Recipe Roundup: 5 Dinner Ideas Your Family Will Also Enjoy

For some people with diabetes, it’s extra work to prepare a blood-sugar-friendly meal for the entire family. You, your partner, and your kids may have different food preferences, so you have to serve food that everyone can appreciate. If you’re running out of options, here’s a variety of dinner ideas to try.

Spicy Green Beans and Shrimp Sheet Pan Meal

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Spicy Green Beans and Shrimp Sheet Pan Meal

This recipe has two plus points: its healthy ingredients and its no-brainer cooking method. It uses shrimp and green beans, providing an excellent source of protein and packed with other nutrients as well. To cook, season both, toss them on the sheet pan, and place them in the oven as suggested. You only need about 20 minutes to prepare this seafood meal, and since it’s roasted, it also means less to clean up.

Grain-Free Dinner Rolls

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Grain-Free Dinner Rolls

Not a fan of bread products that use a lot of mozzarella? Try out this grain-free dinner roll made from the right combination of almond flour, coconut flour, and some binding helpers. And if you run out of yeast in your kitchen, don’t worry. This recipe uses baking powder, vinegar, and surprisingly, whipped egg white, the secret ingredient to the perfect rise. Serve this with your favorite protein and some greens for a well-balanced meal.

Pork Chili Verde

DJ of DJ Foodie

Pork Chili Verde

Given that a bit of fruity coriander seed is the only spice used in this recipe, and all the rest of its flavor comes from the vegetables, you can say this mouth-watering dish is pretty straightforward. It takes 3 hours to prepare, but if you’re making it in bulk and freezing some for other days, then it’s worth it. Serve this on cauliflower rice to keep your meal low-carb.

Bacon Cheddar Keto Carbonara with Spaghetti Squash

Amanda C. Hughes of Wicked Stuff

Bacon Cheddar Keto Carbonara with Spaghetti Squash

This recipe uses creative alternatives to the traditional carbonara we know: spaghetti squash instead of pasta, eggs instead of cream for the sauce, and aged cheddar instead of Parmesan. Serve it with seasoned steak or chicken thighs, and you have a filling and delectable dinner with less than 10 g of carbs.

Low Carb Beer Batter Fish

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Low-Carb Beer Batter Fish

It’s understandable to crave crispy, deep-fried dishes once in a while. When you’re is in this mode, you can try this easy-to-prepare beer batter fish. If you’re serving this to minors, use sparkling water instead of beer. You can use the leftover batter for making fried zucchini (other vegetables work too) as a side dish. Do use virgin coconut oil for frying as it’s a healthier option.

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5 Dinner Ideas Your Family Will Also Enjoy


One Marinade, Three Elegant (and Simple) Meals

This recipe is easy enough for a Wednesday, and elegant enough for company!

Meal planning can be a bore. Sometimes I find that planning on what to eat is as much of a project as what I eat. Here is one simple base marinade that I use with minor adjustments for chicken, pork and fish. This is so easy to make and keep on hand that you get three days of not having to think about what to cook. Each protein changes the flavor enough that you may not realize that it all came from the same formula. Grilling it outside in good weather makes it taste entirely different than roasting it in the oven or pan searing it. I have the recipes for chicken, salmon, and pork on my website. This is the base recipe. It is enough for 2 chicken breasts, 2 salmon fillets, or a 2 pound pork roast or 4 pork chops.*The trick is to use the best balsamic vinegar you can afford.

Enjoy, Be healthy, be Decadent!

Balsamic Marinade

Total carbohydrates: less than 9 grams in the entire recipe

  • 3 tbsp Ariston or any syrupy balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • Juice and zest of ½ lemon
  • 2 tsp Herbs de Provence
  • 1 medium shallot minced
  • 2 garlic gloves, grated or minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste*For pork, I eliminate the lemon juice and zest

I just combine this in a jar and shake it up before brushing or spooning over the protein

On chicken:
On the grill, at medium low setting for 15-17 minutes per side.
In the oven, at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes, turning once.
In a sauté pan, at medium setting for 15-17 minutes.

For salmon:
On the grill, at medium-low setting for 8-10 minutes per inch.
In the oven at 400 degrees for 7-10 minutes per inch.

For pork roast:
10 minutes at 400 degrees then reduce heat and cook for 40-45 minutes at 350 degrees.

For pork chops:
On the grill at medium low setting for 15-17 minutes per side.
In a sauté pan at medium setting for 17-20 minutes.


Slow Cooker Korean Beef

This content originally appeared on TCOYD: Taking Control of Your Diabetes. Republished with permission.This slow cooker Korean beef is flank steak simmered with soy sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar, garlic and ginger in a crock pot. The meat is fall apart tender. The recipe comes from Sara at  Click here to see the original recipe and notes. […]