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A Low Carb Approach to UK Comfort

Posted Jun 21 2010 6:18am
Rumblethumps - the name alone has you in question because every time I look at it, I think of Rumplestiltskin (did I spell that right?). Well, anyway, Rumblethumps is the Scottish cousin of Colcannon/Bubbles & Squeak. The only difference is it can sometimes contain minced meat and it contains cheese. Wow. There really isn't a way that you can mess this up. Now, here's my twist on it. I made it low carb. Why? I'm trying this low carb thing out. I'll tell you why.

Ever since I posted the article about HFLC diet, I started to think and then I did some research. Well, duh, it's a low carb diet. There isn't anything so fantastic about this new diet thing in Sweden. So, I'm giving it a shot and, so far, I noticed a difference in one most important thing - energy. Let's start from the beginning. Insulin: Insulin is a hormone that regulates the energy and glucose metabolism in the body. Insulin causes cells in the liver, muscle, and fat tissues to take up glucose in the blood and store it as glycogen in the liver and muscle. You don't have to be a diabetic to suffer from low insulin levels nor do you have to have hyperinsulimia to suffer from standard symptoms. Low blood sugar can occur in anyone, especially those at a lower weight. Low blood sugar causes excessive exhaustion, rapid heartbeat, hunger, confusion, cold sweats, and headaches. I don't have diabetes but I get very sick when I know I don't eat anything in a while. I get dizzy and headaches.

Recently, I've noticed a change in my body. Every time I eat something "heavy" I get tremendously exhausted and I have to lay down. It could be an over abundance of sugar from starches. So, I decided to experiment. I cut back on starches, but replace the calories with more protein since protein takes longer to digest in opposition to, say, fruit, whose even worse with the sugar. That's more pure, which would evidently lead one to get more hungry and eat more. Well, depending on the fruit. Apples are awesome because I take a while to process their skins. Bananas are really filling too and help my stomach when I'm having issues (FYI: bananas were once used in ancient times to "cure" celiac's disease. It never worked but it helps sooth the stomach). I'm not totally eliminating carbs, but, I'm cutting back on them and after a while, I'm pretty good after I eat. I have energy! So I really think that's the problem. We still need carbs to function, but in this recipe, I just add cauliflower to the potato to add bulk, yet, cut back on starch and calories. It was awesome.

You should really try it.

Low Carb Rumblethumps

2 cups defrosted cauliflower florets

1 small potato, diced

1/2 small onion, chopped

2 cups greens of choice, chopped (I used kale and cabbage)

1/3 cup TVP - optional

1/2 tsp nutmeg

salt and pepper to taste

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp smoked paprika

In boiling water, boil the cauliflower and potatoes until soft. Once they reach this stage, mash the cauliflower and potatoes together to get a chunky mashed potato consistency.

Next in a nonstick cooking pan, sauté the onions and greens until soft. Add salt, pepper, paprika, garlic, and nutmeg, with water along the way to prevent sticking. Reconstitute the TVP and add that to the mixture. Finally, add the mashed potato-cauliflower mixture and mix together.

Normally in Rumblethumps, you can add cheese on top so if your diet allows it, go ahead. If not, I added a little nutritional yeast since I love the stuff. You only need a little bit for that cheesy-flavor.

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