I did it! I jumped on the zucchini noodle bandwagon and bought a spiralizer. I thought, let’s see if I’ve really been missing out. Well, I have been missing out. What a fun tool and my kids love to watch me make noodles too. So I’ve learned there is a lot you can do with a spiralizer and so much more nutritional benefit from using one too.
How did I get started?
I purchased a spiralizer that attaches to my Kitchen Aid Mixer, this spiralizer includes interchangeable blades to create skinny angel hair noodles, flat ribbon noodles or medium to thick spiral noodles. Now, I haven’t used all the blades yet, but I’m working on it. But do you need all the different blades? Most certainly not, a hand-held spiralizer (looks like a pencil sharpener) works just as well with usually 1-2 different blades. Plus with a hand held, cleanup is quicker and is portable and less expensive.
I started with zucchini and used these ‘zoodles’ to make spaghetti and am slowly working my way through different vegetables AND fruits. Let me share some different vegetables and fruits you can use and what can you do with them.
Zucchini: spiralize zucchini to your choice and sauté in olive oil and seasonings for 3-4 minutes, then put in strainer to strain moisture. Serve with favorite pasta sauce
White or Sweet Potato: spiralize the potatoes to your choice and make chips or fries that are baked in the oven at 425 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
Carrot: spiralize the carrot to your choice and roast at 425 degrees for 5-10 minutes, sauté in a little olive oil for 5-10minutes or boil for 2-3 minutes. Then serve as chips/fries, pasta mixed with favorite sauce, or in a salad.
Apple: spiralize the apple to your choice and sauté for about 5 minutes, roast in oven at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes or serve raw in a wrap.
Pear: spiralize the pear to your choice and roast at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes or serve raw in a salad or as is for a snack.
These fantastic fruits and vegetables that you are spiralizing are naturally lower in calories, carbohydrates, fat and sodium and higher in fiber. You don’t even realize you are eating vegetables when mixed with a delicious tomato basil sauce. Thus, you just got your servings of vegetables in while consuming ¼ of the calories with as much, if not more volume. Plus, if you’re gluten free this is a great way to still eat ‘pasta’ without the wheat.
I didn’t even scratch the surface as to what you can noodle with. I urge you to go and have fun experimenting with both raw and cooked noodles. Just remember, there is a learning curve anytime you try something new, but before you know it you will be noodling and zoodling away!!