Tuesday, July 24, 2012

"Dishing It Up Disney Style," Was Fun And Bolus Worthy!

This is my second post about the Disney Type 1 Diabetes Bookshelf - And this time I'm cooking with Disney! Like all the books on the shelf, "Dishing It Up Disney Style" is a Lilly Disney collaboration and it's a fine one at that! 

When I was reading "Dishing It Up Disney Style," the recipes made my mouth water - literally!

At the Lilly Blogger Conference in May I received a copy of "Dishing It Up Disney Style" and even had the opportunity to sample "Belle's Better Brownies" (and they really were out of this world - And only 11 carbs each!) and Pinnocchio's Peach Raspberry Cobbler (addicting and 45 grams of deliciousness) and both desserts were to die for. 

But the book isn't just about desserts. It includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, appetisers and desserts, all with easy to follow recipes that include nutritional information and carb count! 
So not only can you and your family make the recipes together, you can actually bolus for them as well! 
So me being me, I decided to test a few out in the Diabetesalicious test kitchen on my own. 
Because if I was going to write about the cookbook, I needed to actually cook from the cookbook!

I'd always wanted to make chili and I actually had all the ingredients to make "Baloo's Beef Chili". 
Except I had ground turkey on hand and a yellow Bell pepper instead of the green Bell pepper that the recipe called for.
Still, I forged ahead and sliced and diced and followed the directions with my substitutions.
Adding the onion, pepper, turkey, garlic, black beans crushed tomatoes, tomato juice, stock, spices etc., in the exact order the recipe called for and it soon I realized that I was making some pretty fine looking chili!

This is what the chili looked like as it simmered gently

And this is what Baloo's Chili with  Kelly Twist looked like when it was done.

Taste: I was really proud of myself for creating such a fantastic meal.
Honestly, it tasted so good that I had the chili 3 nights in a row and froze the rest.
This recipe freezes well and the thawed leftovers tasted just as good reheated 3 weeks later. 
As far as the nutritional/ bolus info - It was right on the money! 
Serving Size: 1 Cup
Calories: 271
Fat: 9 grams
Total Carbs: 23grams
Total Fiber: 9 grams
Protein: 1 gram
1 carb choice

A few days later I decided to try a dessert. 
Here's the thing: It was during that ungodly heatwave and the last thing I felt like doing was baking. 
Then I read the recipe for Minnie's Fruit Bites - A no bake recipe that looked easy and sounded REALLY good! 
These ingredients 
All mixed in the bowl...
And scooped on top of the Nilla Wafers that are flat side up in the cupcake cups..
Add some blueberries, Nutella smiles & cinnamon sprinkles ( I added those last 2 ingredients on my own) and you get some cute & yummy "bites' that you need to be nestled in the freezer for 2 hours until.... 
They become 'Minnie's Frozen Fruit Bites."
Taste: Seriously, they remind me of frozen cheese cakes/pastry and I could stop eating them!
Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Calories: 68
Total Fat: 4 grams
Carbs: 7 grams
Fiber: 0
Protein: 2
 And they were SO GOOD, down right addicting)  and incredibly easy to make - AND BOLUS FOR.
Also, my friends and their children LOVED them!
I've made these treats twice so far have some sitting in my freezer right now! 

In order for your to receive our free copy of "Dishing It Up Disney Style," ask your pediatric Endo or healthcare provider to provide you with one. 
And be sure to checkout: http://family.go.com/parenting/pkg-type-1-diabetes/

Full disclosure: I was not paid to write my review of "Dishing It Up Diabetes Style," and all thoughts on the subject are my own. I did receive my copy at the Lilly Blogger Conference and I attended on Lilly's Dime. 
With that being said, my words, thoughts and actions are mine alone. 


Misty said...

YUMMMMY!!! Ally has been looking at our Dishing it up Disney Style cookbook every day, asking can we try this? Her #1 pick is Minnie's Frozen Fruit Bites! Can't wait to give them a whirl (as soon as this mama gets to the store)!!

Anahita said...

Hi. I was wondering how I would go about getting this book. I am an adult T1 diabetic and I don't think my endocrinologist would have it as he only deals with adults. Any info you could give me is appreciated. My email is abalsara@aol.com.

Andrea said...

I sure wish they would provide the books as a pdf resource at the website.