Contrary to popular belief, deviled eggs are not a relatively new creation. They’ve actually been around since the Ancient Roman period. During that time, the eggs were boiled and seasoned with assorted spices, which were then served to wealthy guests as appetizers. However, they weren’t called “deviled” yet.1
The use of “deviled” as a term for cooking first appeared in Great Britain around 1786. It was described as a method that uses assorted ingredients to create a spicy flavor. However, this term didn’t sit well with other cultures, so they came up with “stuffed eggs,” “dressed eggs” and other similar phrases to avoid any association with the devil.2
Today, I’m happy to introduce the Guacamole Turmeric Deviled Eggs recipe, which was created specifically for Mercola.com by Paleohacks. It uses pastured eggs as the foundation, along with assorted vegetables and spices to give it a wonderfully warm flavor. It’s the perfect appetizer to serve at your next party.
Cooking time: 15 minutes | Preparation time: 45 minutes | Number of Servings: 6
- 3 large free-range eggs
- 1 large ripe avocado
- 1 organic roma tomato, sliced in half with the ribs and liquid removed
- 1 organic jalapeno, sliced lengthwise with the seeds and ribs removed
- ½ tsp. cumin
- ¼ tsp. turmeric
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Diced jalapenos and sliced chives for garnishing
- Place the eggs in a medium-sized pot with lukewarm water. Bring the water to a boil and simmer the eggs on medium-high heat for 5 to 6 minutes. Immediately drain the water and place the eggs in a bowl of ice water to cool them for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the eggs and let them sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before peeling.
- After peeling the eggs, slice them in half lengthwise, then remove the yolks and put them to the side.
- Add the egg yolk, jalapeno, cumin, tomato, avocado, salt and pepper in a blender.
- Blend the ingredients on high speed until a chunky, creamy guacamole mixture appears.
- Using a spoon, gently scoop the guacamole into each egg cavity.
- Sprinkle each egg with turmeric then sprinkle with diced jalapeno and chopped chives as desired
Pastured Eggs: How to Make Deviled Eggs the Healthy Way
If you want to know how to make deviled eggs the healthy way, start with organic pastured eggs. They are eggs harvested from chickens that freely roam outdoors on a pasture where they can consume their natural diet of worms, insects, plants and seeds. As a result, the chickens produce high-quality eggs that are superior in taste, and are free from antibiotics.
More importantly, pastured eggs excel in nutritional value compared to commercial eggs harvested from confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) hens. They contain:
- Two-thirds more vitamin A
- Three times more vitamin E
- Seven times more beta-carotene
- Two times more omega-3 fats
Avocado Provides a Good Source of Healthy Fat
The avocado is considered to be a “super food” because it contains an abundance of nutrients, such as:
Aside from the nutrients mentioned above, one of my favorite things about the avocado is that it is rich in monounsaturated fat. This is a healthy type of fat that can help your body improve its ability to absorb fat-soluble nutrients from other foods, effectively increasing your overall nutrient intake.
According to the journal Nutrition and Cancer, avocado may help prevent oral cancer, thanks to its phytochemicals that have potential chemopreventive properties.3 Consuming avocado regularly may help decrease your bad cholesterol levels as well, as evidenced in a study published in the journal Archives of Medical Research.4
Jalapenos Add Spice, as Well as Cancer-Fighting Properties
Jalapenos are a popular ingredient in dishes that require a spicy kick. This is due to the presence of capsaicin, the compound responsible for their spicy flavor. Coincidentally, capsaicin also provides jalapenos with impressive health benefits, such as:
- Preventing the growth of cancer cells: Research has shown that capsaicin may have the ability to suppress the growth of human prostate cancer cells.5
- Helping manage your weight: Capsaicin may help maintain your weight by decreasing calorie intake, shrinking fat tissue and lowering your blood fat levels by triggering beneficial protein changes in your body.6
- Helping alleviate pain: It works by depleting your body’s supply of substance P, a chemical that helps transmit pain signals to your brain. Pain is also alleviated by desensitizing your skin’s sensory receptors.7
The Roma Tomato Provides You With Antioxidants
The roma tomato is a variant specifically used in making tomato paste due to its thicker fruit wall and denser flesh.8 But in this recipe, its pasty quality serves as the perfect binder to clump all the ingredients in the guacamole filling together.
Tomato is rich in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that gives tomato its red color, and has been suggested to be more powerful than beta-carotene. In one study, men with the highest levels of lycopene in their blood were found to be 55 percent less likely to have a stroke compared to those with the lowest levels.9
Lycopene is also a fat-soluble nutrient, so it’s important that you eat it with dietary fat to maximize its benefits. Fortunately, the avocado used in this recipe is rich in healthy dietary fat that can help your digestive system absorb the lycopene and other fat-soluble nutrients efficiently.
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