Monday, December 28, 2015

New Year.....New Book! Announcing "The Big Book of Diabetic Recipes" coming out January 1 2016

So as we are about to wrap up 2015 and head into the new year, I thought I'd share some exciting news with you....I have published a diabetic cookbook and it is coming out January 1st!  I was very excited to be contacted by Adams Media this past summer to work on this project.  The result is a great collection of 500 diabetes-friendly recipes, including many gluten-free and vegetarian options.  Though this is a cookbook that focuses on recipes appropriate for diabetics, the recipes can also be followed by those without diabetes and are very applicable to anyone who loves eating healthy!  They are also very easy to prepare and include a great variety of meal options.

You can order the book on Amazon by clicking HERE or at Barnes and Noble HERE

Happy reading and eating to you!

:) Marie


Monday, December 21, 2015

Recipe ReDux Post # 41 Honey Mustard Tofu

The Recipe ReDux for December is "Grab a book and cook". To celebrate the 54th month of Recipe ReDux's existence, we were asked to choose a recipe from a random cookbook and "redux" the recipe on page 54 or page 154.  I happened to have The Book of Tofu  (by William Shurtleff and Akiko Aoyagi ) handy, which is a very comprehensive book about tofu with a ton of recipes.  A section about deep fried tofu was on page 154.  Though delicious, deep fried tofu is QUITE high in calories so I decided to do a pressed, baked version instead. I also coated it in a simple honey mustard sauce to give it more flavor since I would be omitting most of oil that is used in deep frying.  The result was simply delicious and I enjoyed this tofu atop a bed of greens for a great source of healthy protein.  I hope you will give it a try and also check out all the awesome recipes submitted by the Recipe ReDux group.  Happy Holidays too!

Honey Mustard Baked Tofu

Yields 2 Cups; Serving Size: ½ Cup

12 ounces of extra firm tofu
cooking spray
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons honey mustard
½  teaspoon honey


Remove the tofu from the package, rinse and pat dry. Place it on a plate in between two paper towels.  Top with another plate with a heavy object (such as a can) on top of that. Let it sit for 20-30 minutes to press out excess water. Then cut it into ½ “ cubes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Add the olive oil, mustard and honey to a medium size bowl and whisk together. Put the tofu in the bowl and gently stir with a spatula to coat the cubes with the sauce.Bake for 40 minutes, flipping the cubes over half way through the baking.

Makes 2 Cups, 4 servings

Serving size: ½ cup Calories 120  Protein 8 g  Carb  4 g  Fiber  1g Sugars    3 g Fat  7 g Saturated fat  1 g Sodium 50   mg


Saturday, December 12, 2015

In The News: Recent Analysis Article Re-emphasizes The Need For Smaller Portion Sizes!!

It is no surprise that eating smaller portions helps us lose weight and/or at least avoid gaining weight. A large meta-analsis conducted earlier this year by a team of Cochrane reviewers found that eliminating larger-sized servings of foods and beverages would drastically reduce the average daily number of calories people as much as 22-29 % for American adults.

The authors at Cochrane just released a follow up analysis of this issue in a review published in the British Medical Journal and illustrate some important points namely the need for the Food Industry and Politicians to lead the way to help the public stop "super-sizing".

Check out this thoughtful article and the key recommendations  listed HERE


Thursday, December 3, 2015

Recipe Round Up- Delicious Holiday Sides

We are deep in the heart of the holiday season now and while sweet treats and desserts are often a focus (along with main courses like turkey, ham and brisket) side dishes deserve some attention too, especially vegetables!  Indulgence is no stranger to most of us this time of year so a great way to add some balance is by making sure to eat plenty of non-starchy veggies!  They are powerhouses of vitamins, minerals and fiber, plus the non-starchy veggies are low in calories and can help fill you up to prevent over eating other high calorie foods. Below are some of the favorite veggie side dishes that I created over the years that should definitely win a place at your table!


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