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9 Cookbooks For Diabetics Who Want Mouth-Watering Meals

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Diabetics know that portion control and balancing their carbohydrate and sugar intake are an important part of living with the condition. It can be overwhelming to try and ensure every meal is diabetes-friendly, which is why CircleAround rounded up a series of cookbooks to help make cooking easy, fun, and cost-effective. Those who are diabetics can be assured that their families will enjoy these recipes just as much. From Mediterranean cooking fans to vegan diners, anyone can enjoy these mouthwatering dishes.

1. The American Diabetes Association Diabetes Comfort Food Cookbook

Comfort food favorites need not disappear from your diet completely, thanks to The American Diabetes Association Diabetes Comfort Food Cookbook by Robyn Webb. Webb specifically designed the recipes to accommodate all appetites, saving diabetic cooks time and money with one meal the entire family can enjoy. Hamburger sliders, chicken pot pie, and even mac ‘n cheese are all on offer with modified ingredients that provide the same level of comfort the non-diabetic versions do.

2. The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook: A Flavorful, Heart-Healthy Approach to Cooking

Touted as one of the healthiest diets overall, the Mediterranean diet is a great choice for diabetics. This type of cuisine can improve blood sugar, aid in weight loss, and help people feel more full as it has ingredients rich in natural fats and omega-3s. Author Amy Riolo introduces readers to recipes from Mediterranean cultures (where the name of the diet comes from), such as Valencian seafood paella, Greek chicken souvlaki, and mussels in tomato-saffron broth. “If you’ve never made mussels before, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is,” she tells CircleAround. “Buy the freshest mussels possible and use only mussels that are closed and have no cracks.” With The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook, diabetics can enjoy flavor-rich, international cuisine without compromising on health. 

3. The Complete Cookbook for the Diabetic Vegans

Vegans with diabetes don’t have to adjust their diet much, but they do have to ensure there is a healthy balance of vegetables and proteins in their meals. Most importantly, they must watch their carbohydrate intake. Author Alice S. Moore provides an incredible resource for vegans with The Complete Cookbook for The Diabetic Vegans: A Kitchen Guide To Over 30 Plant-Based Vegetarian Recipes for Diabetic Vegans. Vegan curries, stir-fries, roasted tofu, and more provide vegans with a variety of healthy choices, which take the guesswork out of meal prep and planning for two kinds of diets. 

4. Meal Prep Diabetes Cookbook: 4 Weeks of Easy Meal Plans

Modifying any diet takes work. This can be overwhelming for any home cook, so Kathy Birkett, RDN, LD, created four weeks of meal plans tailored for diabetics with her Meal Prep Diabetes Cookbook. It goes beyond just recipes; Birkett includes helpful instructions and tips for things like batch cooking, and how to reuse one ingredient for several meals so cooks can save money in the process. Grocery lists, recipes, and step-by-step instructions for meal prep and cooking help keep things organized in the kitchen so diabetic cooks can create meals like broccoli chickpea salad, overnight oatmeal with seasonal fruit, and teriyaki beef and red quinoa bowls. 

5. The Type 2 Diabetic Cookbook & Action Plan: A Three-Month Kickstart Guide for Living Well With Type 2 Diabetes

Once you’ve mastered the art of meal prep for a month, you can go further with this collection of resources compiled by Martha Mckittrick, RD, and Michelle Anderson. Mckittrick and Anderson help diabetics build upon the basics of cooking, meal prep, and diabetes management, allowing cooks to sharpen their skills over a three-month process. Vegetarian recipes and those for meat lovers are easy to find in The Type 2 Diabetic Cookbook & Action Plan, as well as recipes for sweets and desserts. This three-month process ensures mealtime never gets boring so diabetics can focus on other aspects of their lives.

6. Diabetic Air Fryer Cookbook

Air fryers have become a staple in many kitchens, and even world-famous chefs like Gordon Ramsay have endorsed the appliance. They use convection heating to cook meats, vegetables, and more to perfection, with less fat and oil than traditional dryers or sauteed meals. They are also known for helping revive leftovers better than the microwave. With help from author Erica Diason, the Diabetic Air Fryer Cookbook: The Ultimate Guide to Prepare Healthy Air Fryer Fried Food With Low Fat, Low Sugar, and Low Carb to Manage Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes helps diabetics use this kitchen gadget to prepare the healthiest versions of things like onion rings, chicken wings, sweet potato fries, and even chocolate cake. 

7. The 4-Ingredient Diabetes Cookbook

There’s no reason to spend copious amounts of money on complicated ingredients in order to eat healthier. Author Nancy S. Hughes develops recipes that are simple to cook and don’t break the bank, with The 4-Ingredient Diabetes Cookbook: Simple, Quick and Delicious Recipes Using Just Four Ingredients or Less! Inside, diabetics will find over 175 recipes using only four ingredients, all of which meet the American Diabetes Association’s nutritional standards. Everything from drinks to desserts are provided for a truly unique and easy cooking experience everyone can enjoy.

8. Diabetes Slow Cooker Cookbook: Recipes for Balanced Meals and Healthy Living

For those who truly want to “set it and forget it,” cookbook authors Shelby Kinnaird, MS, and Simone Harounian, RDN, CDCES, came up with a series of slow cooker recipes that save time and money without compromising on quality and health. Kinnaird and Harounian developed their recipes based on their experiences with type 2 diabetes, and include tips on how to plate food so there is a healthy balance of ingredients. Upside-down shepherd’s pie with lentils, chicken Parmesan meatballs, and carrot walnut coffee cake are just some of the creative recipes diabetics can enjoy even on a busy schedule, with help from the Diabetes Slow Cooker Cookbook.

9. The Betty Crocker Diabetes Cookbook 

Dark chocolate cupcakes, blueberry almond brown bread, and Buffalo chicken pizza — this household name seems to have a recipe for every kind of home cook, and, fortunately, Betty Crocker recipe developers have created a series of meal ideas for diabetic fans. Each version of the book includes “140 quick, easy-to-make, and delicious recipes for breakfasts, lunches, dinners, desserts, and more,” along with sample menu ideas for special occasions. The Betty Crocker Diabetes Cookbook also includes reference information like carbohydrate counts, and nutritionists make sure that each version contains the latest medical and nutrition information from the International Diabetes Center.


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