Creating nutritious, great-tasting meals to meet everyone’s unique diet needs is a challenge for any cook. In the new The With or Without Meat Cookbook: The Flexible Approach to Flavorful Diabetes Cooking, nationally recognized nutrition expert and chef Jackie Newgent shares 125 diabetes-friendly vegetarian recipes with a simple and health-conscious poultry, fish, or meat option to satisfy anyone.

“The popular name for this type of eating plan is flexitarianism,” says Newgent. “A flexitarian is someone who eats plant-based meals and may occasionally eat poultry, fish, or meat. This is considered by nutrition experts, including myself, to be a desirable and wholesome approach to eating.”

Each of Newgent’s 125 recipes begins as a meatless dish, alongside a “With Poultry, Fish, or Meat” mini-recipe suggesting how to incorporate the appropriate ingredient into either the entire dish or just one serving—perfect for cooks who want to please vegetarians and carnivores alike without having to create two meals. In addition, Newgent includes tips on incorporating more vegetables into your diet, advice for finding protein. One of the three main nutrients in food.

Every meal—from breakfast and brunch to snacks and main dishes—are featured. Recipes include Herbed ‘Shroom and Egg Scramble; Sea Salt and White Asparagus Pizza Crisps; Fresh Mint and Baby Spinach Salad with Grapes, Black Bean, Poblano, and Tortilla Soup; Po’ Boy-Inspired Sandwiches; Italian-Style Submarines; Eggplant and Spaghetti Marinara; Citrus Braised Kale, and more.

Newgent’s recipes are created for people with diabetes as well as for people who are trying to reach or maintain a healthy weight. Each of the 125 recipes in this new cookbook meets the American Diabetes Association's nutritional guidelines. These guidelines ensure that the recipes will fit into anyone's diabetes meal plan and help them better manage their blood glucose, the main sugar found in the blood and the body's main source of energy. Also called blood sugar levels. Each recipe features complete nutrition information and diabetic choices/exchanges.

About The Author

Jackie Newgent, RDN, CDN, is a classically trained chef, registered dietitiana health care professional who advises people about meal planning, weight control and diabetes management. She’s author of 1,000 Low-calerie Recipes, Big Green Cookbook, and the American Diabetes Association bestseller The All-Natural Diabetes Cookbook, which was awarded the "Best Health and Nutrition Book in the World" by Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2007. She has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show, ABC’s Good Morning America and World News Now, NBC’s Later Today and Dateline, Food Network’s Follow that Food, and The Daily Buzz. Jackie is a recreational culinary instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education and freelance recipe developer for Food Network. Her food articles, menus, and recipe features are regularly featured in national publications, including Shape, Health, Woman’s World, and Coastal Living magazines. Jackie lives in Brooklyn, New York.

The With or Without Meat Cookbook is available at, at bookstores nationwide, or by calling 1-800-232-6733.