Recipe Bank

Carb-Counted Family-Friendly Recipes

Michelle MacPhee
D-Mom

As a Diabetes-mom I'm always looking for new ideas for meals, snacks and special occasions. I'm thrilled when I find recipes that are nutritious, taste great and are meticulously* carb-counted. I started collecting our family's favourites and those from other T1D families to build this collection of the most popular main dishes, sweet treats, savoury snacks, and special occasion foods (Mother's/Father's Day, Easter/Spring, Hallowe'en, Christmas, Valentine's Day) including gluten-free, dairy-free and/or low carb options. I hope your family enjoys these recipes as much as my family does!

(*Because my son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at just over one year of age, I know the negative impact on a small body of being only a couple grams of carbs off. So I'm precise when I calculate carbs!)

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Breakfast

Pepperoni Pizza Muffins

For school lunches, or for Father’s Day breakfast-in-bed surprise … these mozza-cheesy pizza muffins are easy to make, so kids of all ages can lend a hand. And who doesn’t love pizza for breakfast?!

  • Grab-&-Go Breakfast
  • School Lunch/Snack
  • Father's Day
  • Gluten-Free version
  • Nut-Free (School Safe)

Mini Frittata with Veggies

Make-ahead and freeze these one-bite egg, veggie, meat, and/or cheese Frittatas, filling them with your child’s favourite ingredients. Then simply heat and serve for a quick breakfast, snack or school lunch.

  • Fun Veggies!
  • Grab-&-Go Breakfast
  • School Lunch/Snack
  • Make ahead
  • Easy! Kids can help
  • Low Carb
  • Naturally Gluten- & Nut-Free
  • Dairy-Free option

Healthy No-Flour Breakfast Cookies TROPICAL COCONUT...OATMEAL RAISIN...PUMPKIN PIE...BLUEBERRY CHOC CHIP...MAPLE WALNUT

Starting with a rolled oat + nut butter base, you have the flexibility to customize your cookies by adding your family’s favourite dried fruits, nuts and seeds. Make a different creation every time!

  • Grab-&-Go Breakfast or Snack
  • Healthy Treat
  • Easy! Kids can help
  • Low GI
  • Gluten-Free (flour-less)
  • Dairy-Free / Vegan

Mom-Saver Hashbrown Casserole

Classic make-ahead, 1-pan, breakfast-in-bed. A hearty combination of protein (egg, ham & cheese) and starch (hash browns, crushed cornflakes) that will fill everyone up! EASY, so the kids can help; TASTY, so everyone’s happy; SIMPLE, so no one has to stress.

  • Make-ahead, 1-pan meal
  • Mother's Day
  • Easy! Kids can help
  • Gluten Free version
  • Nut-Free (School-Safe)

Jumbo Pumpkin Pancakes

This recipe is easy, so kids can get in on the act; it uses canned pumpkin, which is inexpensive, a good source of fibre, and readily available all year round. But if all that sounds a little TOO healthy, then pour on the maple syrup, top with whipped cream, and ENJOY!

  • Healthy Treat
  • Father's Day
  • Mother's Day
  • Gluten Free version
  • Nut-Free (School-Safe)
  • Dairy-Free

Chocolate Chia Pudding

Fibre-rich and low carb, chia pudding is a great alternative to overnight oats: prep the chia seeds the night before, then customize the next day by adding your favourite seeds, nuts, and fresh or dried fruit for a quick, nutritious breakfast or mid-afternoon snack.

  • Breakfast; Snack
  • Nutritious
  • One-Bowl Meal
  • No-bake
  • Low Carb
  • Low GI
  • Naturally Gluten-Free
  • Nut-Free version
  • Dairy-Free / Vegan

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Lunch & Supper

Sweet Potato Sheet Pan Supper

WITH BLACK BEANS + CORN

This black bean, corn and sweet potato meal is simple to make and nutritious, packed with vegetables and other whole foods. One pan means quick clean-up!

  • Easy, One-Pan Meal
  • Low GI
  • Naturally Gluten-, Nut- & Dairy-Free
  • Vegan adaptable

Chicken Souvlaki Kebabs

This low carb, summer grilling recipe is great for a camping trip or a backyard BBQ… or prep it in advance for a quick after-work meal.

  • Make-ahead Supper
  • Camping / Grilling
  • Low Carb
  • Gluten-, Nut-, & Dairy-Free

Ground Chicken Chili

If you could use a little comfort today, a hot bowl of chicken chili is just the antidote; low-fat ground chicken (or turkey), plus beans, tomatoes and mushrooms.

  • Easy, One-Pot Meal
  • Make-ahead
  • Winter-Warm-Up
  • Comfort Food
  • Camping/Grilling
  • Low GI
  • Gluten- & Nut-Free
  • optionally Dairy-Free

Moroccan Rice & Beans

WITH CHICK PEAS & RAISINS

Quick and easy, one-pot meal… healthy, all-natural ingredients… gluten-free and dairy-free… low on the Glycemic Index.

  • Easy, One-Pot Meal
  • Winter-Warm-Up
  • Low GI
  • Gluten-Free
  • Dairy-Free / Vegan

Southwest Beef Chili

WITH CORN & SALSA

An easy, one-pot, naturally gluten-free, high fibre, hearty warm-up for cold winter days.

  • Easy, One-Pot Meal
  • Make-ahead
  • Winter-Warm-Up
  • Comfort Food
  • Camping/Grilling
  • Low GI
  • Gluten-, Nut- & Dairy Free

Corn Muffins (GF)

Match these honey-sweetened, gluten-free corn muffins with Southwest Beef Chili for a complete, comfort-food meal to warm the ones you love.

  • Healthy Snack
  • Supper Side
  • Winter-Warm-Up
  • Comfort Food
  • Gluten-Free
  • Nut-Free (School Safe)

Crispy Zucchini Fritters

Looking for new ideas for school lunches and snacks? Looking for ways to get your kids to eat more veggies? These savoury waffles taste great warm for lunch at home, or even luke-warm by snack-time at school, and are quick and easy to make (only 4 steps).

  • School Lunch/Snack
  • Grab-&-Go Breakfast
  • Healthy Snack
  • Supper Side
  • Fun veggies!
  • Gluten-Free option
  • Nut-Free (School Safe)

Warm Vermicelli Noodle Bowl

WITH GRILLED PORK

This fresh and tasty dish is full of healthy, natural ingredients, and has become a favourite in our house. The chopping and marinating can be done in advance, making the meal a quick and easy pull-together for busy days.

  • Easy Supper
  • Grilling
  • Fun Veggies!
  • Low GI
  • Gluten-Free
  • Nut-Free (optional)
  • Dairy-Free

Watermelon Feta Salad

WITH WALNUTS & OLIVES

This easy summer salad is refreshing and nutritious: Watermelon, a hydrating fruit, is combined with the good fats in feta, olive oil, and walnuts, slowing down carb-digestion and mediating post-meal blood glucose.

  • Summer Fun!
  • Supper Side
  • Nutritious
  • Gluten-Free

Spooky Tomato Rice Soup

This nutritious home-made tomato, rice, basil and coconut milk soup is made with healthy ingredients for you, and decorated with a spooky Halloween cheese cut-out for your little one.

  • Halloween
  • Fun Veggies!
  • Winter-Warm-Up
  • Low GI
  • Low Carb
  • Gluten- & Nut-Free
  • Vegetarian + Vegan-adaptable

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Snacks & Treats

PB & O Protein Balls

WITH PEANUT BUTTER, OATS & CHOCOLATE CHIPS

A quick and easy, portable snack for families on the go, these sweet-with-a-hint-of-salty protein and oat balls are simple enough for kids to make, yummy enough that you can’t eat just one, and healthy enough that you don’t have to!

  • Grab-&-Go Breakfast
  • Healthy Snack
  • No bake
  • Easy! Kids can help
  • Low GI
  • GF option
  • Dairy-Free

I ♥ Cheesy Crackers

A savoury alternative for Valentine’s Day, these bite-sized, heart-shaped Cheese Crackers have only 5 ingredients (that you probably already have on hand), presenting a healthy, convenient, and preservative-free alternative to commercially-made crackers.

  • Valentine's Day
  • School Lunch/Snack
  • Healthy Snack
  • Gluten-Free option
  • Nut-Free (School Safe)

Fruit Smoothie Popsicles PEACH MELBA... CANADA COLADA... MOCHACCINO

Fresh or frozen fruit transformed into popsicles… or skip the freezer and serve as a morning smoothie. Three flavour variations: raspberry-peach; tropical pineapple + coconut + banana; day-revving coffee + chocolate.

  • Healthy Treat
  • Breakfast
  • Summer Fun!
  • Low GI
  • Gluten-Free
  • Nut-Free option

Smash 'em! Trail Mix FOR BACK-TO-SCHOOL

This trail mix is made completely for – and by – kids! It was even created by 8-year-old Gemma, all on her own. We’ve outlined some sweet-and-salty, (mostly) healthy, nut-free (ok for school snack-time), gluten-free ingredients… but your kids can get creative and add their favourite bits and bites to make their own unique creation.

  • School Lunch/Snack
  • Healthy Snack
  • Easy! Kids can do it
  • Gluten-Free
  • Nut-Free (optional)
  • Dairy-Free

Pepperoni Pizza Crisps (Keto)

These pepperoni Pizza Crisps are low-carb, high flavour, keto-friendly, carb-counted and versatile: use your family’s favourite pizza toppings for a quick, easy, YUMMY snack.

  • School Lunch/Snack
  • Fun Veggies!
  • Easy! Kids can help
  • Low Carb
  • Gluten-Free
  • Nut-Free (School Safe)

Banana Nice Cream CHOCOLATE, BERRY, OR PIÑA COLADA

A simple, 4-ingredient take-off on ice cream... Nutritious, low fat, sweet frozen treat that's good for you! 3 flavour variations.

  • Healthy Treat
  • Summer Fun!
  • Low GI
  • Gluten- & Nut-Free
  • Dairy-Free (Vegan) Option

Creamy Sweet Pepper Boats

These low-carb red, orange or yellow pepper “boats," layered with cream cheese and bacon bits, make a great school-ready lunch idea.

  • School Lunch
  • Fun Veggies
  • Easy! Kids can help
  • Low Carb
  • Naturally Gluten-Free
  • Nut-Free (School Safe)

Raspberry Fool

This summer dessert is perfect when the berries are at their best. It’s not too sweet to send blood sugars into orbit; but it is rich. Use any berries that are in season.

  • Healthy Treat
  • Summer Fun!
  • Low Carb
  • Low GI
  • Gluten- & Nut-Free

Chocolate Black Bean Brownies

A healthy treat that doesn’t taste like one! Made with high fibre black beans, gluten-free oats and dairy-free chocolate chips, these rich, chocolatey brownies are free of most major allergens (making them the ideal take-along for a party or potluck) and yummy enough that they’ll never know they’re eating beans!

  • School Lunch/Snack
  • Healthy Treat
  • Lower carb than regular brownies
  • Gluten-Free
  • Nut-Free (School Safe)
  • Dairy-Free / Vegan adaptable

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Chocolate Cherry Bark

A decadent sweet and salty treat, yet surprisingly easy to make… you can enjoy this cashew and dried-cherry Chocolate Bark any day of the year.

  • Valentine's Day
  • Sweet Treat
  • GF option

Natural Dye Easter Eggs

No need to spend money on natural dye kits. You can use things that are easily accessible and are probably lounging in your pantry as we speak. This recipe includes all natural ingredients, so after you decorate them, you can enjoy eating them for Easter brunch.

  • Easter / Spring
  • Healthy
  • Low carb
  • Gluten-Free
  • Nut-Free (School Safe)
  • Dairy-Free

Two-Bite Brownie Nests WITH CANDY EGGS

You can create these yummy and adorable spring nests using your favourite brownie recipe, or… for the low-fuss, super-easy version, just buy two pre-made ingredients, assemble and you’re done!

  • Easter / Spring
  • Sweet Treat
  • No bake option
  • Easy & Fun for Kids!
  • Gluten-Free option

Spring Cake Pops

A mixture of cake and icing, dipped in colourful chocolate… cake pops are yum on a stick!

  • Easter / Spring
  • Birthday Party
  • Sweet Treat
  • Gluten-Free option
  • Nut-Free

Flower Lemon Tarts

Spruce up your spring… celebrate the sun (and the Son!)… brighten your Easter dinner with these yummy (and easy) Lemon Tart Flowers… carb-counted (as always).

  • Easter / Spring
  • Mother's Day
  • Sweet Treat
  • Nut-Free (School Safe)

Sweet & Salty Pretzel Flowers

Candy-coated chocolates on pretzels make a sweet and salty, kid-approved treat for Mom for Mother’s Day, or an easy, yummy cooking activity for you and your kids to do together.

  • Mother's Day
  • Easter / Spring
  • Sweet Treat
  • No baking
  • Easy & Fun for Kids
  • Nut-Free (School Safe)

Healthy Hallowe'en Gummies

These home-made gummies contain only natural fruit sugars, and use your favourite ready-made or home-made smoothies. We’ve also included an adaptation here for a higher-glucose version that you can use as a home-made treatment for low blood sugar.

  • Hallowe'en
  • No Baking
  • Quick & Easy
  • Customize it!
  • Low Carb
  • Gluten-Free
  • Nut-Free

Chocolate Cookie Witch Hats

These adorable Witch Hats use ready-made ingredients so you can whip up a batch… QUICK!

  • Hallowe'en
  • Sweet Treat
  • No Baking
  • Easy & Fun for Kids
  • Gluten-Free option

Mint Chocolate Krispie Frankenstein Bars

A minty twist on the classic rice krispies treat, these adorable, chocolate-dipped monsters come stomping into your spooky celebration!

  • Hallowe'en
  • Sweet Treat
  • Gluten-Free option
  • Dairy-Free
  • Nut-Free (School Safe)

Pecan Pie Dessert Balls

Bite-sized chocolate-dipped, ground-pecan + graham cracker + maple treats: popular at holiday parties; keep well in the freezer to serve surprise guests; elevate your Christmas Eve game for Santa Claus!

  • Holiday Party
  • Sweet Treat
  • Gluten-Free (Optional)
  • Dairy-Free / Vegan

Christmas Tree Piñatas

No-bake “edible Christmas crackers”... Fill them with candies, nuts, cereal or a small trinket for a unique, homemade gift or party favour. Half the fun is breaking them open to find the surprise inside!

  • Christmas
  • Party Favour
  • Sweet Treat
  • Easy & Fun for Kids
  • Gluten-Free
  • Nut-Free

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