Out go the carbs and in come super trendy vegetable alternatives

26 May 2015

They are two of the hottest trends amongst foodies and the diet conscious – blitzing in a food processor or spiralising vegetables to create less calorific replacements for carbohydrates.

They are two of the hottest trends amongst foodies and the diet conscious – blitzing in a food processor or spiralising vegetables to create less calorific replacements for carbohydrates.

Look on the internet sites of cool celebrity chefs like Hemsley and Hemsley and you’ll see a growing number of inspirational carb alternative recipes.

Among the most popular are vegetable substitutes for pasta, mash, rice, couscous, pizza bases and bread.

The trend has been picking up in America and Europe especially over the last year but now for the first time a range of ready prepared vegetable substitutes for popular carbs is to go on sale across the UK, launched by Tesco.

Included in the new Tesco prepared vegetable range are:

  • Cauliflower Couscous
  • Carrot Spaghetti
  • Courgette Ribbons

Tesco prepared vegetable buyer Emma Bonny said: “Creating vegetable substitutes for carbs such as potatoes, rice and pasta is really growing in popularity right now and not just for the diet conscious.

“Look on foodie websites and you’ll find wonderful recipes from adventurous home chefs who have spiralised and mashed their non carb vegetables or created cauliflower breadsticks and other bread alternatives.

“It’s easy if you’ve got a decent food processor and spiraliser but not everybody has so we think these new ready prepared fresh vegetable packs will provide shoppers with a simple option for lowering their carb intake.”

Besides appealing to people wanting to cut down on carbs the new prepared vegetable range should also be of interest to shoppers on a gluten free diet.

While the carrot spaghetti and courgette ribbons are obviously a substitute for pasta the cauliflower couscous, which can bet eaten hot or cold, can be used as an alternative to rice and even mashed potato.

The three packs will each cost £1 and will be available to buy in 235 Tesco stores across Britain. They are currently in a 3 for 2 meal deal offer.

 

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Note to editors:

According to retail analysts Kantar Worldpanel, one in five British households contains someone who claims to be on a low fat diet.

 

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