Fake Potato Salad?

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  1. Frank Sanoica

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    We haven't had any potatoes in the house for months. I LOVE potatoes, grew up on them, especially like the small, red ones. My wife has decided they are just not "good" for us.

    Today, following her newest diet craze (low-carbs has fallen by the wayside, kind of), she made up a "veggie" potato salad that proved delicious! I'd eat it in place of the real thing anytime!

    Basically, it had Cauliflower cut into potato salad-sized pieces, Turkey Bacon, and I don't know what else, some saucy stuff, maybe mustard too. If anyone likes, I'll get the recipe. Frank
     
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    I have read about substituting cauliflower for potatoes; but the only way I have ever done that is just to steam the cauliflower and eat it with butter like you would eat a cooked potato.
    Since potatoes are a very inflammatory food; they are off the acceptable food list for me, because of the heart failure, and I only ever enjoy a baked potato now and then if we eat out somewhere and it comes with the meal.
    I really like baked poatoes and also potato salad, and I would love to have your recipe for the cauliflower/potato salad, @Frank Sanoica !
    It is nice to have something chilled like a potato salad, especially in the summer time, so I will definitely try making your recipe for it, since it is not only anti-inflammatory, but also low-carb.
     
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    I have tried substituting cauliflower for rice and it was not good. I have, however, substituted cauliflower for mashed potatoes and my son could not tell the difference. After he ate them, I told him that it was really mashed cauliflower. OOOOO he was mad at me??? lol
     
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    @Yvonne Smith "I would love to have your recipe for the cauliflower/potato salad"

    My wife said, it's basically like any potato salad, but using Cauliflower instead of potatoes. She used the recipe for regular potato salad below:

    http://hip2save.com/2014/08/29/loaded-potato-salad-recipe/#.V2wHHDKya58.facebook

    She only used 8 ounces of Cauliflower, and 1/2 of the recipe's dressing ingredients. The Cauliflower was microwaved in a loosely covered plastic bowl for 3 minutes on High. No water is added for microwaving veggies like Cauliflower.

    Frank
     
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    How did you make this cauliflower mashed potatoes @Texas Beth. I'd like that recipe also since I love cauliflower and mashed potatoes.:)
     
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    I've done something like this, but the one I did was half cauliflower and half potatoes... not too shabby really. The latest craze I've been seeing is "ricing" cauliflower... food processor until the size of rice to be used as a substitution. I have to say that I tried it that way and it just didn't cut it for me. With half potatoes, the salad was fabulous... the rice fake-out, not so much. :D
     
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    They sell it riced for the lazy people like me. I buy it occasionally. I love cauliflower though, so I use it in many different things.

    When at my son's have made the fake cauliflower pizza crust.
     
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    We went to the Seventh Day Adventist store today, and I got some cauliflower. I like the SDA store because they have fresh, local produce, and a lot of health food items there.
    It is clear across town from us; so we do not get that far very often, but were already in the area because we wanted to go to the local Farmer's Market.
    It turned out that the Farmers' Market is now closed on Sundays, and the thought of all of those garden-fresh tomatoes and cucumbers just went right out the window; but then I remembered the SDA store, Garden Cove, and we went there and found all kinds of good fresh veggies .
    I noticed that you said your wife only used 8 oz of cauliflower, @Frank Sanoica . She only made one cup of salad ?
    That hardly seems worth the effort of making it, but maybe a good idea if you don't know how good something is going to turn out. The idea of mixing cauliflower and potatoes as @Mari North suggested, seems like it might be a good plan, too.
    I will experiment with a small cauli-salad, and if that goes good, then make a larger one for the Fourth of July.
     
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    I've made it many times Yvonne because I don't eat potatoes. You can make it any way you like. Add what you like in the regular potato salad.

    Of course they say cruciferous vegetables aren't good for people with thyroid problems, think there's even a book about it, I still eat cauliflower. I have cut down on broccoli but probably because I was getting sick of it.
     
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    I have made cauliflower potatoes many times they are good. I also have used it to cut down the amount of potatoes in a potato salad. Potatoes aren't bad for you really, they are an important source of potassium. I would just try to cut down on the amount of them you eat. Anything, really is OK in moderation. Not allowing yourself to have it or them. might likely lead to a "large fry binge" or something similar down the road.
     
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    @Joe Riley The "aura of mysterious concoction" makes it more "mouth-feelable", Joe.
     
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    I have an answer, @Joe Riley , I do, I do! When I think of "Potato Salad" I think of summertime and holidays and family reunions. I think of fried chicken on the plate with the potato salad.. and chocolate cake after the picnic lunch. When I think of "Cauliflower Salad" I think of... well, cauliflower. Not nearly as exciting or "comfort-food sounding" is it? Ah, you have entered the no-fly zone called "the mind of Mari." Don't be scared. :D
     
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    @Yvonne Smith "She only made one cup of salad?"

    Right. Wasn't going to reveal this, but we don't eat together.......:rolleyes:
    Actually, it was part of her current diet, and she makes only one portion of whatever is "in the mix" per mealtime. My own mealtime is rather mixed-up: I prepare my veggies and meat at 9:00PM, eating them quietly alone, reading, while the T-V blares it's madness in the other room. Last few months I "fell off of it", and started eating a bite here and there during the day, and have gained 10 lbs. When strictly enforced, the one late daily meal kept me 10 lbs. lighter.

    Of course, those irresistible BOGO buffet offers, there are about 8 offered each month, do not help the situation. At the buffets, she is able (lately), to eat a reasonable amount of only the wholesome stuff. Me? Glutton, when partaking of a buffet. I love the baked fish, Tilapia this time of year, and eat as many as 4 fillets. In winter, they seem to switch to Salmon......YUM!
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    @K E Gordon "Potatoes aren't bad for you really, they are an important source of potassium"

    And bananas are proclaimed to be also high in Potassium. I figured out once, that 40 bananas eaten in a day would provide the daily minimum adult amount of Potassium! Now, if you "salt" your food with Potassium Chloride instead of Sodium Chloride, you can easily get plenty of Potassium by eating nothing containing calories, carbs, fat, or anything else. I toss about 3/4 teaspoon of "No-Salt" in my evening "soup", getting way over 50% of the requirement as "seasoning" only. Since I love salty food, it seems a reasonable way to go, cuts down on Sodium intake, too! Costly, but what ain't?
    Frank
     
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    @Mari North "Don't be scared."

    Frightened witless, half-wit before; not much of a loss!
    Frank
     
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    BOOOOOO. Ooops, sorry, @Frank Sanoica ... couldn't resist. You've made me hungry for potato salad (real or fake, either would do). :)
     
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    That explains the miniscule portions, @Frank Sanoica . And I totally understand the separate eating, as well. Bobby and I have different food requirements, and we often eat separate meals just like you and your wife do.
    Because of the rheumatoid arthritis, and my heart condition, I have to be very careful of inflammatory foods; while Bobby can eat about all he wants of them.
    I like my main meal around noon/early afternoon, Bobby enjoys his later at night, so often he is making and eating something just for himself, like you do.
    Sometimes, we have meals that we eat together, sometimes we don't. Like your wife, Bobby HAS to have the television on for him to enjoy a meal.
    Eating with headphones on didn't work out so well for me; so I have just learned to tune out the noise if I am not interested in whatever he is watching.
    With the iPads, we mostly use headphones anyway, so if I am only reading and he is watching a movie on Netflix, the house is still peaceful.
    All part of married life.....
     
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    @Yvonne Smith

    A peaceful household must be the key to peaceful coexistence, I suppose. We have not, unfortunately, yet found the "key".
    Frank
     
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    Actually, potatoes ARE bad for me, @K E Gordon . Probably not for everyone; but for people with any kind of auto-immune disease, like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia, and proabably several other ones that I forgot, any and all inflammatory foods are bad news.
    I also have heart failure, so eliminating most of the inflammatory foods helps to keep my body from hurting and helps keep the old ticker working better, too.
    I really enjoy potatoes, but they are very inflammatory, and sweet potatoes are fine; so usually we have sweet potatoes instead.
    I know that people make sweet potato salad just like they make regular potato salad; but I have never tried it because I can't get my mind around the idea of mixing those two tastes.

    However........good news ! ! ....... Tonight we tried the fake potato salad ( or maybe it was just cauliflower salad, @Joe Riley ), and in any case, it was pretty darned good, if I do say so myself.
    I made it basically the same way as I make potato salad, and added just a little bit of Bobby's mashed potato flakes to give it that special "creaminess" that potato salad has, and also added some (fake) bacon bits, since that was part of Frank's recipe that he shared.
    I put the cauliflower in the Ninja blender/processor, and did the rice-thing to it first, and then steamed it until it was done and tender, and then proceeded as I would have done for regular potato salad.
    Bobby and I both agreed that it was a good compromise, and except for that little bit of mashed potato flakes, it was pretty low-carb, and not inflammatory either; so we will probably have it again.
    There was some left and it is in the refrigerator for the night, and should be even better by tomorrow.
     
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    Buttered cauliflower and broccoli, that's our favorite side dish (or is it called garnishing?) when we have fried chicken or steak. What's good is the easy preparation - we also eat the stem of broccoli, my husband loves that. Another good thing with those veggies is the cost, broccoli is cheap in the nearby small market although cauliflower is quite expensive. We also have a dish called American chop suey, a variation of that Chinese vegetable dish. With sauteed strips of chicken and pork, we mix with the broccoli and cauliflower. Eating with chopsticks gives it a semblance of Chinese food.
     
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    Just as an "FYI Announcement", @Yvonne Smith , the Arthritis Foundation disagrees about potatoes being bad/inflammatory. Link Here

    They also seem to debunk other things people mistakenly think work, such as apple cider vinegar and citrus. Again, for what it's worth... results may vary. :) My Mama's had RA for many years, and her specialists told her the same thing that the Foundation says.
     
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    Most of the "home remedies" , such as ACV, are not proven scientifically to help any disease. All medications are put through excessive testing before they are sold to the public , and have to show at lease some proof of helping the condition.
    Since things like berries, vinegar, or lemons can't actually be sold as a prescription and money made from their sale; there is actually no reason for any of the companies to test these products, and all we have to go by is the testimony of people who have used the food or product.
    Some products simply can't be tested properly, such as DMSO. Anyone who puts DMSO on their skin will immediately have a taste similar to garlic in their mouth; so there is no way that a double blind type of test could even be performed, should any company even want to do that.

    Because taking care of my heart (and my body) is important to me, I read about foods that might be either helpful or unhelpful, and adjust my food plan accordingly. If I share that here, I am not implying that anyone else should follow suit, I am just relating what I have read, or what works for me.
    Each person is responsible for their own body, and makes their best decisions on how to care for it.

    Solanine poisoning is an actual fact, and people have died from eating too many potatoes. Granted, you would have to be eating a whole lot of potatoes with some green on their skin for this to happen; but so far as I know , most of the foods that we usually consume are not poisonous, even in large amounts, so this fact does set the potato apart from most foods.
    http://www.anaturalway.com/Foods that Cripple.html
     
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