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  • 2 c. fresh basil, loosely packed
  • ¼ c. toasted pine nuts
  • 2–3 garlic cloves, peeled (amount based on personal taste and strength of garlic variety used).
  • 1/3 c. plus 2 T. really good extra virgin olive oil
  • 2/3 c. Parmesan cheese, freshly grated

Fresh Basil Pesto

This versatile, no-cook sauce can be enjoyed with many of your favorite pasta, fish, chicken, soup, or vegetable recipes. Most modern…

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  • 4 large ripe tomatoes
  • 12 oz. fresh mozzarella, large ball
  • 1 large bunch fresh basil, washed and dried
  • 3 T. really good extra virgin olive oil.
  • 1 cup of balsamic vinegar
  • sea salt and fresh-cracked black pepper, to taste

Classic Caprese Salad with Balsamic Glaze

It’s hard to beat the classic flavor combination of fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil. However, this version adds another dimension by…

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  • 1 or 2 24 oz. jars of tomato sauce (it depends on how saucy you like it. I usually end up using 1 ½ jars because I like things pretty saucy.)
  • 3 zucchinis cut into long slices
  • 1 large tomato sliced
  • 2 cups of kale or chard, chopped (remove stem if using kale)
  • 1 egg
  • handful of fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3-4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Spices: oregano, rosemary and thyme

Vegetarian Lasagna

This vegetarian lasagna recipe is truly vegetarian and not just meat-less. By that I mean it is comprised of vegetables and…

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  • 3 TBS olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 carrots peeled and diced
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 2 small zucchini halved and sliced
  • 1 can Italian tomatoes 16 oz
  • 2 cans vegetable stock 10 oz
  • 3 c. water
  • 1 can white kidney beans drained, 16 oz
  • 3/4 c. dried elbow macaroni (or 1-2 cups leftover pasta of any shape)
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  • Calories: 75
  • Carbohydrates: 14
  • Fiber: 3
  • Protein: 4
  • per cup:

Meatless Minestrone

Minestrone is one of those amazing comfort foods that is nourishing to the soul as well as to the body. For…

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  • 2 lg. eggplants, trimmed, cut into 1/2" slices
  • 8 TBS. olive oil (more if needed)
  • 1 lg. onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 lb. ground lean beef
  • 3 tsp. salt, divided
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano
  • 1 c. water
  • 1/4 c. Parmesan cheese
  • 8 oz. sliced provolone cheese

Eggplant Parmigiana

If you have been searching for a diabetic-friendly eggplant dish, look no further! Eggplant Parmigiana is a layered baked dish, with…

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  • Cooking spray
  • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts* (10-12 oz. each)
  • 1 teaspoon salt optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 TBS. olive oil
  • 2 TBS. butter
  • 2 tablespoons capers drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Chicken Piccata

Leading off our series of Italian cuisine dishes that are a good fit for Type 2 Diabetics is Chicken Piccata. Chicken…

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