Diabetes Forecast

12 Diabetes-Friendly Holiday Dishes

Dazzling holiday recipes to eat, share, and love


Recipes by Robyn Webb, MS, LN; photography by Terry Doran; food styling by Annie Whyte; styled by Todd Hansen

It’s the season of candles, yule logs, stars, and twinkling bulbs. Light is a theme in so many holiday celebrations. For this crowd-pleasing collection of healthy celebration recipes, Food Editor Robyn Webb, MS, LN, focuses on light, bright flavor notes in colorful recipes for your table. 

Main Dishes

Garlic–Lemon Pepper Lamb Chops With Tomatoes

Tender bone-in lamb chops broil quickly, so cook these last and bring them to the table while still sizzling.

Spice-Rubbed Roasted Chicken Thighs With Lemons

An attractive red rub with spicy and sweet notes (including chili powder and cinnamon) adds a layer of flavor to affordable chicken thighs.

Sea Bass Provençale

Tender sea bass dresses up for the holidays with a chunky tomato sauce studded with olives and piquant capers.

Pork Tenderloin With Blackberry Sauce

Blackberry preserves make a quick and easy base for this fruit-kissed pork loin main dish.

Sides to Share

Winter Salad With Champagne Vinaigrette and Pomegranate

Ruby-red pomegranate seeds are delightful sparks of sweet crunch in this elegant holiday salad. Tip: Many grocery stores offer already prepared pomegranate seeds.

Broccoli With Spicy Gremolata

Tip: The quick-cook method yields crisp, bright-green broccoli florets.

Balsamic Pan-Roasted Pearl Onions

Red and white miniature onions are a festive mix. Flavorful balsamic vinegar cooks down into a tangy, sweet glaze in a skillet on the stovetop.

Roasted Cauliflower With Tahini Sauce

For an unexpected burst of color, consider using one of the orange or purple cauliflowers on the market.

Green Beans With Cranberries and Hazelnuts

Tip: Dress up green beans with a touch of tart cranberries and toasted nuts.

Brussels Sprouts With Oranges

Orange zest and sections add a double dose of fresh citrus to sprouts, which are sautéed until golden brown. 


Ginger-Mint Tropical Compote

Fragrant dried apricots soaked in spiced red wine make an elegant fruit dessert.

Red Wine–Macerated Apricots 

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