June 17, 2007 7:42 PM Subscribe
Foodies of AskMe, help me with a food-substitution puzzle-- specifically, Tater Tots.
(Any other healthy substitution suggestions also welcome).
posted by oflinkey to food & drink (16 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I am looking to try to make a tot-like item (knowing full well they are not entirely replicable). I am thinking of using cauliflower, but I need some advice for shaping/molding/extruding the tot. I am also looking for ideas on binding the ground/mashed cauliflower.
The back story is that DH is going away for a month this summer and I would like to take this time to adjust my eating habits (and then by extension, his). Left to my own devices, I enjoy healthier foods, but separate preparation in our tiny kitchen is near impossible. I also work a lot. The good news is that we are moving and I got a better job. So, I have plans for a month's worth of culinary experimentation.
We both have put on weight and are not getting any younger. He has a family history of heart attack, and I have one of diabetes...and so on. However, Mr. Oflinkey was raised on a very middle-American diet, where potatoes rule, meat is king and every meal ends with a sweet. He was in college before he had ever tried rice-- and spices? Imagine Marge Simpson: "Or uh ga no? What the hell is that?" Bread must be bleachy-white. Forget yogurt in place of sour cream or mayo. Tofu? Right.
While we have made strides in the last couple of years and we eat more fish and almost no beef or chicken (this is in part because of a desire to not eat factory-farmed meat), we need to move away from some things. One thing I know he will have difficulty with is Tater Tots.
Any other advice from those of you who have moved your SO to more healthy eating would also be greatly appreciated.