appetizer – Diabetic Kitchen https://diabetickitchen.com Wed, 04 Mar 2020 17:59:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Sun-dried Tomato Goat Cheese Bites https://diabetickitchen.com/sun-dried-tomato-goat-cheese-bites/ https://diabetickitchen.com/sun-dried-tomato-goat-cheese-bites/#respond Mon, 03 Nov 2014 15:07:25 +0000 http://www.diabetickitchen.com/?p=1908

For rave reviews … make this easy, tasty appetizer.  It will not disappoint!  The goat cheese is my twist from another recipe that uses 3 of these four ingredients that is a little more complicated yet so worth making. I will share that one later as you will definitely want it for the holidays. I was ...

The post Sun-dried Tomato Goat Cheese Bites appeared first on Diabetic Kitchen.

]]>
For rave reviews … make this easy, tasty appetizer.  It will not disappoint!  The goat cheese is my twist from another recipe that uses 3 of these four ingredients that is a little more complicated yet so worth making. I will share that one later as you will definitely want it for the holidays.

I was heading to a party and wanted to make it and realized no time! I knew that there were a few sun-dried tomato fans coming and wanted something with that ingredient. Besides I was in the major craving zone myself!

WEB_Goat_Cheese_Bites-15a

The other recipe called for cream cheese and feta. I decide that instead of mixing the two maybe goat cheese would work instead. I had some and grabbed it and took a bit of cheese with a little SDT and basil and it was good. But it needed an element of surprise and something with a little texture. The other appetizer had a lot more ingredients including pine nuts. But that would not work here and I didn’t want it to be an appetizer that needed a cracker. I wanted it to be individual bites.

Looking in my refrigerator and eliminating a lot of possibilities there sat the bacon. Really? No. Really? Why not? So I chopped some slices and cooked it and did my little taste test. Oh, yes. The unexpected. Might have even been better with prosciutto. But I didn’t have any in my fridge! So I went with it.

WEB_Goat_Cheese_Bites-27a

We were off and running.  I figured out a few tricks in the making of these little bites. Don’t roll one, coat one and then pick up the teaspoon to repeat. You will have nasty hands and be constantly washing them. Finally I did about 8-10 drops at a time on top of the mixture (limit your cheesy mess on a plate or counter). Then went back and rolled the group at one time and coated them at one time. Less washing. Nice.

 

WEB_Goat_Cheese_Bites-02

They were a hit at the party. Easy to grab one and go with or without a toothpick. I have even made some and tightly pack them in a glass container and took in on a boat ride. Place it in your cooler and it is ready for a quick picnic on the water!

Want a different twist to your scrambled eggs? Break up two of them and fold them into your scrambled eggs. Seriously delicious.

 

FOODS THAT HEAL IN THIS RECIPE:

Goat Cheese – Dr. George Haenlein of the University of Delaware points out that the fats found in goat milk products are high in middle chain fatty acids, which are easier for the body to process than those found in cow’s milk. Some additional benefits of goat milk cheese is a good source of calcium, protein, vitamin A, vitamin K, phosphorus, niacin and thiamin. It is easier to digest because the fat globules are smaller, resembling those of human milk. It has about one-third fewer calories per ounce of which more than half of those calories are from fat, which is better for the diabetic diet. It is about twice as much protein as well. Because goat cheese contains less lactose than cheese made from cow’s milk and contains smaller fat globules, it is typically well tolerated by those with lactose intolerance.

WEB_Goat_Cheese_Bites-05aSun-dried Tomatoes – Whether you make your own or buy them at the store, sun-dried tomatoes are packed with a powerhouse of nutrients that deliver health benefits. One cup of sun-dried tomatoes can provide a substantial percentage of your daily requirements for potassium, thiamine and riboflavin, niacin, vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin A, lutein, zeaxanthin and lycopene, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. It provides nutrients that work as antioxidants, supports heart health, strong bones and good for converting food to energy.

Basil – Basil is an excellent source of vitamin K and manganese; a very good source of copper, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids such as beta-carotene), and vitamin C; and a good source of calcium, iron, folate, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids. Research studies on basil have shown unique health-protecting effects in two basic areas: basil’s flavonoids and volatile oils. Orientin and vicenin are two water-soluble flavonoids that have been of particular interest in basil, and in studies on human white blood cells; these components of basil protect cell structures as well as chromosomes from radiation and oxygen-based damage. In addition, basil has been shown to provide protection against unwanted bacterial growth. These anti-bacterial properties of basil are associated with its volatile oils and are considered anti-bacterial. There are more than 60 varieties of basil, all of which differ somewhat in appearance and taste.

WEB_Goat_Cheese_Bites-29sm

Sun-dried Tomato Goat Cheese Bites
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 10
INGREDIENTS
  • 4 slices of bacon, chopped and cooked
  • 10.5 ounces goat cheese
  • 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil
  • ½ cup fresh basil, finely chopped
METHOD
  1. Slice the bacon into small pieces. Cook till the perfect crisp. Set aside on paper towel to cool and drain. If some of the pieces are still too big break into smaller pieces.
  2. While the bacon is cooking, chop the sun-dried tomatoes fine. Place in shallow dish. Add the finely chopped basil to the sun-dried tomatoes.
  3. Add cooled bacon to the sun-dried tomatoes and basil. Stir till combined.
  4. Using a teaspoon, make little balls of goat cheese using your hands.
  5. Roll the goat cheese ball in the sun-dried tomato mixture, coating the entire ball. Repeat. This will make 30 little bites/balls.
DK NOTES
I have found that as I measure the goat cheese, if I put the dollops (before I roll them) on the sun-dried tomato mixture and continue until I have 8-10 dollops done. Then stop and roll them into shape and then coat the balls in the mixture. You won’t have messy hands between making each ball: ie: measure, roll, coat, wash hands, repeat. You will wash your hands less and have more of any assembly line: ie: measure 10, then roll, coat, wash hands, repeat only 3 times!

You don’t want them bigger than a rounded teaspoon, as the balance of flavors will not be the same.

You can put a toothpick in them to server or not.

Crumble one or two in your scrambled eggs. Yes I did!

I have made these the day before for a party and they store well. They might store longer but I wouldn’t know as they are gone after 3 days! Delish!

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:
Calories 106 |Fat 7g |Carb 3g |Fiber 1g |Sugar 2g
WEB_Goat_Cheese_Bites-13-2a

The post Sun-dried Tomato Goat Cheese Bites appeared first on Diabetic Kitchen.

]]>
https://diabetickitchen.com/sun-dried-tomato-goat-cheese-bites/feed/ 0
Pepperoni Chips https://diabetickitchen.com/pepperoni-chips/ https://diabetickitchen.com/pepperoni-chips/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 22:19:17 +0000 http://www.diabetickitchen.com/?p=1810

  The kids big and small love these bites of flavor.   Use them as chips for dips, with a slice of cheese or on their own  to satisfy your salty pleasure. While I have seen several recipes floating around I would rather not use a microwave.  So I did a little experimenting at low ...

The post Pepperoni Chips appeared first on Diabetic Kitchen.

]]>
 

WEB_pepperoni_chips-40

The kids big and small love these bites of flavor.   Use them as chips for dips, with a slice of cheese or on their own  to satisfy your salty pleasure.

WEB_pepperoni_chips-08

While I have seen several recipes floating around I would rather not use a microwave.  So I did a little experimenting at low and higher temperatures. I used a plain baking sheet – what a mess.  One with a Silpat liner – that was easier but you have to turn them over.  So I came to the conclusion that unless you have a convection oven the best way is to bake them on a cooling rack over your baking sheet to catch the rendered oil. That way they cook and crisp up on both sides at the same time.  Effortless.

WEB_pepperoni_chips-13

Once they are cooked and cooled, I store half of them in 2 snack packs.  One goes into the refrigerator so that they store longer and are easy to grab for grandkids lunches. The other bag is left out to gobble up in a few days.

 

WEB_pepperoni_chips-35

Pepperoni Chips
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Recipe type: Appetizer or Snack
Serves: 6
INGREDIENTS
  • 6 oz Sliced Pepperoni (3 inches in diameter)
METHOD
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place the cookie cooling rack over the top of your baking sheet. It can hang over the edge if needed. Lay the pepperoni slices so that they touch each other on the rack. As they cook they will get smaller. So again don’t worry if the edge of the pepperoni looks like it is past the edge of the baking sheet. It is still on the cooling rack and will shrink.
  3. Place pan in the preheated oven and bake for 8-10 minutes. Every oven is different so check them and see if they need a little more crisping or not. You do not want them over done.
  4. Let them cool and then place them in an airtight container.
DK NOTES
Your best choice will be to go to the deli and get your pepperoni there. It should be approximated 3 inches in diameter. Six ounces will yield about 20 sliced on the #1 slice.

NUTRITIONAL DATA:
Calories 133 |Fat 12g |Carbs 1g |Protein 6g
WEB_pepperoni_chips-22

The post Pepperoni Chips appeared first on Diabetic Kitchen.

]]>
https://diabetickitchen.com/pepperoni-chips/feed/ 7
Avocado Dip https://diabetickitchen.com/avocado-dip/ https://diabetickitchen.com/avocado-dip/#comments Sun, 21 Sep 2014 23:48:31 +0000 http://www.diabetickitchen.com/?p=1647

This dip is so good you will want to eat it by the spoonfuls.  Dip it, thin it for a salad dressing or add it to your chicken salad. GOOD FOR YOU FOODS IN THIS RECIPE: Greek Yogurt – Unsweetened, full fat Greek yogurt is one of the healthiest yogurts that you could add to ...

The post Avocado Dip appeared first on Diabetic Kitchen.

]]>
This dip is so good you will want to eat it by the spoonfuls.  Dip it, thin it for a salad dressing or add it to your chicken salad.

WEB_Avocado_Dip_05aGOOD FOR YOU FOODS IN THIS RECIPE:

Greek Yogurt – Unsweetened, full fat Greek yogurt is one of the healthiest yogurts that you could add to your diet as a diabetic as it’s very low in sugar and contains a very high amount of protein. Rich in Vitamin D, it is protein-rich and stabilizes blood sugar while soothing inflammation. It also reduces stress on the overall immune system. Pair this with some fresh berries and flaxseeds or sliced almonds for the perfect snack to help control your blood sugar levels. Substitute Greek yogurt for sour cream in all your recipes.

Avocado – One food that’s excellent for the diabetic as it’s a great source of healthy fats that will help to keep blood sugar levels stable after eating a mixed meal with proteins and carbohydrates is the avocado. This food is rich in essential fatty acids, which will help to protect against heart disease and provide anti-inflammatory benefits. Avocados are also loaded in vitamin K and dietary fiber, which is important for keeping your heart healthy and blood clotting properly. This food contains less than two grams of sugar per cup serving and is also ranked low on the glycemic index scale. Add it to salads, on top of sandwiches, or mix it into a dip to serve alongside your favorite raw veggies.

WEB_Avocado_Dip-11b

Avocado Dip
 
Prep time
Total time
 
Author:
Recipe type: Appetizer, Dressing
Serves: 12
INGREDIENTS
  • ½ Avocado
  • ½ cup Greek Yogurt
  • ½ cup Cilantro
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1 Tbl. Lime Juice
  • ¼ tsp. Cumin
  • ¼ tsp. Sea Salt
METHOD
  1. Place all the ingredients into your food processor or blender. Process until smooth. Presto. It’s ready!
  2. Serve with sliced zucchini, red bell peppers or your favorite dippers. Or just eat it by the spoonful’s. It’s that good.
DK NOTES
We use Traders Joe's plain yogurt. . It has the highest fat content that I have found and wow does it taste good.

Other options:
- Thin it with a little cream or olive oil and have a creamy salad dressing too.
- Use to dress your chicken salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO
Calories 21 |Fat 2g |Carbs 1g
 

 

The post Avocado Dip appeared first on Diabetic Kitchen.

]]>
https://diabetickitchen.com/avocado-dip/feed/ 5
Cheese Board https://diabetickitchen.com/cheese-board/ https://diabetickitchen.com/cheese-board/#respond Sat, 01 Mar 2014 08:03:28 +0000 http://www.diabetickitchen.com/?p=1202

Cheese boards do not have to be heavy on the crackers.  Get creative and find a different way to to get the texture and flavors you want.  You eat with your eyes first so make it appealing. Serve 2-3 types of cheese.  On this particular platter I chose a raw milk sharp cheddar.  It’s white ...

The post Cheese Board appeared first on Diabetic Kitchen.

]]>
Cheese boards do not have to be heavy on the crackers.  Get creative and find a different way to to get the texture and flavors you want.  You eat with your eyes first so make it appealing.

Serve 2-3 types of cheese.  On this particular platter I chose a raw milk sharp cheddar.  It’s white not yellow.  Have you ever seen yellow milk?  No.  Its a dye.  We don’t need to eat it.

I love goat cheese so it is always one of my selections.  This time I chose Drunken Goat, which is a wine brined cheese. Very mild and semi firm cheese.

Add some veggies.  They give you the crunch you are looking for.  Asparagus, red bell pepper, squash or zucchini all work well with the cheese and some hummus or black bean dip. Add a few grapes to give you that pop of sweetness and you have an enjoyable platter of taste and texture.

Make it colorful.  Remember your eyes eat first!

The post Cheese Board appeared first on Diabetic Kitchen.

]]>
https://diabetickitchen.com/cheese-board/feed/ 0
Cucumber Flowers with Sundried Tomato and Goat Cheese https://diabetickitchen.com/cucumber-flowers-with-sundried-tomato-and-goat-cheese/ https://diabetickitchen.com/cucumber-flowers-with-sundried-tomato-and-goat-cheese/#comments Sat, 01 Mar 2014 07:55:46 +0000 http://www.diabetickitchen.com/?p=1193

This is a fun appetizer that is great for a garden party or a Christmas party! I actually made these for Victoria’s 30th birthday garden party.  So easy.  If you have a small flower shaped cutter then cut your cucumber slices with it.  It’s those small things that make a plate look pretty. You can ...

The post Cucumber Flowers with Sundried Tomato and Goat Cheese appeared first on Diabetic Kitchen.

]]>
This is a fun appetizer that is great for a garden party or a Christmas party!

I actually made these for Victoria’s 30th birthday garden party.  So easy.  If you have a small flower shaped cutter then cut your cucumber slices with it.  It’s those small things that make a plate look pretty.

You can make as may of these you want depending on how many people you have attending your party. Or just make a few for yourself. They are that easy.

Gather a cucumber, sun-dried tomatoes in oil, crumbled goat cheese and chives.  That’s it.

Slice your cucumber. Use your flower cookie cutter to make the shape. A benefit is that you do not have to peel them! Place the “flowers” on your selected platter.

Take a few sun-dried tomatoes from the oil and chop.

Chop your chives.  Now assemble!

Top your “flowers” with chopped sun-dried tomato and crumbled goat cheese.  Then sprinkle with chopped chives.

You are done!

 

The post Cucumber Flowers with Sundried Tomato and Goat Cheese appeared first on Diabetic Kitchen.

]]>
https://diabetickitchen.com/cucumber-flowers-with-sundried-tomato-and-goat-cheese/feed/ 1