Monday, February 26, 2018

American Diabetes Association's newest cookbook: THE COMPLETE MONTH OF MEALS COLLECTION is Perfect for Busy, At-Home Cooks -- Offers 31 Days of No-Fuss Meal Planning (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

american diabetes association

$29.95 US / $23.50 CAN
Trade Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-58040-662-8

Was one of your New Year's resolutions to eat healthier?  If you have diabetes and find it hard to prepare meals that are not only healthy but taste good, have I got the cookbook for you.  Recently the folks from the American Diabetes Association released  THE COMPLETE MONTH OF MEALS COLLECTION, which contains hundreds of diabetes-friendly recipe to last your 31 days -- or a complete month of hassle-free meal planning.  And, you don't have to be an expert cook to whip up tantalizing breakfast, lunch, dinner or even desserts.  This spiral-bound cookbook is chock full of family-friendly recipes your whole family will love, and ask you to make again.  What I love about the setup of this cookbook is how with the spiral binding and format of the book, that you can pick and choose your three meals for the day.  Once you have your three recipes for a given day chosen, this book acts as a cookbook, meal planner and nutrition guide, all in one.  And, with over a hundred recipes to choose form you can mix and match breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes based on your mood or what your family likes. 

Even though we are not diabetic, I still like to cook healthy and find diabetic recipes offer healthy alternatives to some high fat, high cholesterol dishes I have cooked for my family in the past.  Every year, I make a resolution to eat healthier and serve my family more healthy options when it comes to meals and snack time, and I have found the new THE COMPLETE MONTH OF MEALS COLLECTION to be a perfect addition to my cookbook collection.  I have had this cookbook for about a month and half now and have tried about half of the recipes, which also include drinks, sides and salads, and even dressings, salsas and sauces.  Don't tell anyone, but this past Superbowl I ended up relying heavily on this cookbook and the sides and salsas to fill my buffet table.  No one noticed that they were diabetic recipes and actually good for you.  Instead, they kept raving about the taste and how they wished there was more, when the serving dishes were empty.  It wasn't until I shared a few of the recipes and cited the source that friends and family realized I served them up a diabetic dish.  They were shocked at how great the food tasted, as they said they would have thought a diabetic version would be a little bland...but, it wasn't! 

Here are just a handful of the recipes I have tried with my family and that they have loved and asked me to make again:

  • Waldorf Salad
  • Ginger Coconut Chicken Meatballs
  • Spanish Omelet
  • Chicken Okra Gumbo
  • Baked Sweet Potato with Savory Ricotta Cheese
  • Oatmeal Applesauce Muffins
  • Rainbow Rice
  • Pineapple Cooler
  • Baked Papaya
Is your mouth watering yet?  As I typed these recipes, I couldn't help but get hungry myself, thinking back to how tasty these recipes were. And, the best part, next to the flavor, was how easy each and every recipe I have tried from the THE COMPLETE MONTH OF MEALS COLLECTION was to put together.  I didn't have to go crazy looking for specific ingredients at the market, and most meals cooked up in 30 minutes or less.

If you are looking to revamp your diabetic menu, or want to add some healthier recipes to your family's meal planning, why not pick up the new THE COMPLETE MONTH OF MEALS COLLECTION, and see how easy this cookbook makes planning a month's worth of meals.  With a flip of the pages, you can choose three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) in no time -- no fuss at all.  Say goodbye to the dreaded, "What's for dinner?" question your family asks, or you think to yourself.  With the THE COMPLETE MONTH OF MEALS COLLECTION, you will find your family asking for their favorite recipes from this book time and again.


"This bonanza collection of recipes and kitchen tips is designed to provide busy, at-home cooks with 31 days of no-fuss meal planning. Readers will discover new recipes, from comfort foods to quick and easy dinners, and will be able to put their own spin on classics their family already knows and loves. With a full month of diabetes- and family-friendly breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, the book will minimize the time readers spend worrying about what to make and whether a recipe is okay for those with diabetes, and maximize the time they spend doing what they love.

For nearly 30 million Americans living with diabetes and the 1 in 3 Americans faced with pre-diabetes, choosing healthy meals and recipes you can trust every time can be a daunting challenge. But that’s all going to change this fall.

A compendium of mouth-watering favorites, THE COMPLETE MONTH OF MEALS COLLECTION: Hundreds of Diabetes Friendly Recipes and Nearly Limitless Meal Combinations is the ultimate cookbook, meal planner, and nutrition guide for people living with diabetes and pre-diabetes. Containing hundreds of recipes and meal planning tips from the American Diabetes Association’s bestselling series of meal planners, this book is set to be the one-stop guide for those living with diabetes and looking to make healthier choices in the kitchen.

Using a unique three-part, split-page design, this interactive book allows readers to create meal plans instantly by mixing and matching breakfast, lunch, and dinner options, all designed to meet the American Diabetes Association's updated nutrition guidelines. By offering nearly endless meal options—not just a month of meals, but years of meals—this unique book takes the work, time, and confusion out of meal planning. Packed into this one-of-a-kind book, readers will find:
  • Hundreds of recipes, including classics
    and new twists on old favorites
  • Hundreds of thousands of menu options
  • Full nutrition information and exchanges
    for each recipe
  • Meal planning tips, nutrition advice, and
    much more! 
  • A one-of-kind meal planning design, designed specifically to meet the challenges and
    needs of those with diabetes
So whether readers are looking for quick meals on the go, weeknight dinners, or a night of family feasting, THE COMPLETE MONTH OF MEALSCOLLECTION has it all!

About the Author:
Sacha Uelmen is the Director of Nutrition at the American Diabetes Association. She earned her BS in Dietetics from Eastern Michigan University and became a Certified Diabetes Educator while working at the University of Michigan Health System’s Adult Outpatient Diabetes Education Program. She would later become the Director of that program. Sacha’s background provides the ADA a variety of experience. She has facilitated group diabetes education classes as well as individual medical nutrition therapy counseling for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. She also led the implementation of a dietitian-led Diabetes Prevention Program for the Center for Disease Control, and worked with local insurers to pilot reimbursements for the program. Sacha grew up in Flint, Michigan where her father opened a pita bread bakery and the first Mediterranean food market in the area when she was a toddler. Sacha worked in the bakery and helped her father prepare authentic Lebanese foods throughout her childhood and teen aged years strengthening her passion for food.

The American Diabetes Association® is leading the fight to STOP DIABETES® and its deadly consequences for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure, and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, its mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish.

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.


  1. Sounds like a great collection for meal planning!

  2. This does look like an excellent resource, I'd like to get it for a relative. It would inspire healthy eating for this condition.