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Alternative sides - no potato!

Discussion in 'La Cuisine' started by Paul. W, 4 Apr 2011.

  1. Paul. W


    Joined: 29 Dec 2009

    Posts: 522

    What alternative sides would you use if you were trying to stay away from potato? So no chips / mashed potato etc.

    I made ratatouille the other day and that was bloody fantastic. Ill deffo start using that as a different side. Much healthier too.

    Trying to be a bit more creative too by not just having boiled veg!
  2. Glaucus

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    Joined: 11 Mar 2004

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    mashed veg is great.
    things like squash
    or things like swede and carrot.

    Also selection of roast veg, being sparse with oil.
    Are you trying to limit carbs/calories specifically or just trying to be more diverse.

    Also love roast courgetes. thinly slice to long, wide, thin sections. Rub in some harrisa paste , extra chilli flaxes and a little olive oil then roast for probably 15-20mins.
    Last edited: 4 Apr 2011
  3. Cybermyk


    Joined: 31 May 2005

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    Location: Peoples Republik of Teesside

    I use a lot of noodles, couscous and bulger wheat. You could try roasted veg instead though.
  4. Paul. W


    Joined: 29 Dec 2009

    Posts: 522

    Both. The missus and I have recently moved in together, and ive decided to really brush up on my culinary skills. Also ive been out of the gym for about 6 months and put on a few pounds. Going to start up again now we have settled down, but I need to really cut down on the carbs.

    Does anyone remember that epic thread on sprouts btw? Need to find it, that had some epic ways of cooking them :)
  5. Glaucus

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    In that case as above don;t forget your lentils, bulgar wheat, cous cous, barley, all your different noodles, flat breads, dumblings, cobblers, pastry and suet crust so on and so forth.

    Slow cooked lamb shank with barley is awesome. This is a good recipe, but plenty about http://uktv.co.uk/food/recipe/aid/587059
  6. LeJosh


    Joined: 24 Sep 2008

    Posts: 10,433

    Location: Edinburgh.

    It depends what the meal is generally I have noodles with my meals.

    You could make salads of all sorts just take away/add what you like.
  7. ThieveryCorp


    Joined: 21 Feb 2003

    Posts: 461

    Nobody has mentioned rice? Goes well with most kinds of foods ...

    When you want something light, a salad maybe? Something interesting, not just lettuce slapped on a plate!
  8. PlacidCasual


    Joined: 13 May 2003

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  9. danman2k


    Joined: 8 Jul 2007

    Posts: 320

    Location: Huddersfield

    roasted parsnips, or roasted sweet potato are both nice

    I know both still from the potato family but good alternatives
  10. soth


    Joined: 31 Dec 2003

    Posts: 48

    Location: Glasgow

    Corn on the cob - grilled preferably
  11. hood1971

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 11 Apr 2003

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    Love tabouleh, particularly with barbecues

    225g bulghur wheat
    1 cucumber, peeled and seeded
    450g tomatoes, peeled and seeded
    8 spring onions, finely diced
    2 large handfuls chopped parsley
    6 tablespoons lemon juice
    8 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    Freshly Ground Black Pepper

    Make bulgar wheat according to packet instructions (normally just pour boiling water, cover and leave) - once done add all ingredients and mix well.
  12. Paul. W


    Joined: 29 Dec 2009

    Posts: 522

    Sounds good Hood, will need to give that a blast :)
  13. GolfNovember90


    Joined: 22 Mar 2009

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    Location: North Wales

    asparagus with a nob of butter