The Ultimate Cookbook???

By RAYT721 Latest Reply 2013-04-26 13:28:20 -0500
Started 2010-10-27 21:07:52 -0500

I get frustrated by all of the so-called diabetic cookbooks out there on the market. The average carbs per serving top 50 and that's just per entree… not including what a whole meal would be. Here's what I would like to see for the ultimate diabetic cookbook…

I would like to see complete menu plans where a complete meal would be around 30 grams of carbs or less… no transfat, low fat, low calorie, low cost, maybe under 30 minutes, low sodium, low preservatives, and include foods that I actually like.

So often I may find 2-3 recipes in a whole cookbook that would actually be worth copying and making. There's got to be someone out there who can assemble 365 days of truly diabetic friendly menus: breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks. Let's keep the per day calories in check with an average diet and make the portion sizes enough for an average human to actually live on. Let's make the ideal cookbook allow a WHOLE cup of food rather than 1/2 cup or teaspoon servings. After all, this is MY idea of the ultimate cookbook.

I don't care about fancy color photographs or articles on how to cut up a mango or featuring gourmet recipes that require a bank loan.

Can someone please write a cookbook for the average diabetic person that serves one and can be doubled or tripled for families??? I get tired of trying to cut recipes down, freezing massive quantities of leftovers or having to live on eight servings of one entree for a week and a half. Can we have this cookbook with frugality in time???

Is all of this too much to ask for???

27 replies

Bonissima91910 2013-04-26 13:28:20 -0500 Report

I just want to start a discussion on today's trip to the library in which I scored a book with the trusted "American Diabetes Association" seal called "15 Minute Diabetic Meals" by author Nancy S Hughes. The book was spotlighted in the new book section so I thought I would check it out (pardon the library humor) and let you know what I thinkā€¦ Thumbs up!!! RayT721 posted the mentioned information. Perhaps you want to look at this cookbook. I am also diabetic and use my guide published by Diane Kress RD, CDE in Metabolism Miracle, Diabetic Miracle and the respective Metabolism Miracle Cook Book. Easy and real according to our diabetic needs. Hope you enjoy MM & DM.

HEDDIB 2010-11-03 10:56:45 -0500 Report

It's not to much to ask - I too have been having difficulty with this - not only at home but when you go out to eat. I'm getting really really tired of salads. There is very little true diabetic friendly items available. Whether its a cookbook or a menu.

jcoul50 2010-10-30 15:30:39 -0500 Report

if you go on there are a list of cookbooks there some do not have any recipes. the ones that do have a lot of low carb, low sodium etc. you should be able to find something to your liking.

Cathy1952 2010-10-30 09:26:26 -0500 Report

Ray!! It's so wonderful to find another person who thinks that diabetic cookbooks are way off on the consumption of carbs!!! If I followed their recipes my carb count for the day would be way too high. Smaller recipes are also needed. I'm single and don't want to make large recipes like I had a family to cook for.

And no…I don't think this is too much to ask for!

theladyiscrazy 2010-10-30 09:25:03 -0500 Report

Great idea!

I totally understand. 50 carbs at a meal for just the entree is ridiculous for me. I would be SPIKING big time.

Pynetree 2010-10-30 08:34:01 -0500 Report

I think this is doable! Could we all contribute some favorite recipes? Get them checked for nutritional content, rework them to lower calories if necessary. I love this idea…I'll buy it!

momhargrave 2010-10-30 07:22:00 -0500 Report

I would be truely blessed by such a book. I love to cook and bake, but with a house full of kids and a hubby, some days I don't have time to sit down and count calories and carbs to balance my meals. To open a book for a complete menu would be great. We would all be a lot healthier amd BS would more in controll. I would contibute to it.

tommy123400 2010-10-28 22:06:52 -0500 Report

OK Ray You made a great point!! Lets DO something about it! If someone could give me an average amount of caloric intake then I could figure out a meal plan, say maybe for a month and we could all look at it and decide if that is what we want.I am now housebound and can't think of a better way to relieve my anger and frustrations.

RAYT721 2010-10-28 19:48:26 -0500 Report

I do want to thank everyone for their suggestions, contributions and volunteering because I think such a cookbook would be a best seller but also a major contribution to society. I'm not only thinking of this kind of cookbook for diabetics but think about the impact it could have on single parents, welfare/disabled people, gym rats and health freaks, and just society. That is why I titled it "ideal cookbook" because such a book (or website or TV show or whatever) does NOT exist… but SHOULD. We need to consider ingredients, health, costs and so much more in our menu planning and there's got to be a market for something like I am proposing here. It goes back to being annoyed by the many books out there already and how a few recipes here and there can help people live a better life and healthier life but they are not really answers. Look at all of the "what can I eat?" questions posed here daily. I don't know that my mission is so much about being rich and famous but while I am not a wealthy person, I know that I am in better health and wealth than others. If this mission were to come to life, I would be happy to donate proceeds to worthy groups but would be more apt to want to see the money go to people who can't afford health insurance, testing supplies, and even can't afford food. I am fully in favor of diabetes research but that won't cure the problems that some families have to deal with daily. The whole idea of the Ohio Lottery supporting schools is a great endeavor but why not have a lottery that can give millions of dollars to people like you and I to reduce our stress. I'd rather see 100 people get $10,000 that they can use than one person winning a $1,000,000. I don't need a million dollars. I would like $1,000 to get something that has been on my wish list or maybe something that I need versus what I want. I believe we can all come together to produce a real life cookbook, tv show, website or something that helps everyone. I don't know what YOU would do with a million dollar contest prize but I would make more than just myself happy. I would share money just as I am writing about sharing health, information, and why I am here on DC… to share friendship, motivation, inspiration, education, and whatever I can do. Maybe I am being unrealistic in an ideal cookbook, an ideal attitude and an ideal life because what works for one person won't work for everyone. But I believe, strongly believe, that there's more to being diabetic than talking about diabetes and more to life than wanting, wishing and hoping without taking action to make the dreams a reality. I am sooo pleased and proud to have you on my side, in my heart and on my "buddy lists." You are a great group of people and I want you to know that I love you. I don't have the answers so instead I pose the questions that I am posing. We CAN make a difference… We are in in to win it!!!

Thanks for listening to me ramble.

snuggums3030 2010-11-01 19:57:07 -0500 Report

That sounds good to me. I just found out my daughter has diabetes 10/5/2010. I wasn't told of nothing she can't eat. I was told to adjust her carb ration with her insulin. I haven't talked with a dietitian or taken any classes. The cook book sounds like a good idea to me because I have no clue what she can't eat. She eats a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to school every day for lunch and it's 54 carbs.

Guardianstone 2010-10-30 08:54:46 -0500 Report

Yes, the idea is there. It needs to come to light.
It could work. It should work. IT WILL WORK!
We have the technology, we have the knowledge, we CAN rebuild her (oops build her.) WHY NOT?
hiphip herray!
Make sure you throw in some jokes/puns/and fun stuff for the kids. Maybe a bit to show how to make radish rosettes.
Get Martha Stewart involved. She could do the 'how to'. She has worked with kids before.
Ask Oprah to join. It really could work.
Good luck.
Gods love to all.
Guardian stone

Not all that was a joke - IT COULD WORK!
;~D (((H)))z

GabbyPA 2010-10-28 19:26:24 -0500 Report

Here you go Ray... you have a whole volunteer staff. What else do you need? Oh, I know...time! LOL

tommy123400 2010-10-28 19:05:47 -0500 Report

Hey MaParker,,,I'll put you in my book. If you would like to help create it ,I'll definitely put them in the book. I have been working on some new recipes that I have to convert yet.Soon folks.

tommy123400 2010-10-28 18:53:02 -0500 Report

Lets get our heads together and do this!!! I think its a real neat idea. Been working on one for almost a year now. Good,cheap meals

MaParker 2010-10-28 18:24:51 -0500 Report

Gabby, I have been Making Cakes & Pies and Christmas cookies for 35 years now. I have lots of Recipes for you. I'm making a Bananna Nut Bread tomorow. It is made with Splenda. It taste really good. Sincerely, Mary Parker

Guardianstone 2010-10-28 10:32:32 -0500 Report

Ray nothing's too much to ask for.
Gabby, CaliKo, and I will help. No not just watch and eat. I like the idea.
Smile. We will go to Vegas and win a few million each and write it and give away, and take a tax write off, and Tour the world, and . . . hey Gabby theres that cruise you wanted, and What would you like Ray? Any thing you need CaliKo? and we could cure diabetes, and cancer, and . . . If we're gonna dream DO IT big!
Again . . . wonna do it?
%~P weres me crayon?
Guardian stone

Guardianstone 2010-10-28 10:36:51 -0500 Report

I just realized we NEED Captain Jack of the Black Pearl . . . Maybe a bit o grog . . . ARRRRR
Sorry the wacko face made me do it.

Guardianstone 2010-10-28 10:15:31 -0500 Report

Hey, can I play too? I can't spell, but I can usually proof-read and with spell checkers, we're in like Flint. A writer, contributer, typesetter, artist and proof-reader.
I like this game. Its fun. I could use a million. The lottery hasn't paid off yet.
We'd need a computer, paper, printer, mouse, drawing paper, pencils, work space, gunnie pigs, I mean testers, a kitchen, MONEY, cooks utensels, publishers, FOOD, insurance for the gunn . . . oops, a building, toilet, toilet paper, oh I already said paper, MONEY, van . . . I knew your van would be handy Gabby. Where was I?
I like this. I have a wicked gleam in my eye and a wicked sence of humor. Will that help?
Can't breath, laughing to hard, eyes wattering, ribs ache.
Thank you all. I needed that.

Guardian stone

GabbyPA 2010-10-28 09:30:09 -0500 Report

Oh come on can write that book. It would be so funny with all your little quips and wit. I'll do the illustrations and they won't be fancy foo-foo photos. We can self publish and make millions! (while we're wishing. LOL)

CaliKo 2010-10-28 09:37:48 -0500 Report

You laugh, but I'd buy it. Especially if it had one of my recipes. I have a recipe published in another cookbook. I could do the typesetting.

CaliKo 2010-10-27 22:28:39 -0500 Report

I think it should wash the dishes and walk the dog, too. Just saying, as long as we're wishing. :-)
Maybe we should start a collection of our favorite recipes that at least mostly follow your criteria.