Thursday, November 18, 2010

Rutabaga "faux-tato" salad


A rutabaga looks like a giant yellow-fleshed turnip and began as a hybrid between a turnip and cabbage. I was looking for a lower-carb alternative for a "fauxtato" salad. Potato has 24 net carbs per cup, while rutabaga has only 9 grams, making it the clear winner here. I previously tried chopped cauliflower, but the texture wasn't right, and I thought that an actual root vegetable would be a better choice. It has a much firmer texture and a bit of a radishy taste (which I enjoyed), but it is close enough that you could certainly share it with people eating an otherwise standard American diet.

RUTABAGA FAUXTATO SALAD
Serves 4-6

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large rutabaga (about 2 lbs)
  • 2 Tbs cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup chopped dill pickle (optional)
  • 2 Tbs thinly sliced scallions
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise (Spectrum light or full-fat)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream (light or full-fat)
  • 3/4 tsp dry mustard
  • 3/4 tsp celery salt
  • 2 Tbs minced fresh dill
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, diced or chopped
  • Pepper, to taste
DIRECTIONS
  1. Peel the rutabaga and cut it into cubes. Boil in generously-salted water until tender. Drain and cool.
  2. Combine the remaining ingredients. Add the rutabaga, toss, and chill for at least an hour.

8 comments:

Trixie said...

Man, loving your blog..you're so talented! I've always wanted to try and experiment with Rutabaga. BTW: Have you tried both the regular and light version of the Spectrum Mayo? Which do you prefer?

Erica said...

@Trixie: Thanks! :D Let me know if you try it!

I've used both the regular and light versions of Spectrum. I definitely prefer the texture of the full-fat but I try to keep calories and vegetable oil to a minimum so I use the light version. That's why I used it in combination with light sour cream, it made the texture much nicer!

If you prefer full-fat I would make homemade mayonnaise with real olive oil, I think that is the healthiest way to do full-fat :)

Trixie said...

Hi Erica!
While just saw this recipe:http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=123462201
Looks fairly easy, maybe I'll give it a go!
BTW: Would love to see what a typical day of meals is for you. Been bored as of late:)

Erica said...

@Trixie: That recipe looks great!

Usually in a typical day, I eat some sort of breakfast casserole with spinach in it. I use a recipe like this: http://kalynskitchen.blogspot.com/2006/01/breakfast-casserole-many-wayswho-knew.html (I might use a combo of whole eggs and egg whites and reduce the cheese to keep calories down). For lunch I usually eat leftovers, and I have lots of variety for dinner, basically the stuff I make on this blog! Snacks are nuts (cashews or almonds), string cheese, hard-boiled eggs, cottage cheese with flax, and/or cut-up veggies with dip. I also have a protein shake around my workout.

Trixie said...

Thanks, that is helpful Erica! What is your daily calorie range? Do you have any foods you don't eat? I guess you pretty much stay away from grains, legumes and sugar?

Erica said...

Err I'm probably not the best person to ask about caloric range, as I'm a competitive athlete (boxer) and thus my workouts are really intense. Also I'm coming off of a bulking phase (I was small/weak for my weight class so I put on some muscle) and currently I'm just trying to maintain. However, when I was losing, I stuck to a 500 calorie deficit with a little more on heavy lifting days. More here on my fitness blog: http://randomfit.blogspot.com/2009/05/how-to-lose-weight.html . To get super lean I continued to follow that plan but I also cut carbs in addition to calories. When I was overweight it didn't matter what I ate but to stay really lean I've found that a calorie is NOT a calorie, at least not for me. I eat mostly meat, eggs, and LOTS of veggies (veggies are not always pictured on the blog because it's often something boring like a pound of spinach sauteed with garlic). I have 1, MAYBE 2 servings of fruit per day, berries and grapefruit only. I eat nuts and dairy in moderation, and occasionally very dark chocolate. Once in a blue moon I'll have legumes or sugary fruits but only as a garnish (i.e. a tablespoon or two of a black bean and mango salsa atop grilled fish).

I hope that helps!!

Trixie said...

Yes, that does help! I too have found that calorie counting is key. I also feel that eating grains and starches makes me hungrier. I've sort of found Primal eating works well. I get to eat dark chocolate too!

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