Diabetic Living's Best Winter Recipes

Get into the spirit of winter with our best seasonal recipes as seen in Diabetic Living magazine -- including healthy breakfasts, casseroles, holiday appetizers, desserts, drinks, and more.

Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Coconut Sauce

Bread pudding is a holiday tradition, and this pumpkin recipe is sure to be a new family favorite. This version brings together the flavors of pumpkin and toasted coconut for a dessert worth the splurge.

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Butternut Squash Quinoa Pilaf

Smooth butternut squash is the perfect winter vegetable for this easy side dish. Mixed with nutty quinoa and heart-healthy olive oil, this low-calorie recipe is also filled with vitamin A and potassium.

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Our Best Traditional Pumpkin Pie

Who says people with diabetes can't have pie? Enjoy this flavorful pumpkin pie that is perfectly seasoned with vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. The best part? It has only 30 grams of carb per serving.

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Beef and Vegetable Biscuit Bake

Topped with buttery, golden brown biscuits, this comfort-food meal is the perfect end to a cold day. It's packed with carrots, Brussels sprouts, and mushrooms, providing 5 grams of fiber per serving.

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Fresh Fruit Yogurt Souffles

This winter, master the art of the souffle — it's easier than you think. This recipe from chef Art Smith, PWD type 2, is low-calorie and diabetes-friendly made with a sweet berry puree and toasted coconut.

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Gnocchi-Meatball Bake

You won't believe this meatball dish has only 217 calories per serving. Lean beef meatballs and potato-base gnocchi make for a healthy Italian meal that tastes like a restaurant splurge.

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Two-Bean Enchilada Casserole

Get a whopping 10 grams of fiber in one serving of this spicy Mexican casserole. Enjoy all your favorite Mexican ingredients: black beans, pinto beans, tomatoes, cheese, and even a dash of cinnamon!

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Cranberry-Citrus Meatballs

Put a seasonal twist on a slow cooker favorite by using cranberries to sweeten the pot. With only 8 grams of carb per serving, these meatballs make the perfect low-carb appetizer.

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Hot Chicken Salad Casserole

This low-carb casserole is the perfect stick-to-your-ribs meal. Enjoy the crunch of good-for-you almonds baked on top — plus, with only 250 calories per serving, you can enjoy it guilt-free.

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Roasted Vegetable Oven-Baked Frittata

Chef Art Smith's gooey-cheesy breakfast frittata makes getting up early in the morning easy. Loaded with spinach, mushrooms, and peppers, it packs a healthy punch of vitamins and minerals.

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Coconut- and Sweet Potato-Crusted Shrimp with Honey-Papaya Dipping Sauce

Having a holiday gathering or bringing a dish for a party? Wow partygoers with these coconut-crusted shrimp and sweet papaya dipping sauce.

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Greek Tuna Casserole

Go Greek with this delicious and tangy tuna casserole. Artichokes, feta cheese, and black olives combine for a dish that has only a surprising 24 grams of carb per serving.

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Pear, Ginger & Pecan Mini Muffins

This scrumptious holiday mini-muffin recipe is from Chef Art Smith. Ginger, pear, and pecans come together perfectly — plus you can eat two muffins for only 19 grams of carb.

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Apricot-Honey Mustard Sausage Bites

Serve this easy, low-carb appetizer at your next holiday gathering. Partygoers will love the sweet apple and apricot flavors paired with the subtly spicy mustard and sausage.

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Roasted Red Pepper and Spinach Dip

Lighten up your cheese dip with our roasted red pepper and spinach version. You'll get all the cheesy goodness, plus vitamins A and C, and only 4 grams of fat per serving.

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Mango Batidas

Chef Art Smith's smooth fruity concoction is made with juicy mangoes, sweet vanilla soymilk, and agave nectar — plus, it has fewer than 60 calories and only 12 grams of carb per serving.

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Mango-Habanero Pulled Chicken Bites

You won't be able to eat just one of these toasted sweet-and-spicy chicken bites. Lucky for you, two bites equals one serving, with 113 calories and 19 grams of carb.

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Shrimp and Tomato Shooters

Put a creative twist on the traditional shrimp cocktail with our shooters version. This flavorful tomato mixture is perfectly seasoned with thyme, garlic, and leeks, then topped off with shrimp.

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Corn- and Chorizo-Stuffed Poblanos with Green Chile-Cheese Sauce

Spice up the winter season with this red-hot pepper dish. With poblanos and green chile peppers, plus Monterey Jack cheese, your taste buds will love the fiesta of flavors.

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Shrimp & Tomato Oatmeal Risotto

Chef Art Smith shares his recipe for warm, creamy oatmeal risotto. Load up this dish with vitamin- and mineral-rich tomatoes, oats, shrimp, broccoli, and basil — and enjoy feeling like a gourmet chef.

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Nori-Wrapped Arctic Char with Pickled Beet and Carrot Salad

Try something new this winter, like this traditional Eskimo meal. Simply wrap the subtly flavored nori around arctic char or salmon filets for a grilled delight. Serve on a bed of tangy-sweet beet and carrot salad for a meal that's heart-healthy and low in carbs.

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Caramelized Onion and Swiss Dip

What's a holiday party without a veggie tray? Serve dippers with this easy, low-sodium dip made with sweet caramelized onions, a medley of cheeses, and beef broth.

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Lightened-Up Traditional Corn Casserole

Casseroles can be loaded with fat, but this lightened-up holiday favorite has only 3 grams of fat per serving. Make this healthy casserole recipe for your next gathering.

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Tandoori Chicken and Rice

Enjoy a hearty and spicy meal with this Indian-inspired tandoori casserole. Carrots and red sweet peppers perfectly balance the classic Indian spices in this tomatoey rice and chicken dish your family will love.

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Garlic Cashew Chicken Casserole

Who needs Chinese takeout when you can make a healthier casserole version? Rich hoisin sauce and ginger flavor vitamin-packed veggies such as bok choy and carrots. A cashew topper adds crunch and a dose of heart-healthy fats.

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Black-Eyed Pea Jambalaya

Cozy up with a bowl of Soul Food-inspired jambalaya. Spicy andouille sausage, green sweet peppers, and tomatoes pack in the flavor while brown rice, black-eyed peas, and shrimp provide the perfect textures.

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Spicy Vegetable Bake

Add a little kick to your veggies with jalapeno peppers. This low-carb, cheesy side dish features carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower with a whole wheat panko topper.

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Date- and Balsamic-Glazed Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are packed with fiber and good-for-you vitamin A and potassium. This dish gets a sweet twist from a balsamic glaze and luscious dates.

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Tomato and Pepper Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are perfect winter vegetables. This sweet-and-savory side dish has only 80 calories and takes less than 20 minutes to whip up.

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Stuffed Pumpkin Cookie Crescents

Our cookie crescents are a twist on traditional tarts. You'll love the warm goodness of the pumpkin filling wrapped in the buttery pastry (made with low-fat Greek yogurt!). Plus, you won't feel guilty about enjoying these sweet treats at just 14 grams of carb and 103 calories per cookie.

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Whole Wheat Cranberry Dinner Rolls

A festive side dish flavored with thyme and ginger, these low-carb rolls are perfect for the holiday season. Made with whole wheat flour, each roll provides 2 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein.

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Braised Beef Over Butternut Squash Polenta

Take advantage of vegetables like parsnips and squash that are inexpensive during the winter season. This dish combines parsnips, carrots, butternut squash, rutabaga, and turnips, which complement braised beef for a hearty pot roast that has 31 grams of carb per serving.

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Red Velvet Pumpkin Bars

Red velvet and pumpkin are seasonal favorites — make dessert twice as nice by combining both into one ultimate recipe. These red velvet cakes are subtly sweetened with pumpkin and provide a smooth, tender taste with every decadent bite.

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Clementine-Arugula Salad with Lime-Poppy Seed Dressing

Clementines are ripe for the picking during the winter months. Use them up in this citrusy-sweet salad topped with a tangy lime dressing, walnuts, and pomegranate seeds.

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Frozen Pumpkin Slices

This frozen pumpkin dessert is a fun twist on pumpkin bread. The spongy treats are low in calories and have only 19 grams of carb per serving.

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