Diabetes 2 Friendly Lunch Ideas

Diabetes 2 Friendly Lunch Ideas

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I know we are all pressed for time in the busy world we live in but a little planning ahead and preparation goes a long way in creating a healthier way of eating, which translates to a healthier you.

The night before is the perfect time to plan what you'll eat during your lunch hour the next day. Why not choose something that's good for you? A well balanced meal that's easily prepared and compact to carry with you is the way to go.

Simply plan and prepare the meal the night before, place in the refrigerator and grab it on the way out the next morning. It's so easy to get into the habit of doing this and so much healthier for you.

Instead of grabbing that greasy burger and fries for lunch tomorrow, prepare a delicious, healthy salad meal tonight. Place it in a Tupperware or other seal-able plastic bowl and have it ready to go.

The recipes below give you a few ideas of things you can put together easily, make the night before and have ready and waiting for the next day. Whether It's a delicious healthy salad or a full meal combo, these meal ideas have the added bonus of being Diabetes 2 friendly. Satisfying and tasty melodies of fresh vegetables and fruits,  some with lean meats that are sure to satisfy your hunger and keep your sugar levels in the safe zone.


Bean-Well Salad


1 head iceberg lettuce

2 apples-peeled, cored and chopped

1/2 cup Cauliflower

1/2 cup broccoli

1 cup cherry tomatoes

1 cup baby spinach

1 cucumber sliced thin

1 can black beans-drained and rinsed

1 can chickpeas-drained and rinsed

1 can bean sprouts-drained

1 green bell pepper-seeded and slice

1/2 yellow onion (optional)

balsamic vinaigrette dressing

Low-fat cheese of your choice (optional)


Mix all the ingredients together starting with the lettuce. Toss. Add the dressing. (Optional)Top with low-fat cheese of your choice

This recipe will serve 4-cut recipe into 1/4 for single serving.

Bean Health Salad

Italian Pea+Corn Salad

This is a great vegetarian recipe, good for any time of year. It's also Diabetes 2 friendly. It's easy to prepare and consist of mainly canned vegetables, although you can use frozen or freshly cooked if desired.


1 can black-eyed peas

1 can whole kernal corn

1 small onion-chopped

2 cloves garlic-minced

1/4 cup chopped celery

1/2 tsp. oregano

1/4 cup fresh basil leaves

1/4 cup low-fat Italian dressing

1 tsp. lemon juice

1/4 cup low-fat shredded cheddar cheese


In collander, drain and rinse the peas and corn until the water runs clear. When well drained, place in salad bowl. Add the chopped onion, celery, garlic and half the basil(chopped) to bowl. Next add the remaining ingredients. Toss well. (Optional) top with the cheese. Garnish with the remaining basil leaves. Serve chilled or place portion in sealed plastic container for lunch the next day.

Cranberry Pork

This is a recipe that was given to me by a friend who also has diabetes. We tried it and it's truly delicious. This meat dish is excellent served with braised carrots, a bed of greens and mashed chickpeas (as a substitute for mashed potatoes). this cranberry pork dish is a great choice when you want a hot and hearty lunch.


4 center-cut pork loin chops (about 3/4" thick)

1 cup orange juice

1/4 cup Ocean Spray whole cranberry sauce

2 teaspoons grated orange peel ( make sure you only get the orange part-no white)

pinch of cloves

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

cracked black pepper

3 tablespoonsolive oil


In shallow casserole dish, add the orange juice, orange peel, cranberry sauce, cloves and cinnamon. Mix well.

Add the pork loins and turn to coat both sides.

Cover with lid, plastic wrap or foil and let sit in refrigerator for at least an hour.

Remove the pork from casserole and press in the cracked pepper.

In large skillet, add the olive oil.

Over medium heat; add the coated chops andcook each side for about six to seven minutes or until thoroughly done.

In a small pan, bring the remaining cranberry mixture to a boil. Let boil until it thickens a little.

place the cooked chops on a plate and spoon the cranberry mixture over them.

Serves four- For two servings - Divide ingredients in half.


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Mrs. J.B., You are so kind. Thanks for your thoughtful comments.

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Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

Becky: You are my new best friend... You are super Mom for sure.

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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

marellen and dallaswriter, Thanks for your thoughtful comments.

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dallaswriter 5 years ago from North Carolina

Thanks for posting these. I have forwarded them to my sister who is now cooking for my dad as his diabetes continues to challenge all of us. Great job! :)

marellen 5 years ago

Becky...thanks for all the great recipes...I'm going to give them a try.

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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Wonderful recipe. Looks very delicious. God Bless You Precious Heart.

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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Peggy, I'm glad you like the recipe and hope you'll try it soon, it really is not only good for you but delicious. thanks for commenting.

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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

I love all kinds of salads and your bean salad looks like not only a good one for people concerned with diabetes...but anyone! Thanks for the recipe.

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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

Thanks for the recipe. Yum!

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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

Sounds good!

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aguasilver 6 years ago from Malaga, Spain

Passed it to my wife! - sounds great we'll try it.

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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

sounds great.

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