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Diabetic Living's Favorite Summer Recipes

Enjoy our favorite summer recipes featuring no-cook dinners, grilled kabobs perfect for camp-outs, and low-calorie and low-carb versions of favorite meals such as Philly cheesesteak sandwiches. Plus, don't miss yummy desserts loaded with in-season fruits.

  • Asian-Style Brined Chicken Hindquarters with Sesame-Cilantro Pesto

    Give dinner a flavorful, low-carb twist. Bursting with coriander, chili-garlic paste, orange peel, ginger, and cilantro, this Asian-inspired chicken dish will become grilling favorite.

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  • Potato-Kale Salad

    This low-carb potato salad features traditional flavors such as mayo, mustard, onion, and hard-cooked egg, but it gets a nutrition boost from calcium- and vitamin-A-rich kale.

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  • Corn on the Cob Kabobs

    Skip the butter and flavor this summertime staple with a delicious glaze featuring spicy mustard, cider vinegar, and honey. Cobs are wrapped with thin slices of zucchini for a fun side dish that has only 59 calories and 13 grams of carb per serving.

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  • "Fried" Chicken Salad

    Whip up dinner in just 15 minutes with the help of lean, microwavable breaded chicken pieces. Drizzled in a sweet and tangy dressing made with balsamic vinegar and honey mustard, this hearty salad boasts 5 grams of fiber and 21 grams of protein per serving.

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  • Bing Cherry Fool

    Fresh dark cherries simmered in red wine are chilled and folded into a sweet mixture of light whipped dessert topping and low-fat Greek yogurt for an elegant but easy summertime treat with just 143 calories and 25 grams of carb per serving.

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  • Grilled Plums with Thyme-Infused Honey, Blue Cheese, and Walnuts

    Get ready to impress with this easy, five-ingredient sweet and savory treat. Naturally sweet plums are seasoned with thyme and honey and garnished with tangy blue cheese and heart-healthy walnuts for a showstopping appetizer or dessert.

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  • Apricot-Vanilla Clafoutis

    Enjoy this flan-like French dessert featuring summer-ripe apricots at your next backyard gathering. You won't believe this buttery, sweet treat is not only high in vitamin A, but has just 142 calories and 18 grams of carb per serving.

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  • Asian Beef Cabbage Wraps

    Slow-cooked shredded beef is wrapped in crisp cabbage and topped with peanuts and crushed red pepper to bring some heat to this low-carb meal. Perfect for outdoor entertaining, this recipe makes 12 servings.

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  • Strawberry-Mint-Mango Granita

    Sweet and tangy fruit flavors combine for a tantalizing summertime treat. With only 56 calories and 13 grams of carb, this homemade treat is much healthier than store-bought frozen desserts.

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  • Peach Semifreddo with Pistachios and Peach Swirl

    Step up your culinary game with this ice cream-inspired dessert. The light frozen treat is filled with refreshing lime and peach flavors and crunchy pistachios. Use a sugar substitute to cut carbs to 20 grams per serving.

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  • Firehouse Enchiladas

    Skip traditional enchilada recipes that can be loaded with calories, carbs, and fat. Opt for this slimmed-down version, which has only 363 calories for two enchiladas filled with lean beef and topped with Monterey Jack cheese.

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  • Shrimp, Scallops, and Pineapple Skewers with Cilantro Aioli

    Tender shrimp and scallops pair pleasantly with pineapple chunks in this low-carb seafood recipe. After your skewers are grilled to perfection, enjoy them with a refreshing cilantro-lime dipping sauce featuring a mayonnaise and sour cream base.

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  • Garlic-Lime Skirt Steak with Jalapenos and Grilled Tomato-Pepper Chutney

    Take your steak to the next level with a colorful chutney packed with flavors of summer. This easy grilled recipe features flank steak and is perfect for a backyard barbecue with guests.

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  • Three-Cheese Vegetable Pasta Toss

    Have dinner ready in 20 minutes flat with this saucy pasta dish. Tender mushrooms and spinach give the cheesy entree a health upgrade; each serving has only 254 calories and 35 grams of carb.

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  • Apple-Streusel Muffins

    Enjoy a healthful option for breakfast on the go with this sweet apple-spiced muffin. It's made with whole wheat flour and flaxseed for an extra boost of nutrition.

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  • Grilled Squash & Manchego Quesadillas with Nectarine-Tomato Salsa

    Manchego is a delicious Spanish cheese with a subtle bite. Made from sheep's milk, it melts smoothly with summer squash in these easy-to-prepare quesadillas.

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  • Tuna-Nectarine Salad with Bread Toasts

    Lunch comes together in a snap with this tuna salad made with tangy fat-free Greek yogurt, fresh chives, and sweet nectarines. Topped with crunchy pecans, this easy recipe is packed with heart-healthy fats.

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  • Peaches and Pound Cake Skewers

    Grill pound cake and fruit for a low-fat dessert that is subtly sweet and crisp. Seasoned with cinnamon and nutmeg, this sweet peach treat has just 55 calories and 9 grams of carb per serving.

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  • Bulgur-Mango Salad

    Bulgur and garbanzo beans are dressed with a delightful mix of lime juice, cinnamon, cumin, and cayenne pepper. Fresh mango and feta cheese add perfect hints of sweet and savory flavors to top of this fiber-rich dish on a bed of salad greens.

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  • Honey Chicken Stir-Fry

    Forget high-carb, high-fat takeout and make your favorite stir-fry at home. This easy chicken recipe features all the flavors, plenty of veggies, and even brown rice. You won't believe you can have all of this for just 34 grams of carb per serving.

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  • Herbed Chicken Bites

    Lean chicken pieces are seasoned to perfection for flavorful, low-carb kabobs that make great appetizers for summer grilling.

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  • Philly Cheesesteak Burritos

    Philly cheesesteak sandwiches can pack an eye-popping 800 calories or more! We cut 500 calories from the classic sandwich and gave it a creative twist by wrapping sweet peppers, onion, and provolone in a low-carb whole wheat tortilla.

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  • Chicken-Ginger Lettuce Wraps

    Nix carbs by rolling flavorful chicken salad in fresh butterhead lettuce leaves. Three delicious protein-packed rolls equal one serving for only 12 grams of carb.

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  • Barbecued Hot Dog Skewers

    Skip the bun and slash your carb intake with this creative twist on grilled hot dogs. Skewer hot dog pieces, green onions, and fresh pineapple and coat in a delicious, sweet and tangy barbecue sauce for a dish with just 21 grams of carb and 102 calories per serving.

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  • Toasted PB&J Snacks

    Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on the grill? Absolutely! Grill bite-size sandwiches and sweet banana pieces for a kid-friendly kabob that is low-calorie, low-carb, and low-fat, and has 2 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein per serving.

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  • Sweet and Sour Ham Balls

    Ham loaf gets a makeover with these delicious sweet-and-sour ham balls made with healthy whole grain bread crumbs and served over a bed of spinach. Ask a butcher to grind lower-sodium ham for a healthier option.

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  • Corn-Mushroom Risotto with Chicken

    Looking for a gluten-free side dish for two? This delicious chicken-and-risotto recipe will become a go-to dish that's packed with flavor but not calories and carbs.

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  • Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Topper

    Shrimp tacos are topped with a flavorful coleslaw blend and avocado spread loaded with cilantro, jalapeno, and lime flavors. This perfect summer dish is also gluten-free.

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  • Glass Noodle Salad with Peanut Sauce

    This Asian-inspired pasta salad is bursting with summertime veggies. Enjoy edamame, broccoli, and red sweet pepper pieces drizzled in a zippy peanut sauce.

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  • Maple-Berry-Topped Waffles

    Top healthy whole grain waffles with fresh berries, light syrup, and tangy Greek yogurt for a tasty breakfast ready in 10 minutes. This recipe has 6 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber, which will keep your hunger satisfied all morning long.

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  • Fish Taco Wraps

    Tender halibut, fruit salsa, coleslaw, and a hint of ancho chile powder come together for a tasty and easy way to make lunch. Enjoy this wrap for only 294 calories and 21 grams of carb, plus a whopping 11 grams of fiber per serving -- more than a third of your daily needs.

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  • Cold Cream of Cucumber Soup with Shrimp

    When the temperature rises, skip standing over a hot stove and make this no-cook dish instead. This soup's unique medley of flavors includes cucumber, cilantro, garlic, red pepper flakes, juicy shrimp, and white balsamic vinegar.

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  • Turkey and Bean Wraps

    Fill up on this Southwestern-inspired wrap featuring lean turkey, black beans, cheddar cheese, and spicy salsa. One wrap has 27 grams of carb, but the 15 grams of fiber helps to prevent blood sugar from spiking.

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  • Grilled Cinnamon-Sugar Banana Boats

    Grilled bananas? Yes! Grilling caramelizes the fruit's natural sugars for a sweet yet healthy dessert. Top with dark chocolate chunks and pecans for a decadent dessert that comes together with five easy ingredients.

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  • Farro-White Bean Cups

    Farro is a tender whole grain that can be a high-fiber substitute for rice. This easy, no-cook recipe pops with color thanks to summer-ripe tomatoes, creamy avocado, and crisp carrots, all wrapped in bright green Bibb lettuce leaves.

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