It was a thrill to welcome Chef Ward aka ‘The Decadent Diabetic’ as a first-time guest to our free monthly podcast, Diabetes Late Nite in celebration of Valentine’s Day.
Anyone who references the quote,”Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death” from Auntie Mame when talking about food and diabetes like Chef Ward did, is absolutely fabulous in my book.
But diabetes hasn’t always been as wonderful as Rosalind Russell might want us to believe for the Decadent Diabetic, who is living with type 2 diabetes.
“My family has a sad history of diabetes. My father was dead by the time he was 67 from complications of the disease. Two of his sisters have had amputations,” says Ward Alper. “Both my brother and sister were diabetic, and died in part because of not taking care of the disease.”
Now he’s determined to show the world how to manage diabetes and still eat decadently. “A diagnosis of diabetes doesn’t have to mean the end of great eating!”, says the Decadent Diabetic.
Thankfully, Ward’s more than willing to share his delicious recipes with Divabetic to prove his point and help you ‘GLAM MORE, FEAR LESS.’
In honor of our first-ever Divabetic Valentine’s Day celebration the Decadent Diabetic created a special menu featuring a delicious lamb entree(!) If you’re having a knee jerk reaction to eating lamb like I did, The Decadent Diabetic offers these words of advice : “I can’t believe how many people I speak with don’t like lamb. Some think it is too ‘gamey’, some think it is cruel to eat any young animal,” says Chef Ward. “I won’t speak to the latter, but with three simple ingredients like garlic, mustard, and orange, there is not a trace of ‘gaminess’ in my lamb recipes. The marinade I use is perfect for lamb chops, legs, shanks, and racks. This may recipe may change your mind about lamb.”
Loveable Lamb by the Decadent Diabetic Recipe
Zest of 1 orange
2 TBSP. orange juice
2 cloves of garlic, grated or minced
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 shallot or 3 scallions minced very fine
1 TBSP. olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste
1 tsp. dried tarragon
6 loin or rib lamb chops
HOW TO PREPARE THE RECIPE: Combine all ingredients except the lamb in a bowl and stir to combine. Add the lamb and marinate for at least 45 minutes or even better over-
Pre heat the oven to 400° F.
Pat the lamb dry reserving the marinade. Cook in a skillet over medium heat until browned on each side (about 4 minutes a side). Remove from pan. Place lamb into a baking dish and roast in the oven for 10-14 minutes (depending on your choice of doneness. Pour the reserved marinade into the pan and over high heat reduce by half. Spoon the reduced sauce over the chops.
This recipe is perfectly accompanied by mashed potatoes, mashed or “riced” cauliflower or my pureed turnips with apple.
This recipe also works really well on your grill.
Chef’s Notes: Serves 2. Net Carbs 4 g. per serving
The GOAL of the Decadent Diabetic website is to help people with Diabetes transform what we can or should eat, into what we WANT to eat!
The happy healthcare host, Mr. Divabetic and the Diabetes Late Nite team are honored to participate in the #DPodcastWeek in support of the ‘Spare a Rose, Save a Child’ campaign on February’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast scheduled for Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 6 PM, EST.
“We’ve got a really wonderful show planned featuring guests Chef Ward Alper ‘The Decadent Diabetic’ and Diabetes Advocate and ‘Rich In Love’ fashion blogger, model and diabetes advocate Doris Hobbs along with many of George Michael’s greatest hits,” says Max ‘Mr. Divabetic’ Szadek
The “Spare a Rose, Save a Child” campaign encourages people to buy one less rose this Valentine’s Day and donate the value of that flower to children with diabetes. Donations go to Life for a Child, an International Diabetes Federation program which provides life-saving diabetes supplies, medication, and education that children in developing countries need to stay alive.
LISTEN NOW: February’s Diabetes Late Nite inspired by George Michael featuring Chef Ward Alper aka ‘The Decadent Diabetic’, ‘Rich In Love’ fashion blogger Doris Hobbs, the Charlie’s Angels of Outreach, Poet Lorraine Brooks and Mama Rose Marie
Learning to accept yourself for who you are is the most important step to self-love. Stop comparing yourself to others and learn to embrace the person you are.