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  • Dal Dhokli or Dal Dhokri is a popular Gujarati dal that has a sweet and sour flavor. The addition of dhoklis makes it a complete meal but many people serve it with rice, along with lime wedges and sliced onions on the side. The dish does have quite a few elements to it but it is worth the effort. Adjust the amount of water to what you are comfortable with. Some people prefer a watery broth type dal while others like a soupy texture to it.Explore Recipe »

  • A very popular North Indian recipe, dal palak is an important source of protein and fiber. It is also easy and simple to prepare. It is eaten as a main dish and teamed up with chapattis or rice. The use of asafetida and powdered spices gives it a characteristic aroma and flavor. It tastes best when served steaming hot.Explore Recipe »

  • Pudding cakes are one of those desserts everyone should have as a standby in case company drops in. It's easy to stir together and is always a hit.Explore Recipe »

  • This soup is simple to make and delivers a healthy serving of anti-oxidant vegetables. You can make it ahead of time and store in the refrigerator to enjoy as you like.Explore Recipe »

  • Dhokla is a delicious Gujarati snack recipe which is very light and low in calories. As it is prepared from chickpea flour, its nutrition content is quite high. It can be eaten for breakfast, as an evening snack, or an appetizer. It's usually eaten with tamarind and mint chutneys.Explore Recipe »

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    Photo courtesy of Desserts With Benefits.
    Recipe adapted from Desserts With Benefits.
    This low-fat dip won’t run your carb load or your daily calorie goals amuck like a traditional apple crisp would. Smart ingredient substitutions make this a great diabetes-friendly choice. Low-fat cottage cheese is great for people who have diabetes because it is rich in protein and low in carbs, explains Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E., author of 21 Things You Need to Know about Diabetes and Your Heart, and a consultant for Daisy Brand. While the applesauce in this recipe does contain natural sugar, there’s no added sugar, a plus for people with diabetes. For a different twist on this recipe, or if you’re not a fan of cottage cheese, sub out some or all of the cottage cheese for non-fat Greek yogurt.Explore Recipe »

  • Pumpkin pie may be a staple at holiday parties, but this pumpkin pie pudding is not only lower in sugar, fat, and calories than the traditional Thanksgiving favorite, it’s also more likely to be enjoyed year round.

    Traditional pumpkin pie is made with dairy, but this pumpkin pie pudding uses tofu, which is higher in fiber. It’s also lower in sugar than a traditional pumpkin pie and the almond milk adds some heart-healthy fat.

    Recipe, photo, and nutritional analysis courtesy of Desserts With Benefits Explore Recipe »

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    Recipe and photo courtesy of Southern in Law.
    Traditional banana bread can quickly lead to carb overload. This tasty recipe gives you all the delicious flavor of banana bread with the added benefits of oats. Oats may help to reduce insulin dosages needed to control blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes, according to a short-term study. Additionally, eating breakfast may aid in diabetes management. Explore Recipe »

  • Recipe and photo courtesy of Happy, Healthy Mama

    Lower in added sugars than many traditional zucchini breads, this recipe incorporates unsweetened cocoa, which has many health-boosting flavonoids, and whole-wheat flour.

    To make it even healthier, swap out the coconut oil for canola or olive oil for less saturated fat, something the American Diabetes Association recommends limiting. Explore Recipe »

  • This simple-to-prepare soup really shines when asparagus is at its peak growing season. If you're making it during the winter, try substituting half the asparagus with broccoli for a more robust flavor.Explore Recipe »

  • Not only does recent research suggest that eating strawberries and blueberries regularly might be good for your heart—these wholesome berries are delicious, too! Although berries are tasty when eaten raw, they’re also delectable in desserts like this one.Explore Recipe »

  • The Paleo diet, currently enjoying a surge in popularity, is meant to mimic the menu of our ancestors from the Paleolithic era. Ten thousand years ago, the human diet consisted mostly of lean meats, fresh produce, and tree nuts. There was no such thing as farming, so grains were out of the question, and they didn’t domesticate animals, either, so you could forget dairy, too. While there is no agreed upon “standard” Paleo diet is, the common logic is that if you could kill it with a rock, or pull it from a tree or vine, it’s Paleo. While there isn’t significant evidence to indicate that the Paleo diet is good for you, a diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, and lean protein sure is. Just make sure you’re getting enough fiber if you’re skipping out on whole grains. If you’re devoted to your morning muffin or require ice cream after dinner, the Paleo diet may not seem attractive at all. But before you dismiss it entirely, remember that natural sweeteners like honey and agave fit the Paleo plan. Even better: chocolate does too. This recipe combines honey and chocolate for a dense treat you’ll enjoy whether you go Paleo or not. Explore Recipe »

  • Serving different chutneys with Idlis and Dosa is often a culinary challenge. Take on the challenge by serving this funky dry fish chutney. Dry fish chutney is quite easy to prepare and receives a warm welcome each time it is served.Explore Recipe »

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