Food and gifts! What would the holidays be without them? From the traditional dishes we prepare every year to the unusual and exotic specialty, from the highly frivolous gift to the perfect one matched exactly to the needs of the recipient, we strive to make the holidays wonderful by providing food and gifts for the people we love.
One of the best ways to merge these holiday standbys is to give the gift of a cookbook. This is an especially thoughtful gift for family and friends with diabetes because they can use these books to take care of themselves all through the year.
The variety represented here provides something for everyone and every style of cooking. Choose a book from any of these categories—dessert, fast and easy, specialty or gourmet. Find the perfect gift for a loved one, or choose one for yourself so you can cook in a healthy, delicious way for everyone you serve.
“Forbidden Foods Diabetic Cooking“
Indulge in all the old favorites you love without any guilt—cheesecake, candied yams, pizza, buttermilk biscuits, chocolate mousse and even faux fried foods, to name a few. An editor for Weight Watchers magazine developed these delightful, low-fat/low-calorie recipes. Each one is portion-sized to provide great taste without increasing your weight or ruining your blood-glucose control.
“Forbidden Foods Diabetic Cooking” lays out 150 recipes in categories such as “Sauces,” “Gravies and Dressings,” “Mom’s Favorites,” “Pizza and Pasta” and “Chocolate Magic.” Each recipe gives calories, fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrates, fiber, protein and exchanges. The book also teaches you how to modify your own family recipes to make them healthier without losing their flavor by giving tips to reduce salt, fat and sugar content while enhancing the flavor of other spices.
The “I Can’t Believe This Has No Sugar” Cookbook
A baking and dessert cookbook like no other! More than 150 sugar-free, cholesterol-free, dairy-free recipes for great-tasting cakes, cookies, pies, candies, breads and muffins. Some of the mouth-watering possibilities are chocolate-coconut cake, blueberry crisp, whole-wheat raisin cookies, apple-nut cinnamon rolls, pumpkin pie and fudge.
How can you make dessert without sugar, honey or artificial sweeteners, you ask? These recipes do it with all-natural sweeteners—fruits, fruit juices, fruit juice concentrates, date sugar and brown rice syrup. These sweeteners need to be counted as carbohydrates.
These recipes result in baked goods with fewer calories and a more subtle flavor. In addition, the recipes provide alternatives to wheat and corn. Substitutes such as spelt, oat, barley, teff, amaranth, brown rice, tapioca or potato flour are provided for those who are sensitive, or have allergies, to wheat or corn. The book also identifies which recipes are gluten-free for those with celiac disease. Each recipe also provides a nutritional analysis, including calories, fat, protein, carbohydrate, sodium and exchanges.
Fast and Easy
“Express Lane Diabetes Cooking”
“Express Lane Diabetic Cooking” shows you how to combine prepared foods with fresh ingredients for a quick, convenient and healthy meal. Get chicken from the deli and make Mediterranean chicken and pasta; combine fresh vegetables from the salad bar and shrimp from the freezer for a quick and easy shrimp Provencal; use fresh salmon and frozen tortellini to make a salmon tortellini.
More than 150 recipes give a full nutritive breakdown—calories, total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrate, fiber, protein and exchanges—and preparation and cooking times. The book even directs you to the appropriate section of your supermarket for specific ingredients.
“The Diabetes Snack, Munch, Nibble, Nosh Book”
You and your family eat lots of small meals and snacks because this method fits your lifestyle and helps you control your weight and blood glucose. But you may need some new ideas to add zip to your food.
Get this ultimate snack book and choose from 150 quick-to-fix, healthy snacks and mini-meals such as pizza puffs, mustard pretzels, apple-cranberry turnovers, bread puzzles, roasted asparagus, turkey tomato wrap, stuffed mushrooms and banana pops.
Special sections feature recipes for parties and crowds and decorative ideas with pizzazz for hard-to-please kids. Try celery man, pear mice, dugout canoes, mad teacups, egg sailboats and vegetable centipedes. Each recipe gives preparation time, calories, fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrates, fiber, protein and exchanges.
“Month of Meals—Quick & Easy Menus for People With Diabetes”
Yes, I have diabetes. Please make it easy for me and just tell me what to eat! This terrific menu planner does just that by providing 28 quick and tasty breakfasts, 28 lunches and 28 dinners. Each page is split into thirds so you can flip the pages and mix and match any breakfast with any lunch with any dinner. This way you end up with thousands of menu combinations.
It’s perfect for a 1,500-calorie diet, and adjustable for other calorie requirements. Each meal has the calories, fats and exchanges carefully calculated for you. The breakfasts have 350 calories, the lunches have 450 and the dinners have 550. No matter what combo you choose, your calories and exchanges are given to you and they’re balanced for the entire day.
There are five different Month of Meals sections to choose from, including “Meals in Minutes,” “Classic Cooking,” “Old-Time Favorites,” “Ethnic Delights,” and “Vegetarian Pleasures.” Get one or more and have even more combinations. Some examples of delectable recipes are marinated black beans, pot roast and gravy, corned beef hash, chicken fajitas, crustless spinach quiche and seafood stir fry.
“Healthy Mexican Cooking”
Love those fajitas but not sure they love you? Now you can cook healthy versions of the classic and much-loved Mexican recipes you grew up with or have learned to enjoy.
These recipes feature traditional foods from the Spanish, Indian and Mexican heritage made with few ingredients, quick-preparation times, low-fat ingredients and low-to-moderate calories. The author, a Hispanic registered dietitian living in Texas, gives lots of authentic information, such as a glossary of Hispanic food words, what’s in a traditional Hispanic kitchen and how important heart-healthy cooking is for Hispanic people (and everyone else, too).
Some of the many delightful foods you can prepare are tortilla soup, grilled salmon chipotle, jalapeno mushrooms, south Texas squash casserole, mango flan and about 10 different salsas. Each recipe gives calories, fat, saturated fat, fiber, sodium and exchanges.
“The New Soul Food Cookbook for People With Diabetes”
Now you can enjoy sensational, healthy recipes from the first African-American diabetic cookbook.
More than 140 recipes in all, including appetizers, soups, salads, main dishes, vegetable side dishes and desserts. Choose from Rogelle’s shrimp Creole, barbecue pulled pork, fried okra, orange sweet potatoes, corn muffins, red velvet cake, hoppin’ john and more. Each recipe gives calories, fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrate, fiber, protein and exchanges.
“Joslin Diabetes Gourmet Cookbook”
Salads tangy with arugula, Belgian endive and vinaigrette… appetizers rich with sun-dried tomatoes… crusty garlic-spiked bruschetta… fragrant basmati rice… lemon risotto… crab gumbo… fish in parchment… herb-stuffed fillet of beef.
Just because you have diabetes, you don’t have to be resigned to a life of bland and boring foods. This gourmet cookbook offers sumptuous dishes that stay within your nutritional guidelines without sacrificing flavor or your favorite foods. Along with 530 recipes created in conjunction with the Joslin Diabetes Center, you will find meal planning whether you use insulin or not, ways to reduce fat, cholesterol and sodium, and tips for satisfying your “sweet tooth.”
Menus for special occasions, such as apres-ski dinner, brunch on the porch, Friday-night buffet and New Year’s Eve dinner are included. Each recipe has calories, protein, carbohydrate, fat, fiber, cholesterol, sodium, potassium and Joslin exchanges.
All of these books and more are available at a discount price of 20 to 25 percent off the cover price from The Diabetes Mall (800) 988-4772 or online at www.diabetesnet.com.