Time to shock everyone, I’m writing a post about a vegetable. I don’t generally like vegetables but I recently tried to help my diabetic dad try to find a healthy replacement for the potato. I bought a bag of three courgettes (zucchini for my American readers) from the supermarket and when I got back he told me he hated courgette. Him hating courgette was a problem as I didn’t want them or know how to cook them. I did end up cooking the weird green things which gave me a pleasant surprise.
Raw – The first thing I did was chopped one of the three courgettes into disks like I would a cucumber as the two foods look similar. I bit into one of the disks. We draw on memories for comparisons and the memory of raw potato which I’d eaten in the past came as the only way to describe the flavour. Raw courgette tastes like raw potato, surely by my intention this was a good thing.
Frying – Using the remaining disks I put some oil into a frying pan and placed a few of the disks in it on a medium-high heat for around four minutes as the BBC website advised. Then I turned the disks over in the pan and waited another four minutes until they were a brown colour in the centre on both sides. I tried one of these fried disks which straight out of the pan tasted like chips (fries). When the disks cooled down they weren’t as nice but neither are chips so that meant that fried the vegetable was similar to a potato.
Roasted – How else could I cook my courgettes? In the oven covered in oil with some pepper ground onto it for flavour. The heat around 180 degrees for about 25 minutes which was also a suggestion of the BBC website which was slightly edited by what I had to hand. After my wait I found that roast courgettes somehow tasted exactly the same as roast potatoes. I was doing well at finding a replacement for potatoes.
Mashed – The other way that I’ve often eaten potatoes is by boiling, then mashing them. I followed the same idea with a courgette. I boiled it on a high heat with a little salt for around 20 minutes, emptied out the water and mashed the courgette which resulted in a white/green watery slush. The texture was nothing near mashed potato and neither was the flavour, I wasn’t a fan of this version of courgette. So, not wanting to waste my small pile of mush I looked in my spice cupboard and found garlic salt. I added a sprinkle of garlic salt and mashed it in, obviously giving it a garlic flavour but it was much nicer than before.
This vegetable, this weird looking green thing known as the courgette can in some ways replace a potato but not in all ways as my above experiments have shown. Courgettes are also more expensive at my local supermarket which is a bad mark against them compared to potatoes. As a person that generally doesn’t eat vegetables this one has impressed me and I’m willing to eat them again. So, If you want an alternative to the roast potato or just to add another vegetable to your meals I will recommend the courgette.
2 thoughts on “Courgettes”
Here in the USA we have to make sure that our car doors are locked and windows are up because if not the zucchini is so plentiful that your neighbors will leave them in your car. ( A local joke)
The best way to enjoy them is “zoodles” and as A type 2 diabetic they’ve been a real blessing to have.
Amazon should have a tool for making spiral cut zucchini noodles AKA zoodles. You want to get the firm ones and after cutting them salt them a little and allow the extra moisture to drain off by letting them set a while. Then cook them and use them like any other noodle.
My wife and I also find a particular winter squash known as spaghetti squash to be a great low carb noodle. When cooked the flesh comes out in long strings and has a pleasant squash flavor. My favorite way to enjoy them is what we call “pizza casserole”. Basically, we layer the squash noodles in a dish like lasagna along with pizza toppings and sauce. The whole thing is baked and is a good substitute for deep dish pizza. Tell your dad to trust me that after a about a month or so of doing without sugar or bread or regular potatoes your tastes change and you don’t miss it. In fact things like soda are so sweet that they almost make you sick to taste them again.
Avoid sugar substitutes except for stivia and maybe xylitol. ( never let dogs have xylitol because it can kill them. Xylitol can bottom out their glucose) only use stivia and xylitol like salt and sprinkle it on the food.
Another very easy to grow potato substitute us sun-chokes. A member of the sunflower family only instead of the seed you eat the roots. The type of starch they have is inulin and it’s good for helping lower blood sugar.
This comment is only a start to give you some ideas to research. ( you can learn anything from Google and YouTube)
Best wishes to your dad and feel free to hit me up anytime.
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Thanks for the tips.
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