Minestrone is one of those amazing comfort foods that is nourishing to the soul as well as to the body. For me, coming home to a big pot of minestrone bubbling away on the stove, filling the house with home-cooked aroma, is like walking into an embrace.

Soups are such an effective tool in eating for Type 2 Diabetes. They are full of nutrition, filling, satisfying, and are well worth the time invested in chopping and prep because the large volume means leftovers to cover several meals. Many soups can be frozen in individual portions without harming the texture, to make a good workday lunch.

Nutrition Data per 1-cup serving: 75 calories, 3g fiber, 14g carb, 4g protein