Diabetic Main Dish Recipes

Find main dishes that emphasize vegetables, fruits, lean meats, plant-based proteins, and heart-healthy fats in our collection of 120+ trusted diabetic-friendly main dish recipes.

Staff Picks

Easy Hawaiian Chicken Packets

Rating: 4.5 stars 63
Pineapple, peppers and teriyaki sauce are packed in aluminum foil with chicken breasts. This yummy recipe is easy to prepare and to cook! Tastes great over rice.

Sweet Potato-Turkey Meatloaf

Rating: 4 stars 140
Mashed sweet potato mixed into a tasty ground turkey meatloaf adds special sweetness to the blend of onion, garlic, honey barbeque sauce, ketchup, and mustard seasonings.

Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers

Rating: 4.5 stars 3706
You will never want to eat frozen veggie burgers again. These are so easy, and you'll be proud to have created such a vegetarian delight.
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Spicy Chicken Breasts

Rating: 4.5 stars 693
This is a great skinless, chicken breast recipe that can be served over salad greens or as an entree! If serving over salad greens, cut chicken into strips and top with your favorite salsa or dressing.

Venison Tips and Rice

Rating: 4.5 stars 53
This is a great recipe for your deer hunter. I'm not crazy about venison, but with this recipe, you don't taste the wild game. My father-in-law swears it's made with beef tips. Serve and see what your family thinks!!

Quinoa and Black Beans

Rating: 4.5 stars 5979
Very flavorful alternative to black beans and rice. Quinoa is a nutty grain from South America.
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Spinach and Pasta Shells

Rating: 4 stars 136
This is a very easy recipe and for those people who like garlic and a little bit of spice in their pasta it's perfect. Add more or less red pepper flakes depending on your fondness for spicy food. This goes great with a salad and some garlic bread, if desired.

Spicy Steamed Shrimp

Rating: 4.5 stars 60
Messy, but worth the extra napkins!

Chicken Fiesta Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 691
This is an attractive and zesty all in one dish. It's full of veggies and chicken, and loaded with flavor. A quick fix for a long day. If desired, top with shredded cheese and tortilla chips.
By ANGL8277

Black-Eyed Pea Gumbo

Rating: 4.5 stars 538
A winter time favorite at our house. We always have it for New Year's Day while we watch football! Serve with a tossed salad and corn bread.

Black Beans and Rice

Rating: 4.5 stars 1267
Quick stovetop black beans and rice with canned beans, onions, and cumin.
By Allrecipes Member

Lemon-Orange Orange Roughy

Rating: 4.5 stars 246
Orange roughy fillets with a citrus twist. Very quick to prepare.

Inspiration and Ideas

Zucchini with Mushroom Stuffing
Rating: Unrated 177
"Easy to make and fantastic!" – Angela Gertschitz
Yakisoba Chicken
Rating: Unrated 539
"Delicious! We added half a red pepper, snap peas, a little fresh ginger, and some red pepper flakes. Loved the spice!" – Cookiebeast
Meyer Lemon Avocado Toast
Rating: 5 stars 57

I like to use this recipe when I have a ripe avocado that I don't want to waste. It is absolutely delicious and a wonderful source of fiber and fatty acids. Feel free to get creative with the ingredients! Substitute cilantro with mint or parsley, or chia seeds with sesame or poppy seeds.