need substitues for potoes, mac & cheese, rice

By Latest Reply 2013-04-19 08:41:13 -0500
Started 2013-04-09 23:32:00 -0500

Trying to do meal planning, need to cut carbs.
we are meat and potatoes people and running
Out of ideas.

Thank you

29 replies

2013-04-17 00:20:26 -0500 Report

Hello. I want to thank everyone for
Their suggestion, they are all good.
The problem is we're out here. In the
Midwest and very limited veg dept.
Guess just need to have a garden
This year if it rains! Again thanks

jayabee52 2013-04-17 00:25:41 -0500 Report

a garden is very worthwhile because you KNOW what you did to the plant and it is generally much better. I myself have no space here for a garden (apt complex in the inner city of LV) but I did have a garden for many years, even in dry Sw KS.

srs1960 2013-04-14 12:17:49 -0500 Report

Sorry just thought of this spaghetti squash is like real spaghetti I use it as a substitute as well just in moderation and as far as pasta goes there are a lot of great high fiber whole grain ones out there just eat a serving not the whole box lol measure and weigh foods until you can eye ball them when I first learned I had diabetics I was til eat 1/2 cup of everything

srs1960 2013-04-14 12:07:18 -0500 Report

Mashed turnips also can make good substitute for French fries I like cauliflower also cook and mashed glycemic index I have found helpful have a book called glucose revolution I keep close by hope that is ok to post got it at the book store

GabbyPA 2013-04-14 12:11:52 -0500 Report

Here is a link to that book at Amazon.
There is a revised new version also. I had never heard of it, so I had to check it out. It seems like it has gotten pretty good reviews as well. There is also one specifically for Diabetes too. Thanks for sharing. In fact, I just ordered the one for Diabetes. Only $12 and free shipping!

GabbyPA 2013-04-19 08:41:13 -0500 Report

Got my book yesterday and have been looking through it. There is a whole section with recipes, why to eat, what to eat and all kinds of helpful information. Great book. I look forward to getting more.

Type1Lou 2013-04-12 11:54:52 -0500 Report

The recipe section here has some really low carb pizza crust recipes. I remember one made with shredded zucchini and cheese. Just go to the recipe section and search for "Pizza crust". One of my favorite substitutions is to use french style green beans on my plate instead of spaghetti. It drastically cuts the carbs and with the tomato sauce and cheese, I don't miss the pasta. You can also go to to input favorite recipes with lower carb substitutions and based on the number of servings you input, it will calculate the nutritional value of each serving. It's primarily about being aware of how many carbs you are putting into your mouth.

PetiePal 2013-04-11 08:57:34 -0500 Report

Brussel Sprouts, broccoli with cheese, whole wheat pasta for mac and cheese. If you love meat check out some delicious keto recipes, which focus more on protein and vegetables as opposed to simple carbs that can spike you. Google it!

MoeGig 2013-04-10 18:37:34 -0500 Report

How about vegetables…in addition to potatoes and macaroni. Potatoes and pasta don't really raise my sugar all that much as long is there is not a huge portion. The glycemic index is not all that bad. Baked beans as suggested below kill me because of the molasses…you can't do that. Veggies are divided into two categories. Cat 1 (potatoes, corn, etc) use to be called 20% vegetables (because they are 20% carb). The bulk of vegetables are 6 or 3% vegetables that you can eat all you want, basically. Of course all sweet deserts, donuts, etc are verboten. Ice cream and a hersey chocolate bar are the least bad (15-20 grams) in a reasonable serving, and I do this. You just need to look at the carb listing on the package. I usually think 20-30 carbs for a serving is ok as long as I consider it in my insulin intake. I know, sounds complex, but it really isn't. If you can keep your daily carb intake to 100 grams or less, you should be able to control your blood glucose and have decent tests. Overall goal is an A1c in the 6's. Hope all is well. (Guess I talk too much)

katcot2152 2013-04-10 12:49:46 -0500 Report

You could always do baked beans!. You could make it yourself in a crockpot. Go to the recipe section and you will find a bunch of recipes for baked beans that we can have.

sNerTs1 2013-04-10 10:53:01 -0500 Report

Spaghetti squash for noodles is amazing and easy to cook. Baked zucchini with olive oil and spices is good as well. Baking broccoli and cauliflower help to take the place of french fries while cauliflower boiled soft and drained well then mashed is a great change up from mashed potatoes. I've even made a cauliflower pizza crust that is out of this world yummy! There are plenty of places to find recipes, my best find though was on Pinterest. Good Luck and healthy living =). *Hugz* Cheryl

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-04-12 02:41:47 -0500 Report

Spaghetti squash has been a nice discovery since my T2 diagnosis.
Have you posted your cauliflower pizza crust in the recipe section?

raccoon mana
raccoon mana 2013-04-10 09:20:15 -0500 Report

i use wild rice, and havent had any spikes. also brown rice, that gives a low spike. but goes down fairly quick. what other substitutes are there? i am severely allergic to cauliflower… so not an option

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-04-10 09:35:00 -0500 Report

I am allergic to wild rice. Regular white, brown, red, etc rice all give me spikes. Quinoa works as a rice sub for me. Actually had black bean and quinoa patties that only raised my bg by 10 to 20, was able to sneak in a dessert 2 hours later since my bg had gone down into the 80s. Need to have hubby make them again. They were great as leftovers eaten cold or reheated, as good as fresh from the skillet.

Armourer 2013-04-17 00:49:14 -0500 Report

Quinoa is a really good source, but . . . I ground it into flour for making pancakes that I top with peanut butter and my BG was spiked something terrible. For some reason ground Quinoa won't work for me.

sNerTs1 2013-04-10 09:48:50 -0500 Report

Graylin … Why are you banned from heat making appliances? Just curious and I guess Nosey now LoL. You do NOT have to answer this, it just made me giggle then do an awwww hrmph. *HUGZ*

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-04-10 21:50:25 -0500 Report

Near misses with having to call the fire department. Poor judgement when using the electric tortilla press and cooker when experimenting with almond flour (kinda stuck it shut like I'd used gorilla glue). Bumbing a burner on by accident when we were packing to move and not discoveing it until we were back to the house about a week later. Hubby claims he doesn't remember some. Fortunately all the anesthesia from the three surgeries seems to have wiped out most of the incidents from my memory even though many seem to have happened after the surgeries. I just know hubby gets a look of terror when I pull out a cookbook or say "I think I'll try this recipe I found on the interwebs."
He does remember me trying to make sweet potato chips in the microwave that almost set off the smoke alarm that would have caused 300 people to have to evacuate the apartment building in 20 degree temp. I am still allowed to use the microwave as long as I never make them again.

sNerTs1 2013-04-10 22:45:54 -0500 Report

Oh Lordy!! I will get you an easy bake oven, it only takes a lightbulb and shuts itself off. I think you will be safe with that LOL. No more surgeries for you!! Im sorry for giggling at your "gorilla glue" remark seems I can relate to that rather well LOL. Take care of YOU!!

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-04-10 22:57:01 -0500 Report

Thanks for the easy bake offer. James, aka Jayabee52, reminded me that lightbulbs can cause burns, so I'd better pass. LOL

MrsCDogg 2013-04-10 05:28:37 -0500 Report

I use cauliflower in place of potatoes. I also use it in place of rice from time to time. Shred it on a box grater or in a food processor. You can use it to make a risoto like dish, use it to make fried "rice". You could also use it with potatoes to cut the carb count. For example you could cook the cauliflower when you cook the potatoes and drain both of them really well and when you make mashed potatoes add the cooked cauliflower and mash it all together. You have to make sure the cauliflower is very soft when you do this.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-04-10 03:51:49 -0500 Report

Sweet potatoes do not spike my bg. So I have been able to sub them, well hubby has as I am still banned from using any heat making kitchen appliance other than the microwave (been close to having that added to the NO!!! list). Sweet potatoes actual give a small bg rise then a drop sooner than alot of other foods for me if the portion is reasonably med size serving. Yams gave a nasty spike, worse than potatoes which are bad enough that I only have a bite or two if too tempted to resist.
Quinoa works as well for me. It can fill in for a sort of hash brown potato. Hubby cooks the quinoa, then adds cheese, and an egg, forms a patty, then saut├ęs them.

locarb 2013-04-09 23:52:52 -0500 Report

There are many here who know much more about meal planning and recipes than I do; however, I steam fresh cauliflower and chop it up and add parmesan cheese (you can get low-fat) and it's great. You can also eat bountifully.

I've managed to control all my FORMER cravings. I do miss feeling full though. You learn how to do that with healthy vegetable substitutes.

It will be interesting to see what the chefs, gourmets and (former) gourmands have to contribute to this post.

2013-04-10 01:11:12 -0500 Report

Thank you for your responce. Looking at my
Message…why doesn't the autocorrect work
When you really need it!