Diabetic-Friendly Spaghetti & Meatballs Dinner

spaghettidinnerIf your diabetes diagnosis has made spaghetti and meatballs off-limits for you, we’ve tweaked the recipe so you can enjoy this classic meal while still controlling your blood sugar.

In fact, with just a few simple changes you can transform many of your favorite meals into healthier options that are lower in carbohydrates, calories, and saturated fat. Here’s how you can make the traditional spaghetti dinner into a reformed version that’s higher in healthy fats and filling vegetables:


Traditional version

2 cups of cooked white flour spaghetti pasta topped with 1/2 cup marinara sauce topped with 5 small meatballs (1 oz. each) and served with a slice of garlic bread.

Totals: 1043 calories, 134gm carbs, 6gm fiber, 37gm fat, 10 saturated fat, 52gm protein

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Reformed Version

1 cup cooked 100% whole wheat pasta topped with 1/4 cup marinara sauce topped with 5 100% turkey breast meat meatballs(1 oz. each) served with 3 cups garden salad topped with 2 Tbs balsamic vinegar and 1 teaspoon olive oil and 1 garlic breadstick.

Totals: 619 calories, 73gm carbs, 11 gm fiber, 13.5gm fat, 2gm saturated fat, 51gm protein

Savings: 424 calories, 61gm carbs, 23.5gm fat, 8gm saturated fat, 1gm protein, increased 5gm of fiber

By adding a filling salad, changing to 100% whole grain pasta, and switching to turkey breast meat over ground beef, you can save enough calories to promote a pound a week of weight loss and dramatically reduce your post-meal blood glucose levels!

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Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, CDE.

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