Empty Nester Menus

Breakfast, lunch, and dinners perfect for when it's just one or two of you.

By Jeannette Parssi

Does it drive you nuts trying to cook diabetes-friendly meals for just yourself and your spouse? Or maybe it's the math you have to do to figure out how to make a recipe serve just one or two. Here's a great selection of diabetes-friendly, delicious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. These take the frustration (and the math) out of cooking for just you. Each menu below has been designed for one or two people.

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Breakfast #1
Oatmeal Bacon Pancakes
Scrambled Eggs with Cheese
Fresh Raspberries

Breakfast #2
Parsley Omelet
2 Slices of Bacon

Breakfast #3
Egg and Potato Casserole
Strawberry and Mango Salad

Breakfast #4
Egg in the Bread
Oven Baked Cinnamon Grapefruit

Breakfast #5
Wake-up Smoothie
Canadian Bacon Cornbread


Lunch #1
Dill Chicken Salad
Garlic Parmesan Croutons

Lunch #2
Pesto Tuna Sandwiches
Apple Salad with French Dressing

Lunch #3
Savory Turkey Mushroom Burgers
Sweet Potato Chips with Fresh Tomato Salsa

Lunch #4
Crabmeat Salad
Mint Raspberry and Black Currant Tea

Lunch #5
Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
Italian Style Tomato Soup


Dinner #1
"Fried Chicken"
Carrot and Cabbage Stew
Spiced Tea

Dinner #2
Spiced Rubbed Flank Steak
Oven Baked Okra
Sauteed Banana Slices with Yogurt Cream

Dinner #3
Grilled Salmon with Fresh Herb Sauce
Leek and Chard Bisque
Cucumber Tomato Onion Salad
Low Carb Almond Cream with Berries

Dinner #4
Lynnie Lynn's Quick Baby Back Ribs
Peppered Cauliflower
Spinach Salad
Raspberry Dream Mousse

Dinner #5
Crayfish Tails
Black Bean Salad
Garlic and Jalapeno Collard Greens

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Last Modified Date: August 06, 2013

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