Nov 6, 2018

Diabetic Cooking with links to free Kindle cookbooks

Since being diagnosed in August life has been crazy trying to get used to new routines, knowing what to do with both high and low blood sugar, medications, and learning a whole new way of eating. One of the most frustrating aspects is the constant monitoring and I've been doing a lot of research on different ways to keep my glucose under control using both online and with more traditional resources. (Digging through the deleted books at the library and scanning thrift store bookshelves is traditional, right?) In my case low carbing it is what works best for controlling my blood sugar. (resisting the urge to call blood sugar BS.....sigh) Anyway, there is a ton of information out there and even more recipes and cookbook on the market than you can shake a stick at, BUT so many of them call for expensive ingredients or are just not practical for a busy family. It just isn't affordable when our grocery bill just spiked because of all the vegetables and meats I have to cook. (I really had no idea how heavily I leaned on cheap carbs to stretch a meal.) I've found no matter what kind of cookbook or recipe I use I end up making adjustments more often than not. A few easy to implement things are substituting riced cauliflower for rice or spiralized veggies for noodles and for the most part, they are really good, at least my kids and I think so. That's a whole 'nother post though.

When I filled up the car with what squeezed between the kids, the guinea pig, the puppy and myself in our move from Coal Country PA back to Bama I had to leave many things I love. My prized cookbook collection was one of the hardest to let go. (Many of my books were well over 100 years old and only family heirlooms hit harder.) As a result, I've had to find new (to me) cookbooks either by borrowing them from the local library or finding them in their deleted bin, two that I've included were gifted. I have also found the free books for the Kindle app a HUGE help and the internet a great source of even better recipes. While I'd dearly love to walk into Books-A-Million and buy cookbooks to my heart's content it just isn't doable in my current situation so I use what's available to me in my price range. (That would be free 99.9% of the time.) I've listed below the books and recipes I have found helpful in hopes to help someone else.

(Free Vintage Cookbooks)

Many Ways for Cooking Eggs (a HUGE help for those of us that get sick of hard boiled eggs all the time)
A Plain Cookery Book for the Working Classes
California Mexican-Spanish Cookbook
Miss Parloa's New Cook Book
Vaughn's Vegetable Cook Book - this one is an excellent source

Along with the old-fashioned cookbooks, there are few modern ones that have helped me get find recipes I enjoy and they are by and large much easier to navigate than the older ones. (Often older cookbooks will not have temperatures or even amounts as it's assumed the reader has at least a basic understanding of cooking.)

(Free Modern Cookbooks)

Ketogenic Fat Bomb Recipes
Cooking for Diabetics
Keto Diet for Beginners 2019
97 Low-Carbohydrate Recipes for the Slow Cooker  - a busy mom's must
Easy Keto Desserts Cookbook
The Clean Eating Cookbook


 Autumn Calabrese's FIXATE Cookbook - love this one! It's not low-carb and I can't afford the Shakeology anymore (wish I could!), but still a GREAT source.
The Good Housekeeping Cookbook (1963) - this one I have to work with, but still a few gems
101 Delicious Diabetic Recipes - I actually tweak a few in this one also to make them even lower carb
Receipts from Lickskillet Farm - lots of tweaking in this one, but it calls to my southern roots so I keep it and I play :)

(Individual recipes I make routinely)

Roasted Okra from Wellness Mama - we never have leftovers and there never seems to be enough
Twisted Biscuits and Gravy - no actual biscuits and tastes like a breakfast scrambler
German Baked Apples - half an apple equals one serving, gotta watch this one
Cauliflower Crust Pizza - I use a variety of toppings, but this is the crust I like most
Ham and egg cups - quick and easy

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