What?!? No more white rice or potatoes?! RELAX...you'll get by! Read this...
Lots of us with type 2 diabetes have a hard time coming to terms with the fact that we must seriously limit our white rice and white potato intake. For many, these foods cause a sharp spike in glucose levels, which over the long term, wreaks havoc on our cells. But don't despair...there is a fabulous susbstitute that comes pretty darn close to both rice and potato...and it's cauliflower! Don't laugh! Just read on and see how the magic happens...
1 large head of cauliflower, washed, drained and trimmed into florets
a little cream, margarine, and salt & pepper (the same things you add to your mashed potatoes)
optional - a little roasted garlic, shredded cheese, etc...
Boil, nuke, or steam the cauliflower until it's tender. Then place it all into the blender, breaking it up a bit as you put it in. Add the margarine, a little cream, S&P, and any other ingredients you wish to incorporate, and start blending on whip or frappe until it's basically smooth and the thickness you want. You can add more cream for thinner faux-tatoes, less for thicker. I like to leave little chunks of cauliflower here and there so they taste lumpy just like Grandma used to make.
I'm telling you...this is DELICIOUS and will not send your BG levels into the danger zone.
Now...for the "rice" --
I haven't actually tried this technique in anything other than stuffed peppers or stuffed cabbage yet, but for those two things, it's awesome! (Just be forewarned about eating cabbage and cauliflower simultaneously...no blind dates that night, ok?)
Using any stuffed pepper or stuffed cabbage recipe, simply replace the rice with lightly steamed, very finely chopped cauliflower (just go at it with a chef's knife on the cutting board until it looks like...well...rice. Then add it in when you would the rice, and bake the peppers or cabbage rolls according to your recipe.
*Try to make your own tomato sauce for these recipes as many of the storebought ones contain TONS of sugar and/or corn syrup.
So there you have it...CAULIFLOWER, the magical cruciferous veggie, low in carbs, high in fiber, and much nicer to your body that white rice and potatoes!! Yay cauliflower!!