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

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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).

  • Try the same food somewhere elseIf you tried something at a less than par restaurant and that turned you off from that food item permanently, consider trying it again. This time go to a restaurant that is known for making whatever food it was. You'll be more likely to have a better dining experience and change your mind about that food item.
  • Try a new way of cookingDon't like Brussels sprouts or asparagus, look up a new way to cook them. This can work with any food. There is no food out there that can only be cooked one way (except maybe pufferfish).
  • Try different seasoningsSometimes you can completely change the flavor of something you don't like to something you love with the right seasons. Garlic powder is great on all meats, and in many other dishes (and it makes a great replacement for salt).
  • Push yourself to take a chance If you challenge yourself to try a new food item every other week, you'll begin to add new food items to your diet. The stuff you still don't like can go on the permanent ban list if need be.
  • Consider cooking your fruitSometimes the picky issue is merely the fact that you can't eat a food item like you used to. People with diabetes need to cut down on sugar, which means no sprinkled sweetness on that bowl of strawberries. Heating fruit up releases more of their natural sweetness.
  • Make sure you offer choicesYou need to provide yourself with some choices. Don't make yourself, or the other people with diabetes you’re cooking for, feel like you're being forced to eat what you don't like. Offer a list of veggies to pick from.

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


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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:

  • 20 ounces of ground turkey
  • 3 ½ ounces of fresh spinach
  • A quarter cup of oats
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • Half of a bell pepper
  • Half of a red onion
  • Half a cup of parsley
  • A Half tsp of cumin
  • 1 tsp of mustard powder
  • 1 tsp of thyme
  • A half tsp of Turmeric
  • A half tsp of chipotle pepper
  • A tsp of salt
  • Just a pinch of pepper

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

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Chicken piccata sounds like a really fancy name, but it's a pretty simple dish to make. You need:

  • 2 boneless chicken breasts
  • 3 tbsp. of unsalted butter
  • 1½ tbsp. of all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • A third cup of dry white wine
  • A third cup of low-sodium chicken stock
  • A quarter cup of lemon juice
  • A quarter cup of drained capers
  • A quarter cup of minced parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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

Chicken Soup

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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 –

  • 1 pound of thinly sliced chicken breast
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp. of coconut oil
  • 1 thinly sliced small onion
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • A 1-inch peeled and minced piece of ginger
  • 1 medium diced zucchini
  • A cup of cubed fresh pumpkin
  • 1 thinly sliced red bell pepper
  • 1 thinly sliced small jalapeño pepper
  • A 14-ounce can of lite coconut milk
  • 2 cups of chicken broth
  • Juice from 1 lime

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.

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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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