Whoever the picky eater is in your household (even if it's you), just because they are diagnosed with diabetes doesn't mean they'll never be able to enjoy a meal again.
There are plenty of great diabetic recipes that taste good, look good, and fool the picky eater.
What Causes Picky Eating
Even in adults that are picky eaters, it usually starts in childhood. You have a bad experience with a food (maybe your mom forced you to always eat something you hated or maybe you got food poisoning that one time you ate it), and now you never want to eat it again.
Picky eating can also revolve around sensory issues. You may not like the smell of something, or it could be the taste or the texture of it that bothers you.
Tricks to Curb Picky Eating
While you're going to have trouble getting a picky eater to try something they know they hate (even if they haven't had it since childhood, they still harbor that abhorrence for that food item), you can still come up with creative meals that ensure they get a well-rounded diet. You might even convince them to try something new (or again).
Delicious Diabetic Recipes Even Picky Eaters Will Love
From tasty meatballs to chicken soup, there are plenty of delicious things that you can make with diabetic recipes. You're not as limited as you think you are, especially if you like to cook. Here are a few recipes even picky eaters will love.
1. Breadless Turkey Meatballs
For some people, it's not news that you can make meatloaf without the breadcrumbs (or crackers in some cases). You can replace the bread with old-fashioned oats. You still stretch a small amount of meat and make a sturdy meatball that is healthy and diabetic friendly.
Turkey is a healthier choice than beef, and juicier.
To make these meatballs, you will need:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Start by chopping up the onion, garlic, and celery. They need to be cut finely. Put them in a large mixing bowl.
Add the ground turkey, egg whites, and oats. Then mix it all in with the spices until well blended (you can do this by hand).
Now, chop up the parsley, spinach, and pepper (remove all of the seeds first). These should also be finely chopped, and then mix them in with the rest of the mixture.
Roll the mixture into individual balls, a little smaller than a golf ball in size. You should have enough for 15 meatballs. You'll place the meatballs on a baking sheet and cook for 25 minutes. You can serve them over brown rice or quinoa and top them with the sauce of your choice (or go sauce free).
2. Lemon Chicken Piccata
Chicken piccata sounds like a really fancy name, but it's a pretty simple dish to make. You need:
Start by slicing both chicken breasts in half, lengthwise. This way, you end up with 4 slices of chicken. Lightly dust the slices with the flour and just a dash of salt and pepper.
Heat the olive oil in a pan, adding the chicken when the oil is hot. Cook them until they are browned on each side. Then remove the chicken and put it to the side.
Add the chicken stock, wine, and lemon juice to the pain. Whisk the butter in and continue stirring until the sauce slightly reduces.
At this point, add in the parsley and capers, stirring gently. Taste the sauce and add seasoning as needed before adding the chicken back to the pan. Warm the chicken back up and then serve.
3. Coconut Chicken Soup
Having a healthy soup recipe on hand is important during the cold and flu season. You want something that will still appeal to the picky eater though, which is where this recipe comes in handy. You need –
Once you have the ingredients together, the rest is a breeze. You need a soup pot to get started. Sauté the sliced chicken with the salt and pepper over high heat for about 5 minutes (you can even sauté the chicken right in the same pot, no need to dirty extra dishes).
Add in the garlic, onion, and ginger and fry for another couple of minutes. Then add the pumpkin and zucchini in before tossing in the rest of the stuff.
Bring all of it to a boil before lowering the heat to a simmer and covering the pot to cook for 20 minutes. You want the pumpkin cubes to be fully cooked.
Once the time is up, it's ready to serve. It smells delicious and tastes great too. No one in the house will be able to resist that aroma.
Diabetic Recipes Don't Have to Be Boring
Even picky eaters will find it extremely difficult to resist the allure of these 3 diabetic recipes. And, as you can see, diabetic friendly food doesn't have to be boring. Each of these meals has gourmet appeal with easy-to-get ingredients.
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