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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Review: Holly Clegg's Trim and Terrific Diabetic Cooking

Title: Holly Clegg's Trim & Terrific Diabetic Cooking
Author: Holly Clegg
Photography: David Humphreys
Pages: 224
Publisher: American Diabetes Association; 1 edition (June 25, 2007)
Genre: Non-Ficiton / Cookbook
Edition: Pardback - many thanks to the author for sending me a copy to review! Thanks Holly!!

Perfect for : Personal Use, Hostess Gift, Gift, GREAT for a couple or family who has a diabetic family member

In a nutshell: Holly Clegg has yet another wonderful cookbook filled with over 250 wonderful foods that are quick to make and healthy while still being tasty! This cookbook is filled with glossy full-color pictures, and when you see the pictures and recipes, you won't think this is a diabetic cookbook at all! Filled with recipes such as: Roasted Pepper and Mozzarella Salsa, Blueberry Pancakes, Chicken Lentil Chili, Chicken and Sausage Couscous Jambalaya, Shrimp and Feta Pasta, Berry Tiramisu, and a scrumptious Banana Split Dessert with only 12g of sugar, this book is sure to be a favorite of both you and your family! To make things even better, these recipes are easy to make for people who want more time to spend with family and friends, and they are healthy, so you don't have to worry about what you are feeding your family!

The author has included icons to indicate if a recipe is vegetarian or if it is freezer-friendly, as well as "Terrific Tidbits" that provide tips and suggestions, along with nutritional information for each recipe. There is a section at the end of the book that provides suggestions for a well-stocked kitchen (pantry, refrigerator, freezer, etc), a 7 day menu, recipe suggestions and an index. Overall, this is a very helpful book that would also make a great gift. As with most cookbooks, I only wish every single recipe had a photo!!

Extended Review:
Content: The book includes chapters for the following: an Introduction, Appetizers, Breads, Muffins and Brunch, Soups, Stews and Chilis, Salads, Vegetables and Sides, Poultry, Fish and Seafood, Beef, Pork, Lamb and Veal, Pasta, Sweet Treats, Stock the Pantry, 7 Days of Menus, Recipe Suggestions, and an Index.

Format: Each chapter starts with a full-color photograph of a completed recipe, along with a listing of the recipes in the section and the corresponding pages.

Each recipe includes the number of servings, a short description, a list of ingredients, easy to follow instructions, and nutritional information (including a diabetic exchange). A recipe will have a symbol at the top if it is vegetarian, or if it is freezer-friendly, and some have "Terrific Tidbits" or helpful information that pertains to the recipe.

Readability: Holly Clegg has written a very easy to read cookbook. The instructions are clear (and quick), and the information is helpful.

Overall: With over 250 healthy and scrumptious recipes, this cookbook is sure to please everyone's taste buds, while still meeting the health needs of a diabetic family member.

From the Author's website:
Over 250 recipes designed for diabetic cooking that can be on your table in 30 minutes or less!!
Hundreds of recipes you'll swear are too good to be good for you! Cookbook author Holly Clegg has teamed up with the American Diabetes Association to create a Trim & Terrific cookbook perfect for people with diabetes.

Filled with over 250 diabetes-friendly recipes, this extraordinary collection is packed with meals that are quick, easy, and delicious. Forget the hassle of diabetes menu planning and rediscover the joys of great food.

Inside you'll find such tempting recipes as: White Chicken Chili with Tomato Salsa, Prosciutto-Wrapped Zucchini, Caribbean Pork Salad with Mango Black Bean Salsa, Chicken and Sausage Couscous Jambalaya, Salmon Cakes with Dill Sauce, Frozen German Chocolate Mousse Pie, and much more!

Effortless recipes, great food, and all of it in under 30 minutes or less. Diabetic cooking doesn't get any easier than this!

2008 Silver Winner Nautilus Book Award in Food/Cooking/Nutrition

Sample Recipe (From the author's website):

Easy Pot Roast

You can throw this roast in a low-temperature oven early in the afternoon, then go run errands and have dinner waiting when you get home! These few ingredients create a sensational gravy that's great over brown rice or barley.

And use the leftovers for delicious roast beef sandwiches!

1 (4-pound) beef sirloin tip roast, trimmed of fat
6 cloves garlic, sliced or 1 tablespoon garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste (optional)
1 large onion, sliced
1 (10.75-ounce) can reduced-fat cream of mushroom soup
1 (16-ounce) package baby carrots
2 cups peeled, cubed sweet potatoes (yams)
2 cups peeled, cubed red potatoes

1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Cut slits in the roast and stuff pieces of garlic throughout the meat. Season the meat with salt and pepper (if using).

2. Spread the sliced onion over the roast and pour the soup over the onions. Cover and bake for 4 hours.

3. Add the carrots and potatoes and continue cooking for another hour or until the meat is tender.

14 servings/serving size: 4 ounces beef plus 1/2 cup vegetables

Terrific Tidbit
This recipe works well in your crockpotleave it on low and cook all day.

Food Facts
1 Starch
4 Lean Meat
Calories 249
Calories from Fat 72
Total Fat 8 g
Saturated Fat 2 g
Cholesterol 57 mg
Sodium 254 mg
Total Carbohydrate 14 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Sugars 4 g
Protein 29 g

About the Author: (From the author's website)
Holly Clegg, the "Queen of Quick." is author of the trim&TERRIFIC" cookbook series including a diabetic cookbook with the ADA, Eating Well Through Cancer and KIDS COOKING for Mommies with more than 850,000 copies in print, reigning supreme when it comes to healthy, delicious everyday meals and party fare.

Turned off by both diets and tasteless foods, Holly's mission is to give cooks the ability to put a delicious, healthier meal on the table in a time-friendly manner.

As Holly adds cookbooks to her trim&TERRIFIC series, her "never sacrifice taste" philosophy remains intact. Her message is simple: food that is good for you can be delicious and easy to prepare. Holly's reputation for her healthier approach continually garners national media coverage. Holly has made her fast, flavorful and healthy meals on network television shows including and Fox & Friends, NBC Weekend Today Show, The 700 Club, and D-Life on CNBC as well as major local markets nationwide. She writes for national food magazines and Internet food sites. As well as a keynote speaker, Holly also serves as the national spokeswoman for Louisiana Sweet Potatoes and has done media spokesperson work for diet Coke, Pace Salsa/Campbell's Soup, Nature Sweet Tomatoes, and Salmon of the Americas. Holly was featured in a national Teflon/DuPont nonstick ad campaign with her Trim & Terrific recipes in full page ads in national magazines including People, Self, Real Simple, Ladies Home Journal, Bon Appetit, USA Today, plus many more.

A wife and mother first, Holly understands the challenges of the busy person. Her personal experience of running a household of five inspired the subject matter for each of the trim&TERRIFIC books. Her recipes require familiar ingredients and include easy-to-follow instructions and quick tips; this combination is the main focus of her trim&TERRIFIC series.

Holly personally tests all of her recipes in her home and as a result, has three avid cooks. "Children love to cook, and if you include them, you can make positive, lasting impressions," Holly said. Based on her experience, Holly included a Kid's In The Kitchen Chapter filled with fun, delicious recipes in The New Holly Clegg trim&TERRIFIC Cookbook and has the newly released KIDS COOKING for Mommies. If you're wondering if you can really make a healthy impression on kids, Holly has proof. "My youngest child did not have a fast food hamburger until she was 15 years old, and it wasn't because I didn't allow it. I didn't have to pick up fast food for my children because I knew I could get something on the table in 30 minutes."

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Blodeuedd said...

This would be a must have for my mum :)

bermudaonion said...

This sounds like a great cookbook for my dad. Well, actually for my mom to use to cook for my dad.

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