America's Best Cookbook for Kids with Diabetes

America's Best Cookbook for Kids with Diabetes

by Colleen Bartley


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778801160
Publisher: Rose, Robert Incorporated
Publication date: 03/05/2005
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 318,791
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Colleen Bartley's teenage daughter has had diabetes for ten years. While running a catering business, she came up with the idea of a cookbook for kids with diabetes. With input from a dietitian as well as her daughter, she has combined a love of cooking with years of practical experience preparing meals for a family.

Table of Contents


Meal Planning for Diabetes

  • Carbohydrate Counting
  • Nutritional Considerations When Carbohydrate Counting
  • What are Carbohydrates?
  • How Much Sugar Is Okay?
  • Facts on Fiber
  • Label Reading for Carbohydrates
  • Nutrition Claims on Labels
  • Facts on Fat
  • The Glycemic Index
  • Vitamins and Minerals
  • Get Moving


  • Puffy Ham and Cheese Bake
  • Mexican Scrambled Eggs
  • Surprise Quick Quiche
  • Eggs in Cereal Nests
  • Pancake or Waffle Batter
  • Teddy Bear Pancakes
  • Happy Face
  • Pancake Banana Splits
  • Apple Oat Pancakes
  • Protein Plus Pancakes
  • Chocolate and Strawberry Waffles
  • Crunchy French Toast
  • Homemade Turkey Sausage
  • Baked Apple-Raisin Oatmeal
  • Fruity Granola
  • Breakfast Quesadillas


  • Blender Breakfast Blast
  • Peach Melba Smoothie
  • Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie
  • Frosty Strawberry Shake
  • Peachy Banana Shake
  • Lemon Iced Tea
  • Spiced Iced Tea
  • A Perfect Cup of Cocoa
  • Hot Mulled Cider
  • Frosty Chocolate Shake
  • Old-Fashioned Chocolate

Snacks and Appetizers

  • Black Bean Dip
  • Hummus and Pita Chips
  • Salsa and Tortilla Chips
  • Guacamole Nachos
  • Quick Quesadillas
  • Potato Skins
  • Mini Pizzas
  • Fast and Spicy Pizza Bagels
  • Buffalo Wings
  • Spicy Popcorn
  • Holiday Cut-outs

Salads and Side Dishes

  • Carrot Salad
  • Caesar Salad
  • Pasta Salad
  • Taco Salad
  • Chicken Salad Nests
  • Chicken Fajita Salad
  • Ham Fried Rice
  • Smashed Potatoes
  • Oven French Fries
  • Stuffed
    Baked Potatoes
  • Mashed Potato Casserole
  • Potato Pancakes
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Mexican Corn
  • Zucchini Boats

Sandwiches, Burgers and Pizzas

  • Chicken Caesar Wraps
  • BLT Wraps
  • Open-Face Deli Melts
  • Tuna Melts on Pitas
  • Picnic Hero
  • Meatball Subs
  • Sald Bar Subs
    • Light Egg Salad Subs
    • Tuna Egg Salad Subs
  • Hot Dog Kabobs
  • Turkey-Mozza Burgers
  • Teriyaki Burgers
  • Chili Burgers
  • Filet of Fish Burgers
    • Light Tarter Sauce
  • Tuna
  • French Bread Pizza
  • Easy Pizza Dough
  • Sloppy Joe Pizza
  • Taco Pizza
  • Funny Face Pizza
  • Virtuous Veggie Pizza


  • Crunchy Peanut Fish Fillets
  • Potato Chip Fish
  • Fish Sticks
  • Salmon Croquettes
  • Orange-Glazed Chicken Wings
  • Oven-Baked Crispy Chicken
  • Chicken Fingers with Dipping Sauces
    • Plum Dipping Sauce
    • Honey Mustard Sauce
  • Soft Chicken Tacos
  • Tex's Tacos
  • Garden Burritos
  • Chili Con Carne
  • Refrito Quesadillas
  • Hawaiian
  • Lasagna
  • Lazy Lasagna
  • Lasagna Roll-ups
  • Fettuccine Alfredo
  • Spaghetti and Meatballs
  • Salmon and Cheddar Macaroni
  • Sweet-and-Sour Meatballs
  • Spicy Mini Meatloaves
  • Saucy Pork Chops
  • Teriyaki Pork Chops with Apple Slices

Baked Goods

  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Peanut Butter Cookies
  • Peanut Butter Chip Cookies
  • Oatmeal Shortbread
  • Oatmeal Crunchies
  • Applesauce Spice Cookies
  • Meringue Candy Canes
  • Christmas Brownies
  • Chocolate Brownies
  • Crispy Granola Squares
  • Piña Colada Snacking Cake
  • Chocolate Banana Muffins
  • Peanut Butter Muffins
  • Potato Cheese Muffins
  • Banana Bread


  • Strawberry Delight
  • Fruit on a Cloud
  • Creamy Dreamy Fruit Salad
  • Quick Chocolate Mousse
  • Rock Road Mousse
    • Chocolate Sauce
  • Banana Cream Tiramisu
  • Flying Saucers
  • Ice Cream Fantasy Cake
  • Raspberry Brownie Parfait
  • Fresh Fruit Parfait
  • Frozen Lemon Pie
  • Chocolate Bavarian Pie
  • Sour Cream and Berry Pie
  • Strawberry Mousse Pie
  • Sweetheart Berry Pie
  • Phyllo Apple Pie
  • Peanut Butter Apple Crisp
  • Baked Apples with Granola
  • Cherry Cobbler
  • Angel Tunnel Cake
  • Fruit-Filled Angel Tunnel Cake
  • Spiced Angel Food Cake
  • Striped Strawberry Cake
  • Peppermint Angel Cupcakes
  • Spicy Apple Cupcakes




It is estimated that there are presently over 20 million North Americans living with diabetes. Up to a third of these have not been diagnosed. Types 1 and 2 are the most common types of diabetes and make up about 10% and 90% respectively of those who have this condition. Individuals with type 1 are most often diagnosed during their young childhood, in their teen years or as young adults, whereas those with type 2 are usually diagnosed as adults over the age of 40. It is unfortunate and alarming to see an increasing number of children and teens being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, as just 20 years ago this condition was rarely seen in children. Some researchers fear that of all babies born today, one out of three will someday have diabetes!

In treating diabetes, the goal is to keep blood glucose levels within the target range recommended by a doctor, dietitian or diabetes education center. To achieve the recommended levels, type 1 diabetes is managed with daily insulin injection or pump therapy, individualized meal patterns based on exchanges or carbohydrate counting, and exercise or physical activity. Type 2 diabetes is managed through well-balanced, nutritious eating habits, with carbohydrate foods spread throughout the day, along with regular physical activity and weight management. Medications such as an oral pill and/or insulin may be used.

In both cases, checking blood sugar and having blood sugar readings in the range recommended by a diabetes education center is the goal. The A1C blood test reflects the average blood sugar level over the past two to three months. An A1C result in the desired range can (but does not always) reflect optimal diabetes care.

The recipes in this cookbook have the carbohydrate, protein and fat listed to allow parents and their children with type 1 diabetes to choose foods that fit into their meal plan and thus help them have good blood sugar control. Because most of the recipes are low in sugar and fat, they can be enjoyed by the whole family, whether they are siblings, parents, grandparents or extended family members who want to eat healthier meals.

When children are still young, many families eat simple, child-friendly foods. All the recipes in this cookbook have been taste-tested by kids, as well as their parents, relatives and friends. They are suitable for people of all ages, whether they have diabetes or not. The dishes are tasty, nutritious and easy to make. Some of the recipes are so simple that a child can prepare them, while others require adult guidance. It is my belief that, when children and teens are encouraged to help in the kitchen and are involved in food preparation, they have more interest in nutrition, food balance and meal planning. They can also develop an interest in cooking -- an excellent skill to have! If teens can fend for themselves in the kitchen, there's less need for parents to worry when it comes time for them to move out or go on to college.

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America's Best Cookbook for Kids with Diabetes 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anne-B More than 1 year ago
I was looking for a cookbook with recipes so that I could decrease the sugar in my children's diets. I came across this cookbook. It is published by Robert Rose Publishing. Honestly, I really like how they format their cookbooks. The fonts are very readable. The spacing is great so that it's easy to follow a recipe and come back to the step you're on as you're cooking. You don't lose track of what you're adding or what you're doing! In this cookbook, there's a great introduction and discussion about sugars and artificial sweeteners. The discussion about artificial sweeteners isn't very indepth, but it's a good introduction to the topic and gives some food for thought. As I flipped through the cookbook, I immediately thought "What a great cookbook!" The recipes are all what I what I'd say are "kid-friendly". I have often noticed that well intentioned cookbooks for kids throw in a lot of healthy ingredients that kids are reticent to eat. If you have amiable eaters, that's great. If you don't, you may often find yourself in a pickle like I do. Over the past few weeks, I've made several recipes from this cookbook. One night we had the fish sticks and the tartar sauce. I was surprised at how well the coating stuck to the fish. I've had a lot of problems with that over the years! Then, a few days ago I made the Baked Apple-Raisin Oatmeal. Of course, my picky eaters won't eat raisins, so I subbed in mini-chocolate chips. I know this adds in sugar, but for an afternoon snack, this was still a lower sugar alternative than cookies. A friend of mine was over and ate some. She commented how much she enjoyed them because it wasn't quite so sweet. Another recipe I made was using the teriyaki sauce from the pork chop recipe. I used it when we barbecued chicken. It good and mild. Each of the recipes were simple and quick to make. If you a) have picky eater and are looking for simple, healthy recipes or b) have a child with diabetes, then you might really like this cookbook. I did. Please note note that I received a complimentary copy of this cookbook for review from Robert Rose Publishing.