Putting a New Spin on Pasta!
What’s the latest in pasta dishes? Not using pasta at all! Yup! Now you can use all those left over zucchinis and so much more to make delightful dishes to serve with less calories and carbs than pasta!
Spiralizing is turning vegetables and fruits into ribbon-like noodles. Spiralized vegetable pasta is gluten-free, paleo, vegan and vegetarian and low-carb friendly. It is not only nutritious and filling, it’s easy to make. Simply transform a healthy, low-calorie, low-carb vegetable into a giant bowl of pasta, top with the right sauce and protein and you’ve got a yummy, good-for-you meal in minutes.
What veggies can you spiralize?
Everything from apples and beets to turnips and zucchini. Here are a few simple rules to determine whether or not a vegetable or fruit can be spiralized or not:
- The vegetable cannot be hollow, seeded or have a tough core.
- The vegetable must be at least 1.5″ in diameter and 2” long for good results.
- The vegetable must have a firm, solid flesh (no squishy, juicy fruits or veggies.)
Root vegetables are the perfect texture for spiralizing. For instance, spiralized beets make a lovely side dish when sautéed, also great as a pasta with a little olive oil and Parmigiano Reggiano. Turnips and parsnips are also great spiralized and then roasted with a little olive oil, salt and pepper.
Carrots and zucchini are the most popular pasta substitutes. Try mixing them, then sauté lightly in olive oil and garlic and top with marinara and a bit of Parmigiano Reggiano. The combination of the two gives your pasta a nice texture.
Here’s an interesting one: broccoli stems. If you throw these out or turn up your nose at them, no more! Simply spiralize and add to a stir-fry or toss raw into a salad!
We also like spiralized sweet potatoes, which make a great snack when sprayed with olive oil and toasted in the oven. Add a little crunch to salads or tacos.
Spiralized apples and pears are lovely added to salads or sautéed with a bit of cinnamon, nutmeg & cloves. Add a dollop of goat cheese for a real treat.
Think kohlrabi, plantains, jicama, potatoes, butternut squash; there are so many possibilities! Start by trying our recipe for Zucchini Noodles with Tomatoes and Mushrooms and in no time at all, you’ll be spiraling your way to a healthier, low-carb lifestyle!
Chef'n Twist Handheld Spiralizer Vegetable Slicer — Turn fresh produce into healthy veggie noodles and spirals with the Twist Handheld Spiralizer by Chef'n available in our House & Home Department. Three stainless steel blades easily click in and out of the base, and with a few quick turns you can create thick ribbon, small julienne and large julienne noodles, $19.99