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Low Carb Recipes for Diabetics

Low Carb Recipes

Low carb diets are based on the principle that a diet low in carbohydrates leads to decreased production of body’s insulin, resulting in consumption of fat stores as energy source.

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English Muffin Breakfast Sandwiches – Makes 4 servings


  • 2 English Muffins, split into halves and toasted
  • 2 tablespoons plain fat-free yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon spicy brown or Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon dried tarragon or basil
  • 4 slices Canadian bacon
  • 4 large tomato slices (about ¼ inch thick)
  • 2 slices (1 ounce each) reduced-fat Swiss cheese, cut crosswise into halves


  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. Place muffin halves on baking sheet or broiler pan.
  3. Combine yogurt, mustard, and tarragon in small bowl; stir until well-blended. Spread one-fourth of yogurt mixture evenly over each muffin half. Top each muffin half with Canadian bacon and tomato slice.
  4. Top each tomato slice with cheese slice half. Place muffin halves on broiler pan; broil 4 inches from heat source 1 minute or until cheese begins to brown slightly. Top with poached eggs. Sprinkle with paprika, if desired.

Nutrition Information for one topped muffin half:

Calories 233, Carbohydrates 17 grams, Fiber 1 gram, Total Fat 9 grams, Saturated fat 3 grams, Trans fat 0 grams, Protein 18 grams, Cholesterol 233 mg, Sodium 836 mg

  • Black Bean Quesadillas – Makes 8 servings
  • Ingredients
  • Fats: Typically Carb Free
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 4 8-inch flour tortillas
  • ¾ cup (3 ounces) shredded reduced-fat Monterey Jack or Cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 green onions with tops, sliced
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ cup salsa
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons fat-free sour cream

Chopped fresh cilantro (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Spray large nonstick baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Place 2 tortillas on prepared baking sheet; sprinkle each with half the cheese.
  2. Combine beans, green onions, cilantro and cumin in small bowl; mix lightly. Spoon bean mixture evenly over cheese; top with remaining tortillas. Spray tops with cooking spray.
  3. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until cheese is melted and tortillas are lightly browned. Cut into quarters; top each tortilla wedge with 1 tablespoon salsa and 1 teaspoon sour cream.Nutrition Information for one quesadilla wedge with 1 tablespoon salsa and 1 teaspoon sour cream Calories 105, Carbohydrates 13 grams, Fiber 1 gram, Total Fat 4 grams, Saturated fat 1 grams, Trans fat 0 grams, Protein 7 grams, Cholesterol 8 mg, Sodium 259 mg

Donut Spice Cake – Makes 10 servings


  • 1 package (9 ounces) yellow cake mix
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 10 mini (1/2 cup) Bundt pans.
  2. Combine cake mix, water, eggs, cinnamon, and nutmeg in medium bowl. Beat with electric mixer at high speed 4 minutes or until well blended.
  3. Spoon about ¼ cup batter into each prepared bundt pan. Bake 13 minutes or un till toothpick inserted near centers comes out clean and cakes spring back when lightly touched.
  4. Cool in pans on wire racks 5 minutes. Remove cakes from pans. Serve warm or at room temperature. Sprinkle with powdered sugar just before serving.

Nutrition Information for one cake:

Calories 127, Carbohydrates 21grams, Fiber 1gram, Total Fat 4 grams, Saturated fat 1 grams, Trans fat 0 grams, Protein 2grams, Cholesterol 43mg, Sodium 182mg

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