Healthy Calendar Diabetic Cooking Cookbook
Beginning on the New Year, our family made a commitment to get back on track with healthy meals. We had all gained weight and Bryan needed to make adjustments for his health concerns, prediabetes and high blood pressure. Since both of my in-laws and my father have diabetes, I am always looking for recipes that I can prepare when they eat dinner with us. I also wanted healthy food ideas that tasted good for our family meals. After all I can prepare healthy meals but if no one likes the dishes, they will pick at their dinner and then find unhealthy snacks to eat later. I can’t even fuss at the kids for doing this because I catch Bryan doing the same thing. Then I discovered Healthy Calendar: Diabetic Cooking, Second Edition by Lara Rondinelli Hamilton and Chef Jennifer Bucko Lamplough.
|Hearty Lentil Soup
What’s so great about this cookbook? It’s organized around weekly menus. Each week includes seven recipes, arranged to include one to two new recipes for five days. That’s 352 recipe ideas for me to try, meaning the kids can’t complain they have to eat the “same thing all the time.” My problem with eating healthy is not planning ahead. Sometimes when I go to cook the meal I discover I don’t have an ingredient and have to make a quick trip to the store. Sometimes I am in a hurry and don’t have time to prepare a time consuming meal and sometimes I am just not inspired to cook. The Healthy Calendar cookbook includes a weekly shopping list with all the ingredients I need. No more wondering what I will cook at the last minute! Once I have a menu and ingredients I am inspired to stick to a schedule. The dishes are ones the kids will like too, including Sweet and Sour Pour, Creamy Macaroni and Cheese or Stuffed Peppers.
The authors devote a section to stocking a healthy kitchen, healthy breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack ideas and needed kitchen utensils. They’ve also included how to change many of the recipes to make them gluten free, another idea I appreciate. The author, having been diagnosed with celiac disease, realized the importance of including gluten free recipes and tips throughout the book. Each recipe in the book has an added dietian’s tip at the bottom of the page with suggestions for substitutions and more. The only thing I would have added to the book was more full color photographs. While there are several sprinkled throughout the book, I like to see pictures for all of the recipes. It’s just a small personal preference so I can see if my dish looks the way it should when prepared.
Do you have a favorite healthy recipe? If not, you are sure to find one in this book. If you do, you’ll probably find several more.
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