How I am Saving Calories in a Family Recipe this Summer
Here we are with another weekend and another event. Well not really an event, but a dinner that would take me out of my norms. An old friend is moving away and my husband decided he needed to cook for her. For him, that meant he was barbecuing. For me, that meant a slow panic. How was I going to manage to help him, who does not think about saving calories or losing weight, host this dinner? There are certain foods that I know he will insist on having but I do not want to eat. For the typical person, this may seem easy. Just don’t eat it. For someone who struggles with her weight and is just beginning the weight loss process, you may as well tell me to move a mountain. Read about me starting my weight loss journey again in this blog post.
One of the foods in question is potato salad. Potato salad has a long history in my family. Everyone loves it. One of my cousins makes it the absolute best and while I could never rival her, I have managed to make it pretty decently. Everyone normally goes for seconds, and there are no leftovers.
The calories in potato salad generally run about 350 calories for about 1 cup serving. I wasn’t really sure that I wanted to use that many calories for a side dish. I wanted to make sure I hade enough calories to enjoy my husband’s jerk chicken. Not having potato salad was not an option. My family was expecting it. I quickly had to come up with a plan. I needed figure out how to lighten this traditional side dish. How could I satisfy my family’s desires while staying true to my plan? I opened the fridge and the first thing I saw was cauliflower. Instantly, I came up with FAUX-tato salad!
My Plan to Save Calories
At first, I wasn’t going to tell the kids what I was up to but they kept coming in the kitchen trying to be helpful. More than likely, they were spying. They kept asking questions like “Can I peel the potatoes?” THEY NEVER DO THAT. I think they were wondering what I was going to do. Eventually, I told them my plans and I they looked at me funny. I mean they just stared at me like I had two heads. As if they couldn’t comprehend the words that were coming out of my mouth. They turned to their dad and told him my plans. He just walked back outside to man the grill.
Long story short, I made the potato salad and they loved it! By loved it, I mean no one complained. (At least not to my face.) My guests ate it, my family ate it, and I ate it without feeling guilty. I ran the recipe through my food tracking app and found that it was only 37 calories per 1/2 cup serving. That means if you want seconds, and who doesn’t want seconds, that’s a whole 74 calories for both portions! Much better than 350 calories (or 700 for a second helping).
Making the Faux-tato Salad
The faux potato salad is easy to make. If you want to try it, this is what I used:
- 2 cauliflower heads
- 3 bell peppers
- 1 Vidalia Onion
- Miracle Whip
Here’s what I did:
- Cut the cauliflower into pieces.
- Steam the cauliflower for about 5 minutes. You can boil it if you want to but I prefer steaming so it’s not as mushy.
- Remove cauliflower and place it in a large bowl.
- Chop the bell peppers and onions.
- Add the mayonnaise and mustard. Add a little salt and garlic.
- Toss it all together.
- You are done!
There you have it. A delicious low carb side dish for your next barbecue or even a weeknight dinner.
Have you tried this? Do you want to? Comment below and tell me what you think!