5 Simple and Fresh Diabetes-Friendly Vegetable Platters to Share

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No Need to Feel Left Out at Parties

Those of us with diabetes know that friends and family may invite us to gatherings with food, and the food consists of pizza, pasta, or other dishes that can make our blood sugar levels skyrocket.

Even close friends and family who know we try to avoid certain foods can offer them because of restrictions on time and finances, and this is understandable.

When this happens, I try to take a simple and fresh vegetable platter to share.

I take food that is diabetes-friendly and full of raw vegetable nutrition and fiber.

Because I'm often short on time, I have a handful of favorites that are very easy, cheap and tasty. Sometimes just arranging simple and attractive vegetable dishes can make all the difference and somehow make the food taste even better. Here are some examples of my go-to veggie platters.

Endive with Hummus Platter

You will need: Endive, hummus (see below for a recipe), and optionally paprika and olive oil.

How to arrange it: Remove any wilted or damaged leaves from the head of endive and discard them. Remove leaves to use as scoops. 

Place hummus into a bowl and arrange the leaves around the bowl on a platter. If you like, you can drizzle olive oil and sprinkle paprika over the hummus and garnish with parsley.

If you are taking to a potluck or party, take the endive scoops and bowl of hummus and quickly arrange the platter at your destination.

Celery stalks or bell pepper strips can be used instead of or in addition to endive in this fresh vegetable platter.

Hummus Recipe

  • 1 (19-ounce) can garbanzo beans (drained and liquid reserved)
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Place all ingredients into into a blender or food processor. Blend for 2 to 3 minutes, adding some of the reserved garbanzo bean liquid until it is blended into a smooth paste.

Double or triple the recipe for a larger crowd.

Cucumber Slices with Cheese and Walnuts Platter

You will need: Cucumber, feta cheese, and walnut halves

How to arrange it: Feta cheese works well for this dish. Slice the cucumber (skin on or off) into rounds and cut the feta cheese into thin squares or large cubes. Place a feta cheese piece on top of each cucumber round and put a walnut half on top. Arrange on a platter for a simple-yet-irresistible fresh vegetable offering.

Caprese Salad Platter

You will need: Tomatoes, fresh basil, mozzarella cheese, olive oil, salt

How to arrange it: Caprese salad is basically made up of tomatoes, fresh basil, mozzarella cheese, olive oil, and salt.

There are a couple ways this dish can be served. You can arrange alternating sliced tomato, basil leaves, and cheese on a plate or platter. This can be done in a circular arrangement, in rows, or place a slice of cheese and basil on top of each tomato round. Drizzle olive oil over the dish and sprinkle with some salt.

Alternatively, you can make mini toothpick kabobs or appetizers. Using a toothpick, secure a little basil and a cube of cheese on top of a cherry tomato. Try adding green olives if you have them. Arrange on a plate and drizzle olive oil over the kabobs and sprinkle with salt.

Fresh Vegetable Kebabs Platter

You will need: Raw vegetables and optional olives, cheese, deli meat, and fruit such as grapes or pineapple

How to arrange it: These are raw vegetable no-cook kebabs. Thread vegetables onto skewers and arrange on a plate. You can choose to add olives, pieces of cheese, deli meat, grapes, or pineapple chunks for an extra touch.

Get creative and scan the vegetable section and deli for ideas. Some kebab-friendly choices for this vegetable platter are mushrooms, broccoli pieces, cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, celery chunks, pieces of squash, and bell pepper pieces.

Raw Okra Boats Platter

You will need: Okra and salt

How to arrange it: Okra is definitely an acquired taste. You either love raw okra or you absolutely hate it. I fall into the "love it" category and think it is fun to eat. Okra has been found to help lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels because of its mucilaginous fiber and it's this very fiber that can make people love or hate this uniquely textured vegetable that can turn into slime as you chew it.

As you prepare, keep in mind that moisture causes the slime to develop, so wash the okra and then dry it very well before slicing to prevent inducing slime before it's served. To prepare, cut off the caps and slice in half lengthwise to make little okra "boats." Place on a platter cut-side up and sprinkle with salt. Be prepared for some compliments on this vegetable platter and also some expressions of yuck.

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