk, particularly ginger and cinnamon, may help lower blood sugar levels. For instance, 1–6 grams of cinnamon per day may lower fasting blood sugar levels by up to 29%. Moreover, cinnamon may reduce insulin resistance ( 30 , 31 , 32 ).

    What 3 drinks should diabetics avoid? ›

    What drinks should people with type 2 diabetes avoid?
    • Alcoholic drinks. While alcohol in strict moderation can be safe to drink for people with diabetes, it can cause damage due to its hypoglycemic effect and also high-calorie content. ...
    • Sports drinks/energy drinks. ...
    • Sweetened and unsweetened fruit juices. ...
    • Sodas. ...
    • Sweet tea.

    What are the 5 worst foods for blood sugar? ›

    10 Worst Foods for Your Blood Sugar
    • KETCHUP. ...
    • WHITE PASTA. ...
    • BAGELS. ...
    • FRUIT JUICE. ...
    • ENERGY BARS. ...
    • SPORTS DRINKS AND ENERGY DRINKS. Energy drinks and sports drinks carry all the woes of fruit juice with the added no-no of more sugars.

    What is the best dessert for a diabetic to eat? ›

    Dessert Ideas for Anyone With Diabetes
    • Sliced strawberries with low-sugar Greek yogurt and chopped nuts.
    • Chia pudding (made with cow's milk or a milk alternative) topped with blueberries.
    • Dark chocolate-covered frozen banana bites.
    • Chocolate frozen yogurt pops.
    • Low-sugar fruit crumble or cobbler.
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    What should diabetics drink first thing in the morning? ›

    Water is the best all-round drink. If your family likes flavoured waters, make your own by adding a squeeze of lemon or lime, or strawberries. Children often need reminding to drink, so give them a colourful water bottle with a funky straw.

    What are the three meals for diabetics? ›

    Eating a carbohydrate-rich breakfast followed by a substantial lunch and a small dinner — the so-called "three-meal diet" (3Mdiet) — promotes weight loss and significantly improves glucose control in type 2 diabetes, a randomized, controlled trial suggests.

    What is best evening snack for diabetics? ›

    Other options include:
    • A sugar-free frozen pop.
    • One light cheese stick.
    • One tablespoon of peanut butter (15 grams) and celery.
    • A hard-boiled egg.
    • Five baby carrots.
    • Light popcorn, 3/4 cup (approximately 6 grams)
    • Salad greens with cucumber and a drizzle of oil and vinegar.

    Are there forbidden foods for diabetics? ›

    You limit dairy products, red meat, sweets, added sugars, sodium (salt), and highly processed foods. Some additional guidelines include focusing on seasonal produce and reading food labels to help you avoid added sodium and sugar.

    Is Jell O sugar-free pudding good for diabetics? ›

    While traditional gelatin desserts, such as Jell-O, contain about 20 g of sugar in one serving, sugar-free Jell-O can be a good alternative for people with diabetes who want an after-dinner treat. The downside? With only 1 g of protein and not much else, Jell-O has little nutritional value.

    What desserts should diabetics avoid? ›

    Though no food is completely off-limits, if you want to keep blood sugar levels low, it's important to limit eating desserts that contain primarily refined carbohydrates and sugar, such as snack cakes, candy or cookies.

    Can diabetics eat honey baked ham? ›

    Avoid any glazes with added sugar. Honey-glazed hams are delicious, but they add a lot of sugar to a dish that could easily be sugar-free. Don't deep-fry your main dish. This preparation adds a lot of extra fat and calories, which anyone with diabetes would want to avoid.

    What are some diabetic friendly drinks? ›

    Five ways to stay hydrated…
    • Water is the best all-round drink. ...
    • Tea, coffee, chai and hot chocolate – cut back on sugar and use semi-skimmed or skimmed milk.
    • Herbal teas can make a refreshing change and most are caffeine-free.

    What drinks are diabetic friendly? ›

    The 8 best drinks for diabetes
    • Water. ...
    • Carbonated or seltzer water. ...
    • Water with fresh additions. ...
    • Unsweetened tea or coffee. ...
    • Milk or plant-based milks (unsweetened almond or soy milk) ...
    • Drinks sweetened with stevia or monk fruit. ...
    • Low-sugar kombucha. ...
    • Healthy smoothie.
    Dec 18, 2023

    What can a diabetic drink besides water? ›

    The 10 best drinks for diabetes
    • seltzer water.
    • unsweetened tea.
    • herbal tea.
    • unsweetened coffee.
    • vegetable juice.
    • low fat milk.
    • milk alternatives.
    • green smoothies.

    What drinks can a diabetic person drink? ›

    What You Can Drink, Besides Water, When You Have Diabetes
    • Smart Swaps. 1/12. No doubt: Water is the perfect drink. ...
    • Chocolate Milk. 2/12. ...
    • Sweet Tea. 3/12. ...
    • Orange Juice. 4/12. ...
    • Chai Latte. 5/12. ...
    • Lemonade. 6/12. ...
    • Hot Chocolate. 7/12. ...
    • Apple Cider. 8/12.
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