Over the past several months, I’ve been seeing all sorts of blog posts for spiralized veggie noodles: zucchini, carrots, even sweet potatoes. I didn’t have a spiralizer, though, so I couldn’t try any of these yummy (and healthy) looking dinner ideas. I figured one day I would buy myself one; I just hadn’t gotten around to it yet.
Well, many of you know that I follow the blog Whole Food. Real Food. Good Food. In February, Julie had a giveaway to celebrate her one year blogging anniversary. She was giving away a GEFU Spirelli Spiral Slicer for 5 lucky winners. I don’t usually enter giveaways (because I figure I’ll never win AND there are so many requirements to ‘like’ pages and blogs that I’m not really interested in), but, I went ahead and entered hers. And I won! The Rafflecopter randomly picked me and 4 others to receive a new spiralizer! I was so excited because this was something I really, truly wanted to try!
And it’s so easy to use! I decided to make spiralized zucchini noodles first.
A spiralizer allows you to create ‘endless strips’ of vegetables within minutes. I started with zucchini because that seemed like the most obvious first choice. I washed it, cut off the ends, stuck it in one side, spun it around, and out came thin curls of zucchini! (You will probably want to cut these strips a bit or else they will be really, really long.) You can either eat these raw (in a salad or pasta dish) or you can saute them briefly for a softer, more pasta-like texture. For the first time, I decided to saute them and serve it with my homemade Alfredo sauce. Yes, I realize the healthy veggies and heavy cream sauce probably cancel each other out…but, it still saves a lot of a calories to use zucchini instead of regular pasta. 😉
Our yummy dinner…
I added some asparagus to this dish, just for ‘something extra.’ First, I sauteed the cut asparagus in olive oil. Then, after it was soft, I added the zucchini strands and sauteed those for an additional 3-5 minutes. I placed the veggies on a plate, poured a little Alfredo sauce on top, and sprinkled with grated Parmesan cheese. It was excellent! This is definitely a kitchen gadget I plan to keep using!!
I handwashed mine the first couple of times, but it states that it’s dishwasher safe, so I’m sure I’ll be doing that next time. 🙂
Here is a link to the spiralizer if you want one for yourself! It really is going to be a great way to eat more veggies without my brain really thinking that’s what I’m doing. 😉
I’m also hoping to come up with some new sauces for these spiralized veggie noodles. I’ve seen a lot of yummy-looking recipes…now I just need to figure out which one I want to try first! 🙂
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