Thanksgiving Recipes for Diabetics

thanksgiving recipes for diabetics

Thanksgiving Recipes for Diabetics. Healthy options to make for Thanksgiving Dinner.

The most beloved family gathering food holiday is around the corner and if you’re a diabetic, you may be wondering if it’s even possible to find sugar free thanksgiving recipes. An even bigger questions may be related to, what are some of the best thanksgiving recipes for diabetics including thanksgiving side dish recipes for diabetics. Here we’re going to give you a few options that can help you in your decision making during thanksgiving dinner, your family may not even notice that it’s a bit of a healthier option than most. 

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Thanksgiving Recipes for Diabetics

Our delicious thanksgiving recipes for diabetics is:

Walnut Stuff Turkey Breast with Cider Gravy

Thanks to Diabetic Gourmet Magazine, we have this delicious thanksgiving recipe


  • 1 Granny Smith Apple (peeled, cored and cut into quarters)
  • ¾ lb large shallots, cut into quarters
  • 3 cups fat free, reduced sodium chicken broth
  • ½ cup apple cider
  • 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. flour
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 cup roasted walnuts
  • 1 12 tsp dried thyme
  • ¼ tsp ground sage
  • 2 tsp canola oil divided into 2
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 6-7 lb whole turkey breast


  1. Pre heat the oven to 425 degrees
  2. In a food processor pulse nuts, thyme and sage together until its ground coarsely. Add 1 tsp oil, 1 tsp water and ½ tsp salt with a large pinch of pepper. Mix everything together until it’s a paste.
  3. Separate skin from turkey breast, try not to tear it. Lift the skin and push half of the paste made in step 2 under the skin of each side of the breast. Smooth everything evenly after placing the skin back in its place. Use the left over oil to coat the skin on top.
  4. In the roasting pan, place the breast upside down and add an apple and as many shallots into the interior cavity. Use three bamboo skewers to push in around the cavity to hold the filling inside. You may now turn it right side up and add broth and left over shallots into the roasting pan
  5. Roast the turkey breast for 30 minutes. If it is brown tent it loosely with foil and reduce the heat to 350 degrees and continue to roast the turkey until the thermometer reads 160 degrees – which should be around an hour. To make the skin crispy, remove the foil for the last 20 minutes. Once finished transfer turkey to platter and strain the juices into a cu, removing chunks.
  6. Place roasting pan on the stove over medium high heat. Add cider and vinegar and bring to a boil. When it reduces to ¼ cup, take it off the heat and whisk in the flour. Return to the heat and stir until gravy thickens which should be around 5 minutes.
  7. Remove turkey skin, take off walnut mixture and put it to the side. Slice the breast how you want and assemble as you wish.

Sugar Free Thanksgiving Recipes

You can’t go through thanksgiving without the cranberry sauce. This cranberry sauce recipe is a great thanksgiving side dish recipes for diabetics because it is one of the sugar free thanksgiving recipes! This recipe is for 6.


  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 cup Splenda
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 medium orange peeled and sectioned


  1. Mix together the cornstarch, Splenda and water in a medium saucepan
  2. Stir until the Splenda and cornstarch dissolve
  3. Mix in the cranberries and orange section
  4. Bring to a boil stirring constantly over medium high heat
  5. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring often for around 54 minutes or until cranberry skins begin to pop and mixture becomes thicker
  6. Side aside to cool
  7. Cover and chill for around 3 hours
  8. Serve cold or warm

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