Diabetes Month, a dozen healthy recipes made just for you!

November 2, 2012

Vietnamese PhoNovember is Diabetes awareness month and I’m sharing 12 healthy recipes from CanolaInfo’s Diabetes Canada Calendar.

We are all touched by family and friends who have diabetes.  My dad had it.

Why did CanolaInfo partner with the Diabetes Calendar?  Because heart disease is one of the leading causes of death around the world and people with diabetes are especially at risk – more than 65% (2 out of 3) die from these afflictions. Heart attacks also occur earlier in life with diabetes.

A healthy heart is a happy heart and taking care of your heart is one of the most important things you can do for your health.  Eating and cooking and following a heart healthy diet is the key.  It significantly affects your risk and management of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer.

Traditional Pan-Fried TroutAnd we know that small changes can make a big difference.  The Diabetes calendar is filled with easy to follow tips, information and recipes.  One small change to make is having canola oil in your kitchen.  It’s the all-in-one oil that can be used for just about any cooking application as far as fats and oils are concerned.  Plus you can’t get more heart-smart. Canola oil has the least saturated fat of all common culinary oils and is free of trans fat and cholesterol.


Check out our Pinterest board for a visual collage of the heart healthy diabetic friendly recipes listed below.

Crunchy wild rice salad

Mexican Cilantro Bean Spread With Home-Fried Taco Chips
Wheatberry and Lentil Salad
Japanese Sesame Slaw
Pan Fried Pickerel
Tofu Black Bean Stir-fry
Pork Fajitas with Mango
Stir-Fried Bok Choy with Jumbo Prawns
Chunky Grilled Vegetable Gaucamole
Crunchy Wild Rice Salad with Blackberry Dressing
Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing
Curried Lentils and Vegetables
Honey Rhubarb Sesame Chicken

Be Well…Ellen

Crunchy Wild Rice Salad with Blackberry Dressing

Crunchy Wild Rice Salad with Blackberry Dressing


  • 1/2 cup wild rice (125 mL)
  • 2 cups water (500 mL)
  • 1/2 cup celery diced (125 mL)
  • 1/2 cup cumumber diced (125 mL)
  • 1/4 cup green onion chopped (60 mL)
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blackberries divided (125 mL)
  • 3 Tbsp red wine vinegar (45 mL)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp canola oil (20 mL)
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar (10 mL)
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper (1 mL)
  • 1/4 cup toasted pecans chopped (60 mL)


  1. In a large saucepan, combine rice and water. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer for 60 minutes. Remove from heat with lid still on and allow to stand for 30 – 60 minutes until desired texture is achieved. Drain and cool.
  2. In a large bowl, combine rice, celery, cucumber and green onion.
  3. Prepare dressing: Whisk well or use blender to combine 1/4 cup of the blackberries, red wine vinegar, canola oil, sugar and pepper.
  4. When ready to serve in a large bowl or individual plates, place rice mixture on bottom, sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup blackberries, pecans and drizzle attractively with dressing.

About the Author



Ellen is two things: bossy and a foodie. She loves to tell everyone why they should cook with canola oil by indulging in her love of cooking and teaching. Follow Ellen on twitter @Ellen_Pruden.

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2 thoughts on “Diabetes Month, a dozen healthy recipes made just for you!”

  1. Wendy

    06. Nov, 2012

    I just pinned all of these new recipes to try!

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    • Jenn


      07. Nov, 2012

      Thanks Wendy! Pinterest is such a great way to store online recipes that you want to re-visit and make. Enjoy making these new recipes!
      Be Well…

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