Seaweed Stuffed Deviled Eggs
23 calories per half
I was trying to make it through the night having only one meal but I couldn't do it. My dinner was quite tasty but there was no bulk to it. I never really got full, just not hungry. By midnight (yes, I am an extreme night owl), I was starving.
It was too late to make something complicated but I wanted something satisfying that was low in calories.
I love snacking on deviled eggs but the calories were out of the question. They usually pack a whopping 70 to 90 calories PER HALF! Yikes! It's not the worse calorie count in the world but when you only have a few hundred calories to work with, it's tough to spend it on one egg.
So the deviled egg conundrum got me thinking and rummaging through my fridge. Devil eggs don't need to be stuffed with their own yolks right? I tried to think what would be yummy to use. Tuna - didn't want to open a whole can for just a few eggs. Sausage - too many calories and I didn't have any at home. Carrots - I don't think so. Sweet potato mash - wasn't sure about the sweet with the egg whites.
Maybe the yolks didn't have to go? Maybe i could use yogurt instead of mayo? I wasn't sure that was a road I wanted to go down and yogurt still has significant calories.
Nothing sounded right or good. Then I spied a tiny little jar of umami goodness - Gohan Desuyo Shitake Nori:
|~ umami knock out ~|
My buddy introduced this causally to me one day and I went ga-ga over it right away. I went out to my local Japanese specialty market, Nijiya, and stocked up on the mushroom version (pictured above) and the plain seaweed version. Basically, these condiments are stewed down seaweed and other umami rich seafoods and soy sauce.
At first I thought of simply stuffing the Gohan Desuyo right into the egg. But it can get salty so I needed to mix it with something. That's when I dipped into my trusty rice cooker. I figured that a little bit of rice would balance out the salt, make me feel satisfied and be safe.
And it was delicious. I admit that the Gohan Desuyo is an acquired taste but if you like the flavors of soy sauce and toasted seaweed (nori) then I think you will like this. The only drawback to this dish is that the filling is dense and a bit gummy. I'm used to this type of texture so it's comforting and not off putting to me. Next time I think I will add a teaspoon of toasted sesame seeds or some crispy bits of seaweed on top to break up the texture.
Best of all, a half hour later I'm sitting here feeling full and happy.
The biggest take away for me is that I'm now inspired to figure out more variations on deviled eggs since this one was such a success. How about curried cauliflower rice?? Spinach dal???!!! The endless possibilities!
Recipe: Seaweed Stuffed Deviled Eggs - 23 calories per half egg
- 118 g egg whites from 3 large eggs (57 calories)
- 51 g jasmine rice, cooked (52 calories)
- 28 g Gohan Desuyo Shitake Nori (28 calories)
- dash of hot sauce, optional (such a tiny amount, no calories)
- Optional garnish at additoanl calories: toasted sesame seeds or crispy nori strips
- Place straight from the fridge eggs into a small pot and cover with cold water
- Bring to a boil
- Once at a boil, cover and turn off heat. Let sit for 6 minutes.
- Mix rice with Gohan Desuyo condiment
- After 6 minutes, drain and rinse eggs under cold water
- Peel eggs and cut in half. Discard yolks (this broke my heart a little bit).
- Fill egg whites with rice mixture
- Top with hot sauce (I used Sriracha) and enjoy!