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 pasta 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.
Which is the best Spiralizer?
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.
So if you are just starting, we definitely recommend the inspiralizer.
You can see the inspiralizer being used in the picture below, and you can see additional photos of it as well as a video of use in this post by Pinch of Yum.
The benefits of spiralizing
- It allows you to sneak more veggies and fruits into your regular diet, without sacrificing flavor.
- Spiralized vegetables are mostly light in calories, carbs, fat, and sugar. So they allow a healthier and lighter dish.
- Vegetable and fruit noodles are vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan and paleo. Friendly to many different diets and allergy-based diets.
- Spiralizing is quick and easy!
- Kids love spiralizing!
The best spiralizing recipes!
Below I have collected some of my favorite and yummiest spiralizer recipes for you to try! Once you have your spiralizer tool, you can make so many different meals, salads and also desserts.
This little compilation can help you get started, but of course, it’s just the beginning! You can create your own or substitute spiralized veggies on your favorite pasta recipes.
1. Creamy spinach sweet potato noodles with cashew sauce
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.
2. Rainbow Noodle Salad
With a base of carrots, beets, and apples, this rainbow salad recipe is sure to be a favorite; you can add avocado and seeds to make it extra yummy!
3. Chipotle sweet potato noodle salad with roasted corn
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!
4. Kung Pao Zoodles
I love Natasha’s recipes, and this one is no exception, it’s so easy and can be ready in your table in only 15 minutes.
5. Spicy shrimp with pesto noodles
This recipe by Pinch of Yum is also one of my to-go whenever we have shrimp, it’s also a 15-minute recipe, so if you are looking for a fast dinner, you have to give this one a try!
6. Zucchini Noodles with Basil-Pumpkin Seed Pesto
Basil and pumpkin seed pesto was something I had never tried before, and let me tell you, it’s delicious! If you are as intrigued as I was, go check out this recipe by Kate of Cookie and Kate.
7. Rainbow power salad with roasted chickpeas
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!
8. Chicken Fajita Zoodle Bowls
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!
9. Healthy chicken parmesan
You guys, Chicken parmesan! Do I need to say anything else? I don’t think so! — If you haven’t tried this recipe, please add it to your list, you will not regret it!
10. Sweet Chili Shrimp Zoodles
This recipe is another of my to-go for shrimp, everything that includes Thai sweet chili sauce is so yummy to me. So if you like that kind of flavor, you should give this one a try!
11. Burst tomato and zucchini spaghetti with avocado sauce
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.
12. Glazed Hoisin and Sesame Salmon Bowl
Salmon, served in a bed of cauliflower rice? Yes, please! and don’t forget to add a little bit of avocado, check out this recipe clicking on the above link!
13. Spicy sesame zoodles with crispy tofu
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!
14. Spiralized Thai Salad
“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!
15. Raw Spiralized Beet & Mandarin Salad with Mint
This salad is so simple, yet the flavors are so strong! My favorite touch is that little sprinkle of mint! Check it out and make a super fast and delicious lunch (or dinner)
16. Spiralized Shanghai beef and broccoli
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!
Give spiralizing a try
I hope this post convinces you to give spiralizing a try if you have been on the fence, or helped you find out about it if you are a newbie like I was!
And don’t forget to save this post if you want to come back to some of these yummy recipes later!
Let’s spiralize all the veggies!
Thursday 24th of June 2021
Hi! I love how informative and great your articles are. Thanks a lot!