'The Six O’Clock Scramble Meal Planner' by Aviva Goldfarb (American Diabetes Association)

Written by Nancy Sayles Kaneshiro

My copy of The Six O’Clock Scramble Meal Planner by Aviva Goldfarb (American Diabetes Association, 416 pages, $22.95 paperback), subtitled A Year of Quick, Delicious Meals to Help You Prevent and Manage Diabetes, is going to be dog-eared by summertime. Aviva, who you may recognize from The Today Show as well as her other wonderful cookbooks, addresses all of my challenges regarding food, starting with my limited ability to prepare it with a great deal of creativity. The book includes 160 delicious, diabetes-friendly recipes that require 30 minutes or less to prepare. Check! The 30-minute promise works for me…if we want to eat dinner before it’s time for breakfast the next day!

The recipes are categorized by season, making shopping that much easier. Plus, the author offers tips for organizing a grocery list and saving money in the process. Check! (I’m the one who found six—count ‘em, six—bottles of sesame oil in my pantry.)  For each recipe, additional tips grace the page to help the reader boost flavor and prep with ease. Check! And, there are slow-cooker instructions for most recipes! Music to the ears of someone whose $19.99 Crock Pot doesn’t owe her anything.

We like ethnic food in our house, so I can’t wait to try the Thai Garlic and Basil Chicken, or Grilled Mexican Flank Steak Fajitas (two ethnicities we’ve pretty much given up since diabetes came into our lives). In fact, there are a number of foods I thought I’d never eat again that are included in this book! Pasta, and tortillas, and pancakes (oh my!).

I may only spend 30 minutes preparing my dinner, but I’ve already spent several hours paging through this book. I highly recommend you do the same.

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