Diabetes-Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes
Thanksgiving can be a hard holiday to navigate for many people due to the high amount of carbs and sugar in traditional recipes. While holidays can be hard especially if you’re diabetic, the best choice you can make with your health is to take control of your food options and create low carb/low sugar alternatives that will still leave you feeling happy and satisfied.
Healthy home cooking is a good way to take better control of your diet while giving you a chance to make sure Thanksgiving feels less restrictive. Just because it’s diabetic friendly, doesn’t mean your family won’t love it, especially when your stuffing is loaded with delicious ingredients like cheese and spicy sausage!
Parmesan Mashed Cauliflower
Carbs- 8g per serving
This recipe is a great alternative for the classic mashed potatoes. You get all of the creamy, buttery, softness of mashed potatoes, but without loads of carbs. It’s the perfect side for any dish, or even just delicious on its own!
- 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
- 2 tbsp milk
- 3 tbsp margarine
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp onion powder
- 2 tbsp parmesan cheese, grated
- ½ tsp black pepper
- Place the cauliflower florets in a large pot and add just enough water to cover.
- Cover and cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until tender. Drain and place in a medium bowl.
Add the remaining ingredients and beat with an electric mixer until the mixture is well combined.
Stuffing Made With Low Carb Pumpkin Bread, Spicy Sausage, and Feta Cheese
Speaking of stuffed, if you’re a big fan of meat, you’ll be happy to know that this stuffing alternative takes all of carbs and sugar out of this traditional filling, and replaces it with a hearty and spicy mix of sausage and cheese. Instead of regular bread, it uses a low carb pumpkin bread, so you still get some delicious added texture to every bite! At an estimated 8.4g of carbs per serving, this alternative will be a well-loved twist on a classic!
- 4 cups cubed pumpkin bread
- 16 oz roll of spicy flavored pork sausage
- 1/2 cup onion, chopped
- 1/3 cup chicken or turkey broth
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 1 tsp of salt-free poultry seasoning
- 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 2 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
- Toast the pumpkin bread cubes in a 350 degree (F) preheated oven for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.
- In a medium saute pan, cook the sausage and onions together until the onions are soft and the sausage is fully cooked (about 5 minutes.)
- Pour off 1/4 cup of the liquid from the pan.
- Add the broth, butter, and seasoning and bring to a boil.
- Remove from the heat and gently stir in the bread cubes, feta, and parsley.
- Transfer to a baking dish and bake at 375 degrees (F) for 20 minutes or until the top is golden brown and slightly crunchy.
- Serve warm within one hour of baking.
Zero Carb Herb-Roasted Turkey
Fortunately for most diabetics, skinless turkey is already not only diabetic friendly, but it is also good for your health and can become a staple in your diet. Instead of loading up with gravy, we’re opting for a more rustic approach, by roasting it in herbs and butter. With a turkey this delicious, you’ll only have to worry about controlling your portion size instead of worrying about the flavor!
- 1 5-lb turkey breast (skin on, washed and patted dry)
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 3 tsp fresh minced sage
- 3 tsp fresh minced sage
- 3 tsp fresh rosemary
- 5 tsp unsalted softened butter
- 1 ½ cup of low sodium chicken broth
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large roasting pan with foil. Set a rack inside the roasting pan and coat it with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine the butter with 2 tsp each of the sage, thyme, and rosemary, plus salt and pepper. Reserve the remaining 1 tsp of each of the herbs.
- In a small saucepan, combine the chicken broth and wine, and bring to a gentle boil. Add the reserved herbs and lower to a simmer.
- With your hands, separate the turkey breast skin from the breast meat, creating a pocket without removing the skin. Rube the butter herb mixture all over the breast meat. Place the skin back down on the breast.
- Set the turkey on the prepared rack in the pan. (You can also add veggies like peeled carrots, peeled parsnips, onions, or small potatoes to the pan; they will cook along with the turkey.)
- Roast the turkey for about 1 hour, 20 minutes to 1 hour, 40 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 170 degrees F and the juices run clear.
- Baste every 15-20 minutes with a mixture of chicken broth and white wine.
- Remove the turkey from the oven, cover loosely with foil, and let stand for 15 minutes before slicing. Discard the skin and serve.
While the desert section used to just be a no-go for diabetics, over time that line of thinking has shifted. While you can’t indulge in the sugar and carbs, you can still make a beautiful, light, fluffy, and most of all diabetic friendly mousse. If you pipe the mixture into a clear glass, you can add an extra layer of elegance to even this simple and easy to make dessert.
Diabetic Friendly Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse
Carbs- 3g per serving
- 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1 – 15 ounce can unsweetened pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup confectioners erythritol
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice, more to taste
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese and pumpkin puree. Using a hand mixing, cream the two together until there are no visible clumps and the mixture is smooth and creamy.
- Add the erythritol, vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice, and heavy cream. Mix until all ingredients are well incorporated.
Refrigerate for an hour before serving.
Outside of recipes, we recommend that you plan ahead by informing your family that you have dietary restrictions, as they are part of your support network. They can help by not tempting you with foods outside of your meal plan. Remember to eat in moderation, while using non-starchy vegetables to fill up. Make sure to take blood sugar readings on the go as well in order to make sure your body is responding to the meal correctly! Devices like the Care Touch Glucometer are meant to travel with you, that way you’re never caught unaware of your body’s needs! Last but not least, make sure to squeeze in some light exercise on the go! A walk around the neighborhood, or just dancing around with the kids is a good way to get some light cardio in while also enjoying time with your loved ones!