Diabetic Meals in Minutes: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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Meals in Minutes
Who has time to cook delicious, healthful meals? You do! Check out our collection of 10-minute, 15-minute, and 20-minute breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. You'll be thrilled with the delicious, better-for-you dishes you can make at a moment's notice.
Peanut Butter and Banana Breakfast Sandwich
This sandwich (also called The Elvis) isn't complicated, and it makes an incredibly filling breakfast.
Quick fix: Our favorite way to make it is with Sara Lee Delightful 100% Whole Wheat with Honey Bread -- it's soft and toasts perfectly. We also like Smucker's Reduced Fat Natural Style Creamy Peanut Butter because it's low in sodium and has no added sugars.
Quick Breakfast Pizza
We love thin buns for sandwiches -- and now for pizzas, too! Top sandwich thins with fresh mushrooms, green peppers, egg whites, and turkey pepperoni for a fun and tasty breakfast.
Quick fix: The Pepperidge Farm Deli Flats 7 Grain were a favorite in our Diabetic Living What to Eat seal of approval contest.
Enjoy this sweet treat as a snack or a better-for-you dessert by combining yogurt with fruit, cereal, and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon.
Quick fix: Our favorite parfait topper is Kashi GoLean Crunch!, and we love all the flavor options in the 80-calorie, 6-ounce cartons of Dannon Light & Fit fat-free yogurt.
Sausage and Scrambled Eggs Breakfast Melt
Each savory serving includes an English muffin half, half of a turkey sausage link, cherry tomatoes, cheddar cheese, and a fluffy egg mixture. And it only takes 10 minutes, start to finish.
Quick fix: Johnsonville Smoked Turkey Sausage links are low in fat and heat quickly. Plus, you need only one for this quick recipe.
Southwest Breakfast Quesadilla
Start your day with this zesty quesadilla that mingles cooked eggs, mozzarella cheese, black beans, and pico de gallo with a pinch of chipotle seasoning for added flavor.
Quick fix: We love to add flavor to dishes (without adding sodium) by using Mrs. Dash salt-free seasoning blends, such as this Southwest Chipotle flavor. We also like to use fresh pico de gallo (found in the produce section) instead of bottled salsa.
Black Bean Tostadas
Crunchy tostada shells are covered in healthy black beans and seasoned with green onion and smoky cumin. Share this quick and delicious lunch with a friend and get two tostadas each!
Quick fix: Our salsa of choice is Newman's Own Mild Salsa. It's full of flavor but has half the sodium of comparable brands. Wholly Guacamole is the perfect addition to this dish, and it saves you the steps of peeling and mashing avocados.
Hot Wing Salad
Save even more time making this Buffalo-wing favorite by starting with a rotisserie chicken. Another tip: Check the nutrition facts on the labels of the Buffalo wing sauces available at your grocery store and choose the sauce that's lowest in sodium.
Quick fix: Low-sodium Buffalo wing sauce and light blue cheese can be hard to find. That's why we're so impressed with Wing-Time Buffalo Wing Sauce (only 50 mg sodium per 2 tablespoons) and The Laughing Cow Light Blue Cheese (only 35 calories and 1.5 grams fat per wedge).
Easy Taco Salad
Black beans add taste and fiber to this reimagined taco salad using lighter ingredients.
Quick fix: We found making a healthful taco salad lunch for two was easy with a small bag of Baked! Doritos Nacho Cheese tortilla chips and preseasoned Chi-Chi's Crumbled Beef. The refrigerated seasoned ground beef has only 50 calories per 2-ounce serving.
Easy Loaded Baked Potatoes
Start with potatoes you baked in the oven, or microwave them for 6 to 8 minutes until tender. Either way, you get a savory, satisfying meal in minutes.
Quick fix: Just heat up the microwavable tray of Green Giant Broccoli & Cheese Sauce. You get a melty topper for four baked potatoes in a flash. We love the handy size of the 10-ounce package.
Crunch-Time Veggie Wrap
This filling wrap contains more than 14 grams of fiber and is loaded with avocado, carrot, cucumber, red sweet pepper, and tangy feta cheese.
Quick fix: Move over, plain tortillas! Flatout Light flatbreads are flavorful, high in fiber (9 grams each), and our new favorite wrap maker. The 90-calorie flatbreads come in four flavors: original, tomato, spinach, and Italian herb.
Cheesy Tilapia Panini with Apple-Carrot Slaw
Don't worry if you don't have a Panini sandwich maker. Just use a griddle, and weight down the sandwich with a skillet. Turn the sandwich once halfway through cooking time.
Quick fix: Gorton's Grilled Tilapia (we love the roasted garlic and butter flavor) is lean, flaky, and flavorful. Pepperidge Farm Very Thin 100% Whole Wheat bread makes it possible to enjoy a filling sandwich for only 7 grams carb per slice.
Beef and Veggies in Peanut Sauce
Try your hand at Thai cuisine with this delightful dinner of brown rice, beef sirloin, carrots, and fresh pea pods tossed in a sweet and spicy peanut sauce.
Quick fix: We were so impressed with the calorie and fat savings (85 percent less!) in PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter versus original peanut butter that we wanted to see how it works in recipes. It's a fun addition to smoothies, and it makes a creamy, peanutty sauce in the recipe above.
Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo with Summer Vegetables
Fill 'em up with this deliciously creamy combination of chicken, pasta, and vegetables. Garnish with a twist of cracked black pepper.
Quick fix: Made from 1/3-less-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel), Philadelphia Cooking Creme is a fast, flavorful way to make a creamy pasta dish. We paired it with whole grain linguine and fresh vegetables for a nutritious meal in a bowl.
Red Beans and Rice with Chicken
You'll love our version of a favorite Creole dish made with boneless chicken breast, red beans, brown rice, and zesty spices.
Quick fix: Save time by using one of the precooked cups of Minute Ready to Serve! Brown Rice and a can of Eden Organic No Salt Added Red Beans. Both products are gluten-free.
Easy Butternut Squash Soup
It's hard to believe you can make this creamy and decadent soup in only 20 minutes, but it's true! Bags of peeled and cubed butternut squash make it possible.
Quick fix: We tried it with Green Giant Fresh and Marketside (Wal-Mart) brands of cubed butternut squash and had delicious results with both!