Yes, this is still a diet blog. So how do you like yours? Wet or dry? Do you even know? I speak of whether you like your food wet or dry. Do you like “messed about with” food as my partner calls it or do you like it served plain and unadorned? Steak Diane, Steak Au Poivre or just plain steak? This matters. One of the hardest things about eschewing carbs for me – very much a wet person – is how do you soak up your sauce?
I like my protein served in a rich sauce but I like the mashed potatoes, chips, rice or pasta that goes with to soak up the sauce. Carbs also act as a thickening agent. So bland carbs such as mashed pots or boiled rice are perfect accompaniments for spicy or rich sauces. I miss my carbs as much for the taste as for the function they perform. However, there is no need to mourn them. You can replace them and you can still eat the Paleo mostly protein and fat way with hardly any carbs. How?
I have found about this magical thing called cauliflower rice! I can’t remember where I first heard about it but I think it’s one of the well-known tricks of doing Paleo. You can turn cauliflower into all kinds of things to act as a substitute for the starchier vegetables such as potatoes which aren’t allowed on Paleo.
There are various ways to make cauliflower rice though I have to warn you, it doesn’t taste of rice when you eat it. It tastes of… well, cauliflower. But cauliflower probably how you’ve never tasted it before. My method is very simple. Chop up a few florets as small as you can. Yes you can use the food processor but why create more washing up?
Put the chopped florets onto a microwaveable dish, microwave for two minutes, season and serve. As with parmesan crisps, this is a one-ingredient dish. And as a general rule for healthy eating, the fewer the ingredients, the healthier the meal and the less likely it is to have additives, chemicals and sugar. Take a look at the long long lists of ingredients on your average cook-chilled ready meal in the supermarket to check this out!
Kidney stroganoff with rice
I needed a faux rice dish to soak up the sauce from the kidney stroganoff I served for my tea last night. I made this by chopping up four lamb’s kidneys and frying them with some sliced chestnut mushrooms in butter. Added double cream, black pepper and a teaspoon of Dijon mustard. Served on a bed of cauliflower rice with green beans. Ate last night at 7pm and I haven’t eaten since – it’s nearly 11am as I write this. Filling. Healthy. Full of vitamins, iron, nutrients to die for. Or that should be live for!
The cauliflower rice soaked up the sauce beautifully, much as the real thing would. One warning about the rice though. Microwaved then seasoned it tasted delicious. But when I reheated it in the microwave after, it lost its flavour. I’ve no idea why. Some science reason I suspect. So watch out for that. You can also just fry the chopped-up florets. No need to boil. I am going to try making my faux mashed potatoes this way instead of boiling the veg first, which is cumbersome and messy. I’ll report back on that when I’ve done it.
Have a good midweek.