Lasagna. French toast. Cheesy spinach and artichoke dip. (Mmm!) We all have our go-to recipes for entertaining or just plain indulging. Many have been handed down from family and friends, or bookmarked in a favorite cookbook or recipe website. It’s nice to have a reliable, even signature, dish to turn to for special occasions!
But do any of your beloved recipes leave you feeling a little guilty? Some of the most popular foods just don’t work for people with diabetes, or anyone looking to eat healthfully.
Luckily, Diabetes Forecast magazine is here to help! In the magazine’s “Makeover Favorite” column, Food Editor Robyn Webb, MS, LN, reworks readers’ favorite comfort food recipes that are in need of a few tweaks. Each issue she provides a healthier, yet just as delicious, recipe to enjoy.
Have a recipe for Robyn to tackle? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include a complete ingredient list and complete instructions, along with your name, city and state. (No commercial or professional recipes, please.) Your family favorite may end up in the magazine and on the website for others to enjoy!
Remember that “diabetizing” a dish doesn’t automatically mean it meets your health care provider’s recommendations — so make sure to work these recipes into your meal plan, just as you would any other food. But when you feel the need to treat yourself, this collection might help you do so more mindfully.
Here’s a delicious sampling of the recipes Robyn has made over in the last few months. You can view more modified recipes on the “Diabetize Your Recipe” section of Diabetes Forecast’s website, and catch them every month in the magazine. Enjoy!
Cinnamon Rolls with Raisins: The original recipe made eight rolls—at a whopping 1,105 calories and 47 grams of fat each! Robyn’s version clocks in with 30 servings at 150 calories and 2.5 fat grams each.
Breakfast Muffin Sandwich: This meal may be as close as your nearest drive-through, but such convenience comes loaded with extra fat and sodium. It takes less than 10 minutes to make your own. Treat yourself to a fast, healthful version at home by adding fiber and cutting fat.
Classic Mac ’n’ Cheese: The ultimate comfort food! This creamy, cheesy, crunchy classic, adapted from Robyn’s book The Diabetes Comfort Food Cookbook, may become your new family favorite.
Hot Crab Dip Delight: Rich, luscious crab dip is a crowd pleaser at summer gatherings. Now you can feel good about offering a much more healthful version to your family and friends.