Diabetes patients often ask what meals are best for them, especially veggies. All vegetables, including cabbage, carrots, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, and potatoes, are fiber-rich and ideal for diabetics. Vegetable fiber slows digestion, keeping you full longer and stabilizing blood sugar. These diabetes-friendly veggie side recipes combine fiber-rich veggies, heart-healthy fats, and protein for a balanced meal. Make our Quick & Easy Sautéed Broccolini or Roasted Garlic-Parmesan Cabbage in under 30 minutes for wonderful sides.
Quick & Easy Sautéed Broccolini Recipe
Serve this vegetarian side in 15 minutes. This heart-healthy olive oil-cooked dish with lemon, garlic, and crushed pepper pairs well with roast turkey and steak. This method may be used to prepare practically any vegetable—just modify the cooking time.
Roasted Garlic-Parmesan Cabbage
Roasting cabbage brings forth its sweetness, while garlic and Parmesan provide savory without salt. This cruciferous vegetable has gut-healthy fiber and anti-inflammatory properties.
Crispy Smashed Broccoli With Balsamic & Parmesan
Broccoli florets are flattened before roasting to maximize their surface area and crispiness. Drizzle balsamic glaze before serving for tangy sweetness without sugar.
Crispy Oven-Roasted Potatoes Recipe
Broiling oven-roasted potatoes quickly browns them evenly and keeps them soft and fluffy. They’re seasoned with whole-grain mustard, onion powder, garlic powder, and fresh dill, so only a little salt completes this easy side. Potatoes include fiber, vitamin C, and potassium, which reduce inflammation.
Vegan Green Bean Casserole
This is your favorite dish, made healthier. You minimize saturated fat by making a mushroom-packed broth-almond milk “cream” sauce. The creamy green bean casserole is excellent, with crispy onions to finish.
Sautéed Mushrooms With Balsamic & Parmesan
Cremini mushrooms absorb balsamic vinegar’s tart-sweet taste, while nutty Parmesan cheese adds savoriness. This simple method works with oyster and shiitake mushrooms, so experiment. Nothing is simpler than this 15-minute sautéed mushroom side.
Balsamic Oven-Roasted Carrots
Roast rainbow carrots with a tart balsamic and maple sauce to accentuate their sweetness. These carrots are a delicious side dish that can be paired with any meal and include carotenoids, a kind of vitamin A that helps reduce inflammation and promote heart health.
Spinach Salad With Warm Bacon Vinaigrette, Red Onion & Avocado
This fiber-rich spinach, antioxidant-rich avocado, and onion salad will leave everyone wanting more. Adding bacon to the warm vinaigrette provides flavor without salt.
Old-Fashioned Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe
If you want sweet potato casserole for Thanksgiving but want to cut back on sugar, try this recipe. Sweet potatoes have