When you’re living with diabetes it can be tricky to find new and healthy recipes to change up your meal times. Especially if you want to experiment with a vegetarian diet.

That’s why we’ve teamed up with Diabetar to give you three vegetarian meal ideas you could add to your family’s dinner plans, using their new range of zero carbohydrate, zero sugar and gluten free, noodles and spaghetti. Diabetar is ideal for those living with diabetes as it has zero carbohydrates, so you can enjoy your favourite meals without having to worry about blood glucose spikes.

Pumpkin, Spinach and Walnut Spaghetti

Vegetarian Recipes - Pumpkin, Spinach and Walnut Spaghetti

The perfect dish to whip up when you want something simple to make, this pumpkin, spinach and walnut spaghetti makes meat-free Monday a treat.

Cook time: 55 minutes

Servings: 2

Calories per serving: 285

Ingredients:

  • 200g Diabetar Spaghetti
  • 3 tbsp of olive oil
  • 2-3 Garlic Cloves, finely diced
  • 2 cups of cubed butternut squash/pumpkin
  • 100g spinach
  • ½-1 tsp chilli flakes (add more or less depending on how spicy you want this)
  • Zest and juice of ½ lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 30g Walnuts, finely chopped

Method:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200°.
  2. Coat cubed butternut squash/pumpkin in 1tbsp of olive oil and season with salt. Bake in the oven for about 40 minutes, until the butternut squash turns soft and gets lightly caramelised.
  3. Heat up 2 tbsp of olive oil in a pan. Fry off garlic gently on a low-medium heat, stirring frequently so it doesn’t burn. Add chill flakes and cook for another minute or two stirring frequently.
  4. Rinse Diabetar Spaghetti 2-3 times under cold water. Heat in an open pan for 2-3 minutes or in a microwave for 1 minute.
  5. Mash half the butternut squash/pumpkin with a fork or potato masher, or you can use a food processor or blender for a smoother texture. Put both the mashed and whole butternut squash/pumpkin chunks into the pan with chilli and garlic.
  6. Add Diabetar spaghetti and washed spinach into the pain. Incorporate them well into the butternut squash/pumpkin. Taste and season with pepper, a squeeze of lemon and additional salt and chilli if needed.
  7. Serve immediately with chopped walnuts and lemon zest on top.

Per Serving: Cal: 285kcal, Protein: 5g, Carbs: 13g, Fat: 23g (sat: 3g), Fibre: 3g

Diabetar Noodles with Roasted Vegetables and Tomato Sauce

Noodles with Roasted Vegetables and Tomato Sauce Are you looking for a new take on serving broccoli and cauliflower? Why not try them with Diabetar noodles?

Cook time: 20-30 minutes

Serves: 1

Calories per serving: 355

Ingredients:

  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 4 cups, peeled, seeded and diced ripe tomatoes (or one 28-ounce can no-salt added diced tomatoes, drained)
  • 1 ½ tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ chopped fresh basil
  • 320g Diabetar Noodles
  • ¾ pound of broccoli florets, cut into bite sized pieces
  • ¾ pound of cauliflower florets, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 yellow or orange bell pepper, deseeded and coarsely chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200°.
  2. To make the sauce, lightly coat a large pot with cooking spray and sauté the garlic and shallot over low heat for about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, wine, vinegar and red pepper flakes.
  3. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Stir in the basil and simmer for an additional 10 minutes. If you prefer a smoother sauce, cool and blend it). Set aside for now.
  4. Place the broccoli, cauliflower and bell pepper on a baking sheet. Toss with oil and vinegar. Roast for about 10 minutes until crisp or done to your taste and season with pepper.
  5. Rinse Diabetar Noodles 2-3 times under cold water. Heat in an open pan for 2-3 minutes or in a microwave for 1 minute.
  6. Add your noodles to a large serving bowl and toss them with 2 cups of the tomato sauce and roasted vegetables.

Per Serving: Cal: 355kcal, Protein: 4.3g, Carbs: 14.4g, Fat: 14.1g (sat: 4g), Fibre: 6.9g

Mexican Diabetar Rice Salad

Mexican Diabetar Rice Salad Fancy trying something different for lunch, why not swap your usual sandwich for this rice salad?

Cook time: 5 minutes

Serves: 2

Calories per serving: 206

Ingredients:

  • 2tbsp Avocado Oil
  • 2tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 2 tbsp Rice Vinegar
  • 1 Garlic Clove Diced
  • Juice of 1 Lime
  • 2tsp Paprika
  • 1sp Sea Salt
  • 2tsp Cumin Powder
  • 320g Diabetar Rice (Drained and Rinsed)
  • ½ Orange Pepper
  • 30g Sweetcorn
  • ½ Red Chilli Diced
  • 30g Pinto Beans
  • 6 Baby Plum Tomatoes cut into quarters
  • 1 Small Avocado Cubed
  • ½ Red Onion Diced
  • 6 Coriander Stalks Chopped

Method:

  1. In a small bowl add the avocado oil, maple syrup, rice vinegar, garlic, lime juice, paprika, sea salt and cumin powder. Mix well using a whist and set the dressing aside.
  2. In a salad bowl add all Diabetar Rice, pepper, sweetcorn, red chilli, pinto beans, tomatoes, avocado, red onion and coriander. Mix well.
  3. Dress the salad using the dressing and serve.

Per Serving: Cal: 206kcal, Protein: 4g, Carbs: 3g, Fat: 23g (sat: 3g), Fibre: 7g

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