When I first heard about a kitchen gadget that could cut veggies into noodle-like shape, I was intrigued, BUT having yet another tool in our kitchen that would take space and not get used enough times was holding me back.
Once Ken and I decided to start eating healthier I knew we needed to give it a try. And boy was I wrong about the number of times we would use our spiralizer.
That was the first thing I said when I heard about it. Spiralizers have been around for a long time, but our paths just haven’t crossed, so I had absolutely no idea what it was, in my home country Chile, we do make tons of salads, and dishes with veggies but most times it’s just by cutting them very thin, or using a grater (for carrots, beets, etc)
So while I was not new to the concept of thin-sliced veggies, replacing pasta with pasta-shaped veggies was a whole new game to me.
What Does Spiralizing Mean?
Spiralizing is the art of turning vegetables into noddles using a kitchen gadget to cut the vegetable to resemble “pasta-shape”.
The benefit of using vegetable past instead of wheat pasta is great when you are trying to limit the intake of carbs.
Spiralized vegetables allow swapping the pasta in many recipes for a healthier, paleo and low-carb alternative without sacrificing the flavor and texture.
There are many different spiralizers; the ones below are the most popular ones. We have used them all, and even though the OXO is very budget friendly, especially if you purchase the one blade option, it requires more work to make it go, and there is no base.
Sweet potatoes were a pretty new thing to me, in my home country Chile, there weren’t many recipes that used sweet potatoes and sweet potato fries are not a thing (or they were not while I was still living there)
My husband was the one that introduced me to sweet potato fries, I was not a fan for the first two years, not now, O.M.G. I love them!
So when I saw this recipe I was sold, it tastes so good, and it’s very healthy.
As I mentioned before, sweet potatoes are a new inclusion in my diet, and I love it. And making salads out of sweet potatoes was something I would have never thought about, thankfully Lindsay from Pinch of Yum, opened my eyes to Sweet potato salads, and this one with a Chipotle dressing is so high in my list!
When I was little, I hater legumes with a passion, especially chickpeas, BUT I think it’s all about how they are prepared (sorry Mom!), now as an adult, I love them just as much as brussels sprouts (another big no-no for me as a kid). So either you like them or not, I encourage you to try this recipe by Pinch of Yum!
Ken is obsessed with Mexican food, we could eat it every day, and he would be more than happy. I am still working my way into liking beans again, BUT Fajitas are one of my favorite recipes, and this one from Natasha at Salt and Lavender is a must try!
Avocado sauce! — I am Chilean, avocado and I go way back and it has always been a huge part of my diet, my very first meal as a baby was an avocado. And there has not been a recipe that includes avocado that I have not liked. This avocado sauce is now one of my current obsessions.
As Lindsey explains it herself: “This recipe starts with zoodles tossed with a thick and intensely deep spicy sesame peanut sauce that will then eventually get loaded up with crispy tofu that has been made crispy by just pan-frying it with the same spicy sesame peanut sauce.” If you like what she is describing, you better hop to her blog for the recipe!
“A fresh and healthy salad with the most delicious cilantro-lime-peanut dressing.” I was sold just with the description of the dressing. But the mix of cucumber and red cabbage is just so good too! I think you should give it a try!
And to close this roundup, what better recipe than this delicious steak Shanghai by Gina from Skinny Taste. Check out the rest of her healthy recipes and don’t forget to try this one!
The Inspiralizer: Official vegetable spiralizer
Includes four distinct noodle shapes that can be achieved changing the Noodle Twister. The counter clamps keep the Inspiralizer steady and it has a cover that protects fingers from sharp blades ensures safe handling.
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