10 diabetes-friendly vegetarian recipes
Going meat-free can be delicious, thanks to these diabetes-friendly vegetarian recipes. Be sure to consult your doctor before making changes to your meal plan
Watermelon and Feta Salad
In this salad, the salty tang of creamy feta cheese contrasts with pieces of sweet watermelon and juicy golden nectarines. A mix of arugula, endive and leaf lettuce adds a slightly peppery taste, while the toasted pumpkin seeds give it a nice crunch.
Cheese-Baked Peppers with Linguine
Traditionally, stuffed peppers are often prepared with rice. In this unique recipe, noodles are used and baked in the pepper shells with a cheesy custard dotted with fresh tomatoes and herbs. The stuffed peppers can be served as an appetizer for four or as a vegetarian lunch for two.
Spiced Couscous Tomatoes
Choose ripe, well-flavoured tomatoes for this dish. Hollowed out, tomatoes make the perfect container for a spicy eggplant, dried apricot and nut couscous. Serve the spiced couscous tomatoes with sesame breadsticks.
Pea Curry with Indian Paneer
Paneer is an Indian cheese, similar to ricotta but drier. It is often combined with peas in a curry. This delicious version uses homemade paneer, which is simple to make. The cheese is also high in protein, making it a useful meat substitute in vegetarian meals. Serve the curry with basmati rice and steamed fresh carrots for colour.
Tomato and Pecorino Clafoutis
For this savoury version of a classic French clafouti (batter pudding), sweet cherry tomatoes are baked in a light, fluffy batter flavoured with pecorino cheese. Crusty bread or boiled new potatoes and green beans go well with the clafoutis.
Polenta and Mushroom Grills
Cooked and cooled polenta can be cut into shapes and grilled to make an excellent base for a tempting topping. Here the polenta is flavoured with Gruyère cheese, and the topping is a savoury mixture of mushrooms, walnuts and herbs. Serve as a sophisticated appetizer-with a few mixed salad leaves if you like.
Roast Vegetable and Bean Stew
This easy, one-pot dish of root vegetables and pinto beans makes a nourishing winter main course and needs no accompaniments.
Quinoa with Grilled Eggplant
Quinoa, a nutritious grain from South America, has a texture similar to split lentils when cooked. It contains more protein than any other grain and is also lower in carbohydrate content. Here it is combined with grilled zucchini, peppers, cherry tomatoes and onions, then baked with tangy goat cheese on top. Serve with a mixed leaf salad.
Mushroom and Thyme Toasts
Prepare these toasts for a satisfying snack or a quick lunch paired with fresh fruit. The smooth flavour of the mushrooms is enhanced by cooking them with garlic, herbs and a dollop of tangy low-fat sour cream. The mushrooms taste wonderful piled on top of whole-grain toast spread with ricotta cheese.
Tagliatelle with Green Sauce
This simple vegetable and yogurt sauce is ready in as little time as it takes to cook and drain the fresh pasta. It is irresistibly creamy, but does not have the heaviness of a classic cream sauce. The fresh vegetables and herbs add a burst of flavour to the sauce, as well as iron and vitamins.
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