Holiday Remakes: Recipes that are so good you'll think you're cheating.
Nov. 15, 2016 at midnight
The winter holidays are always accompanied by feasting and other food-related festivities. Most people only worry about a tighter belt after over-indulging, but diabetes or another chronic health condition can make it tough to enjoy traditional treats. Remaking some of these dishes for the holiday season can help you enjoy all the flavors you love without the need to cheat on your prescribed diet.
Visiting friends and family often requires traveling and overnighting, so a traveler's breakfast will take care of those on-the-road munchies. Whip up some egg muffins to avoid carb-heavy options like sugary cereals and donuts. Mix half a dozen eggs and about 1/4 cup each of your favorite fillings like cooked breakfast sausage, crumbled bacon, torn spinach, fresh herbs, shredded cheese, or chopped vegetables like broccoli and peppers. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper, then pour into an oiled muffin pan or silicone liners. Bake for 30 minutes or until the egg is set in the middle. These quick treats are full of protein and healthy fats, but they can also be made with all or half egg whites for reduced fat content. They taste great either cold or hot and freeze well so you can knock them together ahead of time.
Finger Foods for Parties
Instead of settling for store-bought chips and dips that are high in fat and sodium, turn to a healthier option that'll still wow party guests. Put a new spin on hummus by replacing the chickpeas with edamame beans. Blend half a pound of boiled edamame beans with a quarter cup of tahini, a squeeze of lemon juice, and a clove of garlic in a food processor until it is smooth. Add a splash of water as needed to keep it from getting too dry. Wash and cut up your favorite vegetables, such as red bell pepper strips, carrots, and celery, and serve it all on a festive platter.
The Side Dish You Can't Miss
All that cheese, cream sauce, and butter added to the usual holiday side dishes can make them dangerous to the diet. While it won't necessarily spike an immediate blood sugar reaction for a diabetic, it does make overall weight management difficult, which causes long-term insulin resistance issues. Cut down on the carbs and fat by making faux mashed potatoes with cauliflower. Simply boil three cups of fresh cauliflower until it's soft enough to mash, drain it, and use a food processor or hand masher to smoothen. A splash of milk or a tablespoon of cream or butter goes a long way in this dish without adding much in the way of fat and calories.
Dessert They'll Fight Over
Finally, finish up with a (diabetic) dessert that everyone will love. Almond cheesecake bars are easy to make and taste delectably decadent. Mix a quarter cup of your chosen sweetener with a cup of graham cracker cups and 1/3 cup of butter for the crust, which you press into a pan. Mix 8 ounces of cream cheese, one egg, and 1/4 cup almonds, bake for 30 minutes and serve.