The Perfect Diabetes Comfort Food Collection – Cookbook Review

Disclosure: I received an eCopy of Robyn Webb’s upcoming cookbook, “The Perfect Diabetes Comfort Food Collection” and I will be receiving a hard copy of her book as well. As such, that makes this a sponsored post, but all opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Food plays a big role in most people’s lives. We have fond memories of dinners with family or friends. What I remember of food growing up, was balanced and boring. Aside from freshly baked bread, most meals were bland. Why? My Dad was diabetic and Mom was determined everything we ate would be built around making sure Dad’s blood sugar stayed level. That meant no salt and no sugar in anything.  If we had Robyn Webb’s new cookbook, The Perfect Diabetes Comfort Food Collection: 9 Essential Recipes You Need to Create 90 Amazing Complete Meals (American Diabetes Association, October, 2016) dinner would have been much more fun and flavorful!

The Perfect Diabetes Comfort Food Collection

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Robyn for a few years and her in-depth knowledge of healthy eating and making healthy food taste great is really impressive. Robyn knows just because you have restrictions with your diet, doesn’t mean food has to be bland. In The Perfect Diabetes Comfort Food Collection, she shares 9 favorite comfort food recipes and then makes 10 variations of each one to provide not only great meals, but plenty of new, healthy twists on standards that will satisfy any comfort food cravings. There are recipes for things like: lasagna, burgers, stir-frys, tacos, main dish stews and soups, entree salads, chicken, and even pasta!

I mean, check out this No Noodle Zucchini Lasagna! I’d love a piece of that!
The Perfect Diabetes Comfort Food Collection

Or how about these shrimp and fruit tacos? That’s a Tasty Taco Tuesday meal if I ever saw one!
The Perfect Diabetes Comfort Food Collection

Along with these amazing recipes, Robyn’s book has a meal-planning section that matches all the main dishes with side dish options to create hundreds of unique, complete and balanced meals. Not a single one of them bland or boring!

One of my favorite comfort foods is meatloaf. Lucky for me, there is a Better Turkey Meatloaf recipe in The Perfect Diabetes Comfort Food Collection! I can make meatloaf for my family that is not only good for us, but tastes great too. You can’t beat that! Robyn’s suggested side dishes to accompany this delicious meatloaf are steamed broccoli and diced cantaloupe. So, when we made it, that’s what we had! Totally satisfying and definitely “comfort food!”

For me, the best reason for having meatloaf, is making a sandwich with it the next day. (I’m not alone in this right?) I’m thrilled to tell you, this meatloaf passed the sandwich test too!

This is a cookbook that anyone interested in eating healthy, needs to have in their collection! I can’t recommend it highly enough.

Seriously, friends, try this meatloaf recipe. See for yourself how flavorful and satisfying a healthy, comfort food can be.

A Better Turkey Meatloaf

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1/3 cup minced green or red pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • TOPPING
  • 1/3 cup sugar-free ketchup (such as Walden Farms)
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Sauté the onion for 3 minutes. Add the green pepper and sauté for 3 minutes. Add in garlic, thyme, sage, salt, and pepper and sauté for 1 minute.

Add the onion mixture to a large bowl, and let cool for 2 minutes. Add in the turkey, egg, breadcrumbs, milk, and Parmesan cheese. Mix gently, but do not over handle the meat. Combine the ketchup, mustard, and brown sugar and pour over the meatloaf.

Place the mixture on the prepared baking sheet. Bake the meatloaf for 35–40 minutes until the meat is cooked through. Remove the meatloaf from the oven and let it rest 5–7 minutes prior to slicing.

CALORIES 190
CALORIES FROM FAT 80
TOTAL FAT 9.0 g
SATURATED FAT 2.1 g
TRANS FAT 0.1 g
CHOLESTEROL 85 mg
SODIUM 390 mg
POTASSIUM 280 mg
TOTAL CARBOHYDRATE 10 g
DIETARY FIBER 1 g
SUGARS 3 g
PROTEIN 19 g
PHOSPHORUS 205 mg

EXCHANGES/CHOICES:
1/2 Carbohydrate; 3 Protein, lean; 1/2 Fat
Reprinted from The Perfect Diabetes Comfort Food Collection by Robyn Webb, MS, published by American Diabetes Association/October 2016

By now, you’re asking where you can get this amazing book for yourself, or you’ve already thought of someone (or several someones) you know, for whom this would make a perfect gift. Well, here’s a link for you. Just click HERE – The Perfect Diabetes Comfort Food Collection and you’ll always have access to diabetic-friendly, heart-healthy and most importantly, delicious comfort food recipes!

Enjoy my friends! Happy and HEALTHY eating!

The Perfect Diabetes Comfort Food Collection

This Post Has 5 Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *