Diabetic Main Courses for Summer

Fruit and Chicken Salad
These high-flavor main course recipes fall within nutritional guidelines for people living with diabetes.

Chicken Burritos

Tex-Mex lovers will be pleased with this low-fat recipe for mango salsa-topped chicken burritos. If the heat index starts to climb too high, just dab them with a little palate-soothing light sour cream.

Chicken Tofu Stir-Fry

Create a unique dish every time you make this Chicken Tofu Stir-Fry by mixing and matching the vegetables.

Ginger-Lime Chicken Salad

Ginger and lime add a twist to this yogurt-dressed low-fat Ginger-Lime Chicken Salad. Yogurt serves as a healthy alternative to mayonnaise in this tangy, quick-to-prepare chicken salad.

Peppery Beef and Vegetables

This quick and colorful beef dish is made spicy with ground red and black pepper, and brightened with pea pods and red bell peppers. For a less spicy dish, omit the ground red pepper.

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Grilled Vegetable Lamb Skewers

The lamb is marinated in a brightly spiced marinade featuring cilantro, onion, lime, garlic, ginger, and garam masala, threaded on skewers, and served over bulgur. If you'd rather not make your own garam masala, look for the spice blend in the ethnic section of large supermarkets or at food specialty shops.

Fajita Beef Salad

Lime does double duty in this recipe, both in the marinade and the dressing. Its tart flavor enhances the grilled beef, the tomatoes, and the honey-kissed dressing.

Fiery Southwestern Seafood Skewers

Large, juicy shrimp and succulent scallops keep company with tender onion and zucchini in these spicy-hot grilled kabobs. A brushing sauce of mashed chipotle peppers and cumin provide plenty of fire.

Chicken with Fruit Salsa

Juicy chicken breasts go Southwestern with this salsa bursting with pineapple, chipotle pepper, and lime.

Salmon Salad

Plain yogurt adds the creamy texture to the garlic-lemon dressing, which is tossed with greens and parmesan cheese, then topped with broiled salmon.

Italian Chicken

This chicken recipe has all the best ingredients of Italy -- black olives, capers, garlic, fresh basil, red wine, olive oil, and tomatoes.

Salmon with Fruit Salsa

Perfect for a meal on a hot day. This flavorful broiled fish dish has only 123 calories and 5 grams of carbohydrates per serving. Packed with B vitamins, protein, and vitamin C, this summer salad packs a nutritional punch.

Dilled Shrimp with Rice

The sprightly marriage of lemon and dill is a match made in heaven, and three certainly isn't a crowd when sweet pink shrimp are added to the mix.

Ginger Beef Stir-Fry

When you crave steak, but don't crave high fat and calories, try this ginger beef stir-fry. Lean beef and crispy spring vegetables cook together for a full-flavored dinner you can toss together in 30 minutes.

Shrimp Salad

The flavors of asparagus and shrimp flourish with the addition of a balsamic vinaigrette. This salad has the makings of an elegant meal and deserves to be included on a special celebration menu.

Veggie-Filled Burgers

To keep these low-fat turkey and veggie burgers juicy, be careful not to overcook them. Use an instant-read thermometer to check the temperature of the patties at the center.

Szechwan Chicken Salad

Jicama, a crisp root vegetable, stars in this grilled chicken salad with carrot, cucumbers, and enoki mushrooms. A light sprinkling of peanuts adds crunch and flavor.

Herb-Pepper Sirloin Steak

This sirloin steak recipe is coated with a mixture of ketchup, pepper, fresh rosemary, and fresh basil that complements the hearty flavor of the beef.

Fruit and Chicken Kabobs

Bring the fresh style and bold flavors of the Caribbean to your backyard grill with these red onion, nectarine, and chicken kabobs, steeped in a sweet-and-hot marinade.

Scallops and Pasta Salad

The fat content in this scallops, spinach, and pea pasta salad is minimal because the orange-white wine vinegar dressing is made without any oil.

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Shrimp-Artichoke Frittata

A shrimp and artichoke frittata makes a great breakfast or brunch meal. This also makes for great dinner fare -- especially when you are short on time.

Tortellini Salad

Basil-Dijon mustard dressing tossed with tortellini, broccoli, carrots, and pea pods make up this simple yet tasty low-cal salad.

Fruit and Chicken Salad

A fat-free orange-ginger dressing tossed with chicken, grapes, apricots, and celery make up this low-calorie salad.

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