ADA Cookbook Offers Weekly Meal Plans
Anyone who has wished for a simpler way to shop for, plan, and prepare a week's meals can breathe a little easier this year. Healthy Calendar Diabetic Cooking, an American Diabetes Association cookbook, takes a week-by-week approach to planning meals.
Now in its second edition, the updated cookbook features some new recipes, including new menus and gluten-free dishes, by Lara Rondinelli-Hamilton, RD, LDN, CDE, and chef Jennifer Bucko Lamplough, whose nearly 50-pound weight loss was featured on Food Network's Fat Chef. Together, they know a thing or two about healthy eating and the improvements that have been made in healthy products and access to varied foods since the book's original 2004 release. Both cite whole wheat flour, whole-grain pasta, quinoa, and sugar substitutes as ingredients that can make healthy home cooking easier. "You don't have to go to a health food store [to get these ingredients]," Bucko Lamplough says. "Our recipes were already diabetes friendly, but now they're even more so."
Healthy Calendar is particularly appealing because of its format: Each chapter is a week's worth of dinner recipes, with a shopping list, as well as suggestions for breakfasts and lunches using leftovers. It's designed so even the most tentative home cook can feel confident in the kitchen and managing his or her diabetes—while using seasonal ingredients in easy recipes.
"I just think that the calendar concept appeals to everybody," says Rondinelli-Hamilton. "I got the idea to write the book when many people said to me, 'Just tell me what to eat.' It's got all of the menu planning done for you, and they're quick, easy, and delicious recipes."
Healthy Calendar Diabetic Cooking is available at a 20 percent discount at the ADA store, shopdiabetes.org.