Need a cookbook for diabetic!

Randell Riley
By Randell Riley Latest Reply 2011-11-21 19:15:07 -0600
Started 2011-11-18 18:58:37 -0600

I`m asking how can I receive a cookbook on easy meals for my diabectic husband , I work very late hours so I need quick easy meals to prepare and not just for him for myself too! If I have to pay for a book Email me on the process. Thank You get back with me.

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Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2011-11-21 19:11:13 -0600 Report

I got mine free from an add on tv. I also get them at Walmart at the checkout counter. Easy Diabetic Recipes. You can also get recipes off Kraft Foods in the diabetic section and on many other sites. The library is a good place to look also.

realsis77 2011-11-21 10:46:00 -0600 Report

hi i got my cookbooks VERY CHEAP off ebay and :) I loved the fact I could buy used books in great shape for little to nothing!!!

RAYT721 2011-11-19 21:52:09 -0600 Report

I also give thumbs up to the suggestion of the library, which is where I get a lot of the recipes that I use. When I find a decent cookbook on their shelves, I will shop around on Ebay or Amazon or other websites to get the best pricing that I can. The main thing to know is that there is no true diabetic diet, per se. A diabetic friendly recipe is one which offers you the lowest of calories, carbs and fat that you can get with the least amount of processing. There are no magical formulas and it sometimes annoys me to see recipes in a so-called diabetic cookbook that are upwards of 60 grams of carbohydrates. That is about a day's worth of carbs for my personal goals. Carbs are not bad and they are actually necessary for fueling the body but the lower the carbs, the better. Even when I find a decent recipe that fits my taste buds and goals I will think about certain ingredient swaps when possible. About the only recipe that I use to the letter is for toast… everything else I will tweak to suit my tastes and needs. If a recipe calls for pasta, I will use Dreamfield low carb pasta. I will swap low fat this or low sodium that for ingredients tested with the high octane products to save on calories, sodium, fat, etc. Remember that a decent diet, diabetic or not, is one that offers balance of nutritional components so I try to get the most from my allowances. As far as quick and easy recipes I am right there with you. There are a lot of 30 minute (or less) cookbooks out there with the nutritional data posted so watch for them. Just remember that the more processed the food is (frozen this or canned that) the recipes may be easier but they are not necessarily healthier. Think about crock pot cooking. Think about freezing recipes and leftovers. Think about heating leftovers. Also, think about listing your favorite recipes because in time you will accumulate several months worth of tried and true favorites that work with your mind, body, soul and budget.

Type1Lou 2011-11-19 12:00:11 -0600 Report

There are many cookbooks out there…some better than others. I would NOT recommend the "Fix it and Forget it Diabetic Cookbook" by Phyllis Pellman Good because I found many of the recipes too high in carbs for me. I feel the key to successful diabetic cooking is to limit the carbs per portion. You can do this by substituting ingredients. For example, a low-carb version of lasagna would substitute the high-carb pasta noodles with either cooked cabbage or thinly sliced zucchini or eggplant. Since most of the flavor comes from the sauce, meat and cheese, I don't miss the noodles and their carbs. Learn about the carb values of foods and adapt your favorite recipes to reduce those carbs. Bon appetit!

Caroltoo 2011-11-18 19:16:11 -0600 Report

Just go the recipe listings on the website and print whatever sounds good to you. Recipes can be accessed off the Home page.

Randell Riley
Randell Riley 2011-11-18 19:34:42 -0600 Report

Thanks for the advice ,But I don`t have a printer on my computer it`s an old model trying to buy newer model next year! That`s why I want a cookbook mailed to me I`ll pay for it NO PROBLEM!! Thanks Team!!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2011-11-21 19:13:51 -0600 Report

I copy and paste recipes to a Word doc and save them in a file. You can always look at them if the computer is near the kitchen. If you have a smartphone you can copy to that and save the file on your phone.

RAYT721 2011-11-19 21:56:46 -0600 Report

Randell: another great reason for checking out the library. Our library offers 10 pages per day per patron and the copies are cheap enough. There are so few cookbooks that I've found that have more than 5 recipes that I would even consider making. That's why I usually check the library before ordering. If I find 3 recipes in a cookbook that I would make, I will copy those. If I find 15 or more, it's worth buying. - when the time is right for a new computer, drop me a line. I don't sell computers but I have helped enough people find the right product at the right price at the right time. My computer is an HP that I just bought for $279, regularly $600 retail. My printer cost $80 (all in one) and the ink refills are only $14 (my old ones were $30+).

Caroltoo 2011-11-19 00:11:35 -0600 Report

Ah…that would explain it. Sorry, I thought you just hadn't found them yet.

Could you try an online bookstore like Barnes and Noble that would mail it to you or, as James suggests below, a PDF from here to your computer. Also there are good online recipes at and some of the other sites you could google. DLife is the one I use most frequently for recipes.

I enjoy cooking but want it simple also. I tend to cook from fresh foods and simple items. I find that is the easiest and quickest way for me to serve nutritious meals. I've always worked long hours also, so do lots of preparation and some precooking on weekends. I've found getting it organized by the week helps me.

Generally avoid things like white potatoes, white bread, white flour, white rice, white sugar…you are seeing a white theme here by now, I'm sure…that's because white things have been so processed that they no longer are sources of fiber and it is the fiber that helps us keep the BG readings down. Fruit juice is another the will cause big BG spikes.

When your husband sees his dietitian, perhaps you could go along and get some pointers on things she/he feels your husband needs to avoid and what to be sure to use (avocado, almonds, low glycemic index vegetables and fruit, protein sources like eggs, fish, chicken, and etc.)

jayabee52 2011-11-18 22:55:43 -0600 Report

Howdy Rendell, WELCOME to DiabeticConnect!

Can you get to a library where they might have a few recipe books for People with Diabetes (PWDs)?

Or you might be able to get one in PDF format which you can download to your computer and then read the recipe off of the screen. You could do that with the Diabetic connect recipes too.

You can use the search feature on the landing page for the recipes to easily find most of what you're looking for.

I pray your husband is doing well coping with his condition

Blessings to you and yours

James Baker

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