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Vegetable substitutes for carbs are crap

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GinSoakedBarroomQueenInMemphis Thu 13-Oct-16 16:41:46

Courgetti and carrotetti or whatever it's called instead of pasta = crap.

Sweet potato fries instead of chips = crap. (Not sure if sweet potatoes are a vegetable, but it's irrelevant. They're still crap.)

Mashed cauliflower instead of mashed potato = crap.

Cauliflower rice = crap.

Mashed celariac instead of mashed potato = double crap.

I'm most outraged with cauliflower. I love cauliflower when it's in its rightful place (on a roast dinner WITH ROAST POTATOES or in a curry), but mash it with sour cream and garlic, and it turns into devil vomit.

I'm not even being unreasonable. Potatoes and pasta and rice are lovely. Carb wish-you-were vegetables are just a huge massive vomity and expensive disappointment.

“The best way to cut carbs from your diet is to make creative substitutions,” says Irritating Chirpy Clear-Skinned Slim Nutritionist.
Oh, bog off.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Thu 13-Oct-16 16:42:29

I prefer courgetti to pasta.

80sWaistcoat Thu 13-Oct-16 16:44:04

Agree with you on most of that - apart from celeriac - really like it - roasted or mashed (with potato to give structure).

Also like a nice swede and carrot mash....

Cauliflower rice is particularly crap as is cauliflower pizza base.

drspouse Thu 13-Oct-16 16:44:15

I lurve sweet potato fries and so do the DC. They are no more healthy though, at least in terms of calories.

Sparklesilverglitter Thu 13-Oct-16 16:44:33

I agree, but I am a carb lover and to me a life without carbs just isn't living.

No body is going to fool me in to thinking a bloody courgette is anything like spaghetti- just have the spaghetti already!

I know low carving is the trend at the moment, but it's nothing something I'd ever do

limeandsoda93 Thu 13-Oct-16 16:44:58

YANBU. They're crap. Apart from sweet potato fries which are actually very carby.

Titsywoo Thu 13-Oct-16 16:45:52

I dunno - if you add loads of butter and parmesan to mashed cauliflower it is pretty lush. No good if you are on a diet of course grin

PickAChew Thu 13-Oct-16 16:45:52

YANBU. I love cauliflower with a curry, but in proper big chunks. With rice.

Middleoftheroad Thu 13-Oct-16 16:46:17

I bought that awful slim pasta last year. Yuk. Nothing fills me up like bread, pasta or potatoes sigh....

shovetheholly Thu 13-Oct-16 16:46:57

The slim pasta is the stuff of the devil. Revolting.

ALLthedinosaurs Thu 13-Oct-16 16:47:07


It's crap. I love courgettes cut in rings and griddled, not shredded into slimy messy vom.

There is nothing wrong with carbs in moderation. Just eat smaller portions.

MOIST Thu 13-Oct-16 16:47:13

Yup. All crap.

Except celeriac. Celeriac is nice. But I'm horribly allergic to it.

Millionreasons Thu 13-Oct-16 16:47:55

I agree. I love vegetables and liked the idea of courgetti etc and it was all horrible.

pinklovelypink71 Thu 13-Oct-16 16:48:38

I agree OP.,and a High five to sparkle I'm a carb lover too.

Low carbing might be the latest thing but it's not something I'd do I could never give up my carbs.

Nobody, no one at all is going to convince me that cauliflower mash is the same as lovely creamy delicious mashed potatoe.

amusedbush Thu 13-Oct-16 16:51:19


Crap, the lot of them!

Oysterbabe Thu 13-Oct-16 16:51:40

I prefer shredded cabbage to courgetti. You don't get the wateriness. And I make cauli cheese to replace the carbs with some things. You are right though, my body ain't fooled.

poisonedbypen Thu 13-Oct-16 16:54:10

I love butternut squash spaghetti!

icandoscience Thu 13-Oct-16 16:54:35

I've never tried courgetti but I'm with you on all the rest! I tried serving cauliflower 'rice' with curry once and DP banned me from ever doing it again because he couldn't stop farting

CremeEggThief Thu 13-Oct-16 16:54:43

YABU about sweet potato fries, but YANBU about the rest. I liked the taste of courgetti, but I didn't like the fact I had to make myself a peanut butter sandwich 2 hours later, as I was so hungry!

Ginkypig Thu 13-Oct-16 16:55:14

Somtimes it's about the way you cook it apparently.

Courgetti boiled is horrible but courgetti done in the oven on a tray is crispy loveliness

Disclaimer Iv not tried it but Iv been told

maggiethemagpie Thu 13-Oct-16 16:57:09

Yes, you're not wrong OP but being overweight and, in my case, ill due to diabetes is crapper.

I do find beansprouts fried up with some oil are a good thing to have with rice and curries.

I also swear by Livlife low carb bread which is made with soya flour, not as good as the real thing but it's BREAD and doesn't taste too bad toasted.

Elendon Thu 13-Oct-16 16:57:09

I hate courgettes full stop. Slimy and awful. A low carb diet is just that. Cut out huge big plates of potatoes, pasta and rice. Bulk with vegetables and protein.

I can't even imagine cauliflower rice - the very thought!

Shiningexample Thu 13-Oct-16 16:57:37

I don't believe all this low carb stuff, I eat load of carbs and its never made me fat

WhatWouldLeslieKnopeDo Thu 13-Oct-16 16:57:57

YANBU. Celeriac is especially gross.

I can't eat most vegetables so thankfully I have a good excuse to avoid all these disappointing fake carbs.

SwearyGodmother Thu 13-Oct-16 16:59:09

Courgette works as a carb substitute if it's Byron courgette fries. If it's not them then it's disappointing.

Sweet potato fries are lovely.

Everything else YANBU about. Except saying that cauliflower has a rightful place other than the bin.

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