Meal planning. It’s something I struggle with, truth be told.
My grocery shopping bill does much better when I plan. I eat healthier when I plan. There’s no downside to planning, except well, finding (no, it’s really making) the time to do it.
When you happen to have someone in the family with health concerns, it tends to make planning meals more challenging. At least that’s what I’ve found having many people I love living with diabetes.
Complete Month of Meals Collection Cookbook
So this month, I’ve challenged myself to sit down each week and plan out my meals (and grocery list to match). Thankfully, I’ve had a bit of help – a new cookbook always helps inspire me in the kitchen. The new cookbook I’ve discovered – Complete Month of Meals Collection.
This cookbook, from the American Diabetes Association, includes hundreds of diabetes-friendly recipes and so many meal combinations.
While you might wonder if this cookbook is for you if you don’t have anyone in your family with diabetes, trust me, we all do better if we reduce our sugar-intake a bit. This cookbook is for everyone.
Here’s what I like so far…
Sections of Cookbook
There are many sections of this cookbook and recipes are easily broken down by Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Sides & Salads, Dressings, Salsas, & Sauces, Drinks, and Desserts.
For those with diabetes or cooking for someone with diabetes or watching their carbs/sugar, there are a couple sections of the book that are incredible:
- What Can I Eat?
- Making Healthy Food Choices
Those sections alone make this cookbook worth it as so many can be overwhelmed with nutrition questions.
Recipe Card Format
The cookbook is broken down into the many sections I mentioned above, but my absolute favorite is the Recipe Cards section (the biggest section of all, encompassing more than 80 pages).
While I normally prefer cookbooks which have images of every single recipe, I’m willing to forgive that with the Complete Month of Meals Collection. Not only is each recipe broken down into specifics (sodium, potassium, total carbs, sugars, added sugars, protein, etc), but it is also broken into thirds which can be flipped so that your entire day of meals that you choose is easily seen on one page. A mix and match of recipes, so to speak. Brilliant.
Now, how would one of you like to win a copy to help you plan your very own month of meals?