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The Diabetic-Friendly 'Jamie Deviled Egg' is the result of time spent researching and cooking up diabetic-friendly dishes to soon try for my niece, Jamie.
So right out of the gate, let me just say The Diabetic-Friendly 'Jamie Deviled Egg' is healthy, visually appealing, and DOWNRIGHT DELISH. For those of you who will squawk when I list among the ingredients 'cottage cheese,' don't screw your nose up quite so soon. This is known as the disappearing deviled egg in my house, and nobody eating them is the wiser where the cottage cheese is concerned.
The Diabetic-Friendly 'Jamie Deviled Egg' is the result of my efforts, a foodie-centric Aunt to a sweet niece with juvenile diabetes, to find foods that she can eat without worry. There are a ton of diabetic-friendly recipes out there. I am sure there are many for some version or another of a deviled egg, too. However, none did I find that were as gourmet as this which incorporates fresh herbs and a lovely white wine vinegar. Oh, and it's fantastic if you are counting calories, too.....
Quick and easy is what it’s all about when you have kids. Imagine though a child who suffers with diabetes. I know for my brother and his family, the learning curve was sudden, sharp, and expensive. All the while both doctors and parents hover over the child ensuring the sugar count is where it should be. Food QUICKLY becomes both the enemy and the anecdote.
Diabetes just sucks...
After a brief visit to Charleston a year or two ago to stay with my parents, both my nieces were heavy on my heart. In the case of Jamie, no matter what my Mom cooked, there was always inevitably much she could not have. I did not blame my Mom, as she has no experience with diabetic cooking and virtually zero recipes that moderate sugar in her repertoire. Eating out at a restaurant was an even bigger challenge.
For my older niece Dani, and as the protector, her anxiety came from fear that she would allow her sister to eat something she should not. That was a lot of self-imposed responsibility for a little kid and I hated it for her. And then there was the insulin pump…it was a lot. You just want to scream for her and have her be well but then it doesn’t work like that, does it? It immediately started me thinking about how I could lighten the load in terms of that enemy and anecdote...
In my June 2019 post, The Argument For Herbs, I highlight what to grow in a kitchen garden. Imparting SO MUCH FLAVOR, it really is difficult to argue against fresh herbs in the foods we prepare and eat every day.
Micro chives and parsley from my kitchen garden are used to flavor these eggs.
Before they left for home, I treated my family to a homemade grilled feast at my house. On the menu was everything all of us could eat, Jamie included. Grilled Sriracha prawns and chicken with peaches and champagne. A crunchy fennel and citrus salad, and Smoky Cowboy Red Potatoes. I nailed the flavor profile scale the same way in which a pianist would perform a glissando over the keys. We even ate bread, something my niece seemed ecstatic about at the time.
So, I realize this is ONLY a deviled egg. It is however, one recipe among about 40+ recipes I have developed for my niece for when they visit next. The recipes are not special, rather adapted. They are as much for my Mom as they are for Jamie. I never want my Mom worried about how to feed her. Both my happiness and satisfaction will come when I am able to see her once again fill her plate. Fear of food is unwelcome at our dinner table.
Did you know that it’s super easy to print out a version of a half recipe or even a double recipe on Not Entirely Average? Hover over the serving size (highlighted in blue, it says 24 on this recipe) and then slide the the white line to the left to make less or to the right to make more. This "calculator" allows you to play until you get the number of servings you want. Easy.
Ingredients for The Diabetic-Friendly 'Jamie Deviled Egg'
- 12 large eggs, hard boiled and sliced lengthwise, half the yolks reserved the remaining yolks may be saved for another use or discarded
- 1/2 cup cottage cheese
- 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley, chives or dill
- 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- additional minced chives for garnish
- pimentos for garnish
- Have ready an egg plate of flight board on which you will display/serve from.
- If using a piping bag, fit with an .21 open star tip. If piping without a tip, prepare a small plastic baggie.
- Transfer the reserved yolks to a fine mesh sieve set overtop a medium bowl.
- Using a rubber spatula, press the yolks and the cottage cheese through the fine mesh sieve into the bowl. Repeat.
- Stir in mayonnaise, minced herb(s), 1 tablespoon of warm water, the vinegar, mustard, turmeric, coriander, salt, and pepper. Mix until well combined and very smooth.
- Pipe or spoon into the whites and arrange on the prepared dish or flight board.
- Garnish with additional minced chives and pimento.