Diabetes-Friendly Dinner the Whole Family Will Love!

September 1, 2015

My friend, an art teacher, called me in tears. Her husband had just been diagnosed with type II diabetes. She spent an hour with a dietitian at the hospital, but still didn’t know what to make for dinner. Actually, what to make that was quick and easy and that her husband would eat.

She’s not alone. How many of you know someone, a friend, a family member or perhaps yourself, who are dealing with this disease? It seems to touch everyone. While promoting my latest book, Mix ‘n’ Match Meals in Minutes for People with Diabetes, I was surprised at every interview people came up to me for more information for someone they knew.

Here’s an astounding fact:
According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), there are about 20.8 million children and adults in the United States who have diabetes and 54 million people who are pre-diabetic.

And another point for all of us:
The ADA says people with diabetes have the same nutritional needs as anyone else. We all need a healthful way to eat.

Here’s a quick, tasty recipe that will please the whole family.

Cheers and bon appetite!


Steamed broccoli and potatoes take on new flavors with the addition of saffron. This side dish is the perfect accompaniment to a sauteed fish fillet with scallion topping.

Helpful Hints:

  • Bijol or turmeric can be substituted for saffron. Although the flavor will be altered, the dish is still very good
  • Tilapia, also known as St. Peter’s fish, is now being farm raised and is available in many supermarkets. It is a flaky-white fish. Any type of non-oily fish fillet can be substituted in this recipe
  • Frozen raspberries are used for the dessert. Make sure they are frozen without sugar syrup
  • Frozen broccoli can be used instead of fresh
  • If you don’t have a steamer, use a large saucepan and place the potatoes and broccoli in a metal strainer or colander just large enough to sit in the pan with the bottom above the water level.


  • Start broccoli and potatoes
  • Make dessert
  • Saute fish
  • Finish broccoli and potatoes.


Here are the ingredients you’ll need for tonight’s Dinner in Minutes.

To buy:

  • Grocery section: 1 small package saffron threads
  • Frozen section: 1 package frozen raspberries (not in sugar syrup)
  • Produce section: 1/2 lb yellow potatoes, 3/4 lb broccoli florets, 1 lemon, 1 small bunch scallions, 2 kiwi fruits,
  • Seafood: 3/4 lb Tilapia fillets (or other white fish fillet)


  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Black peppercorns

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Linda Gassenheimer is the author of fourteen cookbooks including her newest, Prevention’s Fit and Fast Meals in Minutes and Mix ‘n Match Meals in Minutes for People with Diabetes. Email Linda at You can visit Linda on her web page at

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