Diabetic Living Magazine's Hottest Summer Recipes

Add some sizzle to your summer cooking with this exciting new recipe collection. We have everything from trendy cocktails to decadent chocolate desserts, plus imaginative ideas for using all of that fresh produce.

Oven-Fried Parmesan Chicken Drumsticks

Skip the greasy mess of fried chicken and try this oven-baked alternative using a crispy combo of Parmesan cheese and dry bread crumbs. One serving has only 4 grams of carb.

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Maple Mahi Mahi Salad

Here's a delicious way to prepare fish to help you meet dietary recommendations to include nonfried fish two or three times a week. Plus, the hearty salad featuring pea pods, dried cherries, and almonds will fill you up -- the serving size is 2-1/2 cups!

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Fresh Peach Mojito

Everything's just peachy when you serve this contemporary, slimmed-down cocktail. You have options with this party-starter: Using real sugar and rum provides 167 calories and 18 grams of carb; skip the rum for a 70-calorie drink.

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Lime and Cucumberita

Add a little cucumber to your usual margarita recipe and you get a cucumberita! You can customize it to meet your dietary goals -- it's equally refreshing with and without alcohol, and you can make it with sugar or a sugar substitute.

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When the heat's on, it's time for a crisp, cool drink like this watermelon-base martini. The "leaded" version has 100 calories, and the nonalcoholic version has just 52 calories.

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Scallop and Asparagus Alfredo

This pasta classic has a fraction of the calories and fat found in most restaurant Alfredo recipes, yet it has the creamy taste you love and expect. The secret behind the "en-lightened" sauce: reduced-fat cream cheese and fat-free evaporated milk.

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Zucchini Fritters with Orange Shrimp

Wow your guests with these grilled marinated-shrimp skewers. Serve them with crispy, golden fritters made with zucchini and red peppers. And don't forget the easy dipping sauce made with Greek yogurt, orange juice, and a hint of ginger.

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Summer Corn Tortilla Soup

Three favorite summer veggies -- corn, tomatoes, and yellow squash -- are combined in this popular Mexican soup. The black beans are another plus, contributing most of the 7 grams of fiber.

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Fresh Tomato Sandwiches

Made with three different Italian cheeses, these open-face sandwiches will remind you of artisan pizzas. They're also a perfect way to use all of those tomatoes, a nonstarchy vegetable known for its lycopene content. Increasing evidence indicates this antioxidant provides protection against some cancers.

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Peach-Blueberry Crisp

There are just 166 calories in this summer dessert that boasts a delicious way to enjoy two sweet superfoods: blueberries and peaches. The easy crisp includes a tasty mixture of almonds, oats, and coconut.

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Layered Frozen Chocolate Coffee Pops

Hot days call for no-bake desserts, such as these sophisticated but easy pops. Make a batch and keep them in your freezer for a low-cal, low-carb treat. Put your creativity to work by experimenting with different variations of instant pudding and frozen fruit.

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Brownie Raspberry Tart

This homemade brownie dessert has a creamy chocolate-cream cheese layer topped with toasted almonds and fresh raspberries, and it comes in at just 175 calories and 25 grams of carb per serving.

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Chocolate-Drizzled Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars

These rich bars made with peanut butter and chocolate have just 145 calories and 13 grams of carb per serving. One of the secrets behind the no-compromise taste is mixing regular peanut butter with fat-free cream cheese.

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Triple-Chocolate-Mint Sandwich Cookies

Here's one smart cookie recipe! These are made with healthy canola oil, and the white chocolate dough is rolled in cocoa powder for a nice chocolate hit without a lot of fat. The serving size is two cookies -- 141 calories and 22 grams of carb for both.

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Creole Eggplant Eggs Benedict

Eggs Benedict just got a whole lot more interesting and healthier thanks to this jazzed-up version. A spicy tomato sauce is the perfect complement for the panko-crusted eggplant and poached eggs.

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Hearty Vegetable, Bacon, and Quinoa Quiche

Enjoy slashed calories and fat in this innovative quiche using the whole grain quinoa in place of a traditional crust. Don't worry -- there's plenty of flavor with the applewood-smoked bacon, Gruyere cheese, fresh mushrooms, and spinach.

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Corn Pancakes with BBQ Pulled Turkey and Coleslaw

Pulled pork gets a makeover by substituting shredded turkey breast and combining it with a rich homemade barbecue sauce. For the all-important sides, there is a spicy slaw and corn pancakes studded with green onions and red peppers. A serving of this complete summer meal contains 372 calories and 39 grams of carb.

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Crispy Chicken Tenders and Savory Waffles with Herb Gravy

Waffles play a starring role at dinner when served with a fresh-herb gravy alongside baked chicken tenders. While it sounds indulgent, a few simple ingredient swaps and reasonable portions keep calories, carbs, and fat in check.

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Garden-Fresh Omelets

Here's a great way to use that pile of tomatoes on your counter and add healthful antioxidants to your diabetes diet (the onions contribute them, too). You can enjoy this filling, low-carb breakfast for dinner as well!

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Rajas con Crema

Naturally low in carbs, chiles can be a great addition to your diet. "Rajas con crema" means "slices with cream," and in this recipe, it's slices of poblano chile peppers -- those large, dark green peppers with a nice little kick. Look for Mexican crema in the dairy case at your supermarket or in specialty Mexican markets.

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Mushrooms Silvestri

The Silvestri family knows mushrooms -- they've been growing them since 1925, when their mushroom farm was established in Bethel, Pennsylvania. Two kinds of mushrooms (a nonstarchy vegetable) are combined with other flavorful veggies in a subtle wine sauce for just 12 grams of carb per serving.

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Carnitas Tacos

The word carnitas literally means little meats, and in Mexican cooking it refers specifically to pork. This version uses lean pork tenderloin, so the fat and saturated fat content is considerably lower than traditional recipes.

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Shrimp and Cucumber with Creamy Avocado Dressing

This is the perfect low-carb recipe when it's just too hot to cook. Even though the avocado dressing tastes rich and satisfying, the entire dish has only 85 calories and 3 grams of carb. Serve it as a healthy appetizer or light lunch.

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Cinnamon Custard and Fruit

Keep the oven off this summer with this easy and creamy stove-top custard. It has just 130 calories and 17 grams of carb per serving.

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Southwest Breakfast Quesadilla

Satisfy your Mexican-food craving with this breakfast favorite. It boasts 19 grams of protein and a whopping 14 grams of dietary fiber, providing satiety and helping to control blood sugar spikes.

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Hot Wing Salad

All the flavors you love in hot wings come together in this bountiful main-dish salad, which calls for chicken breast instead of fatty wings. Made with light blue cheese and fat-free blue cheese dressing, this salad has fewer calories (about 300 per serving) than most hot-wing appetizers alone.

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Cheesy Tilapia Panini

Here's a healthy and delicious new spin on panini. Seasoned grilled tilapia fillets add flavor but not a lot of fat. Plus, the spinach, tomato, and accompanying apple-carrot salad pump up the produce. Serve as a casual summer supper or special lunch.

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Thai Chicken-Stuffed Peppers

Spice up your next backyard gathering with this popular Thai-inspired appetizer. No one will know that this low-carb recipe is diabetes-friendly.

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