Succulent shrimp sits on top of creamy guacamole and crisp cucumber in this healthy and delicious appetizer. Shrimp Guac Apps come to together quickly with cooked shrimp and store bought guacamole. They’re a delicious little nibble to have for any barbecue or summer party.
Hello there! It’s Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures. I’m dropping this post on Yum Goggle about this great cookbook I received for free to review. While the cookbook was free, these opinions are truly my own. I will give you my honest review. There are affiliate links in this post where if you purchase through a link the site received a small commission at no additional charge to you.
While I’m not typically a cookbook user, I do have a few and thought it would be fun to get a true and honest perspective of cooking from a cookbook. Especially a review from someone who doesn’t usually use them. I think I have 10 on my shelf? If that? Most of them are family favorites that have been passed down. The rest are either bread cookbooks, because I vow to make good bread one day and there’s one that’s been personalized and signed.
With that being said, here’s my review of YOU CAN HAVE IT!: More Than 125 Decadent Diabetes-Friendly Recipes by Devin Alexander.
Diabetes runs in the family. My aunt was diagnosed with it late in life. My father was diagnosed with it later in his life, too. I want to say around 60 or so? Don’t quote me on that one. Finally, my sister had gestational diabetes when she was pregnant.
So, to say it’s something that’s always on my mind is an understatement. Especially when I’ve had a few hypoglycemic episodes. One of them landed me in the ER because when I finally passed out, I hit my head. Now, I have a rather large scar on my head that someone said resembled a butterfly. Weird.
Another very notable episode was when the hubs and I first started dating. We were at a festival on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC. We were gone for a very long time and exerted quite a bit of energy that day. There was a rather large line to get some food samples and that’s when it hit me. If I didn’t sit down and eat something I knew I was a goner.
He had no idea what was going on. I finally asked for medical assistance and they plopped me in the ambulance with some fruit juice. From then on, when I said I need to eat, he knows the consequences. For these reasons, I was very much interested in reading and reviewing Devin Alexander’s cookbook.
Devin Alexander, for those that don’t know, is a chef, weight loss expert, and New York Times best-selling author. She has written nine cookbooks; this being her ninth. She was also a celebrity chef on The Biggest Loser and has made many appearances on The Today Show, Good Morning America, and The View.
In her most recent cookbook, she has created a collection of diabetes-friendly recipes. These all meet the American Diabetes Association guidelines. And don’t, for one second, think they’re boring, bland, or “diet food” in taste. She claims to have “cracked the code for how to make decadent recipes that are actually approved by doctors, dietitians, and now the American Diabetes Association!” And from looking at the photos in the book, they’re all recipes I would devour in an instant.
But you’re thinking, “I don’t have diabetes. Why do I need this cookbook?” Because this is not just for people with diabetes. Ms. Alexander has written this cookbook for everyone to enjoy! They just happen to be ADA approved. But these are not your grandmothers prune paste and applesauce recipes. Yes. Mine used to mix prune paste for sweetener.
Anyway, this cookbook has amazingly delicious and simple food anyone can make for a healthy diet and lifestyle. Every recipe is full flavored to allow you to eat scrumptious food and still maintain a healthy lifestyle. She’s even recreated comfort foods making these just as delicious but also good for you! WIN WIN!
I didn’t read the book. I’m just gonna throw that out there. But I did skim the book pretty well. I mean, I had to write intelligently about it so I skimmed it really well! In that process I learned a few things. Like, heat your pan THEN spray it. It’s sort of a duh moment, but all the recipes say to heat a pan coated in oil or cooking spray. They should say heat the pan THEN coat in oil. You have no idea how many times I’ve taken just a little too long prepping and had to wipe the pan out because the oil scorched.
This is one just one of the many notes she has throughout the book. There are handy little helpers on all the recipes giving you a little hint or trick to make them easier and better. For a novice or experienced chef these are great to have when you’re cooking up a storm in the kitchen.
I went through the cookbook and marked several recipes that looked scrumptious. Like the Bánh Mì Burger. It’s a kicked up burger topped with those iconic vegetables or pickles. Who doesn’t love a delicious burger? The Waffle Fry BBQ Bites would be perfect game day eats or appetizers for a barbecue. And they’re made with sweet potatoes which I LOVE!
I am definitely making the Gingerbread Overnight Oats when the weather is cooler. I’m a total sucker for gingerbread! I have a whole Pinterest board on it and everything. There’s a delicious chocolate pudding in there, too. YES! You can have chocolate pudding!! She even plopped in some cocktail recipes, too! There’s a delicious caipirinha made with strawberries.
So, as you can see, this is not a “diet” cookbook. This is a cookbook showing you how you can enjoy healthy and delicious food to either manage diabetes or simple eat scrumptious food that’s healthier.
Since this her 9th cookbook, you might want to follow Devon on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Besides, it will give you a head start for the giveaway! Yes, we’re giving away a cookbook to one lucky reader! We hope you enter to win your own copy of this great cookbook.