It’s Fashion Flash Monday!

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Fashion Flash Book ReviewFashion Flash Book Review:  Mediterranean Cooking for Diabetics by Robbin Ellis

I have  loved to cook since I was tall enough to reach the stove.   For decades I perfected the great dishes of the world including Duck L’Orange, Five Cheese Lasagna  and New York Cheesecake.   All these and more were  cooked and served from my home kitchen.  Then I was diagnosed with diabetes– and suddenly I didn’t have a clue on what I could now  cook  and eat.  My husband  remarked  that  watching me in the kitchen was like watching Beethoven after he went deaf.

When I found out that I was diabeticI bought armfuls of  “healthy”coookbooks which well, to be kind, were awful.  Some used  hard to find ingredients like kombucha, accai berries and  farro.  Others had more than a twenty ingredients and  endless steps.  I love to cook, but I draw the line  at  making my own tofu. And then there  were thos so called diabetes  cookbooks which seemed to  rely on canned soups,frozen vegetables and way too many  carbs.

Mediterranean Cooking for Diabetics is the book I wish I had when  I was told I was diabetic.  Traditional mediterranean cuisine is inherently healthy, but this  book makes essential changes  for diabetics. Rather than  pages of recipes  for rice and pasta, this beautifully illustrated book raises  diabetic  friendly beans to an art form.  I have two  favorites– white bean and tuna salad and  those tiny French beans topped with goat cheese and toasted walnuts.  They are bursting with great nutrition yet so delicious  I can serve them to guests.

I always struggle  to  get those 5-7 servings of fruits and vegetables a day.  Mediterranean Cooking for Diabetics makes it so  much easier with recipes that  include   dairy free cauliflower soup,  green beans  with tomatoes and stir fried cabbage and peas.  These recipes  are equally  helpful for weight loss and a healthy heart.  Quite simply,  it offers good food  that is good for you.


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