5. Pearl Couscous Tagine by Mark Bittman
If you're looking for a comforting but slightly sweeter dish, the cinnamon and apricots that accent this traditional vegetarian Moroccan dish could do the trick. Fresh vegetables such as cauliflower, carrots and zucchini against rounded pearl couscous make this dish pleasing to the eye.
Per serving: 251 calories, 6g fat, 44g carbohydrates, 8g protein, 7g fiber
6. Pureacute de Calabaza la Esperanza by Beverly Cox
This traditional soup from Havana calls for calabaza, a pumpkin-like squash. If you can't find calabaza locally, simply substitute butternut squash or pie pumpkin for similar results. Butternut squash is a classic autumn vegetable, naturally sweet yet low in sugar, making it a good go-to for diabetics.
Per serving: 353 calories, 9g fat, 66g carbohydrates, 9g protein, 11g fiber
7. Curried Red Lentil Soup With Sweet Potatoes and Greens by Nava Atlas
This red lentil soup brings out the best of a fall favorite, the sweet potato. Warming curry spices give a sweet yet earthy flavor to this dish, which is naturally lactose- and gluten-free. It is also easy to make in under an hour, so what are you waiting for?
Per serving: 290 calories, 5g fat, 50g carbohydrates, 13g protein, 10g fiber
8. Autumn Game Casserole by Victoria Blashford-Snell and Brigitte Hafner
Apple cider, mushrooms, parsnips and other vegetables fill out this meaty casserole for an easy-to-prepare dinner. It can be made in only two hours, but frozen for up to three months, making it ideal to be used later for a quick, home-cooked meal.
Per serving: 340 calories, 11g fat, 30g carbohydrates, 32g protein, 6g fiber
9. Mushroom and Chickpea Stew With Roasted Red Pepper Coulis by Judith Finlayson
Low in sugar and high in nutrients, here's a good stew that is easy on diabetics. It is relatively easy to prepare but requires quite a bit of simmering time, so make sure you start it well in advance of your meal.
Per serving: 229 calories, 8g fat, 34g carbohydrates, 8g protein, 8g fiber
10. Chicken and Dumplings by Liana Krissoff
Your slow cooker will most likely come out more often in the fall and winter months, so why not add this recipe to the list? Chicken and dumplings is a classic traditional comfort food, naturally high in protein and low in sugar, leaving you with a guilt-free and content belly.
Per serving: 469 calories, 12g fat, 54g carbohydrates, 35g protein, 4g fiber
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