Diabetic-friendly recipes to make every family member happy during the holidays

During this time of year, it seems like every food you eat is filled with sugar. While the holidays are a time to gather with family and friends, the meals you eat can be one of the unhealthiest meals all year – especially if you are a diabetic. But you shouldn’t let your diabetes get in the way of enjoying some of the best holiday dishes. As a result of the increase in both prevalence and awareness of diabetes, many restaurants and cooks are now creating a range of diabetic-friendly meals the whole family will love. That’s right, this holiday season you don’t have to give up your favorite flavors to remain healthy and on top of your dietary goals!

One of the classic holiday dishes, even after Thanksgiving, is the turkey. Try out this great recipe for a simple way to create a diabetic-friendly turkey every in-law and family member will love! For a simple way to cut back on fat and cholesterol, make sure to remove the skin during preparation.

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Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours, 34 minutes

  • 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crumbled
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil or melted butter substitute (like Brummel and Brown, a yogurt based substitute)
  • 1 whole turkey breast on the bone (6 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine or low sodium and low-fat chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup low sodium or low-fat chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons cold water (optional)

Thanksgiving Turkey

1. Preheat the oven to 450°F.
2. In a small bowl, mix together the thyme, tarragon, rosemary, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, and 3/4 teaspoon of the salt. Rub the oil or butter over the turkey and sprinkle with the herb mixture, pressing it in lightly. Place in a roasting pan and in the oven, immediately reducing the heat to 350°F.
3. Roast, basting occasionally with the fat in the pan, until a meat thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 170°F, about 2 1/2 hours. Remove to a platter, reserve chicken and turkey main dishes the pan juices, and let rest for 15 minutes before carving.
4. Pour the pan juices into a fat separator or glass measuring cup. Discard the fat that rises to the top and pour the juices (about 2 tablespoons) back into the roasting pan. Add the wine or broth and broth. Bring to a simmer, scraping up the browned bits that are stuck to the bottom of the pan. Cook for 3 minutes, adding any accumulated juices from the platter. Strain if desired, and season with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Whisk the cornstarch with the water. Stir into the pan, cooking until slightly thickened, about 30 seconds.


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