Decadent Diabetes Friendly Recipes
YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL in 125 Recipes!
By Devin Alexander
More and more we hear, “Avoid processed foods.” But how do we do it, especially when we LOVE food that “isn’t good for us?” All that “junk” in the food plus sugars and salt—not our best friends when it comes to losing weight.
For those with diabetes or autoimmune disorders, these untouchables are not that easy to avoid, especially with our “grab it & go” “eating out” habits. What to do?
Learn a better way to eat. Prepare fresh and healthy dishes at home that fit in the “self-indulgent” category so you want to eat well. Satisfy yourself before you leave and when you get home. How?
Meet Devin Alexander: NY Times Bestselling Author of the Biggest Loser Cookbook Series. She’s way cool and just published, “YOU CAN HAVE IT! More than 125 Decadent Diabetes Friendly Recipes.” YOU SHOULD GET IT!
Adrianne gave this book 5 out of 5 stars. Linda gave it 4.5 Stars only because she likes to “see” what success looks like. More pictures please publishers.
Why buy a cookbook when there are so many recipes on the Internet? Well, what I find is many internet recipes flop. They don’t live up to the author’s hype. I’ve tried them and I “Unsubscribe.” Who has the time for trial and error?
I’m happy to report the recipes I’ve made from this cookbook are “as advertised.” Chef Devin gives us easy steps, covers all the bases, and shares some fun and valuable “Cook’s Notes.” Great for first-time cooks and re-learners like me.
I’m sorry to report, however, there is no e-book available (yet?). If you don’t need more “stuff” to fill your living space or lug around when you move, visit Devin’s website: sign-up for her blog, and watch her video instructions at www.devinalexander.com/diabetes/
Better yet, gift this cookbook to your mom, or your away-from-home-kids, then borrow it. It’s got burgers, tacos, pizza, nachos and Chocolate Peanut Butter Wafflewich Sliders… Hmmm… Probably safer to get two.
What is really unique about this book is that it really has no ending. Most cookbooks give you a taste of the author’s magic and that’s that. If you want more, buy another one of their cookbooks. This cookbook really has no ending because it directs you to the author’s website for tips, photos, recipes, videos and additional help on many of the recipes.
For example, if you are thinking about cooking the Thai Lime Quinoa Salad on page 73 it calls to julienne the bell peppers into matchsticks. If you have no idea what the author is talking about look at the Cook’s Notes. They are found on almost every recipe and give you additional information on tricky terms and methods. Here’s an example from page 73. “I almost always use a julienne mandolin to cut my veggies into matchsticks.” “Have no idea what “julienne” or “Mandolin is? I’m here for you. Pop over to www.devinalexander.com/diabetes and I’ll show you! I’ll even give you tips on ordering one.”
See what I mean? This is the never ending cookbook. Read it, love it, and explore the website. It’s the trifecta of yum.
Taste a sample of this phenomenal cookbook, see what we mean.
Waffle Fry BBQ Bites
SERVES: 4 • SERVING SIZE: 3 pieces • PREP TIME: 10 minutes* • COOK TIME: 15 minutes
12 (about 4 1/2 ounces) sweet potato waffle fries (preferably natural)
12 tablespoons BBQ Beef (see steps 1, 2, and 4 on page 22), reheated if necessary
1 1/2 tablespoons barbecue sauce (look for one that’s relatively low in sugar)
*If you have the BBQ Beef prepared.
1 Cook the fries according to package directions.
2 Transfer the cooked fries, evenly spaced, onto a serving platter in a single layer. Mound the beef evenly among them (about 1 tablespoon on each fry). Drizzle the sauce evenly over them.
Ideally, you’ll have 12 relatively uniform pieces of fries for this recipe. If you don’t and you’re entertaining with them, cut 12 pieces to a uniform weight of about 1/3 ounce each before you bake them. If you are not entertaining, measure out 4 ½ ounces of fries, divide the beef proportionally among the fries, and eat one fourth of the fries, beef, and the sauce per serving. Want to save even more fat and calories? Consider making the fries yourself. Visit me at www.devinalexander.com/diabetes and I’ll show you how! Plus, I’ll share tons of chef secrets, tips, and tricks.
Try to find a barbecue sauce that has no more than 6–8 g of sugar per 2 tablespoon serving. A professional would use a squirt bottle to make the drizzle of barbecue sauce look perfect on this dish. If you don’t have one, don’t worry! You can add the sauce to a resealable plastic bag (toward one of the sealed corners). Cut the very tip of that corner off, and voilá—you, too, can create a perfect drizzle. Note that this technique is a bit easier if you use a bag that is a bit thicker, like a freezer bag; really thin bags are a bit tougher to wrangle.
1/2 starch, 1/2 carbohydrate, 1 lean protein
4 g fat
0.9 g saturated fat
0 g trans fat
20 mg cholesterol
200 mg sodium
200 mg potassium
11 g carbohydrate
1 g fiber
4 g sugars
10 g protein
75 mg phosphorus
As is usual in the cookbook review business, the authors of this review where provided with a free book to assist them in their review. The fact that the book was comped, in no way effects our review.