Spiralizing

A few weeks ago, I was introduced to the wonderful world of Spiralizing. What is spiralizing you ask? It’s basically taking any hard or root vegetable and running it through this nifty machine to create long noodles of vegetableness (which may or may not be an actual word, but it works here!).
A friend and I took a class on base (we’re both military wives, and our base offers classes on healthy cooking), and this is where we first learned of this concept. We were split up into four groups and each instructed to make one recipe from Inspiralized, a blog about all things spiralizing. We were in charge of making sweet potato ham and cheese sandwiches which turned out absolutely amazing, and from there, I was hooked.

(Click on the picture to read more about the Spiralzier and order one for yourself!)

I ordered my spiralizer from Amazon the very next day and last week it arrived. I did’t get around to using it until this weekend, but I can say that I was immediately impressed.

My husband and I got back from a long day of Black Friday shopping, and we needed something quick to make for dinner.  I grabbed a can of sauce that I had jarred a few weeks ago, and a zucchini.  I ran the zucchini through the Spiralizer, and within 2 minutes I had a plate full of long zucchini noodles (one of them was literally 4 feet long).  I sautéed them quickly in some olive oil, garlic, salt/pepper and hot pepper flakes until they were soft and then topped them with my homemade pasta sauce.

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I must say.  I was impressed at how the texture really represented regular pasta.  I didn’t feel like I was eating a plate full of vegetables and I definitely didn’t feel bloated when I was done like I had eaten a pound of pasta.  Even my husband, who is extremely picky tasted it and proclaimed it delicious– score!  I can tell you that this will be going into the regular meal rotation – it’s easy enough to keep a zucchini or two on hand so that you can have dinner ready in less than 10 minutes.  Plus this meal is vegetarian, low calorie and gluten free! What’s not to love about that?

Have you tried the spiralizer? What did you think? Would you like to see more of my spiraled recipes in the future?

*Note- the link to the Spiralizer above is an affiliate link- I get a small kickback if you purchase the item through my link. It does not cost anything extra to you, but helps me keep my blog going! I thank you in advance!

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2 thoughts on “Spiralizing

  1. Ashley

    You inspired me to try this w my new diet/workout regime that I’m currently doing. I’ll confess up front as I did not purchase through your link (so sorry-I read this post a while back and didn’t remember that there was a link!!!!). I think I got a cheaper version from BBB. I made zucchini pasta w turkey meat sauce. It was good! I used the thin setting and I think the thick setting would have been better for pasta (so it would be more like your size). However, I used one small skinny zucchini for myself and one for my husband w 4 oz of turkey each. I don’t think one zucchini of the size we had was enough for the amount of turkey. Also my zucchini was a little crisp still-how long did you cook yours for? I was worried about it getting mushy. Thanks for the idea!!!!

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