Knock Their Socks Off with a Diabetes-Compatible Dish

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This guest post was written by type 2 diabetic and chef Ward Alper. It originally appeared on his website, The Decadent Diabetic, and was republished on Information About Diabetes with permission.

Are you afraid to bring a dish to a pot luck party or to host one of your own? Do you think that because you have diabetes nobody would want to eat what you have to eat? Think again!

Too many of us get caught up in thinking that our diabetes-compatible eating would not be of any interest to someone who didn’t have to eat this way. The problem is that either we think that what choices we have are so awful that we don’t even want to eat them or that we think everybody else just assumes that our eating choices are yucky.

How to Wow Party Guests

One of my readers was asked to attend a gathering for knitting mittens for children in need. She immediately offered to bring a dish with her. The hostess was somewhat reluctant, knowing that she has diabetes. She wanted to know that there was something at the gathering that she could eat and enjoy. She wrote me and asked what she should do. I told her to “knock their sox off with a Diabetes-Compatible dish that anyone would love.”

Be Daring and Bring a Dessert

At your next party, why not knock their socks off and raise a few eyebrows. Be daring; offer to bring dessert. Your hostess, when she recovers, will sigh and be polite and will expect some flavorless, sugarless, cardboard cake, or just expect maybe a cheese and fruit platter (actually, not a bad idea). Wow them with a lemon tart (tart au citron), lemon cake, pineapple cake or even a chocolate confection. The recipes for all of those are here at Information About Diabetes in the recipes section.

Play It Safe and Bring an Appetizer

If you don’t want to shock them too much, offer to bring an appetizer. The Feta and Pistachio Balls are a snap to make, and my guests scoff them down like candy. Another choice is to make little baskets using low-carb lavash bread. Stuff them with cucumber and shrimp. If shrimp is not in your budget, use olives and chopped tomatoes or any combination that YOU like. These “baskets” go even faster than the pistachio-feta balls.

Get them really crazy with a fresh turn on that very tired (but favorite) green bean casserole. My Green Beans and Bell Peppers (recipe below) is just the ticket. I use orange peppers for Thanksgiving, red peppers for Christmas, and yellow peppers for Easter. I might even use purple ones for Hanukah.

Now all you have to do is find something comfortable to wear. THE Decadent Diabetic suggests bunny slippers! Lent is here, so can Easter be far behind?

ENJOY!!! Be happy, be healthy, be creative, and BE DECADENT!

Click here for Ward's Green Beans and Crisp Bell Peppers recipe!

Get more cooking tips and recipe ideas from Ward Alper, the Decadent Diabetic, on his website.

Photo credit: Luke Jones on Flickr