Everything Easy Pre-Diabetes Cookbook 200 Healthy Recipes to Help Reverse and Manage Pre-Diabetes By guest author Bobbie Kitto Two recipes included: Spicy Thai Style Peanut Noodles and Berry Fruit Tart The National Diabetes Statistic Report, 2020 released by the CDC estimates that as of 2018, 88 million Americans are pre-diabetic. Maybe you are thinking that’s because those people are overweight or have poor eating habits…and that’s not me? Don’t be so sure. Sure, being overweight can lend a hand in being pre-diabetic but being obese is up to 70% inherited. Even with a strong will to eat better and exercise more you will be fighting your inherited gene pool. Auther Lauren Harris-Pincus suggests that visiting a qualified healthcare professional to give you guidance to head off becoming a type 2 diabetic is a good plan. Lauren knows what she is talking about since she is a registered dietitian in private practice. She is the founder and owner of Nutrition Staring You, LLC. She specializes in weight management and pre-diabetes. She has been featured in hundreds of major publications, radio and podcasts. Besides her current book, she has authored The Protein-Packed Breakfast Club. The Everything Easy Pre-Diabetes Cookbook contains 200 easy to prepare recipes. Many of the recipes can be made in 30 minutes or less and are so delicious that neither you nor your family will believe they came from a Health cookbook. To get a feel for the treats you are in for you might want to take a look at the YouTube video . Here you can see Lauren demonstrate in her kitchen how to make a Berry Fruit Tart that can be eaten for breakfast or a dessert! Also, in this video she demonstrates how to make Spicy Thai Peanut Noodles. When was the last time you saw pasta as a healthful dish? Besides giving several tasty options to eat, Lauren explains the need for upping our fiber intake and how to get that extra fiber in your diet. She also explains how we all need certain foods including fruit. Hard to believe diabetics need to eat fruit too! She explains that moderation is key to a healthy diet and meal planning. I gave this book 5 shinny stars because it was easy to read, full of helpful information (Lauren suggests that before you rush out or start shopping on line for all that exercise equipment, you might want to do some research and be sure that you really will use a treadmill.) This is really a great cookbook. Even if you ignored all the useful information, you would like this book in your collection as a good go to book for quick and delicious meals. Take this book for a taste spin. These recipes are perfect for the Northwest palate. Recipes Berry Fruit Tart Ingredients: 1 (8“) high-fiber, low-carb flour tortilla 1⁄2 cup low-fat ricotta cheese 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon lemon zest, divided 2 packets stevia or preferred sweetener 4 medium strawberries, stemmed and thinly sliced 10 medium blueberries, halved 2 medium raspberries, halved 3 medium blackberries, halved Instructions: Preheat oven or toaster oven to 300°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place tortilla on sheet and spray with cooking spray. Bake 10 minutes or until crispy but not burned, and set aside. In a small bowl, combine ricotta, lemon juice, 1⁄2 teaspoon lemon zest, and stevia. Spread ricotta mixture on baked tortilla. Top ricotta mixture with fruit by arranging strawberries on outer edge, then a ring of blueberries inside strawberry circle. Place raspberries and blackberries in center. Garnish with remaining 1⁄2 teaspoon lemon zest. Slice into six slices with a pizza cutter and serve. Spicy Thai Style Peanut Noodles Ingredients: 1 pound dry whole-grain angel-hair or thin spaghetti pasta 3 teaspoons sesame oil, divided 1 small red onion, peeled and diced 4 medium cloves garlic, peeled and minced 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and diced 1⁄2 cup low-sodium vegetable broth 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter, no added sugar 2 tablespoons lime juice 1⁄2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes 3 medium scallions, chopped 1⁄4 cup chopped peanuts Instructions: In a large pot, bring water to a boil and cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt. Drain. Add 1 teaspoon oil to cooked pasta and toss well to coat. Set aside. In a medium saute\u0301 pan over medium heat, heat remaining 2 teaspoons sesame oil. Add onion, garlic, and ginger and saute\u0301 2 minutes. Add bell pepper and saute\u0301 3 minutes. Remove pan from heat. Stir in broth, peanut butter, lime juice, red pepper flakes, scallions, and peanuts. Add pasta and toss well to coat. Serve immediately. # # # The Everything Easy Pre-Diabetes Cookbook: 200 Healthy Recipes to Help Reverse and Manage Pre-Diabetes by Lauren Harris-Pincus | Oct 19, 2021 $13.79 Note: Roberta (Bobbie) Kitto is a freelance writer based out of Laughlin, NV. Her interests include travel, culinary pursuits and gardening. No fee was paid for this article, but she did receive a copy of the book to review . Her opinions are her own. To make the best of each recipe, use quality ingredients! Bobbie highly recommends products from Melissa’s Produce, available at many markets.