Recipe Rehab: Deviled EggsPosted on Apr 1st 2010 12:00PM by Tanya Zuckerbrot
My children love to color hard boiled eggs around Easter time, but what do you do with all those beautifully colored Easter eggs afterward? My grandmother always used to turn these into deviled eggs and use them as the appetizer for our holiday meal on Easter Sunday.
With the addition of mayonnaise to the egg yolk, the calories and fat are nearly doubled. One deviled egg (two halves) gets you pretty close to the American Heart Association's suggested daily limit of 300 mg of cholesterol. So, in order to enjoy a few more trips to the appetizer tray before the main meal, try my lightened up version.
I am actually going to remove the egg yolks completely from the recipe and replace them with avocado. This substitution practically eliminates the cholesterol content and adds some healthy monounsaturated fats that have been shown to help reduce cholesterol levels. Additionally, I will add some chopped up veggies to increase the fiber and enhance the flavor. I hope your family enjoys this healthy twist on deviled eggs as much as mine does.
- 1 dozen hard boiled eggs
- 2 avocados, peeled and pitted
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 stalk green onion, minced
- 1 tablespoon jalapeno pepper, seeds removed, minced (optional)
- 2 teaspoons lime juice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
1. Peel hard boiled eggs and slice in half lengthwise. Remove the yolks and discard (or save for another recipe).
2. In a small bowl mash the avocados. Add the garlic, onion, jalapeno, lime juice and salt. Mix well to combine.
3. Fill the empty egg white halves with about two teaspoons of the avocado mixture. Sprinkle with paprika and chill until serving.
Nutrition Content (per serving):
73 calories, 5 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 4 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein, 155 mg sodium
For other appetizer ideas, try my lightened up version of Spinach Artichoke Dip.
Readers, I would love to hear from you! Please send me your most favorite fattening recipes that need a RECIPE REHAB! Everything from your mom's meatloaf to your kid's favorite dessert -- let me lighten it up.
Celebrity dietitian and motivational life coach Tanya Zuckerbrot, author of www.ffactordiet.com and founder of www.skinnyandthecity.com, has helped thousands of people lose weight and keep it off with her program. Her philosophy? Tanya believes you should never sacrifice taste, even when you're eating healthy foods. Have a recipe in need of rehab? Send us your recipe!