I like turnips and parsnips. I made parsnip fries for dinner along with baked chicken "nuggets" coated in coconut flour for dinner tonight. Nothing like appearing heroic to a 7yo while feeding them food to bring them down off the valentine's day party high.
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i did put a link to faux tato salad in an earlier post. i'm sure lots of people will give you links, but, if you google faux tato "whatever" (say, salad) recipes will pop up for you. and of course any potato recipe just replace potato with cauliflower.
I love turnips -- turnip chips, turnip fries (with salt and vinegar), turnip hashbrowns., mashed -- basically anything you can do to a potato you can do to a turnip. Someone round here also mentioned putting raddishes in the crockpot when you roast -- I thought they were crazy until I tried it -- the peppery spice ens up in the roast, and the radishes taste quite like baby red potatoes. Celeriac root is also a pretty good mashed potato substitute.
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I love making Faux Zuppa Toscano soup, like they have at Olive Garden. I use cauliflower instead of potatoes for that. Yummy!
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I LOVE cauliflower now. And my kids are faked out too.....I just used a little butter and cream and they thought they were mashed potatoes. The key seems to be cooking the cauliflower enough. I've also made cauliflower rice, and hash with eggs. GREAT stuff! There are recipes for ooopsie rolls and flax bread. I don't miss the bread as much as I thought I would.
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I will make a faux potato salad with cauliflower - and like someone said, I actually like it better than using real potatoes (or so I've convinced myself over the years). Enouch mayo, pickle, onion etc. - no one even knows the difference unless they examine it. plus it's nice to know that it's healthy for me as well. As far as using it for mashed potatoes, I could go my whole life without mashed potatoes, so don't even bother with it, although I have tasted it that someone else has made and it is very good. Seems like she put cream cheese in with it too to give it a velvety texture..
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Whole grains and also legumes are not just high-carb but they also mess up your leptin and cause leptin resistance. If you can't give them up all at once I would stay with small amounts of occasional white rice and maybe small amounts of lentils. Birgit
There is no such thing as a healthy whole grain in my view. The simple fact remains that it will cause your insulin production to spike. Insulin is the hormone that controls weight gain. Low carb breads aren't. If weight loss is your goal just don't buy the low carb prepackaged breads, crackers, snacks, ice creams, etc.. They will ruin a low carb diet.
i needed the transitional food. i was used to a 3 course meal--meat (or meat substitute), veggie, starch.....so, it was rice, pasta, potatoes--something like that for section 3 of the plate. but, now i see 2 things on the plate as normal--so meat and veg--perfect. easy. and if i want a vegan night, that's when the potato or rice substitution works for me--cauliflower (usually my vegan nights are saucy and i need that potato/bread thing to soak up the yummy sauce). oh, and of course several times a week there was bread. but, it was a whole wheat, or brown, and i didn't eat butter on my bread or add it to the potatoes. i made sure everything was low fat. so, that was a good diet. right? LOL!! apparently not--so, take transition time, but, ultimately remove the idea of bread and potatoes and pasta from your diet and make your life easier. IMHO.
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A lot of us steer clear of all grains. It's usually simpler just to avoid them entirely than to look for substitutes. However, if you need some transitional foods until you get used to not having a "starch" with every meal, try muffins and breads made with flaxmeal or almond meal. I'm not the resident expert on them, but SIMPLEMAW/BUDGETMAW just did a blog I think about how to make the MIM (muffin in a mug), which might do you.
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cauliflower is very useful. there's a great recipe for faux-tato salad. it's even better than potato salad-- www.hungry-girl.com/newsletters/raw/ 10 73 also, not replacements per se, but, sweet potatoes, parsnips, rutabagas and other veggies roasted is amazing. for fries--cut sweet potatoes and rutabagas in french fry shape and toss with olive oil and your choice of spices and bake. i like rutabagas better for the texture. but, just them, the flavor's a bit strong, so i do both sweet potatoes and rutabagas. if you're being literal though, it's the cauliflower, hands down. there's also recipes for faux tater tots, faux tato pancakes....almost anything potato can be recreated with cauliflower. which just made me think of scalloped potatoes--i bet that would be a good recipe to put cauliflower in. yummmy...............
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