Diabetic Friendly Thanksgiving Meal & Menu Options

Delicious food brimming with flavor that’s also diabetes-friendly? It’s not impossible this Thanksgiving. With some smart substitutions and careful attention to serving size, everyone at the table will have something to be thankful for, even if you’re counting carbs[1] and monitoring blood sugar levels[2].

These Thanksgiving recipes are crafted with good food and good health in mind, as well as anyone with diabetes who may be seated around the table. This list includes the traditional (turkey anyone?) with a diabetes-friendly take as well as some new dishes that may become family favorites. Enjoy!

Big Brined Herby Turkey[3]

Big Brined Herby Turkey[4]

Looking for the perfect diabetes-friendly turkey recipe this Thanksgiving? This dish from chef Anne Burrell[5] will leave your turkey bursting with flavor after a lengthy, three-day brine. 

Turkey Breast with Barley-Cranberry Stuffing[6]

Turkey Breast with Barley-Cranberry Stuffing[7]

Try this high-fiber, low-sodium turkey and stuffing combo for Thanksgiving this year!


Turkey Mornay Casserole[9]

Thanksgiving is about tradition. It’s a time to give thanks, a time for family, friends, and food. Let’s talk leftovers with this gluten-free casserole. Turkey and vegetables or just vegetables rock the dish! Take your pick.

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast[10]

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast[11]

Let the slow cooker do work on Thanksgiving using this recipe. Cook time for this dish is 6 to 8 hours, giving you plenty of time to entertain. Garlic, paprika and parsley make this dish a savory one.

Turkey and Veggie Meatballs with Fennel[12]

Turkey and Veggie Meatballs with Fennel[13]

Full of flavor, these turkey meatballs are perfect for warming up on a brisk Thanksgiving afternoon!

Easy Old-Fashioned Turkey Pot Pie for Diabetics[14]

Easy Old-Fashioned Turkey Pot Pie[15]

Don’t want to go through the trouble of cooking a whole Turkey this Thanksgiving? Make a diabetic-friendly version of this classic dish instead. Turkey pot pie has never been easier!


Tempting Crock-Pot™ Turkey Breast with Pineapple Sweet and Sour Sauce[17]

Pineapple and sweet and sour sauce will brighten up your turkey tastebuds in this slow cooker recipe. Cook on high for 5 hours and get ready to be amazed.

Turkey Gravy for Diabetics[18]

Turkey Gravy[19]

Homemade gravy is so easy and delicious, it’s hard to imagine turkey without it. Whip up this gravy to make your Thanksgiving dinner complete.

Saucy Turkey Crepes[20]

Saucy Turkey Crepes[21]

Featuring bite-size turkey breast pieces with broccoli soup and a variety of flavorful herbs, making these turkey crepes will become a new Thanksgiving tradition!

Next →[22]
  1. counting carbs: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/nutrition-exercise/meal-planning/counting-carbohydrates-like-a-pro/
  2. monitoring blood sugar levels: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/managing-diabetes/blood-glucose-management/blood-glucose-monitoring-when-to-check-and-why/
  3. [Image]: //cdn.diabetesselfmanagement.com/2018/11/turkey-1-mod.jpg
  4. Big Brined Herby Turkey: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/main-dishes/big-brined-herby-turkey/
  5. chef Anne Burrell: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/managing-diabetes/getting-to-know-you/chef-anne-burrell-type-1-diabetes-advocacy/
  6. [Image]: //cdn.diabetesselfmanagement.com/2016/11/20421resized.jpg
  7. Turkey Breast with Barley-Cranberry Stuffing: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/main-dishes/turkey-breast-barley-cranberry-stuffing/
  8. [Image]: //cdn.diabetesselfmanagement.com/2019/09/turkey-mornay-casserole.jpg
  9. Turkey Mornay Casserole: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/main-dishes/turkey-mornay-casserole/
  10. [Image]: //cdn.diabetesselfmanagement.com/2017/11/Slow-Cooker-Turkey-Breast.jpg
  11. Slow Cooker Turkey Breast: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/main-dishes/slow-cooker-turkey-breast/
  12. [Image]: //cdn.diabetesselfmanagement.com/2015/09/27297.jpg
  13. Turkey and Veggie Meatballs with Fennel: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/main-dishes/turkey-and-veggie-meatballs-with-fennel/
  14. [Image]: //cdn.diabetesselfmanagement.com/2009/10/shutterstock_232231621.jpg
  15. Easy Old-Fashioned Turkey Pot Pie: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/main-dishes/easy-old-fashioned-turkey-pot-pie/
  16. [Image]: //cdn.diabetesselfmanagement.com/2009/10/iStock_000018061764_Medium-e1419353627766.jpg
  17. Tempting Crock-Pot™ Turkey Breast with Pineapple Sweet and Sour Sauce: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/main-dishes/tempting-crock-pot-turkey-breast-with-pineapple-sweet-and-sour-sauce/
  18. [Image]: //cdn.diabetesselfmanagement.com/2007/09/shutterstock_716179219.jpg
  19. Turkey Gravy: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/sides/turkey-gravy/
  20. [Image]: //cdn.diabetesselfmanagement.com/2007/09/shutterstock_181384694.jpg
  21. Saucy Turkey Crepes: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/main-dishes/saucy-turkey-crepes/
  22. Next →: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/nutrition-exercise/meal-planning/diabetic-friendly-thanksgiving-meal-menu-options/2/

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