A New Mexico woman is getting national attention for a cookbook that just hit bookstores this month. It makes eating Tex-Mex cuisine healthier for those suffering from diabetes.
The New Mexico State University professor worked with the American Diabetes Association to publish the cookbook titled “Tex-Mex Diabetes Cooking: More Than 140 Authentic Southwestern Favorites.”
It features healthier versions of Tex-Mex favorites like enchiladas, burritos, tacos and queso dip.
Kelley Coffeen said she had to do some research to make sure her recipes fell within the guidelines of the American Diabetes Association, turning Tex-Mex favorites into low-carb, low-fat and low-calorie recipes.
According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 1 million American children and adults have type 1 diabetes.
That included Coffeen’s mother who passed away.
Coffeen says she had to think of healthy diabetic-friendly recipes to plan not only for her mother, but for her family.
“I really watched her struggle with feeling guilty after going out to a Mexican food restaurant or after we’d fix some Tex-Mex cuisine. I really kind of started feeling there should be something for us who love those flavors,” said Coffeen.
Her book is now for sale online on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and American Diabetes Association website.
Coffeen says she’s already in talks to work with the American Diabetes Association on more cookbooks. This is Coffeen’s seventh cookbook.