iCookbook Diabetic Support

Attention Apple iOS7 users: we are aware of some stability and functional issues with iCookbook Diabetic running on the newly launched iOS7. We are investigating these issues now and will have updates for the app soon. Please check back here for news and watch the App Store for an update.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

User Guide

Welcome to iCookbook-Diabetic! Keep reading to learn about the features that will help you get the most out of your iCookbook-Diabetic experience.

With 500 recipes at your fingertips, how do you choose? Use the Explore feature to find the perfect recipe. Touch the red arrow tab at the top of the screen to pull down the search bar. Touch Explore to open the list of filters: Top Rated, Dish, Ingredient, Diet Type, Theme, Cuisine, Occasion, Recently Viewed, Monthly Features, and Collections. You can select as many filters as you want to narrow your search. You can see which filters you selected at the bottom of the search results screen; touch the red X button to remove a filter.

Use the Top Rated filter to view top-rated recipes. Select My Top Rated to see recipes you’ve rated in descending order of rating; all of your 5-star recipes will appear first. You can also view top-rated recipes by all iCookbook-Diabetic users by selecting All Top Rated. Try the Dish filter to look for specific parts of a meal. Start with the Ingredient filter to search for recipes using ingredients you have on hand. While all of our recipes are suitable for a diabetes diet, you can use the Diet Type filter to find recipes that follow more restrictive nutritional guidelines, such as Low-Fat or Gluten-Free. Search for casseroles, slow-cooker recipes, 30-minute recipes and more using the Theme filter. Use the Cuisine filter to browse ethnic favorites. Try the Occasion filter to find seasonal selections and recipes for holiday gatherings. Recently Viewed helps you keep track of your browsing history by showing you recipes that you’ve viewed in the past day, week or month, or all the recipes you’ve ever viewed. Monthly Features will show you the free monthly updates that you’ve downloaded and the updates that are available for download and Collections will show you the packs of recipes that you’ve purchased from the Store.

From the recipe grid view, you can drag recipes and drop them into My Recipe Box and Meal Builder.

Not sure what to make? Looking for inspiration? Use the Stir function to shuffle all of the recipes. Touch the orange spoon icon below the Explore panel to activate the Stir function and to shuffle. Touch the Stir button next to the spoon to deactivate the feature. Try using Stir after you’ve selected filters to shuffle your results. While stirring, be sure to save recipes that look interesting so that you can peruse them at your leisure. Simply drag recipes into either My Recipe Box or Meal Builder in the black bar at the bottom of the screen.

Recipe Page
When you find a recipe that you’d like to see in more detail, tap the image or title. In addition to ingredients, preparation steps and a photo, the Recipe Page view gives you an estimate of difficulty, preparation time and nutrition information, and allows you to scale certain recipes up or down depending on your desired serving size. If a recipe can be scaled, + and - buttons will appear next to the yield. Simply tap the buttons to scale the recipe up or down. Note that scaling is only reflected in the ingredients list; ingredient amounts in the preparation steps do not change. Recipes have not been tested for scaling and nutritional information won’t reflect a scaled recipe. You can add your own rating by taping the rating box and then taping a star to rate the recipe. Use the My Notes area to jot down comments and notes, which are saved with each recipe.

Also from this screen, you can use the buttons at the top to add the recipe to your My Recipe Box, tell your Facebook friends about it, e-mail it, add all of the ingredients to your Shopping List and print it.

When you’re ready to cook, touch the Prepare button.

In the Prepare feature, the preparation steps are the focus. Set in large print, the preparation steps are visible from a safe distance away from potential cooking messes. Additionally, the Prepare feature allows you to move through a recipe hands-free using Voice Commands. Activate Voice Commands by touching the Voice Command box at the top right of the page. You’ll notice that some items turn green; these indicate some of the features that are controlled by Voice Command. Touch the i button to see a full list of the Voice Commands. When you clearly speak the commands while in Prepare mode, you’ll see the word appear briefly on the screen before the command is executed.

Add Recipe
To add your own recipes, go to My Recipe Box and touch the Add Recipe button in the top right corner to open a form where you can enter your own personal favorites. First of all, give your recipe a name and enter it in the Recipe Title field. Then decide how many servings it makes and enter the number into the Servings field. You can add your own photo to your recipe by tapping the orange Add Photo button. This opens a pop-up box showing your photo albums. Simply tap a photo and it will be linked to your recipe. To enter ingredients, start with quantity. Enter whole numbers (1, 2, etc.), fractions (1/2, 1/4, etc.) or decimals (.125, 1.75, etc.); then choose a unit (cup, tablespoon, pound, etc.) if needed, and enter your item name (apples, ground beef, etc.); finally, select the aisle of the supermarket where you’ll find the ingredient so that when you add your recipe to your shopping list you’ll be able to see your ingredients sorted by aisle. After you are finished with each ingredient, touch the Add button and your ingredient will be added to the list.

Use the Preparation Steps List to add directions to your recipe. Type in step 1 and touch Add; your directions will be added to the list. Continue until all of your steps have been added. Below the Preparation Steps List, you can add your notes about the recipe. You can also use this spot to add in nutrition information for the recipe if you have it. At the bottom of the form you can add a Time and Dish, Theme, Cuisine, and Occasion filters so that your recipe will be searchable.

Touch the Save button at the top to save your recipe and send it to My Recipe Box. You can remove your recipe from My Recipe Box by touching the red X button. This does not delete your recipe; it simply removes it from this view. You can find your recipe sorted alphabetically when you view all recipes.

To edit a recipe that you’ve added, open the recipe and touch the Edit button to the right of the title. To edit an ingredient, simply touch it and make your changes. When you’re done, touch the Done button. Touch a preparation step to select it; make your edits and then touch Done. When you’re done with all of your changes, touch Save.

My Recipe Box
Add your favorite recipes that you’ve made, and also recipes that you’d like to try, to My Recipe Box by touching the recipe box icon. You can also drag recipes from the Recipes grid view into My Recipe Box. Recipes that you’ve added will automatically go here as well.

Meal Builder
Use the place setting icon to send recipes to Meal Builder, a blank canvas for planning meals. Plan one day at a time, one week at a time or use the space to plan special holiday meals. To remove a recipe from Meal Builder, simply touch the red X button.

The Info menu contains handy Conversions and Substitutions lists for quick reference, along with the Shopping List and Timers. There are also informative health articles written by registered dietitians and diabetes experts in the Info menu.

Shopping List
What did that recipe call for again? Avoid that question by adding all of the ingredients in a recipe to the Shopping List, or add ingredients for multiple recipes. View the list sorted by recipe or by ingredient, which will show your list organized by location in the store. You can even add your own grocery items to the list; now you won’t get home and realize you’ve forgotten toothpaste. Access your Shopping List through the Info menu.

Set up to three Timers at once through the Tools menu. Set timers are indicated in the top bar as a clock icon with a number; when the timer is hidden, touch the clock icon to view it. To delete the timers, touch the red X button. When your timers finish, you’ll hear a ringing noise and a pop-up box will appear letting you know that a timer has finished. When you touch the OK button, the timer turns off. Timers are also accessible when you are in the Prepare feature.

The Store is divided into three sections. In the Featured section, you’ll find our newest Collections and our favorites. In the Paid section, you’ll find all of the Collections that are available for purchase. Curated by our editors, Collections are themed packs of recipes that will enhance your iCookbook-Diabetic experience. The Free section contains the Free Monthly Updates.

About the Recipes
The recipes in this publication were specially selected for people with diabetes. All are based on the principles of sound nutrition as outlined in the dietary guidelines developed by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, making them perfect for the entire family.

iCookbook-Diabetic recipes are not intended as a medically therapeutic program nor as a substitute for medically approved meal plans for individuals with diabetes. Instead, they contain various amounts of calories, fat, protein, cholesterol, sodium, fiber, and carbohydrate that will fit easily into an individualized meal plan designed by you and your certified diabetes educator, registered dietitian, or physician.

Each person’s dietary needs are different. There is no single food plan that works for everyone. That’s why we have included a nutritional analysis with each recipe. Then, no matter what your dietary goals are, you have the information you need to choose the recipes that are right for you.

A Word About Sugar
In 1994, the American Diabetes Association lifted its absolute ban on sugar from its recommended dietary guidelines. Under these guidelines, you can exchange
1 tablespoon of sugar for a slice of bread, for example, because each is considered a starch exchange. The guidelines for sugar are based on scientific studies that show carbohydrate in the form of sugars does not raise blood sugar levels more rapidly than other types of carbohydrate-containing foods. What is important is the total amount of carbohydrate eaten, not the source.

However, sweets and other foods high in sugar may also be high in fat and low in nutrients. So the better choice between an apple and a doughnut is still an easy one to make. Sugar can be eaten in modest amounts as part of a balanced diet, whether or not the person has diabetes. When figured into your meal plan, a small amount of sugar enhances a food’s flavor and texture without being harmful.

If you have any questions or concerns about the use of sugar, consult your certified diabetes educator, registered dietitian, or physician for more information.

Nutritional Analysis
The nutritional analysis that appears with each recipe was calculated by an independent nutrition consulting firm. Every effort has been made by the editors of iCookbook-Diabetic to check the accuracy of these numbers. However, because numerous variables account for a wide range of values for certain foods, nutritional analyses should be considered approximate.

The analysis of each recipe includes all ingredients listed for a recipe except ingredients labeled as “optional” or “for garnish.” When a range is offered, the first amount listed is used in the calculation. If an ingredient is listed with an option, the first item is used in the calculation. Foods shown on the same plate in a photograph and foods listed as “serve with” suggestions at the end of a recipe are not included in the recipe analysis unless they’re listed in the ingredient list. In recipes calling for rice or noodles, the analyses are based on rice or noodles prepared without added fat or salt, unless otherwise stated.

Nutrition information is listed for each recipe in iCookbook-Diabetic and appears beneath the photo.

Understanding Our Diet Types
Contains no ingredients that have the protein gluten. This excludes wheat, barley, rye and triticale.

Contains 5 grams or more of fiber per serving.

Contains 15 grams or fewer of carbohydrate per serving.

Contains 3 grams or fewer of fat per serving.

Contains 10 grams or fewer of protein for main dishes and 5 grams or fewer of protein for side dishes, appetizers, snacks, and desserts.

Contains 140 milligrams or fewer of sodium per serving.

Contains no animal products. This excludes meat, dairy, eggs and honey.

Contains no meat or fish.


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