The idea of a cookbook for diabetics doesn’t really sound all that appealing, does it? Or doesn’t it? When I was pregnant with our first child I was told by my doctor that I should eat like I was a diabetic and so I tried to do that. (I am not saying I succeeded, mind you. I’m just saying I tried.) While I wasn’t diabetic he wanted to make sure I was eating healthy and that was the easiest diet to point to. I hunted and browsed around online trying to find suitable (and tasty) recipes. I could have used this particular book back then.
Now there are three of us which makes a cookbook for two less necessary. However, it’s as simple as anything to double a recipe if you decide you’d like to do so. I also used this book to make my son and I lunches while my husband was at work. It was great to have the motivation to make a healthy meal for my two year old and I to share. It’s so easy to just try to throw something together quickly and this book encouraged me to make sure my toddler and I were well fed during the day.
The biggest question in my mind when I’m considering buying a recipe book is whether or not the ingredients are common enough throughout the book that the chances of my having the necessary items on hand are high. I don’t like recipe books which force me to go shopping for unique items. Sure, I like to make meals exciting but I’m also extremely practical and with the economy the way that it is, simple recipes are sometimes best. I can say to you that this recipe book has quite a few recipes with “general” ingredients. There are some recipes that do require some planning ahead, but most of the stuff I had on hand.
I also refuse to give a positive review of any recipe book which I have not personally experimented with. I’d hate to tell you “this book is great!” unless I had eaten the food myself. I have sampled the goods and can honestly say the dishes were good. The recipes that we tried were on the lighter side, mostly. My son and I ate the Peach Melba Breakfast Parfaits for lunch one time. As a side dish, we sampled the Cherry Apples which were quite tasty and filling. I even made home made macaroni and cheese (with veggies) for the first time ever! Prior to this I had always used the boxed macaroni and cheese but this recipe was so simple I don’t think I will ever go back to boxed. My son snarfed this down (he’s a veggie lover so having broccoli and cheese was a tremendous treat). That particular recipe was absolutely awesome and a firm family favorite. (My husband tried the leftovers and approved.) The Peach-Glazed Chicken was also a hit and was declared “a nice variant on the chicken & rice theme.”
All in all, our family really liked this book. And none of us are diabetic. I don’t think you have to be in order to take advantage of these heart healthy meals. However, if you are, each recipe tells you what Exchange/Choices have been used, along with calorie and fat counts. I found this very helpful.) Another thing that is helpful is that the recipes are catagorized as to whether they are appetizers, main dishes (further divided up between seafood, poultry and other meats), vegetarian entrees, side dishes, breakfasts and desserts, among others. It is all broken down so that you can plan meals according to calorie intake or exchanges.
Again, it’s also really easy to double the recipes to suit your needs. It is a worth while recipe book to own for evenings when you’d like to keep things light, simple and tasty. The recipes do satisfy.
The publisher has kindly agreed to give away one copy of Diabetes & Heart Healthy Meals for Two so leave a comment if you’d like to win! We’ll announce the winner on December 17.
For more easy and delicious meals, check out today’s other cookbook review, Cooking with all Things Trader Joe’s.
The winners of last week’s Flirting with Forty giveaway are:
81–Grand prize tote and book:
83 — Cassandra
Carrie comes by her book obsession honestly, having descended from a long line of bibliophiles. She blogs about books regularly at Reading to Know.
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Christina G. says
I need this cookbook. Thanks for the giveaway!
Lauralee Hensley says
My husband has just been diagnosed and hasn’t been able to get into see the disease management coordinator at the military base he is suppose to visit for his health care because there is only one Doctor doing this and she’s overbooked for quit awhile. This book would really help us both, so we know how he needs to eat now, not someday down the road when he can finally see her.
Milton Hicks says
my doctor would love it if I had this.
Michelle Jacobsen says
being a newlywed and having type 2 diabetes this would be an awesome cookbook.
please enter me!
would love to be entered.
Rhea H. says
This sounds like a great contest i more so would want this to help my big cousin with his goal to lose weight for medical reasons becuase he just found out that he has diabetes & i want him to stay focused and i know it’s hard to change habits when your not use to cooking a certain way or knowinf ideas to keep things fresh so you are not tempted to take the easy way of going to what your use to and getting that fast food
Cyndi L says
My new boyfriend is a diabetic and I am looking for good receipes for two
Susan C says
I would love to win this. My boyfriend has diabetes, and I need some healthy new recipes.
michele anne jaquays says
With all the health problems in my family–this would be great to have.
Erin Walsh says
I think everyone should try and eat like they are diabetic, we’d all be a lot healthier. Thanks for the chance to win.
christa mareny says
i need this for my mom when she comes out of hosp. been in 35 days . she has become diabetic from being on med. for to long.thanks for contests
Jennifer hedden says
BARBARA COSSIE says
I really could use this book!
veronica sandberg says
want to win this
I think that all could use this book…..it’s simply a good, healthy way to eat and to keep from becoming diabetic…..thanks!
Tammy Jean says
My dad and I have Diabetes this cookbook would help us.We both struggle with our diet
Erma Hurtt says
I could really use this. Thanks for the chance to win.
Terry C says
This sounds like a great cookbook. Thanks for the giveaway!
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Kayte Watts says
I would love this- I tend to gravitate towards Paula Deen type dishes-we need some balance!
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Linda Howard says
Please enter me. I would give this to a friend who has diabetes. Thanks!
Kimberly L says
I have been an insulin diabetic now for nearly 27 years, this would be perfect for my husband and I. I am always looking for recipes that are healthy for my condition, and overall for my husband. This would be perfect.
Anita W says
I am a diabetic, so this cookbook looks inspirational.
John B says
Since it’s just me and my wife, this would be perfect for quick, healthy meals for two busy people.
John I says
I have pre diabetes and would be interested in this book.
I would love to win this book. My significant other was just diagnosed with diabetes, and I would love to learn some quick and easy recipes to cook that are good for his health.
joni chadwell says
MY DAD NEEDS THIS. DIABETES IS ON BOTH SIDES OF MY FAMILY
My husband is diabetic, and I have a medical condition that makes me more likely to develop diabetes, so this would be perfect for us. Thanks for the offer!
Count me in. I have a friend that was just diagnosed.
I’m diabetic & 2 of us live in the house (4 if you count the cats). This would be very nice.
Jennifer Barr says
looks like a great cookbook 🙂
D. Martin says
I really need a cookbook like this! I would love to win!
We could use some heart healty recipes. Thanks so much for sharing!
Melinda L Smith says
my husband is a diabetic-so this win would be great
John Miller says
I could really use a cookbook like this for my Mom and Dad!
Amy A says
Oh I need these. I had gestational diabetes and may need to go back on medication. This would be great!
This would be great for my dad who has diabetes
I’d love to win this because my Dad is a diabetic. Thank you for the giveaway!
This sounds like a great cookbook. I admit I’d keep it for myself I’ve had diabetes since 2003 and am always looking for good recipes. Thank You for the chance to win one and Merry Christmas
Being diabetic and not much of a cook, this sounds like a great cookbook for me.
Jennifer Short says
My mother is a diabetic and this would be a great cookbook!
Betsy P says
This book would definitely get used at our home.
Betty Green says
I would find this really helpful. I have one daughter who is diabetic and one pre-diabetic.
kathy pease says
PLEASE COUNT ME IN ON THIS AWESOME GIVEAWAY 🙂
Just got my blood test results in and my glucose level keeps riseing. So its time for me to take a look at this type of cook book.
L Knott says
As a diabetic the food game is always a challenge. Thanks for the chance to win!