American Diabetes Association Approved Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving is tomorrow and you probably already have your menu planned for the big feast. There’s sure to be a turkey with stuffing, buttery mashed potatoes and your Great-Aunt’s famous macaroni and cheese. We wait all year for these beloved dishes and tomorrow we will finally get to dive in for seconds, or even thirds! But while these foods have been specially prepared and full of love, they also can be full of things that aren’t very good for us such as sugar and salt.

Did you know almost 30 million Americans have diabetes and 86 million more have pre-diabetes or are at risk for type 2 diabetes? It is a growing problem with a reasonable solution: eating better. And you don’t have to compromise healthy ingredients for great taste. In honor of November being American Diabetes Month, the American Diabetes Association has teamed up with Philadelphia-area chefs to create some special, diabetic-friendly dishes to help keep you and your family happy AND healthy this holiday season.

Chef Barbie Marshall, a finalist on Hell’s Kitchen Season 10, roasts a Quarry Hill Farm heritage bred turkey to make a Roasted Turkey Roulade with Vegetable Gravy, rather than flour gravy. Learn how to make it here.

Chef Guillermo Pernot of Cuba Libre makes a Braised Calabaza in Cuban Sofrito and Almond-Chocolate Picada, a perfect substitute to cholesterol-heavy mashed potatoes. Here is his recipe.

Instead of a typical side dish, Chef Delilah Widner, director of the Dorrance H. Hamilton Center for Culinary Experience, whips up a lightened “I Can’t Believe It’s Mac & Cheese!” baked macaroni and cheese. You can find her recipe here.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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