Monday Book Review: Diabetic Cooking
From the Book Description:
Get three diabetic cookbooks for the price of one. The Diabetic Cooking 3 Books in 1: Snacks, Main Dishes, Desserts is comprised of cookbooks for snacks, main dishes, and desserts—each organized into specific food categories and cooking methods. The collection includes more than 150 recipes, each accompanied by nutritional information and dietary exchanges based on the American Diabetes Association exchange lists.
The diabetic recipe collection is spiral-bound and lies flat when open for easy use. You’ll want to try these delicious and diabetic-friendly recipes:
- Asian Vegetable Rolls with Soy-Lime Dipping Sauce
- Smoked Chicken Bagel Snacks
- Pork and Plum Kabobs
- Skillet Fish with Lemon Tarragon “Butter”
- Lemon Mousse Squares
- Chocolate Chip Cookies
3 Books in 1
Finding exciting recipes can be the most challenging part of cooking for someone with diabetes, but now it can also be the most fun. Explore new cuisines and old favorites for every occasion with this dynamic 3-book collection: Snacks, Main Dishes and Desserts. You’ll find new ideas for everything from satisfying main dishes and vegetarian delights to healthy afternoon snacks an dreamy desserts–diabetic cooking has never been more enticing!
I received this book as a Christmas present one year (I also received the same cookbook in the card and collectors tin by Publications International, Ltd) and thumbed through the recipes. I let it sit on the shelf for awhile before trying some of the recipes and I must say, they are delicious.
Of course, I had to substitute some of the processed and premade ingredients for fresh, healthy ingredients but the base recipes had been created with diabetics in mind. If you see that it calls for a can of beans, substitute 10 oz of homemade. If you see it calls for a packet of some spice–chances are it has more sodium than you’re allowed in a week! Again, substitute the appropriate spices from your spice rack and create a healthier version. Use common sense, as not all recipes are good for us diabetics to have.
Some of the recipes call for meats that are just too expensive, so I would substitute a cheaper, more readily available cut of meat. Of course, if you find a cut of expensive meat on sale or clearance, by all means this cookbook would be a great way to try a new recipe on a bargain meat.
The recipes are easy to follow, some have an abundance of ingredients, so gather them before hand, follow the directions, take your time and you’ll do fine. Don’t worry that your finished dish doesn’t resemble the dish in the picture from the cookbook. They are professional cooks, photographers and food arrangers.
I give Diabetic Cooking 4.5 stars.