Perfect Diabetes Comfort Food is a new cookbook by Robyn Webb, MS and published by American Diabetes Association and will be released next month.
I was asked to review this not yet out book by my publicist so I was very happy to oblige. Since, thankfully, I don’t have diabetes, you would think that it wouldn’t interest me. However I have friends and family that I often cook for so I was delighted to have recipes that would be healthful for them and delicious for everyone else.
The book is based on basic cooking techniques and very easy to follow. Robyn also guides the reader by offering a detailed pantry guide. Her premise is that you can learn simple techniques and recipes and make many, many variations to suit your taste. We all need variety in our lives and diets or we get bored so I love the way her basic recipes are followed by addition options to make it easy for you to change the dish. Each recipe is accompanied by the nutritional information thereby making it easy to plan your daily menus. Though, as I said, I am not diabetic I am following a low carb diet to lose weight and stay fit. So I found that the carb counts were what I looked at first!
One of my favorite recipes was the one for the Chickpea Patties with Mango Chutney and that is the one I am sharing with you today. But the other recipes are amazing as well such as the ones for Salmon Burgers, Zesty Lamb Burgers and Fresh Tuna Burgers. Of course there is much more than just burger recipes. There are many chicken, pasta, salad, soup, stir fry and taco dishes included in Robyn Webb’s terrific new cookbook. Be sure to click here Perfect Diabetes Comfort Food to purchase your copy!
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 small onion, diced
- 3 tablespoons minced celery
- 2 tablespoons minced red bell pepper
- 2 tablespoons minced parsley
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 teaspoons curry powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- pinch cayenne
- pinch sea salt and pepper
- 2 cups chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 1/3 cups whole-wheat panko breadcrumbs
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 4 whole-grain buns, toasted (optional)
- 4 slices tomato
- 4 lettuce leaves
- 1. Heat the oil in a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté for 3 minutes. Add in the celery, red pepper, parsley, and garlic, and sauté for 2 minutes. Add in the curry powder, cumin, cayenne, and a pinch of sea salt and pepper, if desired, and remove from the heat.
- 2. Puree the chickpeas in a food processor or blender, adding a little water, if necessary. Pulse until you have a coarse puree. Add the chickpeas to a bowl. Add in the vegetable mixture, egg, and breadcrumbs and mix well. Adjust the seasonings with additional salt and pepper, if necessary.
- 3. Form the mixture into four patties. Heat the cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil. Add the patties and brown on both sides for about 5–6 minutes per side. Add the patties to toasted whole-grain buns and top with tomato, lettuce leaves, and mango chutney, if desired.
- CALORIES 310
- CALORIES FROM FAT 90
- TOTAL FAT 10.0 g
- SATURATED FAT 1.6 g
- TRANS FAT 0.0 g
- CHOLESTEROL 45 mg
- SODIUM 200 mg
- POTASSIUM 460 mg
- TOTAL CARBOHYDRATE 45 g
- DIETARY FIBER 10 g
- SUGARS 7 g
- PROTEIN 13 g
- PHOSPHORUS 225 mg
- 2 1/2 Starch; 1 Nonstarchy Vegetable; 1 Protein, lean; 1 Fat
- CUCUMBER AND VINEGAR SALAD
- Serves: 1 | Serving size: 1 cup
- 1 cup diced cucumber
- 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- 1. Toss cucumber with balsamic vinegar and serve.
- EXCHANGES / CHOICES
- 1 Nonstarchy Vegetable
- Calories 20; Calories from Fat 0; Total
- Fat 0.0 g; Saturated Fat 0.0 g; Trans Fat
- 0.0 g; Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 0 mg;
- Potassium 160 mg; Total Carbohydrate 5 g;
- Dietary Fiber 1 g; Sugars 2 g; Protein 1 g;
- Phosphorus 25 mg
- Reprinted from The Perfect Diabetes Comfort Food Collection by Robyn Webb, MS, published by American Diabetes Association/October 2016.
Photography: Renée Comet. The Perfect Diabetes Comfort Food Collection is available at ShopDiabetes.org,
in bookstores nationwide, or by calling 1-800-232-6733.