If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes and are afraid the first thing you’ll have to give up eating is meat, fear not. Being diabetic doesn’t mean you can’t have meat in your diet, but it does mean you should focus on eating lean or very lean types of meat. The best types of meat to center your lunch and dinner recipes around are white meat chicken and turkey, fish and shellfish, and game meats, but you can also have beef, pork, lamb, and veal, as long as you’re getting the lean cuts of these and trimming the fat off. From beef stroganoff and low-carb taco pie to grilled pork tenderloin and beef and broccoli, there are plenty of hearty, delicious meat recipes to choose from that are also entirely diabetic-friendly.
Check out our guide for 12 meat recipes for people with diabetes to find the most delicious meat recipes that will treat your body right.
Rich and creamy beef stroganoff is served over hearty whole-grain egg noodles for a traditional dish the whole family can enjoy.
15 minutes 275 calories Easy
Keto Taco Skillet
This one pot dish has great flavor and depth, and with lean ground beef it’s easy to enjoy an extra portion guilt-free.
20 minutes 280 calories Easy
Beef and Veggie Chili
Hearty, beefy chili is made more diabetes-friendly by making the star carbohydrate beans, which happen to be full of fiber which helps to normalize glucose levels.
50 minutes 113 calories Easy
Cherry Balsamic Grilled Pork Tenderloin
Pork tenderloin is tender and juicy when cooked just right, and the sweet and tangy cherry balsamic marinade gives the pork extra flavor during cooking, then doubles as a delicious sauce for serving.
1h 10m 190 calories Easy
Grilled Chicken Kebabs with Pistachio Gremolata
Impress guests at your next home barbeque with these yogurt-marinated grilled chicken kebabs which are healthy and bursting with flavor and topped with an incredible pistachio herb sauce for serious dipping.
2h 50m 180 calories Easy
Keto-Friendly Italian Ground Beef Casserole
This hearty, cheesy recipe comes together in just a few minutes, and goes light on the carbs for an impressive dish that’s also diabetic-friendly.
30 minutes 209 calories Easy
Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli
The beauty of a crockpot dinner is in its simplicity – just throw all your ingredients in the pot, set it, and forget it. This healthy version of the takeout staple is slow cooked for six hours for fall-apart beef you’ll want to eat every week.
5h 35m 281 calories Easy
Chicken and Broccoli
This dish has equal portions of protein and veggies and has a low carb count so you won’t have any unwanted blood sugar spikes.
50 minutes 300 calories Easy
Crustless Low Carb Taco Pie
Make a healthified version of taco Tuesday with this taco pie that is so packed with flavor, you won’t even miss the carbs.
45 minutes 290 calories Easy
Horseradish-Encrusted Beef Tenderloin
Impress guests at your next dinner party with this tender beef encased in a horseradish and garlicky crust for maximum flavor.
1h 40m 268 calories Easy
Beef Chow Mein
A quick and easy take on traditional chow mein, you can swap out beef for any vegetarian or vegan meat alternative you prefer.
1h 25m 621 calories Easy
Low-Carbohydrate Mini Omelets
Perfect for a breakfast bite on the go, these mini egg cups skip the carbs and pack in the protein for a great kickstart to your morning.
23 minutes 188 calories Easy