September 11, 2013

Clean eating potato salad (and other excitement)

If you don't know me, you don't know that I get excited about little things like sitting by myself and eating half of a watermelon and double dipping a thousand times over with my spoon because I can or seeing a couple of deer skip through the woods after a giant hill climb during a hotter-than-heck trail run. So when something really big comes along, the excitement is off the charts. Which is where it's at this week as I wait for this.

You might go blind if you actually try and read that tiny print. So here's a summary: my butt better be sitting in front of this MacBook on Friday morning at 9 a.m. (central time) with a credit card in hand to register for Boston. I'm double-toe-touch-round-off-back-handspring-back-layout excited. Not that I can actually do any of those moves, but if I could, sonny, I'd be a doin' 'em. 

To pass the time, I am eating like a machine. After my 24-mile trail race this weekend, I didn't eat much until that night. It seems that the heat and effort from the day made me more nauseated than hungry immediately after the race. Then I had normal human portions at dinner, and when 10:30 rolled around, that is precisely the time that my body demanded meat! I raided the eggs and ham like a carnivorous monster just let out of its dusty, vegan cage, and that monster (me) was not likely to stop there. I'm writing this on Wednesday night, and mostly all I can think about is what other snacks are available for my consumption.

I for serious cannot stop eating and drinking. 

Unless you were to hand me this Hey Song Sarsaparilla. My husband thought that Chinese root beer would be a good idea, but it turns out it was a bad, bad idea. China, you do so many good things with food, and yet this is absolutely not one of them. Please stop!

Hey Song Thisdrinkstinks

And just to balance out the hate, I'm gonna pour some love sauce onto this recipe that I tried recently. I'm still trying to avoid dairy and refined sugar, two ingredients in potato salad which is one of my all-time favorite potluck/family reunion foods. Even with the scariness of mayo in the hot sun for five long reunion hours, I still can't help but go back for thirds and fourths. A big ole helping of dysentery just waiting to happen.

So at a recent pool party, I of course was craving the potato salad goods. What goes better with pool splashing and humidity?

Definitely not fake bites.

Pool kidlets.

Ezra is ready.

Cutest friend ever visiting from Texas.

Oh, back to the food.

So here was the solution I found to the dilemma of needing potato salad without the sugary and mayo-y parts: German potato salad! Having German ancestry and all, I feel like I should have known about such a delicious concoction, and I'm slightly annoyed (not really) with my ancestors for not passing this down sufficiently.

It's even meant to be served warm, which is perfect because you know that's how it's going to get at a picnic anyway.

So here's the recipe with my modifications:

Clean eating potato salad 

3 cups diced and peeled potatoes
4 strips of bacon
1 small red onion, diced
1/4 cup white vinegar
2 tbs water
1 1/2 tbs honey
1 tsp sea salt
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
1 tbs chopped fresh parsley

Place potatoes in a pot, cover with water, and bring to a boil. Let boil for 10 minutes or until able to easily pierce with a fork. Drain potatoes and set aside to cool. 

Over medium-high heat, fry bacon until browned and crisp in a large, deep skillet. Remove from skillet and set aside. 

Place onions in the bacon grease and cook until browned. Then add vinegar, honey, water, salt and pepper to the skillet. Bring to a boil, and then add the potatoes and parsley. Heat through. Crumble in half of the bacon, saving the second half to top the dish before serving. Serve warm. 

That's it. Super simple, plus it makes fantastic leftovers. Also when I made it, I tripled the recipe. How can anyone make just four servings of this? Does not compute.

Are you stalking the calendar on any upcoming race registrations? 

What's your favorite dish at the family reunion and/or church potluck?

Have you tried Chinese root beer? Did you vomit immediately? I've yet to find another country that makes root beer to my satisfaction. And honestly, I didn't know any were even trying until my husband bought that Chinese one. I tried to give one of my Russian friends an amazingly delicious taste of root beer once, and she gagged. It's hard for me to imagine, but I guess root beer is an acquired taste.