Saturday, January 6, 2018

Designed for One by Nancy Hughes Review and Giveaway


We all know someone with Diabetes. It’s scary to think about, but we can have a better handle on it if we do things in moderation. A close friend of mine’s daughter is 4 years old and good friends with my son, she was just diagnosed. Families can easily get overwhelmed with all the information and research. It’s a huge lifestyle change, but it can be done. Even though our household isn’t diabetic, we have several family members who are. This cookbook was great when it came to what to make for times they visit. It’s not a drastic “OMG we had to change EVERYTHING for you” meals either. All of the recipes are still flavorful without being complicated.

One of my favorite points of this book where at the bottom of each page there was a breakdown. So if you have to track carbs or sugars or whatever, there was an easy breakdown to help you calculate your daily intake.


There’s no long stores about the recipe, it’s very to the point. I wish that there where a few more pictures, but the ones in the book look amazing. Here’s just a few of the pictures that are in the book -


I can’t wait to incorporate more of these recipes into our weekly rotation in hopes to stay on that path of a healthy lifestyle!


SHORT BIO: Nancy S. Hughes is a bestselling author and leading food consultant. She has written 19 nationally-published cookbooks as well as developed recipes for 58 additional cookbooks with over 7,500 published recipes to her credit. Nancy has been honored to work with clients across the United States and Canada. She works with major corporations, health-focused organizations, magazines, and web-based clients including: American Heart Association, Cooking Light, Better Homes and Gardens, Betty Crocker, Del Monte Foods, Canola Council, National Processed Raspberry Council, Rice Federation, eMeals, and Nestlé.

- You’ve written another book for the American Diabetes Association! Can you explain the motivation behind this book? It seemed to me that every time “I” cooked just for me, I’d try to keep it simple (I definitely didn’t want to go to too much trouble…that’s for sure), but it felt

B-O-R-I-N-G …but if a person has diabetes, it’s very, very important to eat healthy meals. That’s when I took a new approach in the kitchen and made it easy…for everyone. My editor loved the idea…wound me up and I hit the kitchen with tons of ideas to test out!

-  Can you explain what benefits readers will see when using this book? 

  • They’ll learn how to shop and store foods properly and easily.

  • The recipes are easy so they’ll make them again and again

  • Tons of variety, so it will keep eating interesting and fun

  • Simple enough to do on the busiest of days when energies are low…so there’s no excuse!

  • The recipes can be an easy-to-follow tool for a caregiver to make meals.

  • Lots of cook’s notes, shortcuts and quick tips

- Packages of meat and poultry are sold in larger amounts than needed. What can a single person do? Often your butcher can cut a pork tenderloin or beef chuck to the weight needed. If not, when you get home, cut it and wrap tightly in plastic wrap and freeze the unused portion for a later use.

Chicken breasts can sometimes be twice as big as needed. Simply cut them in half lengthwise (so it looks like 2 thinner chicken breasts) wrap and freeze separately. Or you may cut the breast in half crosswise, flatten to 1/2-inch thickness between 2 sheets of plastic wrap, then wrap and freeze individually.

  • Are these dinners only for people with diabetes or are they for everyone?

Absolutely everyone! No “special” ingredients, no extra shopping...a basic grocery store is all you need! Whether you’re a novice in the kitchen getting settled in your first apartment or a single seasoned cook used to cooking for a large family...this is your “go-to” book that should be left out on the kitchen counter at all times!

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Please feel free to share this post with any friend you think might need this cookbook in their lives. And of course, you can always purchase it for yourselves or said friend on the Provider-Of-All-Things Online that is HERE.

Disclaimer: A copy of Designed for One by Nancy Hughe was sent to me one for me and one to giveaway, both have been provided by Dalyn Miller Public Relations for this Review & Giveaway. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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