Jackie Newgent, RDN, CDN. The With or Without Meat Cookbook: The Flexible Approach to Flavorful Diabetes Cooking. Alexandria, VA: American Diabetes Association, 2014. $18.95.
Recipes in The With or Without Meat Cookbook are flexible, full of flavor and simple. Jackie Newgent has included 125 recipes that cover all meals as well as starters and snacks. Every recipe is plant based and is accompanied by tips on adding meat, poultry or fish. Nutrition is balanced and meet guidelines for diabetic eating. Recipes include information on exchanges with or without meat. Tips include ways to add meat to just one serving and to the full recipe.
The introduction explains the concept of flextarianism, someone who eats plant based but also eats poultry, fish or meat from time to time. Recipes generally serve 4 and can be easily divided to include meats. Full of vegetables and whole grains, the recipes are appropriate for diabetics or for anyone who is seeking healthy options for meals. Tips about how to include more vegetables as well as information about eating a plant based diet are also featured in the introduction.
Caribbean Black Bean Bowl is one example of an easy, flavorful meal. Ingredients include sweet potato, green bell peppers, gingerroot, garlic, scallions, black beans and grape tomatoes. This is prepared as a stir fry and is quick to fix. It also includes several spices, giving it a distinctive taste. Adding brown rice can make this a complete meal or you cn use the options included for adding pork. (I will add the recipe when I have a chance to scan it.)
I highly recommend this cookbook.